I have just read a review by a passenger, Philip, on the same cruise as me. We visitied Rouen, Guernsey and the Scilly Isles. Although I agree with him that the eastern European staff were not the friendliest that is the only real negative in my opinion. If he wanted luxury then he should have paid a luxury price. I saw this cruise advertised on Travel Zoo for £299 per person and the third person travelled for £99. At that price - who wouldn't?? I spoke to loads of people who paid the same.
In the past I worked on P&O cruises for 4.5 yrs and decided to try cruising as a passenger. I travelled with my parents sharing an inboard 3 birth cabin. The cabin had ample room for us all - we didn't even use all the drawers! The beds were comfortable and the cabin was cleaned every day to a good standard.
We tended to have breakfast and lunch in the buffet restaurant - Marco Polo. There was always plenty of choice and the only food that was cold was the salad! OK it wasn't the more luxurious choice as you expect on a luxury cruise liner - but we were aware of the low price we had paid. In my opinion it was good value.
The evening meals in the main restaurant were VERY good - No complaints there. AS for the one curry that was served - it was lovely. We had the house wine every night. Our waiting staff were pleasant enough but I did see some very miserable looking waiters/waitresses.
In the bars the staff were a bit surly too. Couldn't understand why. When ordering a spirit ask for a can of mixer to go with it. You get charged the same for a top up as for a can. Drinks not over priced. Tea and coffee were reasonably priced.
Entertainment was generally good. Didn't go to all the shows - chose the ones we thought we'd like. Very good comedian/magician - Andy Leach. British/Australian entertainment staff very friendly, cruise director a bit aloof though.
Weather was great and 3 good ports of call. All in all a very good cruise and excellent value for money.
Rouen - fantastic views along The Seine and a lovely city to stroll around. Lovely arcitecture and a great market on a Sunday.
Guernsey was lovely. Get the local bus No 3 or 7, they do a tour around the island for 60p. If you get off somewhere to have a look its only another 60p to get back on - a cheap day out and a great way to get a feel for the place
Scilly Isles (St Mary's). I fell in love with this place - so quaint. A fishing village feel about it. Lovely views from the Old Garrison. Some good nick nacky shops too.
Plenty of room even with three adults. Loads of storage. Inboard which suited us as not woken by early morning sunlight!!