As a first time cruiser I was more than a little apprehensive about being stuck on board a ship with lots of strangers and had even toyed with the notion of boarding a plane home from the next port if necessary!!
How wrong was I, from the moment we arrived at Southampton to be greeted by warm smiling faces at the terminal I new my well deserved holiday had begun. Embarkation was an absolute pleasure and we were made to feel as if we were the only people in the room.
When we entered our room we were amazed at how spacious it was with a clean and fresh smell. Our wonderful steward Froilin introduced himself and looked after us very well our entire stay.
The dining was probably the part I was dreading the most and had asked for a table for two when we made our initial booking. We were assigned to a table with a Scottish couple and their son and I am so glad we didn't get that table for two. We were often the last to leave and have many happy memories of our wonderful dinner companions, some nights we laughed until we cried. Our servers Anthony and Princess were very attentive though I felt the menu was a tad unimaginative and repetitive.
The windjammer was ok and we ate there on occasions, the staff again were attentive and the girl that did the meet and greet was full of fun.
We are both well travelled and had been to most of the cities before, we only got off the ship on four occasions and that was just to have a leisurely Tapas lunch or browse around the shops (did get charged 60 for extra baggage on return flight home)! We did our own thing and shared taxis with other couples to keep the price down.
We didn't go to any of the shows, a bit holiday camp and not our thing but that's the beauty of this type of holiday it caters for everyone.
The ship was clean with on going maintenance while on board, the promenade was overcrowded at times but we never had to wait too long to be served. On the whole staff were friendly and room service was super fast, coffee was delivered within moments and the cookies were addictive.
All in all we relaxed, sunbathed most days even when it was cold, had breakfast on our balcony watching the sun rise, had drinks on the balcony watching the sun set. We met some very interesting people but mainly enjoyed being together.
Thank you RCI and AOS for a wonderful relaxing holiday were we were in control.
Home four days and we have booked again with RCI for next year, cant wait.