After being dropped by the hotel shuttle at Fort Lauderdale early for embarkation as this was the only shuttle, we waited for just over an hour for the doors to open. We were processed after a little delay which extended to hours by the time many passengers were trying to embark.
Our cabin was spacious and well laid out with plenty of hanging space.
We had chosen my time dining and after four nights of eating too much decided to go to the Horizon as we could control the amount of food we ate. The food in the Horizon was fairly good with a few nights being excellent and a few nights less than good. Overall for breakfast, lunch and dinner it was very good. The dining room staff went from being very attentive to trying to avoid work. It really did depend on what shift was working but fortunately it was a more positive experience than negative.
Norovirus became a problem twice on the cruise and the flu also became prevalent and because of these health risks more stringent regimes were put in place. Some of the procedures incorporated in the new regime should have been kept throughout the cruise which may have lessened the flu and 2nd Norovirus problem.
We took three cruise excursions and the rest we did on our own. The cruise excursions were good but expensive. EG the Samba evening in Rio was $600 per person where we were able to purchase, tickets, delivery and transport to and from for just under $500 for two.
Overall the cruise was fantastic and the majority of ports of call very good. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no real complaints.
The midday report given by the third officer on the last leg of the cruise was very informative however we did not feel the bump when we crossed the equator!!