Barbados is or was an easier country ton get in to, Home Security in the US being aggressive in the best of situations, and with a stop every day little time is wasted. Most things went okay but when they didn't they tended to be shore side. First problem was actually getting on, I had an 11.30 boarding slot, I had four days in a hotel before hand, but I arrived on time and handed over my luggage and there were still people coming off the ship. Rumour was that the ship came in late and that Customs and Immigration had sent fewer people as it was independence day. Once on board there was lots of new crew and it was difficult to get a Diamond Plus drink just using the paper, actually even with the plastic card some crew had not been briefed on them. Oh and just to point out that I was both asked for a signature and some didn't when using the five free drinks. Generally the food was worse than my previous cruise in March on the Grandeur though it was nicer as a solo passenger to be able to eat with other people. The entertainment was below par, with no band in the theatre and only 2 shows and 2 guests over the seven days, we were told that the cast were only just on board and the lighting crew and sound guys also seemed new. I took three shore excursions with only one really top rated, one was generally okay and the third one was rearranged supposedly due to heavy rain closure but we were only told this when we were on the bus and about to leave. No refund of any sort was offered and passengers who visited individually said that the venue was open to them. Getting off the ship was not as badly delayed as getting on but they were behind by about half an hour stopping twice at the request of shore side. The process for getting off was crazy with first a long queue to show your passport to one of only four officers, a fifth being set aside only to do families with children. Then you had to find your luggage and then you have to join a second queue for customs where you had to show your passport and make a declaration on the number of bags you were travelling with, they then hand write a form, stamp it and give it to you. Keep that form in hand as you will need it to hand to the guard on the port gate. Finally if you were not on an official tour or an airport transfer you were told to make your own way to the terminal and pick up your transport there. This meant carrying or at least pulling your own luggage in 29 degrees the length of two warehouses and the roads in front of the terminal. I am leaving from Southampton next cruise
The cabin overall was okay but with some oddities. While I have seen ships with rust showing on the hull around windows etc I have not before seen cabins where the bottom of the bathroom door was heavily rusted and hanging down. There was also rust on the balcony rail metal work with a hole on one place.