All I wanted was a Pimms
Embarkation at Civitavecchia was excellent and in no time we were lunching on deck. First disappointment was that they had run out of Pimms and the attitude of the barman in the Sky bar. Strangely we had a problem with the barman in the Sky bar on our previous Seabourn cruise on another ship. One of our abiding memories of this trip is the staff trying to find the elusive bottle of Pimms and some days we just did not bother asking. Our cabin was just as expected and was kept up to scratch by our stewardess who was eager to please. The balcony had a problem common to many ships in that the constant repainting leaves a number of paint splashes and this was noticeable in a few places. We missed not being able to walk around the decks for exercise as the design of the ship makes no allowance for this. However on the plus side there a number of places to hide away in peace and quite. We were very impressed with the layout of the Colonnade and found the food to be very good although a bit hotter would have made it excellent. The same comments could be applied to the main restaurant which we only used in the evenings. Thomas Keller was distinctly underwhelming apart from a good starter the main was disappointing and the dessert even worse. The staff did not have the same friendliness as the rest of the ship and I do wonder what all the fuss is about. The entertainment was pretty good and we could happily have heard more of the cruise director singing. Her rendition of Nesum Dorma will long be remembered. Disembarkation at Barcelona was seamless and enabled us to easily make the 10.40 flight back home in time for lunch. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable cruise just a shame about the Pimms and Thomas Keller.
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