This is a very long review, so I shan’t be surprised if you lose the will to read on, or even to live, at some point.
Overall: We always enjoy our holidays and aim to not let silly little things, or people, get us down, but this otherwise great holiday was somewhat spoiled by Dear Other Half getting a Gastro Intestinal viral infection on day 8 and confined to cabin for 36 hours - never let the words Noro Virus pass the lips of the medical staff, it was a GI virus. However, up until then it had been a wonderful cruise with lots of lovely people to talk with at mealtimes and over coffees in Cafe al Bacio and we had a good last couple of days once DOH had recovered.
Pre-Cruise: We love character hotels, so stayed at the White Hart Inn in Coggeshall. It's an Old English Inn and is what it says on the packet. Dating back to Tudor times, it's full of wonky floors and beamed ceilings and is, reputably, haunted. We were put into a bedroom that is supposed to have a ghost and enjoyed the best nights sleep for ages. We thought it great value for money, at £50 for B&B for two, and a meal-deal dinner at just £9.99 for two. We enjoyed it and would stay again, a benefit of this town being the National Trust's Paycockes house which is a delightful place to visit and have a welcome cup of tea.
Cabin 8046 benefits from a larger than usual balcony. On one side the balcony is a metal wall, meaning that the balcony is very sheltered. Being on deck 8, you don't get the problems with the massive overhangs of deck 10 which, in my opinion, blight the cabins on deck 11. 8046 has been refurbished and was in excellent condition when we sailed.