We set sail from Southampton on August 19th and were immediately surprised by the number of elderly people who chose to book a cruise during the school holidays.
Luckily for us there were also 120 sixteen and seventeen year olds on board as we were worried our 17 year old son would not have a good time. As it was he really enjoyed going to the teenage club.
Our cabin was ok but a bit cramped for three with a shortage of storage space. Our son's sofa bed was not very comfortable with a very thin mattress.
Entertainment on board was very good, especially the Headliners shows. There were lots of quizzes and the films shown were quite recent.
The food was disappointing, especailly the buffet. The waiters were efficient but rushed all meals and weren't particularly friendly.
The ship seemed to berth well away from the towns and shuttle buses, or in the case of Venice a £15pp motor launch, were supplied. This meant lots of queuing and hanging around, thus shortening the time we had to see the ports where we stopped. Our first stop was Cadiz where I would advise people to look around on foot as it is very small and not even worth the 15 Euros for the 45 minute red bus tour. Also went to Cephalonia which was a nice Island with a few natural attractions. Did a tour by cab. Last port was Oporto where the 13 Euro Red Bus tour was very worthwhile.
Overall we had a nice relaxing holiday but the food and organisation in the ports could have been better.