Even though there were 3800 passengers, there were times when we thought that we were the only ones on board!Because the weather was generally great the outdoor entertainment areas and pools and jacuzzis were very well utilised. As there were many kids we especially enjoyed the adults only pool area at the rear of Deck 15, although as the pool itself was unshaded we somtimes joined the many in the main pools. The staff generally, and especially tghe many Balinese/Indonesian workers were friendly and very helpful.
The food in all venues was very varied and of good quality, there was plenty of fruit and salads and many choises at all meals. Generally we ate our meals in the retaurants, and we didn't need to wait at any stage to be seated and served. The meals were of very god quality and mix and there are many vegetarian dishes to choose from if you want it. the restaurant service was First Class, fast and efficient, fresh and delicious and prepared to order. The sweets were More
worth waiting for eg., on our last night our waiter recommended the almond and pear tart with icecream. Our whole table ordred it and it was exceptional.
We loved our cabin, it was very spacious and bright and contained everything we needed. Our balcony was well utilised for a pre-dinner drink, for drying our wet bathers and for the awesome views when arriving and leaving ports and viewing passing ships and numerous islands and village lights.
We enjoyed most of the theatre shows includind an outstanding acrobatic performance by an Asian trio that we think were mum an dad and their daughter. We've seen Cirque de Soleil in Vegas and Australia and this performance was their equal.At no time was their any problem with getting seating in the theater. We had a wonderful time and met wonderful people at Dinner and on excursions. We also had the good fortune to see the brand new Splendida moored next to our ship in Palma de Mallorca before it left to begin its maiden voyage!
This trip was to celebrate my 60th birthday and our 35th Wedding Anniversary and we are pleased to highly recommend this line and this ship, although we,d look at something smaller next time, we'll certainly go MSC if we can! Less
Port side, midship, great views, quieter than any hotel we've stayed at except for the ship's horns when we left Palma and Fantasia said goodbye to Splendida-it was quite a cacophony and there was a big party on Splendida.
We took the Gaudi excursion and it was exceptional. The Guide was clear and knowledgeable, spoke english perfectly and although traffic was a nightmare, because of the Tour de France he kept talking and explaining for much longer than he'd planned.The sites were fantastic and being on the tour saved us much time and effort.
We took the excursion to Aix-en-Provence. The Guide was kind, helpful, a local resident and extremely patriotic. She went out of her way the end of the city tour to show us a particular site we'd inquired about. She told us all about it and took us there even though we'd only asked for directions. Aix is beautiful and a highlight.
We again wandered about and didnt tour, and we found the area near the port, smelly, noisy and we were afraid of the constant traffic who didnt stop when we crossed the road. Again we went back to enjoy the ship.