Overall the experience with this cruise line was exceptional, except for the last day. This is by definition 'You Get What You Pay For'! Every day was filled with delightful experiences, from visual to sensual. The food was well prepared and delicious! The decor, bedding, services and amenities all plush, of the finest available and plentiful!
Each day offered well thought out menus, great entertainment and plentiful refreshments.
What was particularly gleaned from this trip was how casual the attire has become. We found no need to bring anything more than a cocktail dress and a dark suit to formal night, anything more and we would have been the ones standing out. Semi-formal started with dressy casual for the ladies and a dinner jacket for men. Jeans were not an uncommon sight. This surprised me. I could not have been more relieved to know I had packed a few pairs for the second half of our journey, post cruise. I was quick to break them out and found myself wearing them often to fell comfortable amongst the other passengers wearing the same. Of course, there was no tolerance for anything less than a nice pair jeans. There were even a few passengers who wore short shorts and were not asked to change. I will most definitely pack differently our next cruise and hope this helps others before they take theirs.
On our last day we had to walk in the rain for a distance, unprotected to get to the train. How unfortuante they chose not to protect us on our last experience with this cruise line as we departed, having such exceptional experiences all the other days with courtesy umbrellas at every port - why not this one? How easy would it have been to keep us dry one last time and finish what they started - something they might consider for the next time.
Until then, cheers!