Upon arrival at the cruise docks in Sydney, we were greeted by young men with the luggage van who whisked our bags into the system and directed us to the check in point. We were in our cabin 15 minutes later! To say the boarding process was slick would be an understatement.
Our balcony cabin on Aloha deck was exactly as expected - clean, roomy and with more storage than 2 of us needed. The Terrace Pool (adults) was just down the hall, and was ready for use even before departure. We had a great afternoon on board exploring and orienteering. This ship is huge! It provided everything for entertainment that anyone could possibly expect. Most staff were friendly and helpful, although some of the bartenders were a little slow. The staff at the Cafe Bar in the Atrium seemed to be very unhappy with their jobs - but the latte's were still great. Our dinner seating (early) in the Vivaldi Dining Room provided us with the excellent service of 2 stewards who cared for us with great attention to detail each night we ate there. The other nights at Sabitini's' provided extra special unhurried excellent service and above-average dining offerings. Dinner at the steakhouse offered more great service, and slightly above dining room offerings. Seating from the buffet area was always limited and it was difficult to find anywhere to sit; this also affected the hamburger and pizza bars.
Our group of 6 won at everything we tried - slots tournament, Family Feud, Music Trivia, slots jackpot, etc. The Cruise Director was very responsive when we did have a need to offer constructive feedback on one of his staff - who just couldn't get her technology to work properly. The lecturer for history was unfortunately not the best presenter - he was boring, I actually fell asleep. On the other hand, when the chef and restaurant manager were presenting it was a hilarious start for the Galley Tour. The bridge tour (by special invitation) was very interesting and well delivered also. Kind of odd that the only bad presenter was the one who was not just doing his regular job?