We arrived at New Orleans airport on the morning of the cruise (cab fare to the port is about $33)and boarding was already in progress when we arrived. Our boarding was well-organized and orderly and a buffet was waiting when we got on board. Our stateroom was immaculate and was kept that way throughout the cruise. Everything worked in the bathroom and water was always hot. We ate breakfast at the buffet in Raffles every morning and we ate all but one of our dinners in the main dining rooms (Windows or Garden). Both had the same menu, but we preferred Windows, where the service was outstanding, the decor more interesting, and more room between the tables. The food was always excellent in all three locations. Raffles had a vast assortment of breakfast foods ranging from English fare like beans and knockers, several selections of hot cereals, eggs scrambled or cooked to order, including omelets, a wide selection of fruits and breads, pancakes and waffles, hash browns, yogurts, juices, and many other items. The main dining area had a set menu each day, as well as a menu that changed. You could select from either, or get items from both. Choices usually included beef, pork, fish, and chicken. We ate in only one of the specialty restaurants -- the Italian restaurant ($10). The food there also was excellent. We never had to wait for seating.
Entertainment varied. We ended up most nights at Champagne Charlie's, a small bar and dance area overlooking the atrium. The music there, which included an orchestra, a piano player/singer-guitar duo, and a piano player/singer, was mostly jazz and oldies, which is our style. All the entertainers were good. We say two shows in the auditorium, and they were good. The staff and crew were friendly, polite and helpful. The ships decor was interesting with an oriental flavor. A wide variety of shore excursions was offered at each port. Getting off the ship and connecting with your excursion was well-organized and went smoothly and on time. Disembarkation also went smoothly.