This was a great transatlantic crossing. This was our 35th cruise and our 3rd transatlantic. We were 7 days at sea at the beginning of the cruise. The sea was like glass about 3 of these days. We had some rough seas the last 7 days. These were between ports so wasn't too bad. We were upset that we didn't get an upgrade on our cabin, but it turned out to be fine. For the price we paid, this cruise was a great value. The food was very good. We ate in the dining room in the evenings and mostly the buffet for breakfast and lunch. We were disappointed on the night we had lobster. Instead of a lobster tail, we had a trio of scallops, shrimp, & lobster. The lobster was dry and not good. The shrimp was the best thing on the plate. The beef dishes were the better selections. The soups were excellent. Some of the best we have had on a cruise. The salmon and the shrimp cocktail which were offered every night were also very good. Our waiter made suggestions on what was good each night.
The enrichment series was one of the best. The speaker on international relations had a packed house each time he spoke. The speaker on jazz music was very mechanical and read from notes but his subject was good. There were a lot of activities that we did not participate in. These included lots of trivia, bingo, and wii games.
We love entertainment so we attended all the shows. The production shows on this ship were some of the poorest we have seen. The shows and the singers and dancers weren't that good. These need to be updated. The other acts were very good. The pianist Pearl Kaufman was superior. She did the music for many famous movies and won many awards for these. She told many good stories about many famous stars such as Jack Nicholson. A singer who did opera and broadway tunes was also good. The comedian Glen Hirsch was also good. These entertainers left the ship at the end of the 1st week. The 2nd week we had a violinist who was excellent. We also had a juggler/comedian who mostly did comedy that was good. The only bad act was the impressionist. All the bands were very good. These included a party band, a dance band, a string group and the celebrity orchestra. There was also a very good a-capella group who did short segments on several nights.
The staff and crew was the friendly and most helpful of any cruise we have been on. They always spoke and greeted everyone with a smile.