I saw this cruise on TV Cruise 1st channel and booked for the transatlantic voyage to the Caribbean. The fact that it was due to visit Islands that I had previously been to in my teens when I was a young seafarer sailing on cargo ships, before everything went in containers, it was to be a nostalgic voyage as well as my first cruise.
Needless to say myself and travel partner arrived at Manchester coach station on the 5th Nov 2019 and found we were the only ones there waiting for a coach to Southampton. We where both extremely worried as no place was open to phone and find out what had happened.
Maybe you will call us stupid but I don't use emails very much and that is the reason for us showing up on the wrong day. Cruise 1st had sent one email to tell me about the cancellation and rescheduling of the itinerary. I was asked if I wished to cancel and I would have but my travel buddy was all set to go on holiday and travel across the ocean for the 1st time so I couldn't say no. I don't believe the weather and passenger comfort had anything to do with the changes as when we did eventually sail from Southampton the weather was very bad and lots of passengers including my partner were seasick.
Not so bad for the age of this ship. Balcony door handle screeched every time it was opened.Balcony was a bit small, rusty and covered in salt . The TV was a bit small and considering the lack of entertainment 12$ to rent a movie that vanished as soon as you watched it was another way of being fleeced.
Petersburg, St Maarten was a really nice Caribbean Island famous for Maho beach. We hired a taxi to take us to some lovely local places on the island before having to rush back for 5.30 or miss the ship to Miami. So we enjoyed all 6.5 hours of our Caribbean experience.