This was our first cruise ever - a 'gift' for our wedding anniversary.
We were put in cabin B344, an inner one. Although we personally found the temperature to be a bit warm (as we like to sleep in cool temperatures), most would find the 23C all-round room temp to be very cozy. The cabin was certainly big enough for two of us and the queen bed quite ample. We had 2 nights of gale force 8 winds and slept like babies; the most we knew of it was a gentle rocking of the bed and an announcement by the ship the next morning.
My wife walks with a stick and we found crew to be very attentive. She was whisked into the ship almost immediately for embarkation, avoiding any crowds or lines of passengers, and we were set into the buffet room to enjoy lunch while the rest of the ship embarked. The same was true of disembarkation - off the ship before the rest of the passengers and out into a flagged-down taxi before the rest arrived.
The buffet rooms were lovely - clean and spacious with tons of tables and waiters everywhere waiting to get you another drink or take away your tray the moment you were finished. No table was too far away from a window to not enjoy the view. The food itself was great - we're not into fine dining, we just eat food - and there was plenty of variety for all tastes and lots of it. Everything from cold cuts and rolls, little nibbles, to several main dishes and sides. The desserts were to die for! And it really was 24-hours a day, though you may find yourself switching from one side of the dining room to the other, depending on the time of day. (Little ones had their own tea time at 4-6pm, so they could go to daycare when adults wanted to enjoy themselves.)
There were tons of little areas around the ship where you could sit and have a drink (or 10) and we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes for a waiter to take our order and deliver a delicious cocktail. There were a large number of heated pools and wonderful whirlpools -easy to get in and out of - and these all had bar areas and seating around them as well as counters serving fast foods, ice creams, etc.
We had signed for low-impact activities, a couple of tour buses, and they had quite a few to chose from and quite a few grey heads and people with mobility problems on them. Again, first on/first off, lots of attendants helping on and off the bus as well as into/out of attractions. We certainly couldn't fault the customer service if we tried. And the excursions were great as well with knowledgeable tour guides.
We were so happy with our experience we signed up for another cruise - a 10-night one, on the same ship - on our second day. We did, however, book a balcony cabin. We would personally recommend an inner cabin if you don't plan on doing much besides sleeping it it, but if you like to get away from the crowd, you may wish at least a cabin with a window.
We had cabin B344, an inner one, for a 4 night cruise. Although we personally found the temperature to be a bit warm (as we like to sleep in cool temperatures), most would find the 23C all-round room temp to be very cozy. The cabin was certainly big enough for two of us and the queen bed quite ample. We had 2 nights of gale force 8 winds and slept like babies; the most we knew of it was a gentle rocking of the bed and an announcement by the ship the next morning.
The room was quite adequate for this size cruise. The bedroom area was the largest and had a small desk space and a tv set with a smaller selection of movies and tv shows which we really didn't bother with except for the news and ships news. You can also receive the ship webcam and another couple pages with ship information and shore tour information, which we found incredibly helpful. There was a small but adequate loo with shower. We would recommend you set the shower temp to 20C and leave the shower run for about 4-5 minutes before checking the water temp to avoid being turned into a lobster! You like hot water - they got hot water! There was large hanging area and quite a few hangers but you may wish to pack a few wire ones in your luggage if you have a lot of things that need to hang up. There was also a small cabinet with shelves and a safe which we found very useful. The cabin stewards are almost always lingering around the hallways before 8pm in case you run into problems or need a few extra towels and are happy to help.
We personally felt the inner cabin would be great for those who really only would be in there to sleep and change clothes - we would have requested an upgrade had our cruise not been fully booked. We found the lack of natural lighting from a window to be a little disconcerting, especially when waking up early morning. For that reason we booked a balcony cabin for our next cruise, both for temperature control and light (and a little private space to sit out and enjoy ourselves).
The embarkation and debarkation terminals were excellent - very clean and tons of helpful staff to keep you right. Taxis for debarkation were fast in coming and were flagged down by staff as you waited in a short, but quick-moving, queue.
Our cruise was supposed to go to St Peter Port (Guernsey) but diverted to Le Havre under gale force 8 conditions. We arrived in Le Harve to find helpful crew for disembarkation and tons of buses ready to take us into the town centre (every 10 minutes). We were THRILLED to find Le Havre to be exceptionally clean, the town hall garden awash with flowers and - best of all - none of the dog mess, graffiti or vagrants common to the UK. Considering this was all arranged at very short notice, we were over the moon with our experience of Le Havre "on your own".
A lovely coach took us around picture-perfect little Belgium villages (any of which we'd of been happy to live in) as well as a small castle (again, lovely) and included a tour of Rooses Chocolates - every person on the tour leaving with bags full of gorgeous, lush chocolates. DO try the hot chocolate in the tiny cafe at Rooses - it's absolutely incredible!!View All 32 City Tour Reviews