The ports of call were the main driver for the booking of the cruise 8 ports in all. The good on this cruise was undoubtedly the very good food and unbelievable variety at all meal times to include the morning coffee and afternoon teas. Helped by very good restaurant and catering staff.
The cabins were clean although some fittings were tired particularly where smoking was previously allowed, on the small side compared to others. The bathrooms were minute. Best described by the onboard comedian as a hug from the shower curtain and the need to be a contortionist to use the toilet. The cabin stewardesses was of the same high caliber as the above staff.
The guest speakers and entertainers were very good as were the resident musicians, resident dance troop were no more than average. The bad was very bad where entertainment was staged in the Neptune and Coral lounges both venues have all seating on the same level as the performance floor which meant wasting alot of time within the lounges to ensure a good seat, avoiding all infrastructure poles supporting the next deck, prior to performance. When the lounges were used for the Captains cocktail party the need to queue up for at least an hour to achieve the same object spoilt the effect.
The increase in size which only added cabins has had a detrimental effect on the existing space left for dining and entertainment venues. It also provided some very unusual sound effects when we encountered rougher weather on several occasions
The ugly was the discrimination practiced in tender boat ports thankfully only one,Gudvangen by giving passengers who booked the onboard tours first use of the tender boats as an incentive without any consideration for the independent passengers to make their own arrangements once ashore. To cap it all then to provide a spectacularly inefficient tender boat operation without using a proper deck officer to organize it. Resultant in the visit being a complete waste of time and effort for us.