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Festival Cruises

MS Azur

Your Rating:One Stars
Reviewed by: Linda Sykes
# previous cruises: 2
Date of Trip: December 23, 2001
Itinerary: Mediterranean

Overall rating: one star is too good for this so called ship.And I would be insulting the ferryboats by calling it a ferry which is exactly what it is. This was a Christmas and New year sailing no festivities worth a mention.

Public Areas
Public areas are very cramped,the layout of the rooms! whoever designed them want sinking along with the ship.Casino consisted of probably 2 gaming tables and a few slot machines.

Food and Service
Food in the restaurant was generally good although the menu was repeated often. Buffet meals breakfast and lunchtime hot meals were cold along with the supposably boiled water for tea and coffee.One restaurant and no alternative eating in the evening,if you miss your evening meal tough! only option is cabin service,with no choice of food you eat what you are given cucumber sandwiches and dry crackers. Midnight Buffets when held in the restaurant (which was not very often )where very well presented.Midnight buffet on other nights consisted of cold pizza one night and sandwiches on another.Service What service! rude tired staff.

Cabin on information deck. Single beds nailed to the walls, tacky decor,air conditioning which did not work, Tannoy in room wakes you early morning in several different languages, water brown, no tv, shower dingy, outside corridors constant smell of fumes.

Shows when you could see them where very amature same performers and show every evening only thing that changed where the costumes and the trimings,room not tiered so visability is very bad.Cruise staff rude, very unaproachable. Entertainment staff did try but found the English language difficult. Captain's cocktail party not a cocktail in sight, Red and white wine, although you could purchase a cocktail.Christmas New year festivities zilch no countdown no complimentary drink no fireworks no different to any other day on the ship.

Activities on board ship very mundane, entertainment staff dropping a cane passengers catching it,darts played with plastic darts hung above a fire door, Quiz 5 questions. On average the activities last 5 to 15 mins.Prizes for the games consist of small plastic toys something you would find in a lucky bag. The staff are very unenthusiastic.Childrens club is held in a public foyer outside the restaurant, people have to climb over the children to reach the restaurant. 2 pools not filled the whole time we were on board.The Itinerary is the only good thing about this ship (although you do not get the itinerary mentioned in the brochure). Trips ashore are expensive we found it cheaper to go by taxi has we had our 2 daughters with us.The one trip we did book with the ship in Cyprus meant long waits and queues, has there was one coach to transfer the whole of the passengers.

Who Goes
A variety of age groups. Yes they are all welcome to come to dinner,if they can fit in the small Tahiti lounge, where buffet was served, they will have adequate room in my house.

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