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MS Mistral

Your Rating:four Stars
Reviewed by: Ceefa's Mate
# previous cruises: 5
Date of Trip: May 4, 2001
Itinerary: Transatlantic

Crossing the Atlantic was fantastic! The Mistral is a very comfortable ship. Plenty of room and choice of venues.

Public Areas
Lots of room everywhere! Our favorite pre dinner bar was Chez Georges, lots of atmosphere & very convivial. No wrap around promenade, but plenty of room on the top deck to exercise (for those who had to!). Two pools, one was a spa pool which was great fun! Casino never busy, but this is not really our scene anyway.

Food and Service
Food was very good, with plentiful portions. The French way of the cheese between the main course an dessert took some getting used to for us Brits! Wine was quite expensive. We were unlucky with our serving team, but service generally was very good. Positively the very best Maitre'de we have ever had! Cabins : Our mini-suite was fantastic ( never again with a standard cabin!), king size bed, plenty of room, bath & shower, walk in closet, loads of storage, comfortable sofa, roomy balcony. Yea!!!

Our mini-suite was fantastic ( never again with a standard cabin!), king size bed, plenty of room, bath & shower, walk in closet, loads of storage, comfortable sofa, roomy balcony. Yea!!!

We found some of the shows to be a cross between puerile and embarrassing, us Brits tend to want to be entertained, not become part of the show (audience participation was a very strong theme). Whilst on the subject of entertainment. Bruno, the Italian cruise director needs to reduce his announcements and introductions (every one in six languages, clever man) by at least 75%. They were so long everybody got bored and switched off!

Daily entertainment team were very good and worked hard, especially whilst crossing the Atlantic. A fantastic and very funny ‘Neptune’ celebration when we passed over the tropic of Cancer! Our Route was:- Antigua, St. Lucia,Grenada, Barbados, Maderia, Cadiz, Marseille, Genoa. We particually enjoyed Cadiz. The gym on board was very good and very well equipped.

Who Goes
On our cruise, we had 16, (yes SIXTEEN!) nationalities of pax:- French 26% / German 25% / UK. 17% / Swiss 12% /Italian 12% / plus Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Canada; Greece; Hungary; Netherlands; Portugal; San Marino; Spain; USA were all represented! We have most certainly not mixed and met other pax on this cruise as much as our other cruises, in the bars, on the sun deck, and even whilst waiting for a lift, you are never sure that they can speak your language (and everyone knows how bad Brits are at speaking others!), so you tend not to start any conversations in even the most casual way.

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