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We love the Fringe Festival and thought this would be something different and exciting to do. How wrong could we be? Embarkation was smooth for us but our friends were held up because they had a very slow person who couldn’t type the information quickly or correctly and made many mistakes so it took them a while to check in. Our Cabin 9090 was a good size (for a ship) but the floor was vibrating so much that it was impossible to lie down and relax, let alone sleep! We moved to cabin 9151 and couldn’t feel any vibration there. The staff resolved the issue well. The Lunch food in the buffet up by the pool was the only available place serving food. It was very second-rate and disappointing. The staff seemed disinterested, but we did get a good drink waiter. The Fringe Festival shows we’re very disappointing and one ‘comedian’ said “what do you expect with one hours notice! We wasn’t funny at all. Mostly the show venues were overcrowded and the contortionists just performed in the spaces between seating and we’re hard to see as they did backbends and splits!! Not really Contortionists at all. The Mermaids swam from one side of the pool to the other and flicked their hair at the crowd which might have amused children but wasn’t funny for adults! The YUK circus lived up to its name but the beginning of their act was okay. They weren’t the advertised act. The bars were grossly understaffed and we waited far too long for our drinks 30 mins or more standing at the bar. There wasn’t any table service! The Gala Dinner was okay, not very special, not memorable, just okay. I don’t know what went wrong but the whole event was poorly organised and certainly NOT. value for money. Very one star at best.

Fringe Festival - 1 night in-Port

Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Cruise Review by Julia Clarke

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We love the Fringe Festival and thought this would be something different and exciting to do. How wrong could we be?

Embarkation was smooth for us but our friends were held up because they had a very slow person who couldn’t type the information quickly or correctly and made many mistakes so it took them a while to check in.

Our Cabin 9090 was a good size (for a ship) but the floor was vibrating so much that it was impossible to lie down and relax, let alone sleep! We moved to cabin 9151 and couldn’t feel any vibration there. The staff resolved the issue well.

The Lunch food in the buffet up by the pool was the only available place serving food. It was very second-rate and disappointing. The staff seemed disinterested, but we did get a good drink waiter.

The Fringe Festival shows we’re very disappointing and one ‘comedian’ said “what do you expect with one hours notice! We wasn’t funny at all. Mostly the show venues were overcrowded and the contortionists just performed in the spaces between seating and we’re hard to see as they did backbends and splits!! Not really Contortionists at all. The Mermaids swam from one side of the pool to the other and flicked their hair at the crowd which might have amused children but wasn’t funny for adults! The YUK circus lived up to its name but the beginning of their act was okay. They weren’t the advertised act.

The bars were grossly understaffed and we waited far too long for our drinks 30 mins or more standing at the bar. There wasn’t any table service!

The Gala Dinner was okay, not very special, not memorable, just okay.

I don’t know what went wrong but the whole event was poorly organised and certainly NOT.

value for money. Very one star at best.
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Our Cabin 9090 was a good size (for a ship) but the floor was vibrating so much that it was impossible to lie down and relax, let alone sleep!

We moved to cabin 9151 and couldn’t feel any vibration there. The staff resolved the issue well.

As this was just a one day in port festival it was not a cruise as such, but it gave us an opportunity to experience some of the facilities on the ship.

Overall the ship is smaller than others weve been on so there was an opportunity for us to have a more personal experience. Unfortunately this didnt happen.

We love the Fringe Festival but the acts we saw onboard were more than disappointing and this would not help the ships reputation at all.