After our cruise on Freedom of the Seas, any subsequent ships naturally appear less glitzy, as was the case with Golden Princess. Also, there is no flow rider. However, we found the other entertainment, such as the stage shows and musicians were far superior than Royal Caribbean.
As for the food, we always eat at the buffet on every cruise, mainly because we prefer not to dress up while on vacation, and because we like to see what there is to select from, and maybe get another serving of the things we like. We found the main courses,like chicken, fish, etc. to be lacking in flavor, as was the salad dressing, which tasted like it came from a bottle; but, the desserts were outstanding.
The piazza area has soup, sandwiches and desserts (complementary), but for some reason, you have to pay for coffee, even if you just want regular coffee!
Also, there are never enough tables or chairs in this area if you want to sit and listen to the pianist and musicians.
The internet worked well, though slower than you have at home.
Our only major complaint is that apparently September is too late to go to Alaska. The weather was cloudy, drizzling and cold. We found out the second or third day when the naturalist gave a talk, that the whales head back to Hawaii in September. We never say one whale the whole week.