We joined the ship on 24th September an all inclusive trip x 7 days. Busy day for the crew on change over day.
Is was a full complement of passengers .
We were also on this ship in 2009 .
Allocated cabin 5528 small but functional chipped salmon pink wash basin shower cubicle was OK for average build of passenger , mattress a bit worn ,no hair-dryer for my partner.(you can hire one from reception) have to pay to use the cabin safe .
We used the very popular Beachcomber self service restaurant for breakfast and lunch ,melamine plates and cups supplied most food hot food was served to you from the hot plate (cuts down on food waste ) help yourself to anything else , you could order an omelette .
We used the Island restaurant in the evenings a bit less of a crush and exchanged cruise experiences with fellow passengers (,vibrations from ships engine room when docking or anchor chains sounds ) .Food was of very good quality.
Public areas were clean but well worn ,whole ship in need of refurbishment.
As the company are making money there is there need to up grade ?
The entertainment team worked very hard and most passengers had positive comments .
Most ships crew Officers and men were polite or friendly .
The PUB could very busy and it was quicker to go to the bar to be served which I prefer rather than being hassled to buy another drink as happens other cruise ships .
Invited to the Captains Cocktail party along with another 150 people , offered glass of wine or soft drink ! Learned the one passenger had sailed on the ship 17 times ,a waist of time attending this party.
We took this cruise because of the ports call , Cavil, Livonia , Nice ,Toulouse, Barcelona
I am aware of negative reviews , some are a bit unfair .
Overall we enjoyed this cruise and would sail on the ship depending on the itinerary.
Value for money probably not.