This was our first cruise and to be honest we feel a bit let down with it, or was it a case of us expecting to much from what we thought a cruise would be like.
Embarkation was swift and prompt, and was shown directions to our cabin.
The cabin was above expectations being roomy, comfortable with plenty of storage space and clean.
Next was what was called the "sail away" party. we thought they might provide you with a complimentary drink, but all we got was a butlins type atmosphere of "people on the left you're team A, give us a cheer!!, not our type of thing, then the resident band and staff performed songs.
We didn't know we'd started sailing until someone said we're moving, we thought this is where an announcement could have been made in a butlins/love boat manner rather than "team A, B or C" give us a whoop woop!
We found the food average at best, just as we've found in AI hotels, it looked amazing but the tastes didn't quite match the look of it....but there was plenty of choice and we found the breakfasts to the most enjoyable.
We cannot comment on the shows as we're not into that sort of thing, I did take in the comedian for all of 5 minutes,but left as the jokes he was telling i'd heard in 1998 by johnny casson!!
As others have said, on a sea-day, forget about getting a sunbed unless you're up early, and also you are packed in like sardines.
Please Thomson, on sea-days can you make sure that ,napkin folding, cooking demo be taken inside the ship (libertines was empty) as it was so off putting hearing the entertainment crew describe every small detail, whilst we were trying to relax or read...i gave up trying to read as i couldn't concentrate, but I know how to fold a napkin!! LOL
The ships crew were very friendly and professional and are a credit to this ship with big thanks to Ad ang. Rio and the rest
We were always the last to re-board ship as we loved being ashore, and would have liked the ship to stay overnight so you could sample the various places at night as they have a different atmosphere.
We are independent travelers as a rule and like to get out and mingle with the locals but thought we'd try a cruise as we wanted to go to Istanbul and Athens, (which the ancient wonders itinerary did) but this is a very British ship with very British passengers,with butlins type announcements over the tanoy and as such is not for us.
A Turkish waiter summed it up for us whilst in Kusadsai..He said "you don't like cruising cos you are governed by rules, when to get off/on the boat..where you can go on board etc.."..we thought yes...we like to do our own thing in our own time. HI DE HI ;-)