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Unread 17 Sep 19, 10:33 PM  
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After talking to my family at the weekend, they all seemed far more excited about the Ncl Escape than the Iona, so I've booked it. It's a 9 night cruise with a free drinks package and my daughter sails free as well, so the cost is only a little bit more than the Iona. Hubby thinks it's a good deal so he's happy too. Just waiting for the easyjet or Ryanair to release flights to Copenhagen from our local airport.
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We'll be on the Silhouette. It's the 19th October 2020 sailing from Southampton.
My sister booked it onboard for us last week - we got $500 OBC, an in category room upgrade, lower deposit (118 total) and free classics drink package.

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Ive been on Silhouette a few times and I think shes my favourite. January last year we were in the Caribbean on her and last month, Ireland and Iceland. I tell you this because the cool weather cruise made such a difference to the numbers of people indoors rather than on deck and that impacted my Cafe al Bacio time - just about my favourite place on Celebrity ships and it was often difficult to get a seat; something Im not used to. Both cruises were excellent though and its my preferred line despite having 4 (enjoyable) Disney cruises under my belt!

IMO the only thing guaranteed to be better on DCL are the production shows, as you would expect. On any cruise line the guest entertainers can vary from week to week - in the last 3 years weve sailed RCL x 2, P&O x 2, Princess x 2 in addition to a few Celebrity, oh and Viking Oceans where you were as likely to have a concert pianist as a variety show! Disney really does entertainment best, but for us, not worth the amount they charge. I make no judgement on others preferences however .

Ill be very interested to hear what you make of Celebrity when the time comes. Your itinerary appears to have some guaranteed warm weather sailing and really nice ports.
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So glad to see this we have booked the Fjords for next June on the new Iona. I am so excited. Its a cruise I have wanted to do for a while now.

Glad you have a lovely time xx
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Cafe al Bacio is my favourite place too! Fantastic coffees teas and errrrmmmm CAKES!

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I went on a Fjords cruise with P&O (Azura) in June. I enjoyed it, but it was a cheapy, and I had to treat it as such.
I found the food in the MDR good, but I didn't necessarily love the speciality restaurants, I had a far better steak in the MDR than the Epicurean. My steak in the Epicurean was medium well done, I asked rare to medium rare, they offered to change it, but I was going to miss the show.
Sindhu was well worth 20, the Beach house had the most stunning setting, but service was terrible and food only average.
I am mid 30's, and I thought the entertainment was a bit weak, I like a quiz, and Astonishing was good, but on the whole it was a bit weak.
I too am a NCL fan. We go on our honeymoon soon on the Star, it's a port heavy week cruise, so whilst I'd prefer a larger ship, I'm sure it will be fine
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Originally Posted by mitch84 View Post
I went on a Fjords cruise with P&O (Azura) in June. I enjoyed it, but it was a cheapy, and I had to treat it as such.
I found the food in the MDR good, but I didn't necessarily love the speciality restaurants, I had a far better steak in the MDR than the Epicurean. My steak in the Epicurean was medium well done, I asked rare to medium rare, they offered to change it, but I was going to miss the show.
Sindhu was well worth 20, the Beach house had the most stunning setting, but service was terrible and food only average.
I am mid 30's, and I thought the entertainment was a bit weak, I like a quiz, and Astonishing was good, but on the whole it was a bit weak.
I too am a NCL fan. We go on our honeymoon soon on the Star, it's a port heavy week cruise, so whilst I'd prefer a larger ship, I'm sure it will be fine
I definitely agree on the entertainment being weak, especially if you've sailed with a line like NCL.

I wish we'd tried Sindhu now but we didn't want to tie ourselves into a reservation!
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Originally Posted by SquishTheWhale View Post
I definitely agree on the entertainment being weak, especially if you've sailed with a line like NCL.

I wish we'd tried Sindhu now but we didn't want to tie ourselves into a reservation!
Believe me I dont think you missed much in Sindhu.
The night we went the service was dreadful - not just us but the whole restaurant and it was only 1/2 full!

If you have a decent indian that you use then Sindu would disappoint!

Some of our food was raw!
We had over an hours wait for our mains and one table waited nearly 2!
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Originally Posted by katiec68 View Post
Believe me I dont think you missed much in Sindhu.
The night we went the service was dreadful - not just us but the whole restaurant and it was only 1/2 full!

If you have a decent indian that you use then Sindu would disappoint!

Some of our food was raw!
We had over an hours wait for our mains and one table waited nearly 2!
The meal we had in Sindhu was delicious, the nicest meal of the cruise. It goes to show that a persons experience of the same thing can vary massively.
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