We had never been to the Channel Isle and thought this was an ideal way of combining seeing Guernsey, enjoying a short cruise and trying out a new ship and cruise line. What an mistake. The passengers were so many that we unable to find anywhere to sit, bars didn't cater for non drinkers if they required a coffee when we were able to find seating.
Queuing for up to 25 minutes in the Horizon buffet at breakfast when they closed a servery 1 hour and 10 minutes prior to lunch. By the time we found somewhere to sit to eat, the food was cold. Eating and drinking from plastic crockery. Waiting up to 45 minutes for a seat in anytime dining for an evening meal. The international cafe where coffee was served must have only seated approximately 60 -70 people if that.
There were several hen parties on board and people walking round the ship with bottle of beer and glasses of wine, making it look like Blackpool at sea.
No natural light. Off loading tenders at 4am. We've had obstructed view cabins before, but never to the extent of having a tender right outside the window.
We took a bus tour of the Island that only cost £1 each person for a tour of 90 minutes, excellent commentary by the drive, who pointed out places of interest and stopped for frequent photo opportunities. The Island is beautiful with a rugged coast line and well worth a visit. Plenty of places of Interest, Victor Hugo's house, Oliver Reeds home and favourite watering hole. Places of interest from the German occupation.
Southampton was our port of embarkation.