Recently returned from a short 4 day cruise from Southampton (UK) to Copenhagen.
Day 1. We arrived at Southampton around 1030 as it was the Royal Wedding day and we had read that the wedding could be seen onboard, we got to the Mayflower terminal (had been due to leave from city terminal but a Celebrity ship was there), check in was easy, priority line moved just as quickly as the other lines, got into the holding area as they were not ready to board, wedding was being shown on small portable TV with everyone crowded around, eventually boarded around 1140, ship was clean, some signs of wear but thats to be expected, we headed straight to the Windjammer for the traditional honey stung chicken lunch, after lunch and as the windjammer was filling up we went off to explore the ship and reserve a place with the future cruise staff, cabins were ready at 1330 however, our keycards did not work, after going to guest services and waiting forever we got some new cards, Cabin was nice, inside this time, from past experience we never spend time in there except for changing and sleeping so a balcony really is a waste for us, our luggage was already waiting so we quickly unpacked, put the valuables in the safe and went back out to explore. Weather was pleasant so we had a relax by the pool until it was time for muster, then sailaway and we headed back to the cabin to change since we were on an early dinner. We had just enough time before dinner to see the future cruise person, ended up booking a transatlantic for 2012 on Mariner. Dinner was nice, we were on a table for 10 and there were 47 people which wasn't great, we both ordered the prime rib, mine rare and DH wanted his well done, they both came rare, however, the waiter was fine with this and quickly brought a replacement for DH. After dinner we wandered down to the theatre, show was OK, but just OK, cruise director was Carly Boileau (hope I spelt that right) and IMO she spent a little too long talking about the ship, we did notice that a few people got up and left. After the show we had a drink at the Schooner bar and then turned in for the night.
Day 2. Up bright and early even though the clocks had gone forward and hour for European time, went to the WJ for breakfast, nice selection, British and American style bacon although I tend to just have cereal for breakfast, there was also an omelet station. After breakfast we headed to the Solarium which was nice and warm, tried out the jacuzzi and pool, jacuzzi's were a bit small which was an issue when the solarium got busier, stayed in there then WJ for a snack and found a seat to watch as the ship navigated the locks as we headed for Amsterdam, once the ship docked there was a long, long line to get off so we just got a seat and waited for it to go down a bit. Eventually we got off and walked into the town which was not far at all, weather was lovely and we just wandered (it was Queens day so a lot of roads were closed), around 1800 we headed back to the ship as it was formal night (and an overnight in port), we were too late for the MDR so just headed up to the WJ and had a relaxing dinner, afterwards we went to the captains reception and got chatting to some really nice people, the show that night was a Broadway tribute which was OK and nice to watch and listen to, then we had a drink in the Schooner and off to bed. One of the things I like on a cruise is a jazz quartet, sadly, none on this cruise.
Day 3. Still in Amsterdam, we had a quick breakfast and went ashore, had a walk around, bought some souvenirs and went back to the ship and enjoyed the sun, in the evening was the platinum and above event which was nice, ate in the WJ again, went to the show which was a unicyclist - he was very funny and entertaining, then a couple of drinks and bed.
Day 4, Sea day. Woke up feeling a bit woozy, going for breakfast we noticed that sickness bags had been placed on all the stairways and I soon realised why, I've never been seasick, still don't know why I was, feel groggy and ill most of the day, did go back to the cabin and have a nap, we asked at Guest Services if there were any anti sickness pills available and the lady there said no, In the evening the sea was calming down, went to the WJ for a stroll and chatting to someone there we found out that they were readily available from outside the sick bay. Farewell show was Ok, 70's music, again a couple of drinks as we watched the Karaoke and then turned in, we were carrying our own luggage off so did not bother to put it out for collection.
Day 5. Copenhagen and debarkation. This was a breeze as we had priority departure, woke up feeling much better, went to WJ for some breakfast, it was like a free for all, everyone grabbing everything and people hogging tables as there was nowhere else to go. We just went back down to the cabin, eventually we heard the announcement that we could depart. Walked off the ship, getting to the airport with the train was the easiest thing ever.
Overall, I came away with good impressions of the ship, CD and staff were good (apart from the first night), don't know why they chose an overnight port stay for the formal night when it could have been done the next night though. Found crew to be helpful, especially the young lady who always greeted us at the WJ and would usually take a minute to answer and questions we had.