Short 3 -nighter to Anthwerp
Trevor Jones | January 30, 2018 | Fred Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral
First time with Fred Olsen. Comparisons are with Cunard and especially P & O. Ship is fine andf not too big (1300?). In good condistion all round.
Food is not as good as expected, entertainment OK. Biggest complaint is communication and organisation. Arrived an hour late in Anthwerp from Southampton (was that so hard?). This put pressure to complete what turned out to be an ambitious shore excursion. Lots of confusion from crew about impact on arriving late back on board and the fact that this was the only formal night. We missed that and the Captain’s Reception. Disembarkation at Anthwerp was poorly organised. Following day, return to ship was time consuming with only one security point.
Arrived 2 hours late back to Southampton. Can they blame the current/wind in both directions?
Priced very similar to P & O so won’t be rushing back to Fred Olsen.
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