Did we have a broken ship? What was all that shuddering and shaking in a circular movement? This was unrelenting for the entire cruise.
At night it was like someone constantly shaking you to wake you. The problem was there whether we were moving or stopped, rough sea or calm, even in dock
This was not sea movement. It felt more like engine shake or a problem with the gyroscopes it was a wobble like sitting off centre on a potters wheel.
We had a free upgrade to a Mini suite when we booked. And chose this one as it was Port side, midship and near to the stairs and lift. This was a perfect location for us with regard to getting anywhere on the ship and always easy to find our cabin when returning.
When we got on board an found our cabin we thought that we had made a mistake in choosing this location as we thought that there would be a lot of noise from the corridor but our fears turned out to be unfounded as the soundproofing the door ensured that we we never heard any noise from the corridor.
However. This cabin is situated beneath Splash Academy, which is the children’s play area and so there was sometimes a lot of noise coming from above from the children running and having fun, Sometimes until 10pm. no wonder they offer free ‘upgrades’ to this Cabin (Mini Suite). On balance the upgrade to the mini suite was worth it for the size of the cabin especially the bathroom which had a half size bath and a shower. The contents of the cabin in general was pretty much the same as the other cabins with TV , hairdrier, coffee maker, safe, mirror mini bar/fridge and plenty of storage, and a wardrobe full of hangers.
To give you an idea of the size difference of the cabin. The balconies on deck 11 overhang the balconies below by approximately the full depth of a standard balcony so imagine your cabin being the size of a standard cabin and balcony combined. Then leading out to the actual balcony, which itself was a decent size but about standard with the other cabins.
Plenty of room for two chairs and a decent size table but sadly, the table was a tiny coffee table. We had breakfast in our cabin a couple of times but it was a struggle to eat it without a decent table.
As with the other cabins , ours was very clean and comfortable and Albert, our Steward kept it and looked after us very well.
There are no smoking signs on all balconies but we could always smell cigarette smoke from other cabins. On one occasion, we found cigarette butts on our balcony that had blown in
If you like sunrises and sunsets, consider the direction and times of sailings when choosing which side of the ship you want your balcony. I got it wrong and we always seemed to be on the wrong side (Lesson learned for next time)
Take an extension block with a European plug (we found one on amazon with a euro plug and British sockets and usb’s Which proved invaluable.
Look for the handy USB sockets under the bedside lamps
Have earplugs handy for the scampering sound from above and the sound from the adjacent cabin with the Honeymooners (funny at first but got to be annoying after a while) ( also might explain the cigarette smoke) come to think of it, you could always put the earplugs up your nose too.
If you need anything just ask your steward they will be happy to sort it for you. At a very interesting Q&A session with the senior officers. One passenger asked the question about the lack of towel animals, mints on pillows and Ice/Ice buckets in cabins. The reply was about economy and that most of the mints were left untouched, most of the ice was wasted etc so the Cruise line had stopped providing them automatically, but said that if you request that stuff, they will happily provide it free of charge.
At the Q&A session they also said that the cruise line spends a lot of effort of filtering water the tap water in the cabins is 100% drinkable and that there was no need to buy the expensive bottled water. We tried it and it was good
Stunning towns. We got an independent boat/ coach transfer to Oia and Fira right off the harbour for €20 each this also included a cable car ride. It was excellent value
Beautiful old town of narrow cobbled streets, historic windmills
Just took the free transfer from the ship. An enjoyable day
We did not experience Civitaveccia as we just transferred from the airport straight onto the ship
Took the NCL tour Highlights of Kefalonia. Great value and a stunning island
Capri is a beautiful island. Once the playground of the rich, famous and powerful,from roman emperors to1950’s movie stars to modern day Russian oligarchs. We purchased the ‘Capri on your own’ tour from NCL. Very expensive for what is essentially a ferry ticket. Once there got an independent bus tour for €20 each excellent value. Once in Capri, be prepared to pay a lot for stuff and watch out for tourist traps such as ordering a large beer. You will get a litre and will be charged between €16 - 20 for it. Don’t eat or drink anywhere without first seeing the prices on the menu and actually seeing the food . Our pizzas were a bargain at €10 until they came . They were the size of a large cookie fresh out of the microwave . So €51 for two Costco cheese and tomato cookies, a beer and a wine left us with a bad taste in our mouth.
Shop keepers are very skilled in to getting you to change your mind from ‘just a fridge magnet’ to a Dish towel , a bowl, two bags of sweets some limoncello and oh yes THREE Fridge magnets. Chi-ching!.
Looks a bit disappointing from the sea,like any ageing concrete jungle Mediterranean resort (Eg Benidorm) but when you look closely, between the 1970’s concrete apartment blocks you get a hint of the class that awaits you once you enter the old town.
A tender took us to the harbour with all of the Millionaire Yachts. A rigorous climb through gardens up to the old town with quaint side streets surrounding the Prince’s Palace.
Nice place to spend the day. Easy to imagine Formula one cars roaring past you in the streets on Grand Prix day or James Bond sipping Martinis (shaken not stirred) in one of the casinos