We boarded the ship but did not sail til 36 hours passed...they told us that "authorities in Lisbon " would not let us go....meanwhile.....we were stuck in Porto....we where in the process of abandoning ship ...making plans to go home.....when miraculously....they allowed us to start the cruise. No info that made sense was transmitted........The food was cafeteria quality for lunch and dinner. The breakfast was nicely done and hearty. The crew was brand new and after 4 days...they worked well together. The chef finally cooked from his Portuguese soul....dinners were better the last few days. Never saw the cabin steward....the cruise director was trying hard for a tip.....unctuous at best.
The wine flowed freely at lunch and dinner....... and was very good. Mixed drinks were a rip off.....sodas and iced teas were ridiculously expensive.
The cabins were well appointed and predictably small if you were used to the nice big cruise ships. The scenery was lovely.....in a few weeks it would have been magnificent.
We missed a few ports due to the late start.....we did not care....the captain was awesome going under bridges that defied the possibility of making it......and high-tailing it back in time for some passengers to make their flights out of Porto the last day. Some passengers did not make it to Porto and were bussed at 3am to the Porto airport from a stop just short of Porto. We would not do this again......take a Regent or Oceania cruise...it leaves on time and tells you what's going on.....AMA was a different story every day!