We just cruised the 4 night cruise with Jools Holland.What a great ship.We are Oceania fans and there was a lot to compare with.
We loved the kettle in cabin,the shampoos etc,free fruit in cabin on arrival. But sadly no clock.
Room service 24hrs and food from main dining room when it’s open.
TIP....plug hairdryer into socket by patio doors.It doesn’t work in shower room.
Great ice cream machine by pool and various flavours in lounge, with sprinkles and sauces.
Plenty of sun beds but not enough shade on hot days.Various wind barriers on higher outside decks with small comfortable seating areas.
Free spa facilities were very good.
All the speciality restaurants were excellent.Grill had lovely assortment of meals and the verandah had freshly ordered meals at lunchtimes.No complaints with any food.Lots of willing to help staff.Verandah chairs are very deep and if you are not tall,you will need a cushion from an empty seat to relax.Also few places to sit when staff and visitors eating there.
Our cruise was inclusive drinks which meant free wine and beer with meals.A lot of people including ourselves,thought it was all inclusive,But what you buy is very cheap so no problem.
The lifts buttons are very badly lit.It is hard to see what button to press.This was a big complaint.
Our biggest complaint and I hope they do something about it,is the design of the Club.It has a big ‘hole’ in the middle to look down into main dining room.This meant that the wonderful young couple on piano and singing were drowned with happy eater noises then cleaning up until 11.30pm.Spirtit of Adventure is the exact same design as Discovery except for 2 details and one of these is the ridiculous design of the Club.It has a floor over the main dining room.We mentioned it to Captain on a day he was wandering around the ship.That evening (and two after) he had the Staff captain up there with other staff,monitoring it.It was agreed there was a problem.
The cabin was a bit tight but comfortable and kitted out with binoculars and a blanket.Plenty of cushions for the seats on balcony.Kept very clean twice a day.I feel there is a need for towels to not be replaced regularly if hanging up.
Did not try afternoon tea ( always too full) or eat in Main dining room.
A wonderful captain.Probably the happiest captain we have ever encountered.
Tenders were comfortable, being individual seats.
A really great aspect was the amount of British products used.British cheeses,crisps,ice creams and wines,including sparkling wine from Kent.
As said in initial post here about chairlift, we dont need a chairlift for the pool,nor did I see anyone who did.The steps are well designed into the pool and have handrails.Most passengers were quite mobile.The showers are poorly marked so no one used them prior to pool use.
There were those that didn’t cleanse hands at relevant times,coughed into hands then used utensils in buffet and also those that picked at food with hands,but that you get on most ships.(Oceania don’t allow anyone to touch the buffet untensils,they serve for you.As I am used to this,I tended to use a paper serviette when handling them).
Overall we were very pleased with the new ship and did not in any way feel like it was only it’s second sailing.The staff were amazing.
pick up from home was prompt and we picked two other after us.Although they say half hour maximum,it rather depends on the drivers Sat Nav or Tom Tom.We know we went a very long way to get to next pick up.Coming home, unfortunately we were an hour late getting picked up from ship as problems at Dover.Then Dartford tunnel a nightmare.As we were running late we were late dropping off our first drop then we had to go out of our way again to swop cars and our driver take next passengers to Dover.So 2 hour trip took nearly 5.Both our drivers were very professional and cars comfortable.
We have booked a second cruise,two weeks on the ship next time.We would like to upgrade to deluxe cabin for the extra room,but the price goes up considerably.