We sailed from Portsmouth. You transfer by bus from the terminal to the ship, but the transfer is quite short. Long delay boarding as ship was entertaining travel agents.
The main feature for us was the quality of. Guest speakers. You receive of their knowledge in depth, well illustrated by slides. Most tours are included in the price.
A word of warning. Do not accept a cabin in the stern. There is tremendous vibration in this old but refurbished ship. we were allocated B 64. the vibration was so great that we could not sleep.
After three difficult nights we were moved to a forward cabin having been told the ship was full.
Notwithstanding we had a great cruise which included nightly optional bridge play.
Cleanliness and service are top rate and the food is superior to some of he larger hips.
Minerva can get close to stops such as SRk, Lundy, Aran Islands but the tenders can be quite hairy. The sailors were most capable and even severely disabled were safely put ashore.
Entertainment is very low key with piano bar and resident band. No up to dare films. Only one quiz which was attended by the majority of passengers and could be repeated.