The good bits:
- Speciality restaurant is great. Best steak I have ever eaten!
- Overall food is great with some shell fish almost every lunch/dinner
- 2nd last show is the best you will see (Bourbon St)
- Good sized rooms
- Fantastic atmosphere with some amazing detail in the decorations, for a ship from 2001 it still looks fantastic!
- Salt water pools
- Excellent embarkation and debarkation processes
- great crew, very informative
- Comedians were decent but repetitive
- Great shops with very good and helpful staff
- No tips to give, unless you really want to, no pressure.
The bad bits:
- Crew can be a bit too informative (long presentations on debarkation for example)
- Have to pay for room service
- Way to many kids for our liking (800 I believe on our cruise!)
- Entertainment was a bit "cruiser based" rather than "entertainer based". Lots of game show type activities rather than shows.
- Expensive shore excursions ($65 for a bus that takes you to a beach and back again? Please!)
- Few niggling issues like slamming doors next to the Serenity deck (not so serene if you get my gist)
- Weak daily cocktail (needs more rum!)
Overall we came away with a positive experience. Considering 2 people died on board, they had to change schedules due to a cyclone, and there were 2 major medical emergencies, the crew did a great job in keeping the show on the road.
I would go again if the deal was good.