We boarded the boat in Malaga which was very convenient as we as we spend a great deal of time in Spain. Our outside cabin on Deck two was a good size with plenty of space for our clothes a large bed and port hole. No shampoo or body lotion supplied.
Any luggage which contained an iron, scissors knife or alcohol had the articles confiscated and given back at the end of the voyage what did they think guests were going to do with a knife or scissors!!. There were no facilities for using and iron or washing machine for your clothes.
All cases were thoroughly searched for alcohol when returning to the boat and kept until the end, Cunard were much more relaxed about this and even let you take a couple of bottles of wine on board at the beginning of the voyage.
We were on "My Time" dining so we could choose to take our meal in the restaurant anytime from 6.45 to 10.30 although if dining early it was preferable to book at least the day before. We were always given a table for two as we requested, the food and service was good. All the staff on the ship from Cabin Stewart to Waiters was very friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately using the casual "Windjammer" restaurant for breakfast and lunch was a nightmare -- (unless the boat was in port and a lot of people were away from the ship) first it was very difficult to find a free table and with so many people trying to choose from the buffet it felt like rugby scrum, again the food was varied and plentiful when you managed to get it.
There were two good sized pools with spar baths beside each and they were divided into adult or family sections an excellent idea.
The evening entertainment in the theatre and on the ice skating rink was good and effects very professional. There seemed to be plenty for families and children to keep themselves occupied but little for a couple like us when the weather was not good enough to sunbathe. On Cunard they had some very interesting day time talks we would like to have liked to find someone to play bridge but where it would have been I don't know as the card room was always fully occupied.
The Promenade was often unpleasantly crowded as they had two bars, the snack bar, and shops, all in a very small space. Trying to find a spare table to sit and listen to music being played in one of the bars again was a great feat.
In all we found the boat was very uncomfortably crowded in the public areas, would we go with Royal Caribbean again the jury is out- but certainly not on this boat or one of their Voyager class. Our Cunard cruise in February was so much better organised and the boat never seemed over full I think space on this boat could have been used in a better way, there was the Imperial lounge which was often vacant.