The ship is mostly great...my main moan is about the a/con..you just can't turn it off, or even down, in your cabin. Hence I went down with a lurgy bug...cough, splutter, as did many on board. We ended up wedging our door open, just to get some good old fresh free sea air! Not good.
Verandah Stateroom 6049 was fine.it was an upgrade from VH Gurantee..but was a bit weird as it was a disabled room. However,we had more room in a way, but we had to get used to the slope onto the balcony, & the rather odd shower/wet room...no bath, but no problem. We were a tad surpirised there were no "spa type "slippers provided in the bathroom..the floor got very wet after showering, plus the vents to take the water away were quite"sharp".(Actually there were no slippers even in the Spa, so perhaps I was over optimistic!) we had no sofa in the room either, presumably to make space for a wheelchair...it wasnt a problem to us though. Comfy bed, lovely pillows. Strange little towel animals appeared every night! And choccies! Room stewards very good...always there, but never seen!
Foodin general was very good, but we chose to eat in MDR every night, we didn't like the scrummage in Lido self serve the coffee & tea here was poor We also dined in Tamarind & Pinnacle ..both good. Open seating in MDR worked well...except 1 night when they forgot us! We met some great people...& a few oddballs! That's Life!
Entertainment on board was better than we had heard! The HAL male group Cantare are almost as good as Il Divo...(but not quite as hunky!) Several acts "brought in" were good also..an English girl singer/impressionist & a Canadian comic were really good. Just can't remember their names...possibly due to too much vino?(We enjoyed the opportunity to take our own wine onboard to our cabin also!)
We also liked the onboard cinema...small but very comfy...good movies &popcorn! Need to get there early!
Loved Istanbul, &Santorini was gorgeous...pity we didn't get to see Mykonos due to high seas. The captain thought it would be too dangerous to tender there..we were glad he was cautious! We had extra time in Kusadasi instead...fighting off the Turks who kept trying to sell us diamonds & carpets. A good port itinerary..that's what made us choose this cruise, but we were also quite impressed with HAL...we may even try another cruise