Although this was a special cruise to cover the British Open, I am not a golfer but love the area. The shuttle from airport to ship was excellent. A new system for the life boat drill was a bit strange. It was a strange movie shown in a lounge, and then we went to the actual boat stations. Not many people seemed to be following the movie as it ran. Food in the main dining room was great most evenings. I am mainly a fish eater, and all varieties were very good. Some complaints were heard regarding beef not being tender. As an Elite member, I really loved the morning Captain's Coffee with the many cups of Cappuchino and my bagel & lox. The daily cocktail hours are also much appreciated by Elite passengers.
My complimentary minutes on line didn't work out too well, as one message sent to three addresses never made it to any one. The gentleman in charge of the computers was very helpful, but it just didn't work for me. Several complaints regarding the price and slow access were heard.
Everything was going fine until we hit a bit of rough water the next day, and couldn't get tenders in to port at St. Peters Port, Guernsey. Captain's decision was in favor of keeping everyone healthy and the ship safe. An extra day at sea wasn't that bad.
Entertainment was good overall. My very favorite performer was Gary Arbuthnot who played every sort of music on his flute. Showing Torvil & Dean's Olympic skating as Gary played their Ravel's Bolero music was outstanding.
A wine tasting on the final sea day left much to be desired. A charge of $30 plus $5 gratuity covered six tables with a red and a white on each, very little explanation, no place to sit and enjoy. No one can truly enjoy 12 tastings in less than an hour. The table of cheese to cleanse the palate was the main attraction to many.
Our first port was Liverpool, and I was surprised to find the River Liffey has a huge tide that makes the ramp from ship to shore range from level to really steep. Wouldn't want to try getting back to the ship in high heels as the downward slope was quite sharp. My ship's excursion to Chester was a disappointment, as I looked forward to walking the city walls (as mentioned in the Order Form booklet). It was more of a quite detailed tour of the cathedral and a bit of shopping time. The following day in Liverpool was with a ship excursion to Speke Hall and the city itself - much better! Fireworks that night to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the port facility.
Belfast was our next port. I had an independent tour with PaddyWagonTours that was to the Giant's Causeway and supposedly a tour of Belfast....this was a drop off point with no map and instructions to return in two hours. Oh well, so it goes.
The following day in Dublin was another PaddyWagonTour, but this one was fine. Drove through the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough ruins. Got a good map of the city and instructions when we returned to Dublin. Their archeological museum was great.
A second day in Dublin allowed for a ship excursion to Malahide Castle that was beautiful to visit. Next day was at Cobh, and a third PaddyWagonTour in to Cork,Blarney and Kinsale covered everything in the area. A stop at the English Market in Cork was an unexpected wonder....huge indoor market with unbelievable displays of meat, chees, fish and produce. A final excursion in Bruges, Belgium was also great, and a fine finish to a lovely cruise.
Great size for one person, but lacking in drawer space (only 3) if sharing. Plenty of hanging in closets and lots of hangers. An umbrella was supplied in case of rain. Fridge was stocked with expensive bits you didn't use, including bottled water. Bathroom is good sized, a nice shower, and has many storage spaces. Room steward, Seby, was a treasure.
Shuttle from airport to ship was good. No time to tour the city.
Majority of time was spent at cathedral, no chance to walk city walls.View All 13 Chester Walking Tour Reviews
Enjoyed the Giant's Causeway, but expected a tour of Belfast instead of a drop off point and shopping time.View All 94 Giant's Causeway Reviews
Nice drive, and plenty of time to walk to the lakes as well as tour the ruins.View All 13 Glendalough Walking Tour Reviews
A pleasant drive to the site, and a very good tour with docents in each room to answer questions.View All 15 Malahide Castle Reviews
This was one of the best tours ever! We had a thorough tour of Cork (including the English Market), following an early morning arrival (beat the crowd) at Blarney Castle. Time to walk the gardens as well as climb to the famous Blarney Stone.
It was titled Bruges Sights & Beer Tasting, and was exactly that. A wonderful guide who explained many sights along the way and stayed with the group at all points.View All 32 City Tour Reviews