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Marina Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Gourmet, relaxing cruise.

Marina Cruise Review by margaretjl

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2016
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level

Having been impressed with a lunchtime ship visit in 2015, we found a local cruise at reduced price.

The ship was very spacious and clean and well kept... as was the cabin (balcony) but as usual access the storage was not ideal although adequate (11 nights).....door opening in front of wardrobe, some drawers high up as was the safe. One of our, not overly large, suitcases wouldn't fit under the bed. The bathroom had a tub (unused) with a shower that of course sprays on the floor. The separate shower was good size as was the water pressure. The towels were thick but small ( being larger people ).

Dining was excellent for food, service and choices. We tried all the speciality restaurants and were able to try three again as we were not fussy about times and sharing. I don't know if concierge level helped here. The seven course with seven wines, for extra, was more than excellent. In the casual restaurant you were served from the available choices, then at your table for drinks. I liked this method, although some people still used their hands to pick up food.

Being smaller ships, embarkation worked well at Southampton.. we live close by. After a short time queuing you were confirmed to be a passenger, then the scanning, then the booking in and then onto the ship. All that was missing was a glass of champagne as you boarded.

I didn't find any of the enrichment lectures appealing so didn't go!

We only managed three evening entertainments, not really our style. The music around the ship was good.

Never intended to try the gym, and didn't. The spa facilities looked good.

The shore excursions seemed expensive. In most ports we were visiting friends so did our own thing.

Disembarkation was through the tannoy, all off by 0900

It was a gourmet, relaxing cruise. I would go again for a special occasion. I was however disappointed with fellow passengers dress. Jeans and polos for dinner!!


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Cabin Review

Concierge Level
Cabin A2 9063

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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Newcastle (England)

Shuttle to train station, included. At weekends there was a good flea market. Frequent service into Newcastle. Plenty to see and do.

Belfast

Double decker bus as shuttle, included, every 20-30 minutes into Belfast. Opposite was town hall that did a short tour of the building.

Dublin

Again a shuttle. Dublin was crowded. Also putting in a ? tram system so road works and thus traffic.

Liverpool

Ship very close to city. Friends gave us their tour. Lots to look at in the city and along the River... Beatle's too.


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