This cruise left Tilbury knowing that gales were forcast in the English Channel and The Bay of Biscay.The reckless decision to sail resulted in crossing the Bay of Biscay in a force 9 gale,passengers were injured and ambulances greeted us when we made an unscheduled stop in CORUNA Spain so that casualties could be taken to hospital for treatment.
On christmas eve all evening entertainment was cancelled and we were advised to stay in our cabin.Christmas day in Coruna was miserable,christmas dinner awful [eg 1 brussel sprout]The atmosphere on board was very subdued and not festive.
The first two scheduled stops were cancelled [Gibraltar and Lanzarotte]Tenerife and Palma were ok.In Madeira the ship moored in the bay and we were taken ashore by tender,ours was skippered by a man who apparantly could not manouvre a boat; it taking 4 attempts to approach and dock at a pier being shared with two other cruises.
Our final scheduled stop was cancelled having earlier been changed from Porto to Lisbon this was apparantly to avoid further bad weather in the Bay of Biscay (and in our opinion to reach Tilbury in time for the next cruise) which we crossed in a force 10 gale-great plan-After breakfast we were 'advised' not to move about the ship and to stay in our cabins due to the unpredictable movement of the ship,restaurants were closed for lunch and we were brought food to our cabin - 2 filled rolls and 2 half sandwiches for 2 people.We were released from our cabins for dinner after 7 hours no drinks were offered in this time.
We then stopped in the dismal port of le Havre a soulless grim channel port (why not Honfleur?), this was pointless and no way made up for missing stops at Gibralter Lanzarotte and Lisbon. We like many others would have been happier to have gone straight back to Tilbury.
Looking on the bright side Ebeneezer Scrooge is alive and well working for Cruise and Maritime, compensation of £25.00 was given to each passenger plus the offer of 20% off another of their cruises. This cruise had no redeeming features,think long and hard before you cruise with this company.