Firstly the ship is first class. From the immaculate decor to the motion activated main entrance doors to public toilets to the original artwork on the stars it was all outstanding. As for our cabin steward, he could not have been more helpful and kept our cabin clean and well stocked. He was also most helpful and would freely give advice when requested. I regret that it is all down hill from here. The embarkation was the worst I have ever known after queuing to queue again we ended up going to our open cabin to get our room keys to then find a machine to register our Bank card with.
For two non smokers this had a big impact on us. The main swimming pool had two decks and one side was for smokers and the other not. This was fine on the first day until the second day when the roof was closed and the whole area was full of smoke. The bars had non smoking areas but might not have bothered as it was smoke filled by the end of the night. The restaurants were smoke free.
Food and drink
This is an Italian ship catering for predominately Italian passengers. I was very disappointed with the standard of the pasta based dishes and pizza. The quantity was fine not the quality. We used as various times the buffet and restaurant for breakfast, lunch and main dinning. If you want to avoid the Italian elbow mamba avoid the buffet unless you go early or late. The waters I found to be nothing short than below the accepted standard and would reach across someone to server the person opposite, and at some point became quite surly. We did take advantage of the drinks package and is very good value. We did have the chance to meet some very nice people at our table.
We have sailed with P&O, Celebrity, NCL, Royal Caribbean and Cruise and Maritime and this has been by far our worst experience.
Having said this, at the end of the cruise we were given a questionnaire and poor featured a lot, but the last question was something like," Having regard to how much you paid for your cruise, would you say it was good value for money?" We each paid Â£290 with flights for 5 days, so the answer is,"Yes".