This was a cruise we planned to celebrate our retirement and 40th wedding anniversary. We had done a similar 7 day cruise with Thompson 5 years ago and thought that by sailing to and from the Canaries it would be so much better.
THE HIGHS. Getting on board at Dover was so slick. They had it so well organised. Because we had booked a suite we were invited to board early to have lunch while they took our luggage to the cabin. After lunch we had time to explore before the general boarding. The cabin was nicely laid out. It was clean and the housemaid assigned to our cabin kept it very well with clean towel every day. It not really a suite. Its a cabin with a small sofa and chair with a coffee table. The balcony also had 2 chairs and a table plus 2 sun loungers. We experienced wonderful sunrises and some great sunbathing.
All the staff on board were just so helpful, nothing was to much trouble. The food was good with plenty of choice of food and places to eat. The entertainment was good and varied.
THE LOWS. The first thing that struck us at dinner the first night was the number of old folk on board. I guessed the average age to be 70 - 80. This is not something you would pick up on looking at the promotion videos. Sailing from the UK is the attraction (Not having to fly). We found the best way to get from one end of the ship to the other was to walk along the deck so as to avoid walking frames.
The first 3 days were a nightmare as the weather was not good. The ship rolled around like a tin can. We saw a tanker sail by as steady as a rock because it was so heavy while we were rolling from side to side due to the swells. So many passengers were confined in their cabins after £40 sickness jabs.