Round Uk for Scottish ports especially Ullapool, my grandmother s origin was our reason for the trip, our first CMV out 16 cruises. Lack of information bugged me starting with parking,we unloaded cases at the terminal and were advised to ... Read More
Round Uk for Scottish ports especially Ullapool, my grandmother s origin was our reason for the trip, our first CMV out 16 cruises. Lack of information bugged me starting with parking,we unloaded cases at the terminal and were advised to 'follow the bus ' to park. It was in a yard a mile away in the port area used by cementex road tankers. Bus back. A postcode for it in advance would be helpful. Boarding was ok . Double bed cabin deck 9 was well presented ,steward Nantha great throughout. We were on a waiting list for Strathspey railway tour found the tickets in the cabin. I had been trying to make alternate arrangements luckily not spent money, E mail would have been useful. 1st stop Invergorden all ok. Local guide on the tour excellent.full instructions given on arrival at Aviemore station,ships tour woman then came from back of coach to repeat everything in broken English,spoiling our time there and preventing loo visits ! She also tried to hurry us off the train for no good reason, by this time departure time had moved from 1600 to 2200hrs as the Captain cancelled Ullapool Tobermory and gave extra sea day and Belfast instead because of adverse weather for tenders. In Belfast we watched crew struggle to get a tender back aboard running from below it at one stage. Still at St Peter Port they operated successfully. Although disembarkation in Scilly Isles was a 2 hr wait, local tenders were there ok ,the ship used only one side it may have been a card reader problem. No apologies from our unseen Captain. Also the many very elderly with mobility problems slowed things down considerably, lm late sixties and was one of the youngest!
We had trouble with the tv coming on in the night which was sorted also the cabin aircon didn't work,the repair left it on all the time as no spare circuit boards were available, pity the next occupants in Iceland ! Luckily our toilet ,bathroom were fine unlike many especially on deck 6 and public ones. Had to feel sorry for the crew only on board a month and having to deal with it. They were given a party up in the dome one night.
Information: I asked at the desk when the 2nd formal night was,no luck.
Disembarking can be from various decks. Honfleur was deck 7 first time. We hunted up and down for it, I suggested signs by the lifts as other lines do. Was told listen to announcement . Broken English no doubt there are only 21 Brits in the crew .
Finally the comment card drop box it's round the blind corner from enquiry desk when I suggested a sign I was told to ask at Enquiries, that's all 1400 of us ??
Dining was okay apart from bacon being all fat at breakfast,cook said he had sent an Email, I suggested he inspected what came on or change suppliers.
The bar areas are good as was the service. We took the £17.50 a day each which was a mistake as you have to pay extra for palatable beer or wine. Tried to cancel it but was just out of the 24 rule! So drank two cocktails a night still didn't get value.Enterttainment was ok but the Captain should do his daily rant between shows as it was he cut off a solo singer and unbeknown to him received a slow hand clap.
The ship has just had a 3 week refit and needs more. P&O Australia handed it over in poor condition and CMV survey missed a lot. Funnel smoke was bad and a periodic whining noise from down below especially when docking suggests other problems. It has a further 2 week refit in December before its world cruise. I was told they may cut the ceiling out to the Waterside Restaurant into a storeroom to make a 2 tier restaurant. If that made one sitting the theatre won't cope.
Generally the ship is spacious built in 1989 before mega ships, it sailed well in the storm. I might try a Europe 2 night in the future but this was definitely could do a lot better. Read Less