I will start with the disclaimer that this was a specialty cruise booked through a private tour company, so some of the tours and events reviewed may not be available.
We boarded at 11:30am with no incident and headed to the tours desk as we needed to book the Tour of the Ship and it can only be done on the first day and not ahead of time. We then promptly went to the lido deck for snacks and a drink,then headed down to room 8206 to relieve ourselves of our carry on baggage. Our cabin steward was named Andy and he was very polite. He asked if we needed anything special and I asked him to keep the ice bucked filled during the day and he did so every day of the cruise. Our room always had cute towel sculptures every evening with the turn down service. The room is 185 square feet and feels very spacious. The closets were huge and had lots of room left over for belongings. Suit cases can be stored under the bed up to about 14 inches,(more room for purchases in ports). I took an over the door shoe holder and put our lotions, sunglasses, hats, flip flops, and so on in when we weren't using them and we had no clutter on tables because of this. We always buy magnets for ourselves and friends while visiting ports, and since the ship is metal, you can display them on any wall in your stateroom till you are ready to pack them. We used ours to hang our daily itinerary and notes to each other. The bathroom is also very spacious with plenty of shelves for all my girly stuff and my husbands manly stuff. The shower is great as the wand is detachable. At nights, we heard no noises as we are at the end of the hall. We did not feel the motion of the ship with the exception of one night, and it was brief. There were no mechanical noises and no slamming doors that we heard.
On to the rest of the ship.
The ship has a very odd layout. It is frustrating navigating the third through the fifth floors as the interior and exterior passages do not go the length of the ship. It does however help with the flow of folks at dinner and coming and going of shows, so I can see its purpose.
There is a huge television on the top deck that shows movies at night, but they are old movies. They use it during the day to show off contests of drink making, ice carving and the usual carnival fun ship stuff. There is also a putt putt course, and a basket ball court,but it was either too hot or too windy for us to use them as Central America was quite toasty.
The disco is fun if you are at the bar stools, but the groovy curved couches are very uncomfortable. The other lounges had good seating and the seating in the walkways were comfortable. There was a great band that played nightly in the middle of the casino and we enjoyed rocking out to them, except there was no where to sit, so after a few minutes, it was time to move on.
There are a few "Hidden Treasures" on this ship. One is the tour of the ship it self. The cost is about a hundred dollars/pp and I wont spoil the facts for you and I highly recommend you doing this tour. You must sign up for it the first day or so as they only do 2 tours of 14 apiece and on a ship of 2900, there is a high demand for this tour. Plus it is so neat! It takes about 2.5 hours and is worth every penny. Another neat perk in this tour is that you pass right by room 8206! In fact, the captain is your neighbor.
The 7Th, 9Th and 10Th floors all have a door to the bow of the ship which offers a neat view of the ocean, and when pulling in and out of ports. The doors are closed on windy days for obvious reasons.
There is also a fish and chips on deck 9 aft that we finally found on the 3rd day and we ate there 3 more times. It has limited hours, but short lines and tasty seafood!
Our general dining experiences were the usual carnival experiences, dancing on the tables, fairly good food, great service and excellent coffee.
The shows we saw were very well choreographed and the dancers executed the moves wonderfully! The singing was true talent and those performers need to get to Hollywood! The ship also hired 3 or 4 different comedians to come entertain us with adult humor as there were no noisy kiddos allowed on our ship. There was a guy on a unicycle telling sic jokes while juggling knives! 5 STAR entertainment!!!
Debarkation went very rapidly as we sadly got off the boat. I would highly recommend this ship to anyone wanting a good time!