I had a wonderful crossing on the Flyer in Oct. 2015 and booked early to secure a good cabin this year. Overall, there was no comparison with last year.
I am not going to moan about things that are outside anyone's control ( poor winds, virus outbreak, no internet ), but my main complaint ( and that of many others ) was that the on- board entertainment was abysmal!
I know, from before, that it is passenger driven, but we do need a lead in.
This year there was no Halloween Party, no Pirate's Night, yet another showing of the same old documentary, and a poorly organised Fashion show.
As many other repeaters said, the ship only came alive on Captains night/ Talent Show night, the last but one night of the crossing! All praise to the passengers, and Gerry the musician,not the Cruise Director, Sabrina, who was finishing her contract, and showed it.
As a friend said, last year EVERY night was like Captains night.
Daytime was even worse.
Last year we had a lecture series on Columbus by an on board academic ( sell out ), waltz classes (hilarious), classical music concert, sea shanty singalong, Karaoke, a very well planned quiz marathon, etc.
This year we had the laziest quiz imaginable. If you won today, you had to pose the questions for the next days quiz! The result was that NO-ONE wanted to win.
A lazy way out for the organiser!
The alternative was endless Yoga lessons, talks on Yoga, Yoga diets, etc etc. It was in fact a Yoga-themed cruise, and should have been advertised accordingly. Many think it is rubbish!
I am copying this to Star Clippers and won't go again unless assured that they will get their act together again. Crossings are all about sailing and interacting with like-minded people, but they can't freeload.