Embarkation at Cape Town terminal took a long time. Had to stand in long queues on a hot day, it took nearly three hours before we walked on board. We had difficulty in finding our cabin on Deck 7 as the lifts nearest to the boarding area do not go to that part. It would have been good to have a crew member to explain how to get to our cabin.
The cabin we booked and paid for was an Ocean View cabin. The view was obstructed by a large lifeboat. To view a tiny bit of the ocean we had stand looking out of the extreme right hand side of the window. This obstruction made the cabin very dark and dingy. The soft furnishings looked very old, tired and faded eg. curtains, bed covers, cushions and carpet.
Lunch on Deck 11 in the Buffet Restaurant was good with a great variety of food for all tastes. The pizzas, freshly made, were very bland and lacked salt and spices but edible. In the dining room our table waiter and assistants were always welcoming and pleasant, napkins placed on our laps, menus handed to us, orders taken and prompt delivery of our meals, excellent all round. There was only one occasion that the meal was unsatisfactory but that was not the fault of the chefs, great looking mussels that when opened had tiny undeveloped mussels inside which nobody could eat.
We booked and paid for an Ocean View stateroom. We were allocated a room on deck 7 which had a very large lifeboat obstructing any view of the ocean. The beds were comfortable but the soft furnishings were tired and faded, eg. Curtains, bed covers and carpet.
Vigo. We enjoyed our own walking tour around Vigo, lots of interesting sights especially the markets, outdoor restaurants, etc. we enjoyed eating oysters straight from the sea opened in front of us at one of the many seafood restaurants. Perfect!