Arrived at Southampton by taxi and unloaded are cases and for the first time in eleven cruises we were ignored by the porters and we eventually gave up and took the cases to the conveyor ourselves. Check in was busy but we were onboard within about thirty minutes. Our cabin on C deck was ready and Rubi our efficient and friendly cabin steward introduced herself. After the safety muster we unpacked with no problems for storage space and went to our evening meal, (freedom dining). Over the cruise we often shared but did have a table for two with no problems as well. We only used the MDR and found the food to be of a good variety and standard. The waiters have however declined often putting the wrong meal in front of people. The buffet was poor and much smaller in size than we remembered. The much used Italian Verona is no more and has been replaced by 'The Beach House' at an extra cost and they were continually trying to sell this venue throughout the cruise even when we eating in the main MDR. The entertainment team were good especially JoB and Alessandro with the usual Quizes, Games and Dancing etc. on offer. The Headliners were Ok although one show left us bemused. The main acts were excellent with Mike Doyle, IDA and Electric dreams standing out. There were two speakers, the first on Planets we had heard before and the second Terry Brown an ex policeman who talked about the history and changes to interviewing techniques. This was followed by a 'who done it' with twelve passengers as suspects and nineteen teams of detectives to solve the murder. All very well done and so much fun!. There is a variety of bars some quiet such as Planet bar and Glass house and others more lively , Malabar / Brodies. We did not use the casino this time but did manage to make a small profit on the horseracing. The table tennis has been reduced to one table and this caused over subscription with only doubles competitions which I found disappointing. The four black tie nights were well supported but of course there were a few who declined to enter into spirit and dress up. This being our first trip to the Caribbean we stuck to ship tours. Disembarkation was different as we booked a day cabin which gave us the chance to sample an inside cabin but also to have a base for the day until airport departure which went smoothly apart from the taxi being stopped by police for a traffic offence (let off). The flight to Bournemouth on a Thompson Dreamliner was delayed an hour after we boarded due to a mix up between ground staff over a missing passenger. Our per-arranged taxi was waiting for us and we were home in ten minutes. We enjoyed our cruise but not being sun worshippers found the Caribbean to be to hot and humid for us, proving that we are all different.
The advantage of this cabin is that it has a wide balcony which although over looked does offer some privacy. It has plenty of storage for two people. The shower has a curtain which is annoying. We thought it a good position near the front lifts.
Pre cruise investigations put us off re safety at this port and we stayed on board and this was confirmed by reports we heard afterwards from passengers who went to the market area. However I could see the area near the ship looked fine and many passengers enjoyed the bars etc.