We had booked this cruise as we thought that the itinerary, being somewhere different each day, and on board entertainments would keep our 15 year old from being bored and would provide something for everyone to enjoy.
Transfer from the airport to the ship was well organised, our luggage was delivered promptly to our cabin and we soon settled in. We had booked an outside + cabin and were allocated to the 7 th floor. No problem with the overall cabin size, my daughter had a sofa bed which was fine for her as she is quite small but would have not been great for a 3rd adult sharing. The cabin was kept spotlessly clean by Beni with frequent changes of linen including fresh pool towels. I'd describe it as a bit faded and the bathroom was certainly overdue a refurb but it was all perfectly clean and well maintained.
Apart for the first day when we were disappointed with the food in both the Lido self service restaurant and the Orion dining room the food quality seemed to improve as the week went on. Food was plentiful and good quality, lots of choice and all served by friendly staff who genuinely looked pleased to serve us. We ate in the Orion each evening and used the Sirens buffet for breakfast and if we were around in the daytime, Sirens is a bit quieter and nicer ambiance than the Lido buffet. One day we had an outside barbecue at the Lido which was very good. We also tried out the Grill one evening which was nice, small surcharge for this.
During the day we tended to go ashore ourselves having visited many of the ports before, the exception was Livorno where we booked a trio to Pisa. In Villafranche we took the public bus to Monte Carlo for 1.50 E each, just walk up the hill from the port and catch the bus no 100 on the main road. One way is Monte Carlo and the other to Nice so you can take your pick. The buses run frequently. In Rapello we walked into the town and took the cable cars up to the Monastery which us well worth a visit, it is so peaceful up there. Do buy the return ticket though as it would be too far to walk back down.
Back on board we thought the standard of entertainment was very good from the twice nightly shows in the theatre to the house band, young guy in the piano bar really good too. There was lots going on throughout the day and night. We were on an all inclusive drinks package as I expect were many of the guests but we didn't see anyone overdoing it. I'd perhaps expected more kids to be on board given it was school holidays but there were relatively few really and all very well behaved. The stand out feature of this ship is definitely the crew, without exception they were all friendly and welcoming and very polite. The crew show was good fun too and all done in a really good spirit. We have travelled previously with Royal Caribbean on a similar itinerary and although the ship was superior I'd say in balance I enjoyed this cruise more I think the entertainment was better and the crew were certainly more friendly.