Overall a very enjoyable cruise for 2 weeks around the Caribbean. I have to admit I do wonder about some of the comments of others and the issues they highlight, apart from an issue with the toilet/shower extractor fan the ship was clean & well presented with a fantastic staff.
Flew from LGW on a TUI charter so luggage checked in is next seen on board. Very comfortable flight with decent legroom, food & beverages throughout. Coach from the airport to the check in area & at first sight the queues look horrendous but in reality they kept moving and we were onboard within 30 mins of arriving at the cruise centre. Our cases caught up with us within a couple of hours and everything was well organised and smoothly navigated.
Our cabin (A708) was with a balcony and was extremely comfortable with enough room for the two of us. Unfortunately the lack of extractor fan in the shower/toilet was a pain & one that was not resolved despite multiple reports by ourselves and the cabin steward. We accepted a £50 on board cash allowance in compensation purely on principle as it took until the penultimate day of the cruise to receive an apology of any kind.
Dining was fine, we were allocated second sitting although chose to eat alternate evenings in either the Glass House or the Beach House restaurants. Both were excellent and were walk in, although the Glass House could get busy. Breakfast was good either in the buffet for early shore excursions or the Meridian for more lazy days. Food was good and generally the choices were fine. We did not indulge in the drinks packages but enjoyed a wide range of wines & cocktails as the fancy took us, generally the prices were not too different from UK restaurant pricing.
We didn’t go to any of the Headliner shows past experience has always been disappointing but recognise that for many they are popular and entertaining. We did enjoy two shows by Jemma Wild (Wild Sax) but found a promising duo we had overheard in passing were difficult to listen to in the atrium due entirely to poor sound balance which required total revision. The female lead was barely audible & the bass & rhythm guitars overpowering.
All ports were interesting as this was our first time in the Caribbean. Grenada, St Lucia and Barbados were our personal favourites. The St Kitts rail excursion should not be missed and we thoroughly enjoyed the St Lucia land & sea excursion. Absolutely amazed by Grand Turk and the ship nosing virtually onto the beach!
Disembarkation was good with our bags being offloaded directly from outside our cabin to reappear on the carousal at LGW. Very impressed with this arrangement as it made it possible to do the farewell to Barbados tour which was a lovely way to end our holiday.
Would we go again; yes please!
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