Like other reviews for this cruise mixed feelings by us and our two friends. We have enjoyed many cruises with most of the cruise company's including previous cruises with R C. Having sailed on Independence and Radiance our expectations were high. Embarkation at Southampton was swift and efficient, we were on board by 11.30am. Balcony Cabin was great, clean, roomy we asked for and got robes, and we had tea and coffee making facilities.
Our dining arrangements were for 8.30pm and we had a table for four as asked for right in front of the bronze ballerina. Waiter was charming, and did a good service. Assistant waiter was rushed of his feet and seemed to be covering some not so enthusiastic servers. Our Wine waiter was neither here or there, he just always seemed to be hovering, and that meant our waiter was also doing our drinks. We didn't have drinks package as couldn't justify the cost as we are not big drinkers. It's a shame that the evening Wine Package of 6, 10 or12 bottles of wine has stopped. The wine on board by the bottle is very very expensive especially when adding18% gratuity. Food was Ok not exceptional and there was no wow factor, didn't expect to have Sheppard pie, and Sunday lunch served on a cruise ship. The desserts were bland, and the cheesecakes and mouse were rubbery. The Creme Brulee was gorgeous but not when you are eating it four 2 weeks.
The ports of call were good, Maderia being really lovely. We had been many places already, but still managed to dock in areas not previously visited. As with another guest we too had complaints with Agadir, so information given him was not true. We booked the shuttle bus to town centre and was then dropped at a taxi where we had to run the gauntlet of taxi drivers wanting to take us to either the market, or the beach. Most people on our Shuttle bus complained and got their money back. The whole experience was very intimidating and very scary for the more vulnerable on the bus.