We have been on a couple of cruises before but we are not comparing this cruise to others - we are just assessing it on the value from our perspective.
Embarkation was very quick and painless with lots of staff to register you and then customs was also quick.
We were very pleased with our cabin. A lot of room really and of course a wonderful balcony albeit quite small.
We also discovered that the ship had laundries which was a bonus so we could wash and dry clothes for about $7.50 a load.
We would warn everyone that this is a family ship and if you don't want to encounter kids running around don't take this ship. There is a big water slide which of course kids and adults enjoyed but we thought that many of the kids were not supervised and ran riot. There is an adults area at the rear of the ship called the Serenity Lounge and a lot of people take advantage of this and a lot more would have, if they had more chairs available. Unfortunately on one evening a group of adults felt they needed to bring their own Greek music into the lounge and although we like to see people have a good time, this group had no consideration for others that would like to listen to the music being played in the lounge.
The food on the ship is fine with the option of the buffet (which is a bit disjointed)or the formal Empire Room. The only negative we would have with the food is that lunch goes off at 3pm and then dinner starts about 6pm. The only food available in this "off time" are fresh made pizzas (which take a bit of time to make) and fresh sandwiches which also have to be made. We thought it would be a good idea if there were crackers and cheese and other nibblies available while having predinner drinks. Also late in the evening we didn't necessarily feel like pizza or a sandwich.
The staff were fantastic - very friendly and helpful. We could not fault any of them.
The shows were OK although we didn't go to all of them. We feel that some people are hard to please when it comes to shows!
We noticed there were no rubbish bins around which seemed strange. You had the choice of dropping rubbish (which we saw some had done) or finding a waiter's station.
We thought the prices of alcohol were very good so we ended up buying 2 bottles (1125ml each)of Johnny Walker Blue Label Scotch for $74 total and also 2 x 1125 Tanqueray Gin for under $50.
We usually have an interior cabin, so now we have been spoiled with a balcony cabin thanks to the affordable price - don't know how we can ever return to the "black hole of Calcutta" type cabins now!
This review is being typed while we are on the last day of our cruise, in the Serenity Lounge listening to some relaxing live music by "Guy" sipping a Margarita - no complaints here!