Interesting and comfortable Line Voyage with quality Italian touches.
Outstanding combination of European and Brazilian ports punctuated by a five day calm Transatlantic crossing was the initial attraction - the value for money pricing was a further benefit.
Organisation from embarkation to disembarkation, tendering and service throughout the ship exceeded expectations. Food in the dinning rooms was average but the self serve offering were wide ranging, innovative, fresh and tasty. The coffee served at the bars ( modest charge) was made by well trained baristas who delivered a high quality product. The wide range of nationalities amongst both the crew and passenger list was a positive. Public announcements were made in six languages and were kept to a minimum. Whilst the large capacity of the ship meant the inevitable crowding in some instances there was plenty of opportunity to find a quiet corner to read or relax in peace. Having cruised on a variety of ships in the past this experience was thoroughly positive and superb value for money.
Very comfortable mid ships balcony cabin with good storage and all facilities in working order. Comfortable bed, constant water temp. in shower without the annoying fluctuations experienced on many other ships. Air conditioning controls operated effectively even after long periods of the balcony door being open. Quality towels changed daily. Position convenient for mid ships pool and self serve dinning up one set of stairs - excellent for uncrowded early morning swim and breakfast on deck.
I have no hesitation in recommending to people who want a comfortable and interesting voyage and who understand that big ships can have drawbacks but these can be overcome with ingenuity and a positive frame of mind. A well fitted out and maintained balcony cabin makes a big difference in this regard.