On the subject of cruises. We have travelled with three companies. First was Costa (even after the sinking) to the Far East and it was a disaster in every way. Trips all fully booked up, food terrible, no entertainment to speak of, staff surly and rude. We did sue them because we went on the main understanding we were going to see orang-u-tangs in Borneo and they took us to a zoo where the animals were having bigger nervous breakdowns than we were. They tried to palm us off with a compensation note which we refused and took them to the ombudsman and they had to pay us real money into our account. No more to be said. Never again.
We then a couple of years later we went to Norway as a taster as we thought they can’t all be bad after our last experience. Sailed with P&O 7 nights through the ffjords and it was wonderful. It was a really big ship with about 4500 passengers. I loved the massive choices of entertainment, restaurants including Michelin star, cinemas, live shows, casino (although I don’t play). All day food until about 2am. The trips on shore were great, went to see a glacier but also did a lot on our own.
Next trip was 15 days in the Med with Cunard which have a reputation for excellence. For me the boat was too small and people were knocking each other over in their disability scooters and walking frames to get from one end of the ship to the other for the shows starting. I know I am old but at the age of about 68 and 76 I think we were the youngest on board. Everything else was fine but for me, being from Yorkshire, having to add 15% onto everything from coffee and tea and all drinks. I don’t agree with paying £10 for a cocktail and finding it cost £11.50 or £20 for a bottle of wine that was really £23. Im funny like that, plus everything was in dollars with a very bad exchange rate.
Next cruise was with P&O again but a smaller boat (3000 passengers) with a cruise around the Baltics. Again with P&O I couldn’t fault it. It was a smaller boat but we find if we go at the right time of year when it is cold and to the right areas older people don’t want to go so there was a better mix of old and middle aged. Norway, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and Russia then back to Denmark and Germany but different areas.
I have nothing against old people as we are 70 and 78 but there is old and should be in a nursing home – that sounds terrible and we did meet some lovely older people like the lady who had stayed on the same ship for 10 years since her husband died and she sold her house and just travelled in luxury. Good for her.
We booked to go to Norway and Iceland in June this year but then I had to have surgery so we cancelled. So we have re-booked but felt 15 days was too long and expensive so we are doing Norway for 7 nights again – but different stop offs.
We are not interested in the Carribbean so cannot comment of those cruises. I am sure you will find something that suits you and if you go on a not so great one then try again. It is wonderful to get dressed up every evening if you want or casual to one of the less formal eating places. Waited on hand and foot with your room kept clean and tidy without having to raise a finger.