This was my first cruise. Went with my two kids - 15 and 19. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. The crew never stops cleaning the public areas and the cabin was kept very clean as well. There was a great variety of food in the restaurants where one can dine without paying. I have an intolerance to gluten (celiac disease) and was able to pre-order my next day's supper to ensure it was prepared without gluten. The food was always tasty. It was usually not hot enough when served. It was a bit harder to get meals during lunch at the buffet but with the variety offered I always managed to eat well. They could have done more to meet with me at the start of the cruise to address my dietary needs - I had to figure things out on my own. My 15-year-old joined the "Youth Zone" - organized activities for 13-17 year-olds. I hardly saw him over the entire week as he had so much fun with the teens he met and the activities they did. My 19-year-old had a bit of a harder time socially as More
there are no activities organized for her age group. Most passengers were either families with children or younger teens, or they were older people (55+). I think that the ship should create a dance club devoted to playing the music liked by people aged 18-25 so that that age group could congregate and enjoy dancing together. There were many excellent shows presented - we were especially impressed by the quality of their singers and dancers and by the Second City comedy troupe that performed three different shows. The exercise facility is very good. One negative was that my daughter and I took one yoga class which was the most poorly taught yoga class either of us had ever taken - plus we paid $12 each for the class. We never took another class and noted that hardly any people returned to that instructor's classes. I recommend that the ship add many more sporting activities than they currently offer. I also think that they should offer classes in things that people may want to learn, e.g., chess, art, photography. One thing that I did not like was how the cruise activity facilitators were frequently hocking money-making activities like bingo/pull-tab raffles/auctions. I found it a bit crass to try to squeeze more money out of the passengers. Overall, I was happy with the cruise and would recommend this cruise. Less
The stateroom was very well designed to sleep three people (two single beds and a couch that extended into a bed). The beds were not very comfortable and the sheets were too short. The shower, toilet stall, and restroom sink were perfectly adequate. There was enough closet and drawer space for us all. Having a small balcony really added to the experience. The room was quiet.