Flew on sunday 14th april on delayed flight from Manchester due to person being ill on plane,captain put plane back on stand till medics gave ok 1.15min later flight was ok.Landed only to find we was 4th plane in had to wait for buses 20to30 mins got on buses to port ,when got to port must have been 10+ buses waiting to get passengers off and into registration area did not take long then onto ship.Taken to cabin by steward. Cabin 7123 clean,tidy it seems the inside cabins have been totally upgraded but the outsides have had a minimum upgrade i.e. new beds,carpet,furniture, walls still have dark wood on them and the drawers,wardrobes look well worn bathroom and toilet has seen better days worked well but tired looking.
Ate in lido restaurant mostly fair choice something's could be warmer on the hot servery. Also ate in sirens preferred lido bit quieter had good meals in Orion restaurant waiters were better the first 2 weeks till they was changed at Morroco. Best meals was in the grill which is 20 extra each but the service is 1st class.Had a blessing on board which was organised by Joanna she was brilliant nothing was to much trouble for her.All the stops with the exception of Portimao tender was a nightmare to get to shore and Morroco to much of being hassled by taxi,s,beggars ,shopkeepers but all the other places was great to visit.
The shows in the broadway show lounge were of a good standard throughout.Now comes the not to good bit there was a outbreak off norvovirus/GI on board the captain said there was about 100+ people ill but still some people still did not obey the rules to stay in there cabins some of the crew had pictures of the people so they could find them and put them in quarantine in there room.We was very lucky we did not come down with it as Some people did not wash their hands after going to the toilet and sanitise as well the staff had a nightmare to try and control it.
The last day on board everybody had to be off the ship by 9.00am so they could deep clean the ship,as we was on the late flight to Manchester they laid on mini buses to a hotel (Dali) in a back street c/w a voucher for lunch had to pay for coffee etc so did the people on AI I think. They picked us up at about 2pm to take us back to the port to pick our cases up when we got back the buses to take us to the airport had not arrived as they did not expect us back so soon.So after much heated discussions the buses was organised so onto the airport when we got there the check in desk were not going to be open till4.30pm more discussions to get desks open as they said nobody told them we was on the way from the port anyway they opened them about 4.10 but what a long day flight home no problem on the whole the cruise was great with exception of the last day seemed they just wanted away from the port also noted they sanitised all the cases before they went on the ship