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26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was a great cruise, my first one! I am used to arranging holidays myself so to be honest i thought i would be bored but i was so wrong! There was plenty to do. First of all for what i paid for both of us, i was astounded at ... Read More
This was a great cruise, my first one! I am used to arranging holidays myself so to be honest i thought i would be bored but i was so wrong! There was plenty to do. First of all for what i paid for both of us, i was astounded at what i got for the price, i was even trying to work out how they made any money out of that once flights where taken off etc. The booking process was simple, the flight was clean, comfortable, well provided for and the process of getting to the ship was easy. Yes there are a lot of older generation people on the ship, i have no idea how people can moan about this in the reviews lol!, who really cares! everyone knows that demographically your retired and well off older people are going to be a likely target market for the cruise, it didn't bother me at all, why would it lol. I didn't spend the whole trip sat next to old people taking out their false teeth in front of me, they make it sound horrific lol. The ship is old. That is okay. Some people are moaning about this, believe it or not people are quite capable of doing their own research before hand, i googled the ship before hand, i could see it was an older ship, ships can be old, they are allowed to be old!, how can people moan that a ship is old! yes it is!, if they don't like it, don't go on that particular ship! what are the agents supposed to do? give it an age warning just in-case? people need to get a grip. It was an older ship yes, did the slight creaks bother me? no it didn't, absolutely fine. The entertainment was fab, a great variety, some people are moaning about this too, if i wasn't in the mood for a pop quiz i could simply walk away from it and sit at another pool or part of the ship, people do have free choice and cannot expect to have every aspect provided to their needs ALL the time, it drives me batty. I didn't expect to like much entertainment on board because i don't usually see shows etc, but i was pleasantly surprised and a great comedian too! The food was great, yes the all you can eat area might not have been fine dining but it was fine for me, and to be honest it was exceptional value for money, there was lots of choice, for what i paid for the cruise i had lower expectations, but there was nothing low about the quality of the food. The ports where great too, yes the British virgin islands had been damaged by the hurricane, i expected this, there had just been a hurricane, even then i had choices, go on one of the tours to get me away from the lesser damaged areas, or stay on the ship, i cannot moan at company for taking us their, they are one of the only ships that are still docking at tortola and giving well needed custom to an island that really needs our help. I could either 'moan that we shouldn't have gone there because aesthetically it didn't meet my needs' or go 'sod it, who cares, we are helping someone, if i am privileged enough to even go on a cruise, then some broken buildings and bent palm trees are not going to trouble me', and i made sure i give the local shops there my money too. We visited lots of beautiful islands. It was amazing and i swear every single member of staff greeted us and said hi, it was lovely. We had to see an on-ship doctor at one point, that was great too, yes i paid for the doctor, did i expect to get it free? no of course i didn't! i didn't mind paying either! someone was moaning earlier that the on ship doctor wasn't free, jesus christ! Sure there might be some luxury high end cruises that wrap the cost of this up in their ticket prices but it certainly wasn't going to be in a marella cruise ticket,it's a cruise not the ritz lol, of course its extra! doctors have jobs, incomes, families, he's probably contracted out by the company as well, hiring a doctor is not cheap!, everything needs looking after, it's so mean of people to say its a money grabbing exercise from the ship, well yes it is grabbing money, to pay the blimming doctors wages and keep it a high standard! thats how business works. I loved my cruise but some people want everything given to them and do not appreciate things. It was lovely!!!!! Our room cleaner was really great too! saying hi every single day! Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We read the publicity for Fathom cruises and booked their inaugural cruise to Puerto Plata because we loved the concept. Two weeks later they were the first ship to sail to Havana since the 1960s. I think the jury may be out on the ... Read More
We read the publicity for Fathom cruises and booked their inaugural cruise to Puerto Plata because we loved the concept. Two weeks later they were the first ship to sail to Havana since the 1960s. I think the jury may be out on the effectiveness of their plan to use vacationers to bring assistance to developing communities in Dominica and Cuba, but I certainly applaud the idea and their efforts. As for the ship, the Adonia is a beautiful older ship and we certainly enjoyed the ambiance. The crew was great, and unlike on other ships, they are encouraged to mingle with the passengers when they are off duty, and many of them are required to take part in the impact activities. The dining service was great and most of the food was pretty good, although I'd avoid the fish until they get a better supplier since every piece we had was old and fishy and the last night I got food poisoning from it. The activities are interesting, although I thought the time spent on them was a little short. If you do book, you must absolutely book your activities well ahead of time, some of them book up and the best are simply unavailable if you wait until close to sailing to book them. The cacao factory and the recycling project are easy and fun and you can book those as often as you like. The reforestation and village construction projects require long pants and real shoes, which they neglect to tell you until you are on the ship (maybe they figured that out since the first week). The language programs were well received by the guests who did them. The only problem I found was the fact that the ship docks in a private port outside of town. The only taxis allowed in charge three times the going rate so heading into town on your own means walking several blocks or paying the extortion rate. The shops there are not run by locals except the little "craft market". The port area does have a bar and restaurant, several hotels and a beach that some people went to. If want to go independent while you're there, find a driver on the internet that well reviewed and arrange it ahead of time. There is internet at the port. Read Less

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