We should not have worried, and had an exceedingly good cruise. She is a beautiful ship. Exactly the right size at around 2000 passengers. She never felt too big and crowded or to small and lacking in amenities. We had an inside cabin in Britannia class. We have no expectations to ever travel Grill class and for what we received for the price we paid I cannot see why we would ever want to.
Embarkation - Disembarkation
Smooth, quick and efficient. Could ask for little more.
Lovely stylish ship. Never felt crowded. Some very comfortable spaces, Commodore Club, Golden Lion pub and the Queens room is a magnificent space but dominated by the "Strictly" crowd. Theatre was as good as any we have seen but the balconies are a bit wasted. Not always full. Why pay the extra? We also did not have the nightly scrum to get a seat as we did on the P&O Azzura. We did not use the Gym, Spa or pool but they all seemed to be standard cruise ship fair. Hemipheres disco was very nice and very crowded most nights. It needed to be twice the size.
Inside Deck 6 aft. A good cabin but really missed not having tea making facility. I am sure if they tried they could accommodate this but I doubt Carnival would pay. There was a slight vibrations from the engines but it was only perceptible when your head hit the pillow, we fixed this with ear plugs. We have had a similar effect on other ships. Probably worth getting a cabin further forward.
Absolutely excellent service all over the ship. I do not believe that we have had better at sea. Always smiling. Always ready to help.
Britannia upper level. Lovely space and atmosphere. Great table companions. Delicious food and the service was quick and efficient. I chose something at one sitting that I thought I might try out. It was not to my taste and they changed it straight away for me. Lido. Always busy but never the total bun fight we have had to put up with on other cruises. Food was fine but did not vary at all. We discovered the made to order pasta and pizza late in the cruise. liked the ice cream machine. We did not try Todd English and it didn't look like many others did either.
The on board team of singers and dancers and the orchestra were extremely good in deed. They probably outshone most of the "bought in" acts in our opinion. The pianists and a Harpist occupied other rooms and provided a relaxing background.
Pretty much as expected. Organise your own when you can. Take the ships tours when you have to. Expect to pay over the top for the ships ones. We did have a very morbid Norwegian guide on one trip. We lost count of how many of his countrymen had died in natural disasters, committed suicide or been shot! It became quite funny in the end and gave us a lot of laughs at dinner later.
Pleasantly surprised that the passenger aged range was slightly lower than we expected. Generally a very nice bunch and we did not find a single "cruise snob" as we did on P&O. There seemed to be no distinction between Grills class and Britannia class we had no idea who paid what. We did overhear one Grills passenger saying that their restaurant was a bit quiet and formal.
We had an excellent cruise. For us 3 formal nights on a 7 day cruise is 1 to many but others may like that aspect. A lot of activity was bias towards the "Strictly" crowd and we have no problem with that. There was more than enough for us to do throughout the ship. We would not hesitate to cruise with Cunard again.