Not a 5 star cruise/ship but not marketed as such. A traditional cruise with all the ingredients.
The Waldorf Restaurant was beyond our expectations and well managed. Dinner comprised of 6 courses with Grilled Salmon/Chicken always available. During the course of the cruise Sirloin Steak, Duck Breast, Smoked Salmon and Caviar all appeared on the menu. At breakfast porridge and kippers were available to order where as everything else was buffet style. A chef cooked your fried egg or omelet whilst you waited. No problem getting a seat at the open sittings. Marco's self service restaurant was also most satisfactory. Proper crockery, and table cloths in the evening. If you went at peak times you could have to share a table or eat outside by the swimming pool. At lunch there was also a grill on deck. There was not as wide a choice as you get on Princess and if I had a complaint it was the sausages which I avoided after the first morning's experience! Tea and coffee were available all day and there must have been a choice of half a dozen teas.
The public rooms were comfortably furnished and the theatre entertainment was good with routines slickly executed.
We noticed a slight smell of diesel on deck 5 aft. More of a problem was the smell of paint, from the hull painting which took place whilst in port. However the ship was well maintained and kept spotlessly clean.
The service we received was good. The staff were friendly. Quite a few were Eastern European but there were quite a few from the Far East. Our waiter came from Burma. The chefs looked as though they mainly came from the Indian sub continent.
On the basis of our experience we would like to do the Amazon cruise in 2014.
Square cabin which made the most of the space and gave plenty of space between the beds. 8 medium drawers in the main unit plus 4 more small in the wardrobe. Only 8 coat hangers but space for more. Mirrors on wardrobe doors. Large bathroom which had all the toiletries provided. No real noise problems other than you could hear when somebody in an adjacent cabin slammed their bathroom door! Compared with a modern ship a little tired but nothing to complain about.
Did not go ashore as Sunday morning. Others who did were impressed with what they saw.
Interesting to see Belfast from the top of a bus - Storemont, Shankill and Falls roads, University, art galleries, etc. The only problem was some of the comments made by the Tour Guide i.e. like looking under the seat for a flak jacket and hard hat, some what anti the English as the Titanic's captain was English!View All 29 City Tour Reviews