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Member Name: bill galloway
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Edinburgh
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: 7
Cabin Number: 4060
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 2.0
Public Rooms 2.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 2.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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Ship Facts: Review (by Cruise Critic!)
I want hot food
The Ship - Old and slightly tired. Vibrates a fair amount and although we found our cabin reasonable we did hear of many complaints, particularly if you r room happened to be under the reception area. It was described as the noise of high heels clacking on the floor. The main dining room is fine if you like structure and sitting with the same people each night. Fortunately we were paired with a couple from Perth who were good company. If you don't fancy the main dining room then you are left with the buffet style boathouse. This area is a mess and not a particularly nice place to eat.

The Food - In the main dining room the menu was varied and the quality reasonable. In the boathouse (buffet style) the food was never hot and lack of cutlery seemed to be an ongoing issue.

The Staff- Very friendly bar and cabin staff although there seemed to be a continual push on drink sales.

Entertainment (main showroom)- on the whole, of a reasonable standard.

Entertainment (forward bar and rear bar) Hmmmm Forward bar consisted of the same pianist 3/4 times a night. Rear bar - Hamptons was a mixture of singers, game shows, bingo and the usual cocktail/ fruit carving demos. Did not think the entertainment crew worked very hard outwith their perfunctory duties.

Atmosphere- compared with other cruises the atmosphere seemed quite subdued.

Ships Crew - Come on Cruise and Maritime, where did you get the uniforms. If the jerseys were not hanging of them they looked as though they had been washed into submission. The yellow high vis jackets were all well passed there sell by dates. It reflected badly on the ship.

Drinks Prices - very expensive. be aware if you only like a small splash of coke with your drink, you will be charged £1.95 for the pleasure. Buy a tin at £2.05 and guard it with you're life.

Moulde - went ashore and had a walk round. Not a lot to see.

gararnger fjiord - went ashore and had a walk round. Not a lot to see. Did not do any trips as sitting on the ship in the fjiord was what i went for.

Other ports - went ashore and had a walk round. Not a lot to see. Went on the flam railway trip, which was very good.

Overall - having read the above you probably think i did not enjoy my cruise, incorrect. I had a good time and got what it said on tin. The Ocean Countess is an old ship and caters for the lower priced end of the market.It is definately not a ship for children but for the more mature, who all seemed to enjoy themselves.

Publication Date: 08/26/11
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