What I really enjoyed.
- Life is easy. Nothing to think about except choosing your food and drinks oh and what to do from the many activities.
- You unpack once and the cabin is very well appointed.
- Food is pretty good to excellent and there is plenty of it.
- Service is also very good.
- Daily shows - very good to excellent entertainment with the odd mediocre performer.
- Educational talks - very interesting.
- Trivia quiz - good fun.
- Tranquil views of the ocean passing by.
- No flying from place to place.
- A very easy way to see a cross section of places.
- Meeting new people to chat to daily.
- Dancing (well I might have except for hop-a-long lol)
- Making some great new friends who really added some fun to our last few days at sea.
Not such great things
- People - too many of them and some quite rude.
- Queues. Not long ones but queues daily - for cuppa, food, shore excursions.
- The social divide between passengers and crew.
- All too easy to eat and drink way too much.
- Cities only to visit - unless you pay a lot to sit a long time on a bus to get to rural areas for 5 minutes.
- Skimming the surface of places visited.
- Having the Norovirus hanging over us most of the trip and people on the next table going down three days before the end of the cruise, really brought that home.
- Selling all kinds of things - watches, artwork, jewellery, other restaurants, more cruises. Paper invitations daily to buy something or other.
- Internet only available at exhorbitant prices and not always easy to find, or have time for, on shore excursions.
So on our second last day we had a real emergency with a passenger needing to be helicoptered off. I had my camera with me so snapped some shots. They initially dropped gear and personnel to the deck to prepare the passenger and then came back and landed to pick him up. I probably could have but didn't feel right to see that specifically but did take a few from the side lines.
We've also enjoyed trying the cocktails. My favourites certainly the grasshopper and the mudslide. Here is Garrie with his first martini (shaken not stirred) and me with a gin fizz.