We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary.
Age group 60 - 90 years of age. Very elderly frail clientele - not a good combination with rough seas so we were greeted with 2 ambulances on the dockside at our first port stop. An emergency helicopter evacuation of a patient also took place.
We were worried about the full evacuation process should an emergency arise with the numbers of frail elderly and people with walking difficulties aboard.
Baltic deck (rear): very noisy due to engine noise and waves crashing. Ear plugs recommended !
Food: European. Queues outside restaurants before they opened - no reason for this ! Food varied in quality.
Cabin; good size, plenty of hanging space, drawers etc. No fridge or kettle however. Good bathroom size but very noisy with waves crashing against the side of the ship.
Entertainment; limited and based around the older age group. Knit & natter; bean bag throwing, quiz, bingo, make a frilly scarf etc. Decks often partially closed for maintenance. We did like the photographic lectures.
Gym and activities: limited activities due to entertainment crew needing space to rehearse.
Uncomfortable chairs on sun decks & the theatre had padded bench style seating
Embarkation: Virtually a warehouse. Very rushed scanning process at Bristol - port staff shoving things through before you could unpack.
Cleanliness: Crew to be congratulated on their thoroughness.
Maintenance: appeared good. We reported leaking tap & sink and these were repaired.
Crew: very friendly & helpful
Excursions: good but could be expensive. Many were only half a day due to the elderly clientele. We preferred to go it alone in the main ports as we wanted to utilise the whole day in port rather than be taken back to the ship at lunchtime.
EXTREMELY NOISY due to engine noise being transmitted up through the deck below. Bathroom extremely noisy due to waves CRASHING against the sides of the ship. Our beds vibrated when the engine was in use during the night. Good size. Dev our cabin steward was excellent.