Two ports drew us to this cruise. Montenegro and Dubrovnik. Both were wonderful.
The ship is old and tired. The staff were friendly and with the exception of Leonardo on excursions were friendly and helpful at all times.
Do not look for fine dining unless you are prepared to pay more than your cruise price. It is good some night but on others disappointing.
The real irritations are : -
Unbelievable - poor old curtains in all the state rooms. Not clean.
Carpets throughout looking as though they need a good clean.
69 dollars to play BINGO. ( three cards)
15 dollars to leave the ship to visit the port of call. Coach - one mile each way.
No scoop of ice-cream on one deck unless you are in the captains circle.
No proper cocktail glasses on one deck and you may find your cocktail in a tumbler.
Internet to your stateroom at 315 dollars charged.
Gratuities charged to the stateroom daily though we had paid these in advance.
Some excellent shows especially the troop of dancers singers in two production shows and terrific Jane Curry guest singer. The other male singer was good also and very entertaining.
All others were poor and not worth the visit to the theatre.
Anytime dining was under stress as most passengers choose this. Feeding 1200 in a couple of hours with waiter service is tough on them.
You spend more time inside as only on some decks can you walk outside.
Staterooms are tired and poor and in need of doing up.
The TV set worked but it was a struggle to use the various channels until we simply didn't bother.
Photographs taken of you on board and off are sold to you at 30 dollars a picture. Absolutely dreadful and in protest four of us bought none.
Though the ship is led by the wonderful Nina - senior officer - and her staff are a great crew - the charges and silly rules and tiredness make this a ship to be avoided until they spend money on it.
There is nothing whatever for children on this ship. Sad but true - and you should not choose this one for a family holiday.
Often the cocktails are made ( not so good). Some waiters make them very well. Training is needed to produce the right mix in many cases.
There were some exceptionally good waiters outside on the breakfast area and in the main dining room. Waiters however would often butt in and interrupt conversations without the polite 'excuse me'.
Our experience was previously with Princess Cruises but this is several years ago and I wonder if there has been a change in the way passengers are treated in the industry to extract more money ie. photos and short port bus rides etc... and that all are now the same. I wonder?
The ports of this cruise were wonderful Venice to Malta and back but it is Croatia and Montenegro which both steel the show as Jane Curry did in the evening on the stage.
Loved the singers and dancers - a new great troop. Trained in New York. Terrific.
Such moments made it a good cruise but it needs the wow factor restored.
Friends we were with were very disappointed indeed. It was very sad.
They had paid a good deal.
Poor - tired -
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