The cruise was amazing! What better way to see the countries of northern Europe, all while being pampered with towel animals and gourmet food?
My wife, myself, and our daughter (2 years old) travelled on this cruise in order to see northern Europe. We all had a blast. What's not to like about this cruise and cruise line?
People: The staff were great! Our cabin steward (Benson) learned our names the first day and called us all (all three of us) by name every time he saw us. He would open our cabin for us if he saw us coming down the hall. If you're lucky enough to get Benson, you're lucky! However, at the same time, the rest of the staff was great too. The thing I have to say is that a two nights we received not-up-to-standard wait staff. Other than that, all personnel were very friendly!
Ship: The ship had many ammenities. We didn't use the pools (too cold), but they were clean and maintained. We even saw the pool chairs being scrubbed (with soap and water) near the last day. Good to know that gets done! The only negative I found was one design flaw. To get from the Kids Korner to the balcony of the theater (both deck 7), one had to walk through the smoky casino. Kids aren't supposed to walk through there anyway, but it was a pain to walk down to deck six, then back up to deck 7. The other complaint (more of an observation) I had was that only some of the elvators went down to 3 and up to 12. However, my advice to future sailers is to find these elevators in the beginning of your cruise, and then you'll know where they are. Once we figured this out, we were fine.
Cabin: Our cabin was spacious and comfortable. The under-the-bed storage space for bags was nice. Also, the plastic on the bed in order to put your luggage out and not get the bedspread dirty was also a nice touch! There was ample closet and storage space for all of our belongings (including toys, snacks, and extra clothes for our daughter). We even brought the big jogging stroller, and it fit nicely in the closet. Even with the pack-and-play in the room, there was enough room to move around freely. Excellent!
Dining: We enjoyed the freestyle dining. It allowed us to eat when we wanted, which is very importnat when eating with a two year old. however, at the same time, it was not uncommon to see people dressed up for dinner! Freestyle doesn't mean not classy. Of course, there is always the buffet option, which had many options and different types of food. Overall, the food was good. We had a great variety and enjoyed our dining experiences!
Entertainment: The entertainment was so-so. The ship's dancers and singers were very good, but the other shows were... iffy. There was a German guy who played the marimba and many other instruments and was quite impressive the first night. He had another show two nights later that was horrid. It was advertised as a "World of Percussion", but in all reality it was him changing the settings on his marimba to make it sound like different percussion instruments. The magician was not good either. Not only was he predictable, he had to encourage the audience to applaud after every trick. On the plus side, the ship had LOTS of live music at various places and times, and plenty of variety to choose from. Very impressive on that front.
Kids Korner: Having a two year old (two years and one month), this was the first time we could use the kids area for our daughter. She had a blast! The workers were friendly and the activities were engaging. Our daughter loved going and we used it often. Great program!