We only realised onboard that this was a relocation cruise, not that it made any difference. Wanted a longer than usual cruise, and that we got! 15 nights and 13 ports later we arrived in Southhampton, London.
We decided to use the cruise as a holiday, and not to take excursions every day, which would mean early starts to the day. Apart from the first day when we took a trip to Cinque Terre, at all the other ports of call we took a few hours walk around the pot, or closest town.This way we relaxed and could enjoy the ship and cruise.
The strangest feature was the lack of crowds, whether in the dining rooms or the bars and theatres. Everyone seemed to have long touring days, therfore nights were eerily quiet.
Cabin was as expected, cabin steward had same top quality service to give, and crew so friendly all the time.
Entertainment was not at the top level we were accostomed too, but did not have the time to see all the shows. Comedian magician was the best, and saw his act twice, just as funny the second time.Ship just not "push" you into buying drinks, or anything else as has been the case on other lines.
Food and service in dining rooms could not be faulted, tasty and so well presented food, with impeccable service. The buffet was just as good, with almost 25 hour daily service, midnight buffet, and a lovely cafe in the atrium with offerings all day long.
Check-in and disembarkation was the most efficient experienced on any of our cruises, well done!
Cabins - a comfortable size with small fridge, balcony, and good service. Did notice that soaps and shampoos only replaced when needed, a small cost saving method, but no problem to request from cabin steward.
Food - tasty and plentiful.
Ship - spotless and not lacking anything. I noticed bars, on the cabin TV that had not even visited.
Entertainment - what we saw we enjoyed, the movies under the stars quite amazing, even during the day.
Otherwise a delightful cruise, wonderful ship, and just waiting for next time.