The saying you get what you pay for didn't hold true with this ship. We got way more then we paid for.
Maybe it was the attitude we went with but every worker from the baggage handlers on land to the maintenance workers at sea were very friendly. Embarkation was easy. We arrived about 10:30. Our baggage was quickly taken, we gave them our information, got our Sea pass card and then had about a 30 minute wait on provided benches before boarding.
Upon barding the beautiful ship, the first thing to take care of was our dinner seating. Our traveling companion was seated at a different table so one of the head waiters promptly took care of the matter and gave us a table to our specifications. We then walked around the ship to explore and take pictures. Everyone was in the Windjammer so this is the best time for getting pictures of the different areas of the ship. Everything was very clean, although the boat was a bit smaller then we had imagined, it made up for it in elegance.
We finally made our way to lunch which is were we first saw the crowds. An older group then carnival (Our only other cruise for comparison) (Only 15 children and 4 Honeymoon couples) I preferred it to the Carnival crowd as the entire 11 day trip I only ran into one rude passenger.
Food was better then I had predicted from reading the reviews, but still lacking. Some items just lacked flavor which was not a matter of cost cutting, but more a matter of not adding appropriate flavors, spices and sauces as needing. I don't think it would require a lot of money for them to bring their food up to the standard of the other ships. For example, Italian night in the dinning room was great and the Lobster they served the 2nd formal night was better then we got on our previous cruise. But one night the menu was so bad that we chose to eat in the buffet. And there were quite a few dishes that I didn't eat after sampling. Choosing wisely gave you better dishes and needless to say we did not go hungry.
Our favorite spot on the ship was the solarium. Yes the fake plants were faded, I still found the area very relaxing and lovely.
Our Dining staff and Room steward all earned their tips plus additional. It was not difficult at all to hand over the prepaid tips with additional money's added on the last night of the cruise.
Entertainment was excellent. Although a lot of the entertainment was geared for a much older crowd then we represented, it did fit the cruise as a whole. My favorite was the Tango Dancers that boarded in Acapulco from Argentina. The finest dancers that I have ever seen and they gave a spectacular show. The Royal Caribbean singers and Dancers also put on a couple of production shows that were also very good.
Debarking was about 30 minutes behind what was announced. But very smooth when you think of the number of people they try to get off the ship. Once off, they had luggage into color tagged groups. This was a great idea and would of work well, except they mixed two of our lavender group bags in with the oranage and it took us about 10 minutes of searching to find. Within minutes of picking up the luggage we were curbside, being picked up by our driver.