Overall this was a very nice cruise. Ship and cabin were lovely, dining room food and company were very good. We had weather and mechanical issues that caused several cancellations of tours. They were missed on our part, especially the Lake District, but overall it didn't diminish our enjoyment of the trip too much. Weather was cool and mostly cloudy, but rain held off for the most part when we were out and about. The food court was, as expected, noisy, very crowded, with mediocre food. I never understand how people can sit in there all day. The pizza was pretty good, and the tacos, burgers, and hot dogs at Salty Dog Grill were very good. Ice cream is always a treat. We did anytime dining, with shared tables, and had a delightful dinner every night. Food was very good, company and service excellent. We also went to tea most days which was delightful. Entertainment was mediocre, and it seemed there were fewer big shows than we've had in the past. We were hoping for some big sporting events on the big screen outside (women's world cup and the Stanley Cup was on), but no dice. Couldn't find any films that interested us - some we watched on our TV, but nothing in the big venues. Ship configuration was a bit strange, had trouble on a couple of decks finding our way to certain venues - lots of dead ends. Shore excursions were all very good, at least those that didn't get cancelled.
We had a guaranty cabin right below the food court, which caused us some concern. It was no problem, mostly very quiet, and made it easy to run upstairs, get a plate of food and eat on our balcony. Balcony had a huge overhang from the food court above, which kept sun and rain away from us. Electrical plugs are sparse, but we had a power strip that allowed us to keep everything charged.
This was a transfer to Heathrow with Stonehenge. We had a perfect guide, who did a great job. Stopped at Salisbury to look at the Cathedral, great conversation while driving through the New Forest, a long stop at Stonehenge. Got there at opening, so had time to do everything, including a quick lunch. Usually they also drive you through Windsor Park, but it was Ascot Week, and access was closed. Great way to get to the airport with a lot of bonus!View All 35 Stonehenge Reviews
Weather problems - couldn't land.
Great tour of Killarney National Park and Muckross House. At Muckross, there is only time to do either a house tour or view the gardens, so be prepared to make a choice. We had an OK lunch in Killarney and time for shopping - cute town. Our guide was fabulous, really did a great job describing Ireland and its issues.
Because of mechanical issues, our tour to the Lake District was cancelled. But Liverpool is a beautiful port, they have worked hard to upgrade their facilities. It's one where the ship docks right in town, and we walked to the Tate and Liverpool Museum. Highly recommended - I just really wanted to see the Lake District.
Because of mechanical issues, we didn't reach Dublin until mid-afternoon, which cancelled our tour to Powerscourt.
We just did the local hop on/off bus which was very good. Great driver/narrator that gave us a wonderful overview of the city and its Troubles.
I took an afternoon city tour and time in the Kelvingrave Museum. Very well done.
Great guide took us to this castle/manor house, beautiful place with gorgeous gardens on a firth. She gave us much information about the highlands, their history, and economic situation.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Guide was pretty taciturn, but the castle itself was very cool. The Bannockburn battlefield was mostly just confusing, and he didn't help us much. Beautiful drive.View All 9 Stirling Castle Reviews
Great tour and guide. Lots of info about Le Havre, infrastructure, and the road to Rouen. Beautiful town, cathedral, and Joan of Arc site, with plenty of time for shopping and people watching at the end.View All undefined undefined Reviews