As this was our first ever cruise we didnt quite know what to expect but all our expectations was met and more.
We choose a cruise and stay holiday and took our cruise part first.
The Flight out was the usual economy style flight but was comfotable enough. The transfer from the airport to the ship went smoothly and the embarkation process was well organised and equally smooth.
Once on the ship we were shown to our cabin which was a inner double on A deck. Although we were a little disappointed that we had twin beds instead of a double bed we was very pleased with the size and layout of the cabin although the bathroom was a little to small for comfort but overall we loved our little space we called home for the week. After settling in we then ventured out to discover what the ship had to offer. We were not disappointed. All public areas was clean and tidy and all the staff greeted you with a friendly smile, we soon felt right at home infact.
The food onboard was amazing and the choice was endless. We ate most of our meals in the Lido Buffet restaurant at the rear of the ship and although it was the most informal of the three restaurants on board the food was top notch and equal if not better to anything we have eaten on previous hotel based holidays. As mentioned there was two other restaurants onboard, the Meridian which was the same food as the Lido but with Waiter service and Mistrals which was fine dining A La Carte where we spent an excellent evening at the Captains night.
As for the enterainment, well this was even more impressive than the food. In total there was five bars on the ship and in most the was live entertainment every night. We spent most of our evenings between the Show bar and liberties. In the Show bar the vast majority of the entertainment was provided by a very tallented group of young people called the Thompson entertainment team. Each night apart from wednesday night they put on a different show which varried greatly in theme but each one was equally as good as the other one. I wont spoil it by naming the shows but you wont be disappointed thats for sure. In Liberties bar the shows there was of more of a gameshow type but no less expertly performed. Horizons bar was right up on the top deck somewhat hidden away but it was a little gem if you wanted a relaxing evening looking out to sea listening to some light entertainment provided by the resident singing duo. There was also an excellent solo singer who was aged only 19 but was far beyond his years in talent.
As for the staff onboard, what can i say, i have never met a more friendlier group of people in my life, nothing was too much trouble and they attended to every request without quibble and a smile. Special mention must go to the staff of the Lido restaurant who were absolutely fabulous and even treated you to an impromtu singing show quite often.
The outside sun decks were quite large and well kept but at times it was extremely difficult to find a sunbed in the better areas around the Lido outside stage area. However this didnt bother us overly and we soon discovered a lovely sun deck right at the top of the ship.
Coming back to our cabin now, this was cleaned twice daily by a very pleasant young cabin steward who again couldnt do enough for you.All sheets and towels were replaced daily and everything was left tidy.
I could go on singing the praises of this ship forever but i will not bore you anymore except to say that myself and my lovely wife had the best time aboard this wnderful ship and will most definetely be booking again very soon in the near future. It truly was a holiday to remember and we will take away many special memories for life.