We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and the fact it sails from Dover, close to where we live. We had never been to 4 of the ports, and so were looking for new experiences, we had visited 3 already, so knew what we wanted.
We had cruised last year with FO to Norway...what a difference!
Good bits....the restaurant staff were the usual helpful, attentive and able selves.
Embarkation at Dover was simple and fuss free
Some of the places we moored were excellent....Las Palmas, Funchal, Lisbon and Vigo...close to the town, and not too grotty. Of course FO need to moor where the port allocates them.
One of the lecturers was very good...low key, but accurate and interesting.
Adequate....food of a lower standard than the Norway cruise.....desserts at lunchtime very poor, better at dinner. Menu OK, but unimaginative...maybe suited the age and nationality profile of many of the passengers. House wine no better than adequate, at OK prices. Cabin fine, not too good in rough weather (force 9) but not a problem.
Poor.....some meals were just bad, or weird. Schnitzel with peas and carrots? One day was awful: I complained, but got no real response. Customer service desk was hopeless....defensive and not given any updates on pool problems etc.
Shore tours laughably overpriced. To ask for £10 per person for the shuttle from the ship to Arrecife (on a Sunday, when the town is closed) is taking the mickey...its buried in the T & Cs, apparently. Arrival at Vigo as Siesta time is starting and departing at 5 pm is incomprehensible.
One lecturer was inaccurate, a little Englander and mumbled.
No, we will not use FO again for a sea cruise
Te cabins are small, but adequate for a cruise when temperatures are lower....not sure how good it would be in the tropics. It was compact, clean, with 2 sealed portholes, bath shower etc.
My parsimony paid off...going for deck 4 rather than a suite on Decks 7 and above meant that in bad weather we were nearer the ship's centre of gravity, and thus minimised pitching and rolling.....
Cleaning and servicing good
Its a container port, but there are buses and a metro to Oporto
Pleasant town to wander around and have a drink or meal
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Old Town easily accessed by local bus if you paid £10 to get to the harbour gate
Moored near town and public transport...good access along coast for public transport
Scruffy, run down and siesta time!
Embarkation good, disembarkation less efficient, but that is due to the Port of Dover, not FO
Close to the town and public transport to the Old Town (Vagueta)