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We picked this cruise for a few reasons. The dates were perfect, the price was good and who doesn't want two weeks in the Caribbean. Was slightly concerned as I have food allergies, but I have to say, the chef was amazing. He made ... Read More
We picked this cruise for a few reasons. The dates were perfect, the price was good and who doesn't want two weeks in the Caribbean. Was slightly concerned as I have food allergies, but I have to say, the chef was amazing. He made sure that everything I ate was safe for me to do so. 10/10 definitely, even had my own bread made for me.. can't thank him enough. Really excellent embarkation and disembarking experience. Quick and easy. The Ship was not to large and had the right mixture of areas including, bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment areas. The entertainment crew were friendly and mixed with everyone. They worked really hard with the shows and Briana especially has an amazing voice. The ports were mostly ok, but 1 or 2 left much to be desired. Went for a walk in ST Kitts to be told by two police that we shouldn't walk that way as it wasn't a safe area !!! To turn around and go back to the shops. ST Maarten was lovely as was Aruba. One port had shops in port but outside nothing due to the recent cyclones, which they haven't recovered from as yet. But obviously not their fault, but maybe Tui should rethink sone ports of call. The Captain was approachable and made sure we all knew what was happening in an entertaining way. We really enjoyed our holiday overall thank you for an amazing two weeks Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Chose this cruise because we enjoyed our Caribbean cruise on Discovery last year. Our main grumbles were with the poor quality restaurant food and the shambolic service in the Latitude. The food presentation was poor and the meals ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we enjoyed our Caribbean cruise on Discovery last year. Our main grumbles were with the poor quality restaurant food and the shambolic service in the Latitude. The food presentation was poor and the meals didn’t resemble any level of quality that one would expect from a restaurant. Adjacent dirty tables were never cleared until required by other diners. Service was slow, meals taking up to three hours and drinks often arrived after food was served or even finished! The staff seemed inexperienced and lacking in training. We did complain to the catering manager, Wally. He ensured that on our next meal the service standard improved, but sadly this was not sustained for the rest of our week. We thought the buffet food was superior to the restaurant food. The wine served tasted awful and I frequently couldn’t finish my glass - very unusual for me! The bottle labels said 13% alcohol but it tasted watered down, as did many of the other drinks served. Theatre entertainment was average, our balcony cabin clean and comfortable and the ports visited were good. Cruise staff seemed happy and for the most part helpful and transfers were good. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I love this ship, the staff are lovely, the ship is beautiful. there's lots of choice food and drinks. the only things i didn't like is the 2 jacuzzi's in the indoor pool, they never worked av been on 2 cruises with ... Read More
I love this ship, the staff are lovely, the ship is beautiful. there's lots of choice food and drinks. the only things i didn't like is the 2 jacuzzi's in the indoor pool, they never worked av been on 2 cruises with discovery, and each cruise i've not seen them work yet. and i just wish when you travel to a colder place like Norway or Russia the pools were heated, you pay all that money and can't go in a warm or hot pool. which would be lovely. and the other thing is the wifi its so expensive 1.2gb is £50, they said it will last a week. but a lot had used it in 48 hrs. you think you have a week of wifi but it only lasts you till you have used your 1.2gb. the tv had about 25 to 30 channels but maybe 18 of them just have tui page or tui cruise on, that would be nice to have some proper channels on, instead of news, news,news and a game channel that repeats all day everyday. the 2 film channels is not to bad but sometimes you can wait a longtime before a film comes on. free bottles of water would have been nice to but you have to pay for thous. the staff work really hard most of the beds on board are new and very comfy, i booked the same room and went back because the bed was so comfy as i can suffer with back pains, but the bed had been changed, my porter did his best to try make us comfy, but explained the bed must have been change for some reason, as when i went last year they were all brand new hipnos beds. but the things i mentioned can be improved hopefully, but i still love this beautiful ship. and will be back and hope i can find the jacuzzis indoor working, the outside ones do work, and there nice and hot, be nice if pool was warmer. lol. in colder countrys. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
12th cruise, first time on a TUI ship. Excellent itinerary. Had to wait on the runway for 95 mins as the plane wings had to be de-iced. No drinks were offered, a very poor show. Overall the cruise was fantastic with no major ... Read More
12th cruise, first time on a TUI ship. Excellent itinerary. Had to wait on the runway for 95 mins as the plane wings had to be de-iced. No drinks were offered, a very poor show. Overall the cruise was fantastic with no major complaints . We had most of our evening meals at Gallery or Gallery 47. We always went at around 6-6:30 never queued and only once there was no room at the Gallery, so we went upstairs to 47, no problems. I have read a couple of really nasty negative reviews about these restaurants, The people who wrote those obviously expected Jamie Oliver or Raymond Blanc to cook their food, then personally serve them their meals.They should of taken a Silversea cruise instead!or just stayed at home eating at their normal 5 star restaurant. The food and service in those restaurants was first rate. The entertainment was first rate, passengers all nice and polite, standard drinks package very good.The ship was the smallest one we had been on, a little old but in good condition. The crew were all fantastic and I will definitely be cruising again on this ship or its sister one. The only bad point about the cruise was the stop in BVI. Walked off the ship and there was nothing to do or see because of the hurricane damage. This stop was I think just for brownie points for TUI. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose Silversea some 18 months ago, because we have cruised with Regent and Seabourn and wanted to make a comparison. Silver Muse was a perfect choice because of the destination and timing. The "new ship" factor also helped! ... Read More
We chose Silversea some 18 months ago, because we have cruised with Regent and Seabourn and wanted to make a comparison. Silver Muse was a perfect choice because of the destination and timing. The "new ship" factor also helped! We traveled to Barbados independently on the day before we embarked the ship. We have been to Barbados many times, and our stay was entirely in our hotel. Embarkation was smooth on the following day, and we were aboard and having lunch quickly. Our stateroom was ready at around 2pm, and our luggage was delivered at the same time, including the suitcase that we had sent ahead using the Silversea service. Our stateroom was on Deck 8 midships, and was superb. Our butler Anu made himself known quickly, and was very attentive throughout the cruise. We loved the decor on board, as modern and minimalist suits us. We found the dining venues to be excellent and the service in all areas of the ship was excellent. We know the Caribbean quite well, and liked the islands visited. We always enjoy going to Bequia and the Dutch Antilles were a lovely surprise. We remained on board at some venues, as we had been before and were playing bridge at the time. Overall a fabulous experience, we will travel with Silversea again having booked a future cruise while on board. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Flights delayed going and returning to Gatwick. We paid premium seating but did not even sit with each other there or back. Cabin on 8th deck with balcony didn't have the usual wow factor. Cabin stewards were excellent.Been on ... Read More
Flights delayed going and returning to Gatwick. We paid premium seating but did not even sit with each other there or back. Cabin on 8th deck with balcony didn't have the usual wow factor. Cabin stewards were excellent.Been on cruises around the Med. First trip to Caribbean. I will not be rushing back there. Didn't like the ship. Had better food and the entertainment was so rubbish. Thought there just might be a Caribbean evening. Sampling the food. No. Never heard anything Or ate anything remotely Caribbean. Live bar? No one was ever Live in there. Just virtual TV. The lead singers in the theatre just shouted instead of singing. I love Pavarotti singing but didn't expect to hear his voice blaring out Too loudly from top deck. There is not one bar with a bit of background music going on. All Far too noisy. Couldn't hear my partner sitting next to me speak. Tried paying supplement and used Deck 11 to eat twice. Quieter. But Bar stewards carrying sacks of ice through the bar!!! Like a market.!!!!! Excursions and photographs far far to pricey for most budgets. Most entertainment on one deck. Where are the loos? Oh a deck down or deck up. Landed late back at Gatwick. Had to find a parking place for the plane. Reckon he parked over in the wrong terminal. The walk to immigration was awful. Far to far away. Come on Thompson. You can do better. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We have been cruising with Thomson once or twice a year for the last 17 years but since TUI has taken over standards have gone down-hill. Food was not up to cruising standards and service was very poor- not enough staff and some staff ... Read More
We have been cruising with Thomson once or twice a year for the last 17 years but since TUI has taken over standards have gone down-hill. Food was not up to cruising standards and service was very poor- not enough staff and some staff in Island restaurant even rude, ignoring passengers' requests. The layout of food and seating in the Island restaurant was a disaster - people wandering around looking for food cutlery and even not being able to find their way back to their table! Dinner in 37degrees restaurant poor and now only 3 courses (c.f. 5 previously with Thomson), so-called 28day matured Angus steaks were tough as old leather and it took 2hrs30min one evening to be served! Breakfast there was also often poor due to dour waiters getting orders wrong. Food in the Italian 37degree gallery restaurant even worse - same menu each day and microwaved tasteless food. We ended up dining in Island restaurant due to poor food and service in 37degrree restaurant in evening. We have lost things like: The Captain's reception; the midnight banquet with ice carvings, the flaming baked Alaska parade; the introduction on stage to the entertainment team and opportunity to photograph them at end of a show, the Philippino staff were also sorely missed. Daytime entertainment beside main pool was very poor though entertainment team in Broadway Show were very good. We were all inclusive yet TuiThomson charge £1.40 for a small bottle of water. Tours were also expensive - averaging £50pp while, often local transport was much cheaper e.g. 2$ local bus on St Maarten from Dutch, Phllipsberg to French, Marigot Wi-fi was very expensive while it was free in the terminal buildings of most ports of call! The facilities on the ship were excellent (apart from the Islands restaurant). Most of the regular Thomson cruisers that we spoke to were of the same opinion that "Thomson cruises had lost its magic" and would not be coming back on TUIThomson cruises. P.S. Since we returned home we were promised an online questionnaire about our cruise to arrive within a couple of days but, perhaps as we are now marked complainers (our cabin number was noted whenever we complained), no questionnaire has arrived! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The flow of geting on and off ship was very smooth. Smashing ship, glad we chose smaller compared to some we saw en route. One couple who were not on our ship described her as "a lovely old lady" and big and new is not always ... Read More
The flow of geting on and off ship was very smooth. Smashing ship, glad we chose smaller compared to some we saw en route. One couple who were not on our ship described her as "a lovely old lady" and big and new is not always better, we agree. It's the personal more intimate touches on a smaller ship. The cleanliness was just astounding, from our cabin with a balcony to the non stop cleaning of the interior to the exterior. My one niggle that the carpet could have been cleaner in The Islands. The food, particularly The Islands was 'outstanding' the choice was fantastic, always hot with hot plates for it to be served on, something for even the fussy of palettes. We spent many a night in The Atrium, great waitress service, very attentive, good sense of humour. Entertainment wise, the saxophonist brilliant, we would buy his CD if he ever made one. Disappointing were the Ballroom dancers, they did not dance much as partners and I would have at least expected them to have worn at least 2 or 3 costumes, jeans and a t.shirt is not what you expect from 'professional' dancers who were there to entertain. The disco on top deck was brilliant, the staff up there were more entertaining than downstairs, the DJ did a brilliant job and the cocktail making was fascinating to watch. We did not personally book any shore excursions on ship as we made our own way, for us the fun of meeting the locals, getting around the way they do, seeing and doing things in our own time meant we got to see so much more culture, how they live and some amazing scenery and wildlife. Comfortable cabin with balcony is a must if you can, thank you and praise to Emily, for whom nothing was too much trouble. It was nice that the Captain and his crew members made such an effort to be seen around ship. So, overall for our first Caribbean cruise we thank you Tui Discovery and your hard working lovely staff you have a beautiful ship and it was a pleasure to have sailed on her. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Well what can i say except for fantastic, the ship was great clean well maintained first look at it was wow, our cabin was 2574 and it was lovely enough room to move around so no complaints, all the restaurants where nice but the main ... Read More
Well what can i say except for fantastic, the ship was great clean well maintained first look at it was wow, our cabin was 2574 and it was lovely enough room to move around so no complaints, all the restaurants where nice but the main restaurant was amazing food was excellent service excellent the 2 hostesses Snezana and Khrystyna where lovely always polite and had time to have a wee bit laugh with us and the Head waiter Kenan was terrific he always remembered our names and our drinks always had time for us made us feel welcomed all the time thanks for that, the boat itself was very easy to find your way around it wasn't too big but not too small just right, plenty to do entertainment was great and drinks was plentiful bars was excellent very clean, we even got to speak to the captain what a nice man, just have to say all the staff where a credit to the TUI Discovery thanks to you all for making our holiday so enjoyable,only one thing what is annoying is the fact we pay all this money for a holiday and thompson still take money of us for wifi come on thompson even if we got 1 hour a day just to send our photos on Facebook so our families can see what a wonderful time where having. Mr and Mrs Gray Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
arrived in barbados all ok, till at the terminal and as we had book a suite there was no fast track book in till we complained, suite had badley ripped draw curtains up patio window again till i complained nothing would have been done, ... Read More
arrived in barbados all ok, till at the terminal and as we had book a suite there was no fast track book in till we complained, suite had badley ripped draw curtains up patio window again till i complained nothing would have been done, decks around the coral pool never been cleaned as there was cigarette end on the stair case for 3 days and still not cleaned up. bar staff around pool areas walk around with blinkers on as it took us an hour to get a drink. food in cafe buffet at lunch time i.e roast dinners was always cold, when complained was told they only had hot plates on bottom gr gr. full complaint will be going in to p & o as that was only a small part of a very poor cruise as it was for our 25th anniversary. and was very disappointed in the tresatment we received. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I chose to go on this ship as we had been on a cruise with p&O before on the beautiful Ventura around the med. it was my 60th and I wanted to do something special so booked this very expensive trip! we booked what was meant to be a ... Read More
I chose to go on this ship as we had been on a cruise with p&O before on the beautiful Ventura around the med. it was my 60th and I wanted to do something special so booked this very expensive trip! we booked what was meant to be a deluxe balcony cabin so paid a bit more. So here we go with all that is wrong with this ship: On arrival to our cabin, we noticed that like the Ventura the settee was a double pull out bed, no problem here, however on asking the steward to make up the bed we were gobsmacked when we returned to find that we literally could not walk around the bed to get to the balcony. It is literally up against the cabinets so you have to climb over the bed to get to the balcony or to make coffee/tea. The Balcony: I can only describe this as beyond tiny, you literally can only fit two chairs and a tiny table on it. there is no room to extend the chair it is literally against the glass balcony. Very tiny and not what you are led to beleive by the dimensions. Most of the Deluxe cabins are on Deck A, be warned this has to be the noisiest deck on the ship, as you are located directly under the lido pool, and the sun decks. 6.00 a.m. in the morning you are woken by the waiters dragging all of the sun beds out, then up until1.00 in the morning you can hear the boom boom of the music and you will literally hear the words from the singers, it is frankly a nightmare. Do not stay on this deck unless you sleep like a log! I do not and nor does my hubby. Cabin Stewards: We asked our steward to change our sheets on the pull out bed as we notived they had not been changed for 3 days! The steward lied and said that she changed them daily she did not, we knew because my husband had cut his foot on the metal mechanism of the bed and had bled onto the sheets. The blood was still there 3 days later. Clearly she could not be bothered and she was miserable to say the least! We asked on three days running to have tea coffee milk replenished and also to have 3 cups not TWO! This seemed to be a common problem with all the people who had 3 in a cabin. The bathroom was not cleaned properly, there was dirt all along the edge of the bath, bins were not emptied, geranlly very slap dash. Be warned if you are thinking of doing this cruise around this time of the year it is like Gods Waiting Room!! I am 60 and my hubby 56 but we are very young for our age and enjoy dancing, singing. Not this lot never met such moody rude and generally horrible old people. You walk around and all you see is the oldies snoring with their teeth out!! oh and of course they think they have more of a right to be there than the youngster. Our daughter is 16 and she has model manners unlike this awful lot. The second week a lot went home (thank god) and some younger people arrived, average age of 30, 40 and 50s so much better. Just avoid going out of school holidays unless you want to have a very sedate holiday. The Oriental Restaurant We did Club Dining because frankly I want to be waited on not suffer the gauntlet of chavs who want to barge you out of the way in the Horizon to get the last sausage!! the food in Oriental is amazing as are the waiters, I would give 10/10 for their service, dedication, politeness and general willingness to please. The Horizon: Frankly the food is disgusting, cold, overcooked, same old slop every day, avoid unless you enjoy this standard of food. Dealing with complaints: My Husband sadly found a hair in his Apple Crumble in the Oriental. We immediately informed the waiters who very hurriedly removed the dish and the hair. The head waiter was called and it was naturally all hushed up (cant have that being announced to all and sundry). Basically we were told that there would be an investigation (I asked if they would be taking a DNA test you know like CSI Miami but apparently not)!. My husband returned to our cabin to find a letter of apology blah blah, not the standard we set etc etc. but that was it. No apology no recompense nothing, so will be complaining to P&O about this. Lastly Brittania is frankly not a very nice ship at all, it is very very drab, browns, wine and gold, the idea was that it would be designed to be contemporary, what it actually resembles is a hospital. Hard railings with no color, carpets drab, Atrium chandelier whic is meant to be a stalagmite is at best awful. The Venture is bright, airy and modern and feels like a holiday this ship is literally depressing. Everyone we was with complained about the ship. Layout of the ship: Herein was the biggest cause for complaint. The Brittania has been designed so that due to the atrium being where it is there are no lifts in the middle and no stairs, as a result to get to floor 6 you have to go up to 7 then walk down to 6??? To say it caused problems was an understatement, everyone was getting lost, there are no signs to direct anyone and worst of all , people like myself who had a knee injury found the constant walking up and down stairs a real pain. Some passengers who were in wheelchairs arrived to find that they could only get in their cabin if they got out of their wheelchairs, folded them up and then walked in. One lady who could not get oout of her wheelchair had to wait for her hubby to lift her out of the chair, put her on the bed, fold up the wheelchair, then put her back in it!!! In summing up I would say if you are aged 60 70 80, are fit and able, don't enjoy bright decor then this is the ship for you. I felt very very let down on this ship its a pretty miserable cruise ship and I wont be going back, I will stick to Ventura, Azura whom everyone on our ship loved. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this ship because of tv advert and that it was a new ship and hadn't sailed with P&O before. No stairs midships so lifts were always busy had to go down just to get up 1 floor.we were below the lido deck which was always ... Read More
We chose this ship because of tv advert and that it was a new ship and hadn't sailed with P&O before. No stairs midships so lifts were always busy had to go down just to get up 1 floor.we were below the lido deck which was always noisy shifting sun loungers about early morning. And music booming out at night. The seating area surrounding the tables at the pool were very dirty and the table bases were rusty, windows could do with a good clean too. We certainly will not be aboard this ship again. We are in our 60 s and 70 s but does not mean we do not enjoy a good time. The entertainment also was dreadful. It reminded me of a holiday camp and so did the food not a lot of choice.the food was very repetitive in the horizon with people wandering about with trays to see if there was anything different, also food was very dry and sometimes not very warm. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise by sheer chance, having tussled for weeks with different options for a celebratory holiday for our 40th Anniversary. We were not to regret the choice. While the destinations varied in the degree of interest which ... Read More
We chose this cruise by sheer chance, having tussled for weeks with different options for a celebratory holiday for our 40th Anniversary. We were not to regret the choice. While the destinations varied in the degree of interest which they offered there can be no doubt that the choices catered for all tastes from the die hard scuba divers, snorkelers and swimmers with dolphins or turtles in such places as Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia to the less energetic but interesting Dutch influenced islands of Curacao, Bonnaire and Grenada, while all destinations allowed the dedicated sunbathers to revel in their pastime. However, frankly, the destinations took second place to the ship. The Discovery provided everything which we anticipated of a cruise ship and plenty more besides. Our cabin accommodation (Outside cabin Deck 2) was more than adequately equipped and the service of our cabin steward and her team was impeccable. Despite it's lowly location the cabin's proximity to the proved very useful when returning from tiring, hot excursions. Where catering was concerned, the Discovery could not be faulted. We ate most of our meals in either the 47 or 47 Gallery and every evening was like enjoying fine dining at a top restaurant. The menus were diverse and without exception delicious and the efficiency and above all friendliness of the staff was superb. On the occasions when we sampled the Islands buffet we were delighted but felt too tempted to over-indulge. Likewise the Snack Shack provided too much temptation. The quality of the inclusive restaurants persuaded us that there was no need to pay extra to use the specialised restaurants on the 11th Deck. For us, the high spot of most evenings after our superb dinner was to visit the Broadway Theatre Lounge and enjoy the excellent performance by the on board entertainment team, none of whom would be out of place in any West End show. Indeed, on one evening we were so impressed with the 8.15 performance that we went back at 10.15 to see it again. Though we spent less time watching the other entertainers, when we did, we were not disappointed. During the day when at sea or on the pool or sun deck after an excursion ashore, entertainment in the form of quizzes and music (both live and recorded) was always provided (sometimes a little more loudly than to our liking but that's probably just an age thing!) Overall we would have no hesitation in recommending the TUI Discovery to other "cruisers" whether experienced or like us, novices. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The ship is very large compared to the other thomson cruise ships. The food was very good, although we did find the surf and turf not to good and was definately not worth £25 pp! The all inclusive drinks variety was very good, but god ... Read More
The ship is very large compared to the other thomson cruise ships. The food was very good, although we did find the surf and turf not to good and was definately not worth £25 pp! The all inclusive drinks variety was very good, but god knows why they serve very good spirits with flat mixers? The entertainment was very good, but not sure why they have most of the late night activities in the live room which as very limited seating, when the venue would be of better use? All the ports we visited was very good, we did a mix of cruise excursions and doing it ourselves in port, i would suggest you do some research before travelling to see what is available in each port you visit. In general a very good cruise, the staff all work very hard, and i would certainly sail with tui again. hope this is helpful Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was my first experience of cruising and ok some people might say I have nothing to compare it to but I disagree...I have traveled a lot so whether it be on a ship or air I still have good experience in the holiday sector. This ship ... Read More
This was my first experience of cruising and ok some people might say I have nothing to compare it to but I disagree...I have traveled a lot so whether it be on a ship or air I still have good experience in the holiday sector. This ship is ran to perfection! the cabin, ok a little small but what the hell you only sleep in it ...the dining selection is second to none!! whether you do posh or self service it all meets up to standard! The entertainment....excellent infact if you dont pre-plan you'll miss loads, they leave an entertainment leaflet the night before in your cabin so you can look and see what you want to do the following day/night extremely good idea!!...the service....top notch! and the staff all so friendly!! The captain Mr Paul Brown - it was nice to hear his voice over the tannoy keeping us up to date with everything to do with the ship...I loved the whole experience from start to finish and was amazed how everything ran like clockwork for such a large amount of people 3,400 to be precise.........I cannot wait to go on another...hope fully Christmas 2017....if I had to give it a rating out of 10 it would be 12!!!!! one very satisfied holiday maker...... Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We were on the Wind Star, 4-masted sailing yacht . While this is a ship that only holds about 150 guests, it seems like they have about 1 for 1 on the crew. The ship is well taken care of in all regards. The food is at least equal to ... Read More
We were on the Wind Star, 4-masted sailing yacht . While this is a ship that only holds about 150 guests, it seems like they have about 1 for 1 on the crew. The ship is well taken care of in all regards. The food is at least equal to bigger ships. Our Captain was on her first cruise as Captain and was available, friendly and got us where we needed to go. We found the cabins in the middle of the ship had less movement than those in front or back. I have a walking problem and had my walker aboard. While they have no elevators, a crew member offered to carry my walker up any stairs that needed to be traversed. The rails are easy to hold onto and climb the stairs. Dining was available in about three areas. If you are interested in sitting outside, on top, you need to make reservations ASAP. The food was excellent and very accommodative on a needed diet. A lot of showmanship went into the meal. While entertainment on board was limited, there were a couple of times the total crew was involved in entertaining us. The big adventure was raising the sails every night and the music from "1492 conquest of paradise" and the total ship involvement. Most of the time, we were worn out by the evening from all of the daytime activity. Probably the service was as fine as any I have had on a ship (other than the Paul Gauguin, in Tahiti). There was always someone ready to help or fill a need every time I turned around. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Ship was nice enough but it is only a year old so would expect everything to be shipshape. A lot of dark wood and dark colours, balcony cabin with setee was quite roomy and like the open wardrobe area. Found our way round ok, we did ... Read More
Ship was nice enough but it is only a year old so would expect everything to be shipshape. A lot of dark wood and dark colours, balcony cabin with setee was quite roomy and like the open wardrobe area. Found our way round ok, we did expect to get lost with it being a larger ship but not bad at all as long as you remember to go to deck 7 first to get anywhere. Food wasn't as good as we expected unless you paid extra, we paid extra £15pp for meal in Sindhu (Indian) which was very good, and a cover charge plus approx £3 per meal choice in Beach House this was also good. Some meals in our Oriental restaurant (designated) were nice but majority of meals were basic despite their description. Horizon self serve restaurant was very repetitive and ordinary. Shore excursions not great, our first one on Aruba took us to see a natural bridge ( which had fallen in ) so not much to see but then our guide said but we now have a baby bridge still not much to see, onto a very old lighthouse next....this was covered in scaffolding and couldn't be seen.... Next the oldest church on the island, refurbished from ground up so it looked brand new and had just been painted a bright yellow. Disappointed with this trip to say the least.... cool Runnings and Dunns river falls was better, we enjoyed that one on Jamaica. (See trip advisor) Entertainment was ok but not brilliant. There seemed to be a lot of extra paying out for things. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We were very disappointed with the cruise. The Decor on the ship was understated and dull the entertainment was poor and there wasn't enough seats in the venues for the amount of passengers so had to queue for 30 or 40 mins to get in ... Read More
We were very disappointed with the cruise. The Decor on the ship was understated and dull the entertainment was poor and there wasn't enough seats in the venues for the amount of passengers so had to queue for 30 or 40 mins to get in to a show which lasted less than 45 mins. We were stuck in a cold corner of the restaurant next to air conditioner and couldn't get changed to a new table. As a result our food was cold before we could finish eating. The food was poor anyway and had steak one night whicht was uneatable. The menu didn't vary much maybe 1 different dish each night. The cabin was very nice and the balcony adequate also the port of calls were great which is just as well because we couldn't get a sunbed at the pools for love nor money. Too many passengers for the pool size. This was our 9th cruise and we loved every one of them but this was awful and we were glad to get off the ship. So if you don't want to sit in an English pub with bingo and pub quizzes every night, avoid this ship. We have now booked our next cruise with ncl Epic. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We really enjoyed our cruise around Central America on the Adonia. The sometimes elusive elements all came together to make this an enjoyable holiday. The highlights were: The Weather - not too hot or humid, occasionally windy. ... Read More
We really enjoyed our cruise around Central America on the Adonia. The sometimes elusive elements all came together to make this an enjoyable holiday. The highlights were: The Weather - not too hot or humid, occasionally windy. Fellow passengers - mainly well travelled British seniors who just wanted to enjoy themselves. The Ports of Call - different from the usual. Ships entertainment - very enjoyable. Food and service - good as usual. The Good The Adonia Theatre Company were excellent, we particularly enjoyed their two plays - well done to them. The talks by Tony White on drugs were fascinating. The staff were unfailing pleasant - particularly the smiley, smiley girl cooking the omelettes. The ports of call were varied and interesting - Cartegena was the surprise, we didn't have any great expectations but we were impressed by the old city. The train ride alongside the Panama canal was also enjoyable, as was the trip to see wildlife on the canal in Costa Rica. The meals were to a good standard and the service excellent. We tried the Ocean Grill restaurant on my wife's birthday and were impressed, we all enjoyed our meal and thought the extra charge was worth it. The Bad The Adonia is urgently in need of a refurb. The public rooms were good enough, but the corridors were slightly smelly and the carpets badly worn, the cabins were somewhat dated. The main problem was one of vibration from the propulsion system. During the first 24 hrs there was a constant shaking of the boat (the sea was calm). When we complained we were told that it was our position on the boat (C deck forward) and the sea conditions. This was complete rubbish, I have done enough sailing on large and small boats to know what the sea can do. The gossip from passengers who had been aboard for the previous cruise told us it was a problem with the starboard prop shaft. The good news is that within an hour of my complaint the vibration ceased. Maybe they adjusted the speed of the ship. Had it continued I would have wanted to get off. There were some episodes of vibration later in the cruise but they were generally short lived. A minor grumble was the bizarre response from the bar manager (Nigel) when I complained about their inability to make my favourite cocktail - a Mojito. (They made it by grinding up lime slices, which makes the drink very bitter.) When I invited Nigel to try one he declined telling me his Oncologist wouldn't allow it! Full marks for an original excuse. The P and O excursion on Roatan to the east of the islands was poor. I suggest you just go to the nearby beach. The flight with Thomas Cook wasn't enjoyable - hard, uncomfortable seats and a very limited range of videos, which were the same on the way back, so nothing new to watch. Thomsons are better. The Ugly The ship. All vessels need constant painting but the Adonia was quite rusty and scarred around the waterline. I was embarrassed to be seen getting on board. Summary Despite my grumbles we managed to have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Myself and most others on the holiday became increasingly annoyed by the moaners who were determined to make their negative comments known at every opportunity. Most of us were having a great time and could not understand what the ... Read More
Myself and most others on the holiday became increasingly annoyed by the moaners who were determined to make their negative comments known at every opportunity. Most of us were having a great time and could not understand what the others were moaning about, it seemed like they were living in a parallel universe or that they lived a life of luxury back home. All the staff we had contact with were sociable,had smiles on their faces and always greeted you pleasantly. I could get used to being called Madam!!! The food every where was of a good standard (we tried all the restaurants) The Sindu was our favourite. A common gripe was the surcharge for some places but you always pay more back home to eat in the best places so why not here. I would agree with everyone about the crazy sun bed situation but cannot also understand how anyone could spend more than 30 minutes in the hot sun out there, some people were really over doing it judging by the colour of their skin. I would also agree about how unpleasant it is as a non smoker to find oneself by mistake on the port side on the Lido deck where the smokers gather. Even rushing through is not an experience you want to repeat too often. Favourite place was The Crows Nest during the day, a true oasis of calm where readers could go to pass a couple of pleasant hours with magnificent views all around. Cabin and balcony were as expected. Took Six organised excursions and each one was worth the money for the security and peace of mind they provided. The islands are simply wonderful and the tour guides or drivers are such a wealth of knowledge and show genuine love for their particular island. Beware some of the roads are truely scary. Most memorable experience ,seeing the shoals of flying fishes. All the audience seemed to enjoy the Morcambe and Wise tribute act in The Limelight. We met and enjoyed the company of some delightful ,like minded fellow travelers who far outnumbered those others who seemed determined to find fault with things ( these seemed to be frequent cruisers, mainly with other cruise lines ) Would I go on Britannia again? Of course I would. Go, and decide for yourself. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our first long cruise having taken mini cruises before. The ship is impressive but staff appeared miserable and demotivated. We loved dressing up, the for in The Peninsular freedom dining was fantastic. We did pay to eat at ... Read More
This was our first long cruise having taken mini cruises before. The ship is impressive but staff appeared miserable and demotivated. We loved dressing up, the for in The Peninsular freedom dining was fantastic. We did pay to eat at both Sindhu and Limelight, "Morcambe & Wise" were superb both but food was disappointing. We had booked before arriving on board but no tables were reserved, we did complain and Kenneth offered us a return visit to Sindhu and at that time food was excellent. Our cabin was huge and located mid ship on C deck accessible only by lift. Standards slipped with guests not adhering to the dress code. Guests also reserved sun beds for hours at a time leaving many guests disappointed. We would have use The Retreat had we known about it at the start of the cruise only 5 spaces allocated on the day. Overall a fantastic cruise,madam in the Crows Nest kept us entertained as did Lauren the female part of the singin duo. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
First time on a small ship (146 passengers on a ship that holds 212) and did not miss the "floating city" experience of past larger ship cruises. The staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive and the service was 1st class. ... Read More
First time on a small ship (146 passengers on a ship that holds 212) and did not miss the "floating city" experience of past larger ship cruises. The staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive and the service was 1st class. Very much enjoyed the population size of the small cruise ship and the opportunity to get to know many of our fellow passengers. The cabins were very comfortable and we enjoyed spending a lot of time just enjoying the ocean breeze and sounds from the open window of the Juliet balcony in our suite. 24hr room service is AWESOME! Some of the Ports on the "Best of the ABC Islands" cruise were not much to look at when waking up in the morning. Unless you signed up for a ship excursion, trying to find some Island hideaway beach was difficult if not impossible. Even some of the excursions left folks wishing for some clearer waters to swim and snorkel and soft Caribbean sand under their feet. None of the ports allowed to do any swimming, sports and such from the much touted "sports deck". I had imagined being anchored in some bay by a lovely sand trimmed beach and hopping into a kayak from the ship's sport deck and paddling about looking at a dreamy beach. They did have the sports stuff all onshore in Mayreau; which was what I had imagined for a secluded beach that only a small ship could get to. They had plenty of chairs, shade and set up a bar from the ship. Contrast that with the dreadful and depressing oil field lined dock we woke up to in Curacao ... yuck! Barbados and Aruba are picturesque, but theses two ports start are bookends, so you do have to arrive at least a day before and stay at least a day after to enjoy them. The food and dining was less than expected. Not 5 star; very similar to what I have had on the many other cruises aboard the large ships. However, there was an on-deck BBQ which was, by far, the best food of the trip (accompanied by an AWESOME steel drum band that came onboard from shore). Also, the coffee bar in the Yacht Club aboard ship was very nice; the coffee, the treats and the club itself. The entertainment was half great and half OMG, take the mic away from that woman. One duo was perfect for this ship, clientele and ambiance. They were funny, had a diverse and enjoyable repertoire of songs and instruments and sounded great. The woman that sang after the on-board BBQ was, well, let's just say no-one heard from her again for the rest of the cruise. (I need to thank the person that took her microphone away). The special event "An Antillean Evening" fell way short. The venue was very nice, but could not handle the 140 or so folks from the ship that attended. I would hate to see what it would be like if a full ship of 212 passengers attended. First, you had to go stand in lines at each "station" to get food on very small plates; which is the antithesis of the beauty of sailing a small ship – no lines! Second, once you got to the "station" half of the items were gone, not yet replenished, so more standing and waiting. All the while standing in line, I am trying not to bump my backside into the face of someone sitting at a table (this was, alas, quite a challenge for me and my backside). All this for so-so food and roasted meat you couldn't cut even if you borrowed a freshly sharpened jungle machete. Props to the Steel Drum Duo as they provided some Jazzy music that was wonderful. I wish the ship would have held a beach BBQ on Mayreau instead. All in all, I am glad to have experienced a small ship and the Start Pride was nice and Windstar staff was superb. I would not revisit this particular itinerary and do wish I selected a different trip. Not sure if I will travel Windstar again .... this trip left me hankering for a weeklong stay on a great beach with soft sand, calm waters, snorkeling, great food, some live music and a pool with a swim-up bar. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
THIS IS OUR 7TH CRUISE BUT FIRST WITH P&O. Ship is outstanding but evening theatre shows were disappointing with only one show every other night!!! Service in restaurant was very average and you waited up to 40 minutes to receive a ... Read More
THIS IS OUR 7TH CRUISE BUT FIRST WITH P&O. Ship is outstanding but evening theatre shows were disappointing with only one show every other night!!! Service in restaurant was very average and you waited up to 40 minutes to receive a glass of wine with your evening meal. The staff just didn't know what they were doing, had no customer service skills and were unfriendly at times, even abrupt with their responses at times! We were shocked!! The itinerary was amazing though and despite this we still had a lovely holiday. We didn't do any of the port excursions, we ventured out on our own. The travel from the airport to the ship was fine. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Adonia is a very nice ship Apart from the good food on this trip Entertainment is of a high standard. The crew are helpful and friendly ‘though the ship is old, not trendy To a wide range of tastes they have pandered. I enjoyed the ... Read More
Adonia is a very nice ship Apart from the good food on this trip Entertainment is of a high standard. The crew are helpful and friendly ‘though the ship is old, not trendy To a wide range of tastes they have pandered. I enjoyed the entertainment choices Quizzes, concerts, talks and “voices” This is really how to fill one’s days at sea. Constant eating isn’t possible Well, it is but not weight lossable Life’s at a slower pace, we take it easy. For a wheelchair user, the flaws Are only two automatic doors. There are steps on most of the gang planks. With high sills and bumps in corridors Plus fixing hooks on most of doors One finds oneself often saying “Thanks”. On a trip like this the ship proceeds With all power at maximum speed And into a force seven, steady she ain’t. Some days this wet and windy ship Can really get upon one’s pip. On fine days, it all just stinks of paint. The Adonia theatre company deserve High praise for performing with verve They sing arrangements better than originals. With other tribute acts, the cause To show how good the artist was Do much less with all the same material. Good singing, shows and cabarets Plus excellently acted plays And the activities in which we all partake. A superb magician exemplified By contrast the over-amplified Musicians serve to keep us all awake. On cruises one should mention food And on this ship it’s very good But pretentious menus can be found on ships. If the menu option’s chancy And there’s stuff that you don’t fancy The standard options include steak and chips. There is a problem with the chips In that there will be only six But that situation, your waiter can fix. The crew are nice they’re are all the same They want you to learn their name Because they want an increased rate of tips. On organised trips with my wheelchair The thing I consider unfair Is not being allowed on a minibus. This is only a P&O rule And although I’m nobody’s fool I think Health & Safety’s the root of the fuss. Some people think that I’m a jerk. I’m not but my left foot don’t work. Most folks are sympathetic, some don’t care. For the past six years of my life I’ve been pushed around by my wife I can walk a bit but mostly use a wheelchair. So around the world we go Flying, cruising as you know Even driving my own car or using busses. Steps are easier than flat walking (My foot won’t bend as much) and talking Of pain it results in fewer cusses. Performers’ rules are common sense First, don’t insult your audience And as in life, the secret is to smile. To make an effective entrance Temper confidence with diffidence Give it oomph, then go that extra mile. Personality commands the floor Always leave them wanting more And never batter folks into submission. The willing suspension of disbelief Requires relaxation and relief From any threat of audience participation. Pretentious menus? I’ll give an example. Ways of serving potatoes- I sample.... New, roasted, noisettes, boulangére, Creamed, Cretan, crushed, macaire, Pomme purée, champ, Delmonico, Colcannon, mousseline, chateau, Duchess, hasselback, gratinée, Fondant, galette, rissolée, Tartiflette, marquis, dauphinoise Time-poached, bon-bons, Lyonnaise, There are more than twenty six Because, of course there’ also chips.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We booked the week before travel; the entire operation was seamless from doping our suit cases at Gatwick airport to having them delivered to our cabin on the ship Our cabin was on deck 1, in some ways I think this is better then higher ... Read More
We booked the week before travel; the entire operation was seamless from doping our suit cases at Gatwick airport to having them delivered to our cabin on the ship Our cabin was on deck 1, in some ways I think this is better then higher up (unless you are in a deluxe suite) as the ships roll has less effect lower down This was a nice touch no queuing up at the baggage carousel, as this was the first time we have been on a cruise ship we have nothing to compare it against, the trip overall was fantastic, the staff never seem to stop working, the cabin was kept immaculate, the restaurant and bars and all public areas spotless, yes she is a grand old lady but as the saying go’s you can get may a good tune from an old fiddle The only problem is we are now hocked on cruises for life   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015

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