We set off for our cruise, with an open mind, determined to enjoy ourselves. The outbound flight, which i was concerned about, went very smoothly, food was reasonable and the transfer excellent.
The embarkation felt like we were being herded like sheep through a shed, but we were soon on the ship and were quickly shown to our cabin.
First impression were good, it was spacious and clean. The bed was comfortable and our cabin steward, Ujang was lovely. Noticed that the tea & coffee facilities, only had cream to use for tea, but we filled a cup with milk from the lido and put it in the fridge. We found out that the mattress was too small for the metal bed base after i hit my shin on the corner of it. After reporting it, makeshift padding was applied to each corner,in the shape of a flannel and masking tape, and i was left with a cut and bruising to my shinbone which remained with me for the duration. The shower was powerful but confusing and took a while to get use to. We also found that some of the metal skirting was coming away and around the headboard, there were quite a few splits in the wood, which had been filled with white filler, which looked really unsightly. A bit of vibration, and also the ceiling panels rattled quite a lot, we found wads of paper had been wedged around the entire panelled area which was strange. So although the cabin was comfortable it was a bit tatty.
The waiters in the Lido, were generally a friendly bunch, was not keen on the layout, it was a little cold at times, but clean and bright. Food choice was reasonable, though at breakfast, toast was always cold and hard and the beans and bacon, barely warm. Tea and coffee ok, and people were filling water bottles from the machine.
We found a some of the waiters in the bar at Sirens to be rather surly and slow to serve. However, the food was better and hotter than lido and we commented that we enjoyed the cowboy pie, which resulted in it being cooked especially for us on another day. The Jacuzzi was nice, didn't use the pools. Was hard to find a seat when it got busy. It was not too hard to get a sunbed on any deck if we wanted one, though towels were left out.
We ate here most nights and the food on the whole was very good. Service was often slow as they got very busy, but we did enjoy it.
We did not use the grill.
We purchased a drinks package. The drinks were not very good, The coke was nearly always flat, the lager was not too bad, the cocktails tasted different depending on which bar you were in, and 2 different waiters insisted that Black Russian does not have coke in it. Usually too much ice in the drinks so i started having my cocktails without. One of the waitresses got rather stroppy with me when i mentioned my coke was flat and she took it away and banged the glass and tray on the bar! I suppose the long hours they put in don't help.
For the smokers.
Smoking allowed on Deck 9 and 12 starboard side and at the back on deck 7 & 8. Quite cosy on decks 7 & 8
We went to a lot of the shows in Broadway which were fairly good, but not the best we've seen. The CD got on our nerves saying arrrr at the end of each sentence and a lot of people commented on this.
Top Men, very good versatile band catering for everyone. Would have liked to see people up dancing, like they did on Celebration, but this is not the band's fault.
Elegant touch- Ocean Bar. Nice easy listening to be had in here and a few people were up dancing. Seemed quite popular.
Island Wonder. Aaargh, my head. The female singer was awful, we only stayed for 2 songs. They also appeared outside in Sirens, and we gave her another chance but had to move decks after her screeching gave me a headache.
The entertainment hosts.
Aimie, Adam, Mark and the others. Worked very hard to keep everyone happy.
Mark (who i wasn't keen on at first) turned out to be a very comical character.
Excellent Well done all! loved crew cuts and Hazel has a lovely voice.
We were told to be on deck 4 for 3.55pm we were asked to stand outside for a while,whilst the bus arrived to pick us up, which turned into about 40 minutes. Transfer to airport ok. The flight home was a bit bumpy and the food not very nice. We had a rather bumpy, swervy, landing.
All in all we enjoyed our Cruise, mainly due to the people we met on the ship, and not really the ship itself. Although it looked nice in parts, there was a lot of shoddy repairs, with white filler appearing in all sorts of strange places. Hubby said toilet fitting was loose and i noticed trim hanging off and screws sticking out of the toilet cubicles. Having been on the Celebration last year, we didn't think it was any better, despite Thomson classing it as platinum. We would not agree with this. For us we preferred the Celebration, the atmosphere, layout, crew and drinks were far better. Was lovely to meet Joe Holiday and his wife, we had a lovely trip with Cosol Tours, which i will mention in another post. Think i have covered most things and hope i haven't