As my title suggests this was the first cruise my wife and I have been on so I would pick a cruise line with a trusted pedigree to be on the safe side I need not have worried they were brilliant and will definitely go with them again (RCI).
We flew out to Venice to the embarkation port the RCI reps were well organised and we were soon at the check-in desk it did not take long before we were on the ship we soon found our cabin which was a balcony cabin and we were quite surprised how much room there was as we had read reports they were very small not at all perfect size after all you do not spend to much time in there it was nice to sit on the bacony first thing in the morning and watch the world go by there were itineraries placed in the cabin each night to tell you what was going on the next day from the port you were visiting to what activities were going on that day and evening on board. The sevice on board was out of this world nothing was any trouble from the waiters to the cabin stewart who by the way was a brilliant guy by the name of Greg very polite funny and very efficient at his job made our stay worthwhile. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants as the food in the main dining room was very varied and delicious.
The shore excursions were varied and interesting you could either book an excursion on board or do your own thing the prices on board can be a bit pricey if there are a few of you you can get them cheaper at the ports. Entertainment was quite good they have a lot of different themed bars all very comfortable and very good for making new friends, the transfer from the ship to the airport was just as easy and efficient as it was coming all in all a very good weeks holiday only thing was it was not long enough next time it will be definitely longer.