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Spirit Of Discovery Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Excellent food, service and cabin, but lots of black soot towards the stern of the ship

Review for Spirit Of Discovery to the Western Mediterranean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jun 2022
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This was our first cruise with Saga, having only done one other cruise on the Queen of Elizabeth to Norway nearly 3 years ago. Once we had navigated through the covid tests the welcome aboard was excellent with a crew member showing us to our cabin. We had booked a standard cabin on D deck which was fine although we could have done with more drawer space. The stewardess who looked after some of the cabins was excellent with nothing too much trouble. The food served throughout the ship was excellent including the three speciality restaurants where we ate in each a couple of times. My favourite was Coast to Coast especially their seafood platter starter! We preferred eating in the Grill as if is more lighter and airy than the Grand Dining Room which we felt was a bit claustrophobic. In the Grill it was also possible to eat outdoors which was great in the warmer weather. The one downside was that there was a lot of black sooty deposits towards the stern which soiled most of the furniture, rails and seating cushions. No explanation was given but clothing that got marked by the soot was laundered free of charge. The ship experienced electrical problems with one of the propulsion units leaving Mahon which resulted up being anchored off Minorca for nearly 8 hours while the ship’s engineers worked on it. As a result we arrived at the final destination of Cadiz about 8 hours late at 17.00 and were advised that we only had a couple of hours on shore before the ship was due to sail at 20.00. However, later that evening the captain announced that engineers from the engine manufacturers had come on board to check the engines overnight. We did not finally sail from Cadiz until about 14.00 the following day and sadly we were not allowed to leave the ship in the morning to have more time exploring Cadiz. Due to the delays it was decided that the cruise would finish at Portsmouth rather than Dover. While this did save some time getting home, leaving the ship and collecting the luggage in the terminal was shambolic. Communication of the problems was poor and it was a pity that there was no announcement on the TV that are in every cabin. We are at the younger end of Saga’s target market and we’re surprised at the age profile of the majority of the passengers who were at the upper end of the age range, so it might be a few years before we go with Saga again!

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