This trip was another cruise to get to the smaller canary islands so we thought small to get into the ports of call. That said everything on the ship was small, it does not help that the ship was fit to bursting with an unexpected abundance of very senior citizens. The number of those who exhibited infirmity and incapacity and unaccompanied led to the inevitable conclusion of what would happen should there an emergency at sea. There was clearly no administrative checks by Fred Olsen as to the needs of these individuals or indeed sufficient staff on board to cope. Fred Olsen appeared to have an insurance policy condition to limit wheel chairs to six in use on board. The indignity of seeing incapacitated people being pushed backwards on wheeled zimmers clearly exhibited blatant greed by the shipping company to maximise passenger occupancy.
The good points of the ship firstly the staff particularly cabin stewardess and our table waiters. The food was good with our limited requirements. The ports of call were excellent with an abundance of time in them.
The in house ships musicians and singer were way above our expectations. Such a pity about the rest of the entertainment. This is a personal choice and does not make or mar a cruise for us.
One of the smallest we have had very cramped and very difficult to negotiate around beds and upper bunks even when folded away a lot of sharp edges.
Shower basin and toilet again one of the smallest we have had. Luckily we are very slim!
Madeira is an excellent port of call and one never tires of visiting it. There is something for everyone.
We arrived there on a Sunday majority of places closed very early in the day, it was our first visit and did not inspire us to return.
Santa Cruz, It was a first for us and will not be last visit, plenty to see and do with lots of shops ideal for walkers and hikers. Best parts were the old town and market place. Bustling
Have been there many times over the last forty years and it only gets better with every trip.
Loved the centre of Lisbon, we have been there before and it continues to inspire us to return.