Spirit of Adventure Review

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Review for the British Isles & Western Europe Cruise on Spirit of Adventure
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Sail Date: Sep 2023
Stewardess Glenda
Our towel elephant - inevitably known as 'Jackson'
Part of a diorama of an emigrant ship in the excellent nearby museum in Cobh
Waiting, waiting for a tender in Hugh Town

We booked this cruise over a year ago as we've never been to the Isles of Scilly and it'd be rather difficult for us to visit by other means. This time of year can be a bit risky as the ships have to tender at all times and autumn is often a time of high winds and seas in the Western Approaches but on this occasion, luck was with us and the weather was ideal for landing.

Boarding at Dover was as easy as usual with the efficient included Saga car service and we sailed with an almost full complement on time. Dining on the first evening on any Saga cruise is often rather unsatisfactory as, to my knowledge, the speciality restaurants are not open and Saga give you an allocated slot to dine in the Main Dining Room or the Grill (identical menus). This may not suit but is not onerous, however on this occasion we had a 1945 slot in the MDR and a queue had developed with some unhappy passengers ahead of us. Many wanted tables for two and the harassed Maître 'D made a wrong call to send folk up to the Grill with the promise that there was immediate space, There wasn't and they returned - at the back of the queue! We were happy to share and got in without much delay.

However this was the only dining issue we experienced and we got a slot to our liking in the excellent Italian Amalfi restaurant later in the week without too much trouble. The Filipino's interpretation of Italian waiters was great fun. On short cruises you usually only get a chance to eat in one of the three speciality restaurants although we found that if you popped along at opening time they released any unreserved tables for that evening. The ship also did lunches in two out of the three restaurants on the two sea days on a 'first come, first served' basis which was well used.

Cabin Review

A very smart and well-presented cabin that well-suited a short trip although we did have an unresolved issue with the aircon which didn't warm the cabin well by day. We liked the décor better than Discovery's as it is lighter and more colourful. Fortunately, the rather dangerous 'woodpecker' bedside adornments were absent from this ship. Our stewardess Glenda was gem and decorated our cabin regularly. A towel Orangutan was found one night dangling from the lights with a banana round his waist and an apology from Glenda for breaking our loo brush! A lovely lady (inevitably she looked about 18 - with three teenage daughters!) but, in our experience, the Filipinos always appear very happy, love being of service and look after older folk in particular very well.

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