Embarked in Sydney our 1st cruise magnificent site a Circular Quay.Flew from Brisbane that morning and transferred straight to ship.We where held up by Celebrity as husband has a chronic cough due to Asbestosis and had to be interviewed by medical person who did not know what it was, very irritating and slowed things down.
Ship magnificent , very clean and well maintained. Ate at all venues, we had my time dining and had the same table each night we ate there.Food incredibly good with good choices as much as you wanted with fab wait staff.Silk Harvest was not that good was not at all to our taste though service was good. The other specialty restaurants were excellent well worth the extra money.
Be prepared to walk long distances this is a big ship, usually congested at lifts which I needed to use as disabled otherwise not too much trouble getting around
Plenty to do and shows were extremely good with many Australian entertainers but you had to be early to make sure you get a seat
Had a non alcohol package found it good value as it included coffee etc,Drinks were a reasonable price though bottled wine tended to be pricey Plenty of places to sit and relax .
We arranged our own port tours where we had trouble locating the tour operator otherwise very good value cheaper than the ships.
Being disabled biggest problem was distances as my husband/carer had great trouble pushing my chair and carrying hand luggage no help there.Though crew were amazing at ports in New Zealand getting the chair on and off gang planks in some pretty bad conditions without any complaint, my hat off to them.
Would recommend this cruise highly specially mature aged people not wanting a party ship.