Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was good and with a time set for embarkation you know what time to arrive. We arrived early due to us stopping in a hotel the night before and had to sit and wait as did other people who ... Read More
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was good and with a time set for embarkation you know what time to arrive. We arrived early due to us stopping in a hotel the night before and had to sit and wait as did other people who arrived early but the systems seems to work and we had no complaints.
Disembarkation was easy as we were able to leave the ship any time after 8.15am and were on our way home at 9.00am with little hassle.
Because of our disability we use a porter to help locate and carry the bags and they help to load the car with the bags, and for a small time we find that very helpful.
We had freedom dining because we like to get ready and dine when we want to as first sitting is a bit early and the second sitting is too late for my wife as she has a stomach complaint.
We had various sizes of tables from a two to an eight person and we had a mixture of good company to the boring and rude company, but that’s what you have to plan for.
The food was at about the same standard as our last cruise in the summer. In the evening it was always hot, well presented and depending on the size of table swiftly served. I cannot say we had a poor meal at any time although we only used two restaurants. We always had breakfast and lunch in the buffet restaurants and because of the wheelchair I was always asked if I needed help. As I want to stay independent this was always declined yet I was asked every time we entered the restaurant. There are plenty of table to sit at, but some are easier to get access to in a wheelchair. Like everyone one has to take your chances and sit at tables that one can get too.
Entertainment and activities
We saw a lot of shows and except for the fist comedian we were impressed with the standard. The ships troupe was very good and we viewed most of there shows as they were new to us. The troupe we quite young and had some new members, who we got in conversation with, and they were enthusiastic of the stage as they were on the stage.
There was a broad range of show to solo singers to a group of soul sings, two different comedians as well as the singer and pianists situated in several areas around the ship. I would say that there was something for all tastes through out the twelve days.
Access to the theatre was easy for those in wheelchairs and scooter and could cater for at least seven wheelchairs at the back of the auditorium on each side with the first four rows at the back reserved for disabled passengers.
Port and Shore excursions
We had been to all the port except Casablanca and we could get about in most of them with little or no difficulty. Were there was a shuttle bus we used it and was very please with the transport provided. Unfortunately we were told about three day before we were due to go into Casablanca that the disability transport was not going to be available, which meant we could not get into the town but would be stuck at the port area. Although this was a disappointment due to the weather conditions and a very large swell we were unable to get into port.
In some of the ports there were some accessible tours but due to lack of take up the one we would have done was cancelled.
The ship was very comfortable and with easy access to all areas and although she is sixteen years old and due for a refit next winter, we found her to be well maintained, comfortable, and would go on her again should a cruise arise with port we want to go too. Crew on this ship were very friendly, helpful, and always willing to go the extra mile and even the captain made a special effort to speak to me at the “Peninsula Cub” party to enquire if all was well with us and the cruise. Read Less