As the user name suggests, we're huge Cunard fans and although we've often thought about trying other lines, have always faithfully booked Cunard; knowing what to expect from them, and this cruise didn't really disappoint.
The embarkation went very well and the first day's sailing out to the Bay of Biscay also passed without incident. Day 2... force 10 gales... head on. I believe the staff were a little green around the gills, as were the majority of passengers from what we could tell. Still, you can't control the weather.
The first port, Barcelona, was lovely. There did however appear to be a bit of a faux pas with the shuttle buses, hence leaving a fairly lengthy queue of passengers out in the blaring sunshine with no shelter or the usual customary cold towels/drinks. A few local taxi drivers picked up some extra fares that day.
The rest of the ports were equally great although Cunard are still charging way over the odds for some tours. Additionally, they're brilliant at keeping helpful information from passengers, information such as how/where/when to catch local transport to areas of interest should that be your preference. How else would they rake in the tours money though?
Unfortunately most of the entertainment on board is still geared towards the (dare I say) older customers. Strangely, this was the first time we'd seen so many younger passengers; teens and youg adults. Most people tended to spend their evenings either in the theatre or the queens room at the balls or dances. The casino was deathly quiet for the most part and as such, many of the tournaments were cancelled.
The ship itself was lovely however and the staff were as attentive as ever..... at least for the first week. The reason I say this is that we've often felt that come the last few days of the cruise, the staff seem to adopt a 'get off' attitude. They don't seem as friendly or willing to give you their time as much as they do at the start of the voyages.
Overall, an enjoyable cruise and yes, we'll be back.