I learned that a Transatlantic should not be attempted in November. The first four days of the cruise were ruined by rough weather. Many suffered from sea sickness, but worse for me was the impossibility of sleeping - not just the motion, but the terrible creaking. The long haul at sea seemed unnecessary as we sailed right through the Azores on , what , day 4. Why not get off? As others have mentioned, the Caribbean Islands were largely miss-able - especially St. Thomas (what a Hell hole!). This was exacerbated by the ludicrous three hour immigration procedure. Just CUT ST.THOMAS OUT!
Main dining room was mediocre (Salad Nicioise with no tuna!), and the service abrupt. We paid up for the specialty restaurants (we're foodies). All of these had excellent service, and the food was good. Q - sine was very good. As before on Celebrity, we just wish the Bistro had more variety, and less bottled mayonnaise.
This was the weakest link. Very, very poor bar service. At times there were very few people serving, at others there might be five or six people, but all of them seemed to be washing glasses or cutting lemons or doing anything other than serving. Others commented this was a "Training Ship." Is this what cruise lines do with TA's?
Sue the CD was quite incredible. A real character. Some of the weird activities were actually quite fun. Helped by the fact that all the passengers were "up for it." The acts were OK, but only a handful of full shows. Surely on a cruise of this length they could have done more? The specialist speakers were quite interesting - especially the Astronomy guy.
No real issues. Smaller than others we've been on. Very creaky in the rough seas.
Overall - a B-.