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MS Bolero

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by:Linda and Colin Carleton
# previous cruises:1
Date of Trip: February 5, 2000
Itinerary: Caribbean - Southern

We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. Since this was our first cruise we have nothing to compare it with but we met people who were on the Grand Princess and they said they prefer the smaller ships. They had been on the Bolero a few years ago.Great value for money and the crew treat you like royalty.

Public Areas
The public areas were great, we spent a lot of time on the deck beside the Singles cafe, it was like our little local meeting spot.The pool on this deck was small but sufficient we used it to cool off in and the crew used it most days for games. The casino was fine,just enough slots to keep you busy,our son won $100 us so he was happy.

Food and Service
The food was awesome. We had everything from caviar to pork chops.The presentation of this food almost made you not want to eat it. The breakfast on deck was wonderful,bacon sausage eggs fresh fruit muffins etc.The service was incredible the crew work long hours serving you at the midnight buffet and then again at breakfast and always with a smile. They even made time to treat you really special Our busboy Franklin even made our daughter a rose from a paper napkin.

The cabins were small,but we were prepared for that. There was definitely enough room for hanging stuff but drawer space was limited. This was not a problem as we just hung everything up.[tee shirts shorts Etc.]The only problem we really had in the cabin was when we were all trying to get showered and dressed for supper. 2 adults and 2 teenagers. we wished the bathroom door had opened in instead of out. If you were standing outside the bathroom door and someone opened it quickly you were in trouble!Yes the shower was definitely big enough for an adult.

The shows that we did get to see were great. The costumes were really lovely and the entertainers could really sing. We only got to 3 shows but we enjoyed every one of them. The comedy act, Dick Joiner was really funny, he had us laughing for hours afterwards. We enjoyed a couple of bingo games, the prize money especially on the last night was very good. $250-$300 for a line and $2500 for the jackpot. And this was US $s.

We enjoyed tours on each of the islands. my husband and son went on the 4x4 tour in Barbados and they are still talking about it .By the sounds of things they saw the whole island the tour lasted 6 hours and cost $60 approx. We also went to the volcano in St Lucia,just amazing. We went through the rain forest and walked to the edge of the volcano. We also saw and smelled the sulfur springs.Well worth the $76 each.We went on the Catamaran in Dominic excellent again lots of rum punch and a nice chicken lunch. We went on a whale and dolphin watch tour and actually saw a samba killer whale and a whole school of dolphins. definitely a highlight for us all. The kids went snorkeling in Virgin Gorda, we went to the beach. In all we spent $689 on tours but it was money well spent.

Who Goes
The fellow passengers were lovely. We met people from all over Canada. We even met an elderly couple from London England who were on a world cruise and had boarded our ship in Barbados. definitely people that you wouldn't mind spending a couple of meals with.

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