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I went on this cruise with my sister, we booked a junior stateroom as the cruise was for 18 nights, and we wanted natural light in our room as well as treating ourselves since we have never been on a cruise before. We stayed in a B&B and got a cab to the dock, I found a company in Southampton who took our luggage down a couple of days before the cruise as we decide to go by train. It was worth it not to carry much luggage, we had packed all but the kitchen sink!!
Loved the room, very clean and our attendance was lovely. I loved the 'animals' he made, and we slept VERY well. The hair dryer could be more powerful with a longer cord piz.

We had breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer which, could be very busy expecially on cruise days. There was tons of food [24hour] not all of it was great but your never going to get the same as what you make at home. We brought tea and coffee with us but need not have bother as its available in several places and there were take-away cups if you wanted it. In the evening we went to one of the dining rooms and met our dinner companions, we all got on very well, if you feel you won't get on you can always ask to be moved! Our waitress was lovely how she manages to smile all the time is beyond me I could not do it. I especially loved the cold fruit soups [lovely] never had them before sooooo nice. Again I would stay that the food was good but not all the time. We were fed up with the menu by the last night.
We really enjoyed both ice-skating shows, brillient, even with a couple of falls. However we did not always enjoy the evening entertainment some was very good and some terrible. The RC singers and dancers where not always on form, not sure who picks their routines and songs, one show was BAD. I think they are better then that. You do have to get to the theatre early to get a seat which was a pain at times. Never mind trying to get into a lift post show better to use the stairs if you can.

The weather the first few days was rough and we had to skip Lisbon because of a storm, thank God for the stablelisers! There are two Captain's who share the job. Ours was very funny, we where told the other Captain did not use the stablelisers as much!!!! On the rough days they put out sickness bags, we did not need them.
Hygiene was increased because of the Noroviris, I find it amazing that a few people don't take hygiene seriously, I heard one lady refuse the 'cleaning cloth' before going into the Windjammer. We were aware some people becoming ill, and some where taken by ambulance when we docked not sure what was wrong with them, but given the age of some its not too surprising. The age group was mixed, as where the people on board with disabilies.
Joff our cruise director was very funny and seemed to be everwhere, loved the game of 'Give us a Clue' Joff's team against the Captain [he was there and he won!! fixed or what!!] very funny.

The ship is very big with lots to do if you want to. We hardly met the same people twice! I found people very friendly when we sat with them for breakfast or lunch. Otherwise its like being anywhere, most of the "good mornings" came from staff. All the staff on board where very polite and friendly no complaints about them at all.
The formal evening were very enjoyable lovely to see people dress up, only snag is they do try and get you to have photo's taken but normally respond to a 'no thanks' and even if you do have some taken you don't have to buy, they cost 24 dollars each photo. The other expense not surprisingly is alcohol, we got a wine package so did not drink much other then that. You can check out your account using the menu on your tv screen.

Would I go again yes, but not for 18 nights and maybe later in the year as leaving Southampton in Feb is cold.

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I would change it from 18 nights to 16 not sure you need to be cruising for so long especially returning to Southampton in the cold. Last couple of days at sea people where becoming ratty, and the Royal Promenade was packed, because outside was too cold and windy to sit out.

I would reccomend this cruise to others.

I think this cruise is suitable for Seniors.

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commentsAbout Dot Cleary

Date of Birth: 01/Aug/1956
Country: Wigan United Kingdom
Past Cruises: none
Sail Date: 01/Feb/2011

I went on this cruise with my sister, she works but I am retired

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