I have been on the Black Watch twice before including a cruise around Africa and always had a most pleasant and enjoyable time. This last trip had too many things imposing on ones pleasure which made it at times an ordeal. There were leaks all over the ship including one in my cabin after a rough crossing of the Bay of Biscay, At times there were so many repairs being made, it was like cruising in a shipyard. The hot and cod water system on the ship had leaks leading to continual repairs the last repair being made whilst the ship was in Malta the penultimate port on a world cruise. The internet service for which you had to pay was appalling. The television service in the cabin was intermittent and the crew could not raise the sound volume when the port talks were screened so that I could not hear what was being said. The accommodation for clothes and other items was inadequate in a number of cabins for those on a world cruise. At one point they ran out of bottled beer and coffee for the coffee machine and water in the restaurant was limited.
Alterations have bee made in the catering arrangements which I did not like,
The one redeeming feature was that the hosts, waiters, cabin stewards and crew were brilliant .
This was the third cabin I had as the first one had a leak in the roof. The second one I had to move from when I reached Peru because it was needed. There was a lack of drawers and wardrobe space for a world cruise in 8020 and in the first cabin 8033 human space was very limited and in my opinion not suitable for two persons on a long cruise
However, 8020 was more than adequate excepting the lack space for clothes..