Saw this fantastic itinery advertised through Planet Cruise for 7 days in Adratic with a stop every day.We have been on a variety of ships from the huge Royal Caribbean to Smaller yacht style.. I was naturally sceptical firstly because of the price ( so Cheap) and secondly the mediocre reviews. I had nothing to worry about .My husband and I are in our early 40's and we brought my parents in law who are very young at heart. As it was cruise only we flew from Stansted to Trieste with Ryanair ( a 2 hour flight) my main concern was connections as the ship departs at 6pm and you have to be there by 5pm... the flight arrived right on time at 2.35 ( their time). the journey to Trieste Port is approx 15 - 20 mins in a taxi which you can get right outside no need to pre book, it was â‚¬65 and as there was 4 of us it was reasonable enough. There is a bus service which departs from the airport and it Will leave you to the central bus station ( port 10/15 mins walk from there) but might be a bit of a panic if you have any time constraints.Please be aware that Trieste airport is Very small and literally only a couple of food outlets and one duty free so not one to be enjoying for hours on your return.
Right the ship...yes it is old fashioned but still feels and looks great. The cabins were the biggest we have ever experienced and great size bathroom, porthole window was huge and flat screen Tv but only one movie channel which is in English on channel 7 ...oh news channel also. We were on Level 7 which was perfect for bars and dining. We booked the drinks package in advance worked out at about Â£100 per person for the week and as we enjoy our beer and wine on holidays it was well worth it. Bottles of water are included on it during the day as well as soft drinks juices and you can get your wine by the glass at dinner .( However I did notice that they were offering same package on board for â‚¬16pp per day for the week if booked on the first day of cruise)...well everything you need really.You need to check your card to make sure it has the AI symbol for your drinks otherwise you will be charged...ours didnt but this was quickly rectified by the reception. We gave tips early adn frequently here and there to barstaff ( just a couple of euro at a time ) and found they interacted more and quicker with us as a result. By the way there is a flat service charge at the end of the cruise and maybe this is why I didnt see anyone tipping ...still for the great job they do its worth giving a bit extra to individuals.
There really only is 2 places to dine( apart from the casual pizza area)..the formal ding room in the evening which was fab ..theres about 8 courses in the evening( pasta and soup) and the standard was very high..(we had a couple of surprise entertainment evenings but I'll not spoil the surprise)...if you fancy something different to eat they do their utmost to oblige...we went every evening and found the 9pm sitting suited us best as the day's itinery is so full. During the day its mostly the buffet...now the decor is not brill here and the layout a bit over the place but the selection more than adequate. The bars are all really good. We favoured sitting outside on the deck and in the central bar after dinner where you are entertained by the rest of the european passengers actively demonstrating their dancing finesse...Come Dancing wouldnt have a look in !. As it was mostly Italian, German, Spanish etc theres not a great deal of English ...this we really enjoyed as it felt more authentic but all information and shore plans are delivered to your cabin in english. We didnt go on any of the tours, and neither did they try force them (on the contrary) as most of the Ports were walk off..only one tender and that was to Kefalonika.
I usd the Gym which was great and theres a fab spa there which my mother in law used and loved. The Steam room is huge and I recommend. Theres a library ( limited opening times) and internet area. We did not make it to any of the shows due to our didning time but this didnt bother us.
The highlight of this cruise I think was cruising through the Fjord like waterways to kotor montenegro...sipping a glass of wine and just taking in the view was incredible. Late september early October the temperatures were in the high 20's so perfect!. All the ports we arrived at had so much to offer and I think adequate time was given to each.
All in all this is not a formal ship, its very easy going and very european, if you feel like dressing up no probs if you dont again no probs ...it was great to just sit back and people watch..you have to compensate for the sometimes brusque over animated nature of some of the passengers but this is all part of the experience. Theres more than enough loungers and space on deck, a couple of pools and jacuzzis on deck...it never was overcrowded....just to finish by saying LOVED every minute of it and would highly recommend...but dont expect the world and you wont be dissappointed...go for the atmosphere and the wonderful places you'll visit ...everything else is a bonus !