The first thing to say about this ship is that it is big. VERY big
We were initially met by an incredibly well organised embarkation procedure. We arrived there at 10.30 we were aboard by 11.15.
This gave us plenty of time to explore before our room was ready at 13.00
The shopping mall running down the length of deck five seemed a little dark and uninviting but the contents of the shops were fine . Additionaly there were several cafes and bars on this level. The food quality was mixed but generally acceptable.
Our cabin was bright and spacious this, with the balcony, comprised more than enough room for the two of us. We had sufficient hanging space.
As for cleanliness the ship is probably one of the cleanest places I have ever been. This care did not extend to our room. I don’t think our carpet was vacuumed during our entire trip. Our attendant just didn’t seem to be bothered.
My mother, in the next cabin, took to cleaning her own bathroom. Our attendant just did not meet her standards.
Having said that he was a likeable enough guy.
The rest of the crew were a delight, helpful, cheerful, nothing too much trouble.
We did not go to any of the shows in the main theatre, not our cup of tea, but we did go to the ice show which was pretty good.
I made good use of the well equiped gym.
Food quality was patchy. Feeding 4000 people meant that the quality of the food in the main dining rooms was indifferent. By the time it got to us it was invariably tepid and dry. A huge contrast with the self service Windjammer which served a large variety of fresh, tasty, well presented food. So that is where we chose to eat.
This ship is an incredible feat of engineering. To put an ice rink, a shopping mall and a flowrider surfing machine on a ship is just plain awesome.
But it is just too big and unmanageable. Crowds of people everywhere lining up for everything. We will avoid the new 220,000 monstrosity like the plague.
On balance however we enoyed our trip and have booked again for December on a somewhat smaller vessel