Used the coach from Victoria without any problem. Fairly long queue for checking in at Tilbury but we were on last coach of 4 at around same time so to be expected.
First impressions of Ship were very good - nice and clean and shown to cabin straight away. As advised in advance the Orinoco was doubtful and there was a letter to confirm this.
Revised schedule added two Caribbean islands ( although Grenada had to be swapped to St Lucia due to forecast high swell which would have made tendering difficult and too dangerous )The Amazon and Devils Island were highlights of this wonderful itinerary.
Waldorf food was excellent with good choice considering the price of this cruise,with friendly waiters. Ours was from Burma and excellent. The self service Marcos was very busy at times with lack of seating only on a few occasions at Lunch and Breakfast but then only when the weather prevented use of the outside area.
Sometimes a shortage of cups / glasses More
but if you take one of those insulated cups you can also use this for ice!
Swimming pool out of use in the Amazon due to silt and regulations.
Lots of varied things to do during the days at sea although we mostly just laze away on a sunbed.
Entertainment Team very good and good evening shows by the resident singers / dancers and musicians. Richard the cruise director leads from the front and probably the best we have seen. Compared to other cruises we have been on the drink prices are excessive.
£3:15 for a "large" beer which was only 40 CL. Not many people drinking in the bars at these prices and many said if it had been more reasonable they would have used the bars more. Water in cabin £2:20 a bottle !!
Excursions very expensive as they are on most cruise lines - we did own thing bar one trip as we wanted to guarantee seeing the meeting of the waters. Some people complained it rained alot ( IN A RAIN FORREST !! )
Our cabin stewardess deck 7 stbd fwd was first class and always very cheerful.
Disembarkation was smooth enough as we were on the Victoria Coach so amongst first off apart from those who took own luggage with them. I think others might have had a long wait though.
Lots of people requested tipping forms as like us they prefer to tip the Cabin Steward and Waiter personally. Less
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Our inside cabin was generally very quiet. Could hear distant sound of the piano above in captains club if retiring early but not a problem. Some banging of drawers first thing in the morning adjacent cabins.