Portsmouth to Caen (D-Day area) to Dublin - Wales - Belfast - Scottish Isles - Glasgow. Overall very pleased with the ship and Gohagan Travel. I will comment on a previous reviewer: (Note - this cruise was various US and Canada alumni associations - so we ALL spoke English)
" we found the crew and officers alike extremely friendly and helpful." Agree 100%.
" A good sized cabin with a king size bed (two twins pushed together no doubt.) but comfortable. Ample storage space around. and our cases fitted under the bed with no problem. The bathroom is on the small side but a good size shower and then the toilet is separate - which is good. All with the usual complimentary soaps, etc. Bathrobes and slippers for use which is good less to pack . Balcony was a good size with two chairs and a table. Another plus was the good size of the safe . Constructive criticism to sit in front of the mirror - one couldn't get past. Complimentary bottled water, which was given continuously." Agree 100% We were in an upgraded room with a SMALL bathtub.
"Loved the layout of the ship with a lift forward or aft if needed and found her "beautiful"" ABSOLUTELY
"Had a couple of dinners in the main dining room (silver service) and must point out that the Maître D'hôtel put English speaking with English speaking etc. but we preferred eating up in the buffet. Liked the big windows to look out." We did not eat in the buffet, prefering the ordering from the menu.
"Was a tad disappointed with the food. thought we were going to have a very good gastronomic experience. Yes, the breads, cakes, desserts, pastries etc. were wonderful . Good choice of various salads etc., but the main course - mediocre." I agree - they served around 240 people at once, so the food was not a gastronomic delight. Not bad (except the rib eye which was tough as shoe leather to many diners). All-in-all for the money I was satisfied, but not a foodie's dream. Few vegetables but a lot of fresh fruit for breakfast.
Enteratinment was weak and the casino night was a real joke. Bartenders were excellent and the views from the front decks were marvelous. Only one smoker on the cruise, but I have seen other comments about on deck smoking and suspect that that would be an issue with European travellers. Too cold too swim, but pool (non-heated) looked fine.