We live on the Wirral which is about 5 miles away from Liverpool so a cruise from Liverpool is very convenient. This is not usually an option as the big cruise lines do not embark/disembark from Liverpool..hopefully this will change as Liverpool would be a fantastic cruise visit. The cruise terminal (if it can be called this!)was very difficult to find and I am familiar with the area so how people from outside Liverpool found it I cannot imagine. It was very badly sign posted and was hidden away in a working dock that salvages scrap metal.
Embarkation was quick and efficient. We then boarded the ship up a very dodgy rope ladder..not very pleasant.
The first thing to say is forget any other cruises you may have been on, this cannot be compared. I had a mindset that it was only for one night and treated it as "an experience". This is an old and very small ship.
Cabins: Our bags were waiting for us as we arrived at our cabin. The cabin was like a very small cheap hotel room in Blackpool. Two very narrow beds,vanity area and wardrobes and a TV. The bathroom was small but very clean and efficient. The shower was lovely and clean with hot water. However the ship is incredibly noisy and there is lots of vibration, so people may have difficulty sleeping in these conditions.
Staff: The staff are not very friendly compared with other cruises where you almost get tired of being welcomed and greeted!!
The areas of the ship are old fashioned and small but adequate. We ordered Mojitos which were terrible..granulated sugar and very sour from too much lime..they did swap them for the cocktail of the day but I don't think there was any alcohol in the replacements.
Food:The dining room looks ok but the food was terrible. Breakfast was ok but I had just been put off eating by the food the night before.
Entertainment: we watched the show which started a bit strange with razor blade swallowing but then was followed by singing and dancing which was watchable.
However the whole experience was made enjoyable by the fellow passengers who were lovely. We all attended a rock n roll dance party where everyone danced till the early hours. The main dance floor opened its doors to the deck so there was a massive dance area. It was wonderful being in the middle of the Irish Sea in October and dancing, the weather was unseasonably warm. There were a few delicate heads the following morning.
Overall it was a very interesting experience but I would not like to stay more than one night on the ship.