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Black Watch Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Don't become ill with this company

Black Watch Cruise Review by john sear

13 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Outside Cabin

Care of the customer seems to have become secondary to profit. A92 yr old pensioner had to be admitted to hospital in Cherbourg but was released as fit a few hours later. We saw him at 1pm sitting in the drafty embarkation shed having been refused entry to the ship despite the fact the hospital had discharged him as fit to travel, he was 50 meters from the ship,and the ship was not due to sail until 7.30pm. Having made a noisy protest at customer services whose only response was 'we cannot tell you anything' he and partner were finally allowed back on board. All we could do was to mention the Press and hope for the best. They were 12 hrs from Southampton but were expected to get a taxi and three trains to get to the port in the UK to get their luggage which was still on the ship. A truly disgraceful way to treat anyone.

Ports and excursions left a lot to be desired. We apparently did not always get our normal births so shuttle buses were used, these dropped you off where they felt like rather the centre of towns, lots of walking on rough pavements. Lisbon was cancelled due to the weather, whose bright idea was Cherburg as a replacement?

Entertainment was very good, the new dancing troupe were excellent. Food was adequate but small portions and not as good as before. Restaurants appear to be understaffed. My wife was confined to the cabin for over 30 hours following something she ate, and received a letter saying how grateful they were that she obeyed the guidelines, and as a reward she was offered £71 - off the next cruise booking within the next 12 months. We are speechless. Needless to say, we will not be using their offer. Our disappointment at the whole episode, which should have been a happy break, is now a very miserable experience, not to be repeated.

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Cabin Review

Outside Cabin
Cabin E 3028

Cabin seems to be smaller than I remember from a previous cruise, with a miniscule shower. It now has 4 beds, not 2, two beds now attached to the wall which affects the bed below, you can only use 3/4 of the bed. How they expect 4 people to fit in the cabin is beyond me. If four people use it you have 2 chairs.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Madeira (Funchal)

Went on shuttle bus which dropped us far from centre, needed walking on poor pavements

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