This was our first cruise,and to destinations that we thought it would be a little difficult to plan and travel to.
Good points.The cabin was very good on deck nine.The food was fantastic,plenty of choice,great buffets,smaller cafe,s near the pool area,though I didn,t think we should pay for coffee.The semi formal 3 course dinner each night,6.30 and 8.30 was superbly catered for,Extremely attentive staff,couldn,t be more satisfied.
Internet-.Poor! Wouldnt connect,wasted time trying,in fact the one I used was still trying to log in to updates 3 days later.The most expensive I have ever come across anywhere in the world.Wait until you are in town and use free wi-fi at a cafe!
Pool area.Very good,both outside and the indoor one,but sun loungers seemed to be taken with clothes on them 12 hours per day.
Entertainment.Very good.Girls playing the violin and piano were excellent,as was the Irish girl singing,plus the guy that played the accoustic guiitar in the schooner bar,plus the one on the same floor at the stern of the ship,the theatre shows,were great,and the staff in all of those,treated us like old friends.
The shore excursions were a bit disappointing for us,Some just drove past sights slowly,some we only visited parts of the exhibit (castles etc) whereas other visitors seemed to have more access,and the most annoying thing was the stops at gift shops.3 in one day @ 40/45 minutes per shop.
The hard sell on day 1. Discounted tickets to selected restaurants.Not much of a saving,and $35 US entrance fee per person,plus the cost of your meal just to the Italian was a bit over the top.Sold as a package to 3 restaurants.,totalling $70 US I think.
The promotions I.e. Learn how to look 10 years younger, was a selling scheme,that tried to show you the benefits of using xxxx cream at a cost of xxxx!Free to get in,expensive to get out.
The raffles,were once again a hard sell.they say drawn at 8pm,but you got a selling scheme of 30 minutes and it was drawn at 8.30.The worst thing was that there was perhaps 100 raffle tickets from passengers in the bowl,plus many many more entered by ship itself,probably giving the ship a better chance of winning than you!
We felt there was no need to depart at 5.30-6 pm at night,and would have enjoyed more time in port.Possibly to keep the money on board,as some ports were not far from each other.I unterstand that this a commercial business,bit will certainly influence me on a decision to sail again