We chose this cruise for the destinations. We stayed in Southampton for a few night previous to the cruise to get over jetlag. Getting to Southampton is not the easiest we have done and was very laborious.
We did not need transfers to the port as we had a car. The ship was a great ship, one of their medium size ships. The cabins are very similar to Princess ships, although you are able to have a kettle in your cabin which is fantastic. The activities on the ship were better than most, but the entertainment was not as good and could be improved. The ports are the reason that we picked this cruise. The shore excursions were also better than most. The dining to me was more refined and what cruising dining in the dining rooms should be. The service was outstanding. The staff were very helpful.
Embarkation and dis-embarkation was a breeze and very easy to do, wish they were all like that.
Cabin was just a standard cabin, very similar to Princess Ships. The bathroom was a bit more spacious and the shower slightly bigger.
Just wonder around and then go to the forte to look around. At mid-day we sit in a cafe and watch the world go by. We then find a supermarket and get ourselves some supplies.
Did this tour on our own and just wondered around and visited the 17th century church at the top.