Boarded at Portsmouth in no time and luggage already at cabin.Cabins have been refurbed and it was sufficient for our needs and conveniently positioned near the spa.and lifts.
Everyone on board seemed to contract the cabin cough, however, it was probably because we are not used to air conditioning.
The crossing over was quite rough,but then it was fine for the rest of the time.
Beds comfy, food very good indeed and waiters although they have more tables to deal with than on other cruises it went well and the steaks and fish were very nice.
My husband contracted winter vomiting or norovirus on New Years day as well as bronchitis. Fred Olsen do NOT CHARGE for norovirus injections tablets etc but they DO charge for ordinary illness, eg bonchitis.The male nurse, in particular was very good indeed to my husband and we had to stay on board until everyone had left when we docked at Portsmouth.
The ship was decorated and there were carol services and a Christmas service, which were well attended with the staff all on stage and the audience taking part. It was nice.
There were the usual quoits shuffleboard, quizzes, bridge and various arty things as well as lectures if you wanted them.
One thing that is needed for European sailing is heaters outside the lido bar on deck 7 (the only place smoking is allowed) it is freezing trying to smoke in a gale in evening dress. The automatic heaters they use in pub smoking places and Thomson cruises have them on Celebration would be nice and civilised.
The entertainment was so, so. The dance crew need new costumes and the comedian and singer were ok, but the panto was absolutely awful, made you embarrasses to look at it, and the seating is bad in the theatre which is really a lounge not a theatre.