We chose this cruise on recommendation from our travel agent. We flew to lovely Lisbon a few days beforehand, the joined the ship,looking very tiny berthed near some very large cruise ships. The welcome was decidedly perfunctory, and we found our way to our deck 4 cabin. It was pleasantly large, but definitely needed a good spring clean. The bed seemed hard and sagging, not a good start we felt. We liked the white marble bathroom and noted approvingly that the toiletries were quality Occitan. We explored briefly then went for a buffet lunch in the stern Verandah. It was a very ordinary buffet choice and we were astounded at the cost of the drinks on offer. We learned that many passengers had bought a drinks package, but as the wines were fairly mediocre in our opinion, we decided not to take up the package offer.
It was lovely to note the teak decks , a small outdoor pool and hot tub, and plenty of deck lounge seating. We looked through the daily program, but it lacked variety or imagination, so we decided that a comfortable spot with a good book might be a good way to relax.
Much ceremony was made of the sail away flag raising to the music of Vangelis’ 1492, used on other cruise lines we recalled.
There was a comfortable lounge with busy coffee bar and a tiny library, but little else of note. It was a port intensive cruise with only one sea day, but we had visited all the ports previously, so did not read the excursion offers. In each port the ship laid on a shuttle bus to the centre of town , a useful service for those who wished to be independent . We were happy to wander, sample the local cuisine and bars in each port.
We were right in our estimation... the bed was horribly saggy and worn, leaving us both with aching backs!
Entertainment was decidedly limited, with a singing duo , but little else, with the exception of a lecturer with a sole topic.
Dining was open seating, with varied menus and good service from the friendly Asian servers. It was not gourmet dining, but perfectly adequate.
It would not be a ship we’d choose on future occasions, but it was an interesting experience.
Large, clearly an ex Seabourn design, with lovely cabinetry, and separate lounge area. We thought the carpets and sofa badly needed a deep clean.
The bed was dreadful, sagging and uncomfortable
The bathroom was excellent, with white marble walls and floor. We liked the Occitan verveine toiletries, but found the towels very rough.
A lovely city with interesting buildings, great museums, good food and a super tram system
We love Porto, but prefer the opposite bank with all the traditional port houses.
Not an especially interesting place, but a good jumping off point for tours