Mystery Cruise

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Cruise Line:
Fred. Olsen Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Northern Europe

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September, 2019
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Quality of Food:
The soup every lunch and dinner was always up to Fred’s standard. We don’t know how they always get it so right. Always a good choice for breakfast and lunch but dinner was exceptional. The 2 formal nights menu was amazing.
The Braemar group were very good, one of the best we had seen. Guest artists refreshingly good but the highlight was the one man show by Brendo. What a guy, always loved him.
Shore Excursions:
Very disappointed that it was not wheelchair friendly as printed. I worry that the local tourism is selling tours which do not meet requirements.
We were greeted like old friends by so many staff from Captain to galley staff. The waiters, their assistants, the head waiters and Maitre De always ready to have a laugh. Dinner in the Grampian was always very entertaining. Thanks guys
Onboard Activities:
As good as ever. We enjoyed it all.
The cabin was in good condition, the shower was really good. Clean comfy balcony and very restful bed. Serviced well.
We decided to try a mystery but was fully aware we would be going to places we have been to before. Embarkation from QE2 Terminal (my favourite) was easy. Straight to the Thistle for lunch. Cabin by 2pm, unpacked and straight to the Coral Club for our first drink and muster. Dinner in the Grampian each night was very good but we had never seen it so quiet up there. Breakfast and lunch in which ever we fancied. The cheese and wine event on the Observatory was lovely, a really good crowd up there. An interactive Victorian court case where we were the jury took part each sea day - it was great. The on board activities were good, the entertainment was very good but we were a bit disappointed with the band in the Coral. Certainly not Revolverlight. 
We did not go ashore in Aviles as the gangplank was so steep, plus it was public holiday and not an easy walk for my hubby pushing my wheelchair. We had been there before.  Bordeaux had a huge bonus for us, Boudicca passed us very slowly, watched from the balcony and docked just in front of us. We did our own thing and just had to have a couple of coffees and calvados. Met people from Boudicca all over the town. Next was Falmouth, again a repeat port and we did a tour listed as suitable for wheel chairs but sadly it was not. Merazion was our stop, cobbles, hilly and very few drop kerbs so we had to stay near the hotel where we had a scrummy cream tea. Disappointed. 
The weather was kind, the sea was calm and it was a wonderful rest and nice to meet up with Victor- Captain Stoica. So we had been to the ports before but hey, it was a mystery   cruise and bound to happen. Thanks Fred for another great cruise. 
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