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My first cruise

This was the first cruise I had ever been on and the cruise consultant Janet Welsh was very knowledgeable. I put a 5 for booking with The Luxury Cruise Company again as I'm not sure if cruising is for me and is not a negative reflection on the company. It's a good idea to put on short cruises for people like me, 5 days was enough and I was glad to get back on dry land.

Embarkation (8 out of 10)

Yes there were big queues, but they moved along quickly.

Cabins/Suites (10 out of 10)

Everything was great.

Food and dining (9 out of 10)

The food was lovely. The only problem I had some days was to find somewhere to sit in the Oceanview dining on 14, especially when it was a full day at sea. Drinks were quick to run out and there were some unhappy people. Never having done this before I thought it was fine and was more patient than other travellers.

Public Rooms (9 out of 10)

The cleanliness onboard was very high. There were a few pinch points, but only when there were lots of people in one place at one time such as exiting the theatre after a show. When the sun came out it was sometimes difficult to get a sunbed, and I am not used to having so many strangers in such very close proximity. Being a novice I wasn't quick enough to get a bed anywhere close to the pools...perhaps this is not normally a problem when it isn't school holidays.

Onboard Service (8 out of 10)

Everyone was very polite and amenable. The only delay we had with food service was when our waiter was called away to serve on another table.

Itinerary and ports of call (8 out of 10)

Yes the ports were fine. At Zeebrugge I used the free port bus rather than pay €12 for the Celebrity coach.

Shore Excursion (8 out of 10)

I did the Bayeux and D Day landing beaches which I felt was expensive, but a fair deal as I couldn't have organised that myself, but other tours I did myself for much cheaper than an organised tour.

Written by Alison Ward

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