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We paid almost double what some peoplepaid, especially late booker's and we had a basic inside cabin on level 5. When at sail the walls vibrated, the engine sounds recreated the noise of being in the middle of a storm, the beds were very hard to the point they woke you up.I was very glad to leave behind our cabin !!!! Other guests said their rooms had no sound and the beds were comfortable but they were on a higher deck. There was also a smell of stale water as you walked along the corridor on level 5, this persisted throughout the cruise.
We went on 2 day trips one to Sorrento & Pompeii the guide could not speak very good English, we were given earphones, through which we could hear every conversation she had. She lost 2/3 of the group twice, people fell over on the extremely rough ground and she didn't even notice this. She walked us around Pompeii for 2 hours whilst mumbling on and on, when we could have seen less and learnt more. An exhausting day Sorrento good Pompeii disastrous.
We went on the most expensive trip to Rome casting £110 going on a train as it was going to get us there quicker, however they didn't mention the 45 mins we had to sit on the train before it departed. The leg space on the train was very very limited; seats were positioned opposite each other so we had our legs woven in between strangers legs which was a bit embarrassing !
Imagine 4 large cruise ships arriving in Rome on the same day going on the same , to see the same sites ; it was like tourism gone mad, so crowded you couldn't see any of the monuments properly.
We were taken to the Colosseum by coach and we saw this from outside, we had about 20 mins here to get a drink etc We got charged £3.50 for a 500ml bottle of coke ! We then went on the coach for a short drive and then were walked for 3 1/2 hours through narrow streets in a convoy of 48 people to see the mega crowded Spanish steps, horrendously crowded Tivoli fountains, on to the Parthenon and then in 28 degree heat walked through what seemed to be endless back streets for lunch, this to be fair was quite good . By the time we all reached lunch the rep must have counted all 48 of us about 5 times, he asked us to walk in two's as if we were in school which we all had a laugh about. After lunch we queued to go into St Peters the queue was 3/4 of the way around the Vatican Square it did move quickly but once in the Church it was not a Religious experience just an endless snake of visitors again tourism gone mad.
After 2 trips We felt ill, so we cancelled a trip to Barcelona. The trips were labelled as active walking and we did go to the Ship talk about the trips but nobody explained it would involve 2 and then 3 1/2 hours walking in hot weather over very rough ground. Given the average age of the cruising clientel I think they need to spell this out more as the message is not clear.
My advice would be don't book early the best dael seemed to be for late bookings. don't see a cruise as a major sight seeing trip the crowds are too big as too many cruise ships in port causes chaos. A decrition of Active walking can mean up to 3 1/2 hours persistant walking in very hot temperatures so be carfull what you bookRead Less