The ship is stunning, as always. But the new Reflection suite shower makes her look lopsided. It sticks out like Finding Nemo's little flipper....we did not get to see inside of this new suite though much to our disappointment. We did see the other new suites. The Signature suite was nice, but had absolutely no dresser space -for items such as a latpop. Bathroom with view through to bedroom -with glass that goes opaque at the touch of a switch.
The new AQ suites seemed identical to the Sky Suite - with the exception of the shower. The shower heads in the cabins are now adjustable on a bar to move up and down and with an adjustable head.
Interconnecting cabins now connect via a door in the wall as opposed to the outer lobby system used on the other s-class ships.
Other changes - the new aft Sunset Bar now has comfortable seating, in a rich purple colour -making it look rather Moroccan or Indian. The bar is now in the middle of the area.
There is a slope leading into Ocean View now. We wonder how wheel chairs will cope. We also noticed other slopes when walking around the ship.
Sky lounge is a lovely blue and taupe colour but half the size as has been mentioned. The washrooms are now also included within the Sky lounge (but not shown on the deck plans!) We wonder where they will put the 1000+ Elite members that they have on some crossings with such a reduced space? Mr Bayley did say in his Building Bridges talk that there will be changes to the tiers within the next 6 months though. Also the most expensive rooms on the ship are just the other side of the wall to the Sky lounge. We hope they invested in good quality soundproofing; as there is no more Quasar Disco and the nightly disco will now also be held in the Sky lounge.
With the additional deck the lay out is slightly different - you walk straight from the Solarium into the Sky lounge,where as on the other s-class ships it is a natural flow from the Solarium to the Spa area.
Quasar is now a dedicated conference facility with it's own galley. There is a new bar in the area outside (by Celebrity Central).
Molecular Bar is twice the size.
The lovely huge hammocks by the entrance to the Solarium are no more.
There appeared to be more Cabanas by the Lawn Club. Wish they would get rid of them. No one uses them.
Persian Gardens is extended with 16 beds and new rooms - a grotto with infrared heat; a cold room, a hamman and an aromatherapy room.
A day pass is $35.
The gym has also expanded with a private training gym for $45ph and a Flywheel room - where you cycle in the dark for $25ph
Opus dining room is a soft taupe colour too - it feels much 'warmer'.
There is a new Game On room where there are table computer games, and the Future Sales consultants are in a new area above the Library.
The tree has grown metal roots...
As it was a preview sailing there were several travel partners on board. The ship was jumpin'. The music was loud throughout.....