Lovely itinerary to Faroes, Iceland, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Embarkation was easy with pre arranged assistance.
Food was much better than our previous cruise on Ventura, we ate most of the time in the MDR for breakfast, lunch and dinner as we find the buffet difficult with a wheelchair although staff are always willing to help. A couple of times my partner got us a bacon roll from the buffet and brought it to the room when we had early morning starts. We also ate lunch at the deck bars a few times..We had freedom dining with some lovely and interesting table companions; and a few strange ones, which makes life entertaining.
Didn’t see as much entertainment as usual, Havana and Tamarind were always packed so difficult to find seats. However the Arena was easier, as long as you arrived early, with reserved seats for wheelchair users, which many able bodied people selfishly occupied. No staff on hand to police this.
Entertainers that stood out were the gentleman talking about space which the layman could understand; Pulse in the Metropolis, great variety of music delivered with humour. Last but not least, Graffiti, four talented young people playing violins, singing, comedy etc. Wow what a wonderful show.
On embarkation we ate in the Glasshouse to avoid the buffet, very good. Early on in the cruise we had dinner in the Epicurian with a free bottle of house wine, acceptable and a superb meal delivered with their usual first class service and drama. Well worth the extra fee.
There were very few children on this cruise, mostly little ones, several foreign nationals. Most passengers were in their 50s or above.
Our favourite bar was the Metropolis with one barman (sorry don’t know his name) standing out as especially helpful and friendly.
Ports were very interesting. We booked most excursions privately, which were all well organised. One with P and O on the Faroes, very good. What a beautiful and peaceful place, my favourite.
In Isofordur we had to use a tender. It was an extremely difficult transfer for passengers and crew due to the high winds, but we all survived.
The weather was kind to us and although it was cold the sun came out every afternoon with only a tiny bit of drizzle in Scotland. On our last sea day on deck I got a bit sunburnt as I didn’t realise how hot it was.
We booked another cruise while we were on board on the new Iona as we couldn’t resist the low deposit. Hope we haven’t made a mistake as we think Ventura is pretty large.
We had an accessible balcony cabin on A deck, which was well kept by our steward, who we rarely saw.
Only problem was the wet room which flooded after the first shower.
My partner investigated and found lots of hair blocking the drains, which he sorted himself as he didn’t want to wait about for someone to fix it.
Beds and pillows very comfortable.
Two suggestions: A nightlight in the bathroom and more space to put toiletries.