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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Just returned from a fantastic trip around the British Isles on the Azores, yes shes an old ship but don't be put off. First time cruising and were pleasantly surprised by this ship ( don't take any notice of any negative ... Read More
Just returned from a fantastic trip around the British Isles on the Azores, yes shes an old ship but don't be put off. First time cruising and were pleasantly surprised by this ship ( don't take any notice of any negative comments on previous reviews) Embarkation at Liverpool was well organised, taxi dropped us off, porters there to take luggage straight away, checking in 10 mins then straight onto ship, met off gangway and shown to cabin, although small ( cabin 317 ) it was well thought out and bathroom much bigger than expected, shower always hot water and plenty of pressure. Went for drink at the outside bar, went back to cabin and luggage there already, very impressed. Meals on board were great we ate both at the buffet and the waiter service restaurant, serving staff excellent, always plenty of choice, only small niggle was felt bit rushed in the restaurant. One night paid supplement for the steak house ( well worth the £15 extra ) best steak I've had cooked to perfection. We did wonder if tender off the ship at certain ports of call would be a problem as we hadn't booked their trips, as they get priority, but not a problem at all, never felt we were waiting long ( Heard on bigger ships this can be a nightmare) Drinks package £17 each per day well worth it for us Overall if you like the idea of a small ship with traditional cruise feel, this is the one for you Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
My wife and I have cruised with many major cruise lines over several years, including twice with Cruise and Maritime before. Whilst we accept that they are not the largest or the most modern ships and make allowances for this, ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised with many major cruise lines over several years, including twice with Cruise and Maritime before. Whilst we accept that they are not the largest or the most modern ships and make allowances for this, nevertheless we were disappointed with our latest experience with CMV. It's the first time we have left from Liverpool and we arranged to park at the cruise terminal. The instructions were inadequate and I had difficulty finding the car park when I had dropped off my wife and the luggage a the terminal. In fact, even after asking the way, I had to drive around and then back to ask again. The Azores was 67 years old and I think that this was her last season with CMV. However she was clean, well furnished and comfortable. We were uprated to a Junior suite and the cabin was very nice although it was one deck above the waterline, with portholes which had to have their deadlights screwed down when we encountered some choppy weather. My main complaint was about the attitude of quite a few members of the crew. Both girls on the reception counter were curt, unfriendly and unhelpful. Our table waiter seemed to resent our presence and dinner time was not to be looked forward to. At our first breakfast in the restaurant we were kept waiting for twenty minutes for a simple bowl of porridge which was finally delivered after we had asked three different waiters. There were some very nice and helpful waiters/waitresses also, but a chain is as strong as its weakest link and even a small cruise ship can equal the service on the main liners. The food, whilst acceptable, was not outstanding, although dinners (service excepted) were of a better standard than the other meals. Particularly the buffet lunch was disappointing in that there was no fish, boiled ham, chicken, cold meats or other choices to eat with salad, just mozzarella or garlic sausage slices and the choice was far worse than other cruises we have been on. Like all our cruises, we chose this one for the destinations and these were superb. Half were only accessible by tender, but this is fine for most passengers. Activities and entertainment were second rate compared to larger ships but full marks to the crew who did so much to fulfil so many different roles and do it well. For most of the crew, English was not their first language and there were occasional difficulties in understanding them - or they us - but we got by. The final ordeal was disembarkation, we were supposed to leave the ship at 12.30 and duly assembled for that time. Our actual departure was at 13.15, we had to wait for some of our luggage to arrive in the shed and then had to retrieve our car from a car park 1,000 metres away and bring it back to pick up the luggage. The worst thing however was that we had to vacate our cabin at 10.00 hours and there were only three public wc's and no gent's urinals for the entire number of passengers. A very uncomfortable waiting experience and one which I will not endure again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
AZORES cruise Tuesday Boarded ship via rickety gangplank. Shown to cabin. Bottle of champagne and hors d'oeuvres waiting. Buffet from 2pm to 3.45pm. Limited menu but OK Safe very small. Holds camera and iPad and small ... Read More
AZORES cruise Tuesday Boarded ship via rickety gangplank. Shown to cabin. Bottle of champagne and hors d'oeuvres waiting. Buffet from 2pm to 3.45pm. Limited menu but OK Safe very small. Holds camera and iPad and small items. Sockets are EU 2-pin ones so need an adaptor, although some adaptors may be present eg on TV or kettle Food not too bad. Ukrainian waitress manic. Asked for wine waiter but never appeared. Waitress pointed out that although there is a dining room and a buffet there is only one kitchen so the food is all the same. Some vibration once under way. We are on deck six in a balcony suite so it's not too bad but noticeable. TV picks up BBC one and two and ITV one, two and three (I think) with good reception throughout the voyage and no rubbish US channels. Wednesday, Cobh Breakfast in dining room. They allocate seats Went to port talk. A bit difficult to understand as it is by a non-english speaker. Spoke to woman staying on deck one. She said that vibration was horrendous and they could not sleep. Wifi not picked up in cabin. Went into Cobh and had drink in Rob Roy pub which had free wifi. Smithwick beer excellent. Had lunch in buffet. Same food as restaurant. Waitress was right. Almost empty as people were ashore. No fruit or hors d'oevres delivered. No obvious way of contacting steward or reception as phone has no instructions or list of numbers. Turned out that you dial 0 for reception but did not try it. Just discovered that their idea of hors d'oevres is a plate of chocolate covered strawberries. Thursday St Marys, Scilly Isles Breakfast in room at 7am. Dead on time. Tender to Tresco. A bit damp but good value. Lunch tolerable Dinner had lamb shank which was nice and tender. Amazing! Abba show at night from resident company. They do a different show each night and are very good. Friday, st Peter Port, Guernsey Tendered ashore again. Ships cannot dock in Guernsey as not enough draught. Found free wifi at the Information Bureau on the front. Missed lunch but had afternoon tea at 3.30 which was actually pretty good. Sandwiches, wraps and cakes, including scones but with apricot jam and "clotted" cream which was nothing pf the sort. Nice though. Had the daily special coffee, French Coffee, which had Grand Marnier and whipped cream in and was lovely. Tasted very alcoholic. Saturday. Le Havre Docked, with proper gangplank provided by docks. Exit through cruise terminal which has free wifi if you look hard enough. Went on city train which goes to shops for ten euros each return. Temp was 28 degrees. Sunday. At sea Thought that tonight would be formal but it is informal. Warned by captain that sea will be getting rough to sea state 5 until morning. He was right. Note that when the ship calls at ports you are given an information sheet but it does not have a map of the port! Due to rough seas internet not working. This happens a lot. Monday. Invergordon Ship docked so can just walk ashore. Sun shining but lots of clouds around. Had tempura for lunch which was awful. Although described as crispy it is served in a steamer which makes it go soggy. Internet working fairly well in ship Internet room but went ashore and found a coffee bar with free internet, the Purple Turtle. So far food equates with lower end of school dinners. Tuesday. Stornoway Had been before but went ashore,by tender, to look for wi-fi. Found it was free in Stornoway Library. High spot of the trip was at breakfast when helicopter came to evacuate elderly lady who had slipped on the dance floor last night and possibly broken her hip. In the end she was taken by lifeboat and the helicopter went away. I was told by member of entertainment staff that they are only keeping this ship until the end of the year and have sub-let it next year. Wednesday. Tobermory Tender again. Weather OK at first and port scenic but began to pour with rain. Could not find free internet so went back to ship. We had bought a 100 minute Internet package but still had 80 minutes left as it was so fiddly to use, so we used it up. Thursday. Liverpool Lovely sunny day. Caught taxi home. Looking forward to decent food again! Read Less
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