Sailed out from Southampton 28/07/2012,the car parking was well organised,and checked in at the Mayflower terminal went pretty smooth.Once on board directed straight to the conservatory buffet,and told that the ship was still been prepared.First impressions wow,nice ship.We embarked at 1200 and luggage arrived at approx 1500 to our cabin D108 on deck8 port side close to the front of the ship.Cabin was best described as functional but dated,decor bland and in need of upgrade,but enough room.Bathroom was again small,with an orange old fashioned glow from the plastic fittings.The toilet flush had a mind of its own,and flushed occasionally,or when it felt like.During the night it would flush without command,quite strange,but sometimes unnerving.Safety drill at 1700 in harlequin's , quite a farce with everybody fighting for room.
Moving on we were on 1830 sitting in the peninsular restaurant,all in all good food,but nothing special,and the service quite poor,apart from the last couple of nights,tip time approaching.During Breakfast and lunch we would challenge ourself to the battlefield of the conservatory,please sharpen your elbows,as this is dog eat dog.A joke really as the food was ok.Themed evenings were good and sorrento (italian) was worth a visit at a supplement.
Excursions a total rip off.DO YOUR OWN THING.Bergen and Olden good,Stavanger,poor in our opinion,Norway really expensive 9 quid a pint.
Ship in general well maintained,but constant work/repairs done at sea.A complete floor section was replaced over three days at sea outside my cabin.No warning and no apologies.Fumes, noise,dust,a total disgrace,the deck manager and reception just said essential repairs beyond their control.The ship was only three quarter full,so alternative cabins were available,only at a supplement,an absolute joke.
Another negative was the vibration at the rear of the ship from the propellers,please stay away from the aft,it drives you mad,thud.thud all the time.
Entertainment,during the day poor.At night the headliners shows good,and I liked the separate cinema.Comedian Bobby Knutt ok but repetitive and singer Peter Cutler,although good,we had seen on Azura in March.Exactly the same show.
Bars ok in general,with the crows nest the pick.Celeste a duo were very good,and always tried to accommodate requests.Guest speaker Alan Kennedy excellent,but all in all entertainment below average.
Drinks prices good , I suppose,but watch your account.There is no interactive tv,so no account display in your rooms.Anybody who has a loyalty card(past PO cruisers)check you on board spend discounts,ours was missed,and even when showing our membership cards on the last day,we have still to receive our fifty quid discount.PO please keep it towards the refurb costs,after three cruises with yourself enough is enough,You have lost me.Lastly disembarkation.Carry your own baggage and get off handy.alternative is a three hour wait.All in all standard are slipping,I was looking forward to this holiday,and was glad to get off-never again,totally disappointed.