Embarkment was fast since we arrived in the early afternoon when departure was at 7PM. The MSC Port Everglades Terminal is rudimentary with portable wall partitions and a painted concrete floors. We had to fill out the physical condition form without enough room or tables. But Hey : who cares, we're going on a cruise.
At first, we discovered a fabulous decor and gorgeous spaces, but it turned out that they take up too much space and result in 'traffic jams' everywhere. Too many tight alleys which result in line-ups of people EVERYWHERE, particularly in the cafeteria restaurant. The ship was just too loaded and it didn't help with all the children running around.
The hygiene was very deficient and all surfaces where sticky like tables, hand rails and door knobs. Door knobs are everywhere as there are no automatic doors on this ship, like other newer ones (okay : there is 1 automatic door entering the cafeteria, but it was out of order through the whole cruise), so we had to go through 2 doors to get in, which = more lines. The shower floor in our stateroom was pink of fungus too (as one of the previous critics). Our stateroom had all the old rings of drinks and glasses on side tables, desks and all surfaces upon arrival and during the cruise (never got cleaned).
THE RESTAURANTS AND FOOD
The cafeteria (old type setting), when it WAS open, was ALWAYS crowded and the food was ALWAYS cold. As specified previously, there where line-ups at all stations because of the tiny alleys between the huge columns (over sized decor).
The 2-only beverage stations with a coffee machine and a juice distributor (BTW also out-of-order) for the whole clientele onboard, are at the beginning. So, at the end of the buffet line, we had to come back to the front line-up again and....wait in line some more. This is where we found the most people going out of patience.
The dining room was fine with the fixed seating because, we met very nice people. There too, there as steps everywhere and oversized decors. Very wide half-wall decors and steps make the space on this ship way too cluttered. The menu always seemed interesting, but the taste was just okay. And there too, it was cold.
We didn't try the only 2 specialty restaurants after we heard awfull critics from other cuisers and people at our fixed seating table.
The shows were very interesting at the main theatre. The themes for the shows with the mixture of dance, singing and acrobaties were just perfect to me. The music arrangements and all the costumes were just stunning. The presenter was chic and she did very professionnal presentations (though a bit long), in five languages.
The day-to-day animations at the pool were not for me, feeling kinda basic to make the people do the shows with Karaoke, line-up dancing and little play tricks like passing the ball to the next one...
The big problem for me was to see all the children and teens at the Disco at night and in all the bars. They where running and stepping on lounge chairs withought any control. It seemed as there were no rules on that ship. Oh yes : we were free at sea, but I could not accept this ambiance.
We asked for an early debarkment because we had all carryout luggage, but didn't get it. The flyer DEMANDED we leave the room at the latest 7 AM. We waited until 10:30 to get off. Then we realised that we could have left earlier since we had no luggage to pick-up. It was just an interminable disembarkment. People around us where tense and exasperated, like us.
Finally, this trip was the worst vacation. We never relaxed in the whole week. Please read critics and believe. We will next time.