We appreciate Ocean Countess is an older ship , we like this. Ship is small and intimate. We had a lovely experience on this cruise with an unusual itinerary to Shetlands, Faroes and Hebridians.Two ports were tender ports which were handled very efficiently.
Cabin small but with good wardrobe space and 2 sets of draws - have seen less space on other lines that you might expect better of. Noise at night but we were towards lower stern.
Have seen bad reviews for food on this ship but we had 5 excellent meals, enough choice of well cooked, presented and hot meals. Service was quick and pleasant.The wine waiter was a joy , he had a fair knowledge of subject and was entertaining and just the right side of friendly.
Buffet in Boat House was crowded at times but only had breakfast here and service not as friendly as The restaurant.
Bar service variable from bar to bar , we found that we liked the piano bar the best.
Entertainment in show lounge was very good. Ship benefited from a very polished team of performers. Very committed team even to making own costumes of a good standard. Show lounge is not well levelled and you have to pick right seat for a good view hence you need to get there early. We dont usually bother with all shows on a cruise but we liked the performers so much we made the effort to go early for good seats for all shows. The performers joined in after show ,line dancing and discos - after doing 2 shows to make the effort to dance and encourage passengers to join in was above and beyond what is normally seen on other cruiselines. Cruise director introduced shows and joined in Joseph doing a really good job. He was friendly and approachable .
For the price bracket of Cruise we had excellent value for money. We will be cruising with them again .