Bullied into paying 15% 'service charge', for drinks ; is too much, considering you are charged 48.00 euros each for 'service charge' with the final invoice. This is on top of extortionate prices for drinks - 20.00 euros for a white table wine, plus 15% plus daily 'service charge', or 43.48 euros for a nice-ish white chardonnay, plus 15% plus daily 'service charge'. Water is also included with 'service charge'. Cocktails would have been more enjoyable if the makes were recognisable, Discount packages are available, which I was not made aware of, and you need a fair intake before they seem worth while.
Because of the size of the liner, only the largest commercial ports are available, therefore the romance of the mediterranean is spoilt by hundreds of containers, container ships, naval shipping. A courtesy bus is usually on hand to take you into town which is a big positive, except in Marseille where the bus is charged for, as the journey is 15 minutes to the tourist area, which is the only part of Marseille worth seeing. Excursions were always available, although, personally I prefer to travel less, and get up later !! At 50.00 euros a day each, this would have mounted-up quickly.
Cabin was more-than-big-enough, very clean, room valetting was excellent.
Overall service offered was very good.
Information was readily available at the information desk, not always polite, but it's a long day and full of problems.
Food was ok, considering the 'New York New York' restaurant caters for hundreds of people, it's amazing that it is as good as it is.
'Blue Moon' restaurant service was exemplary, the food was ok, and the prices were ridiculous, considering it is on top of the daily rate charged for food already. Needless to say, there were six of us in the restaurant, one couple sharing a main course.
I would have liked to see more signs while onboard; there are 13 decks !! Going by the number of people asking for help, including myself, it would be an improvement.
Gym was small but good, Spa was, again, very overpriced, but there are discounted packages available, which still seem expensive.
Entertainment was from dance lessons, through bingo to onboard walks, and karaoke.
Theatre was worth seeing, really enjoyed 'The Two Paraguayans' duo, by the 'chocolate bar'.
I hope this review meets you as objective, it is not supposed to be a rant, just the help that I didn't have to make a decision on taking the cruise or not, and how to finance it.