We travelled to Harwich by train and within minutes of leaving the train we had checked in and were aboard. The ship was very attractive with open windows allowing sea views from the central atrium. The solarium was particularly nice with a Balinese theme.
We had an oceanview cabin at the front of the ship, overlooking the Helipad. The cabin was spacious and well decorated with plenty of storage space. In comparison to the balcony cabin we had on Oasis of the Seas there was masses of storage !
The staff were all very pleasant although our cabin steward never seemed to be around and we had to leave notes to request things like ice etc. Having said that, the cabin was cleaned superbly.
We ate at second sitting in the main dining room and were impressed by the staff and the food. The prime rib and meat in general seemed much better than on cruises departing from the States. Nothing was too much trouble for our waiter and he ensured that any requests were attended to immediately.
Another highlight of the cruise was the superb cruise director, Clodagh, who went by the name of HelloClo. She was excellent, very funny and got to know all the guests. Her morning show on TV was always a good laugh and she was around the ship from morning till late night.
The entertainment was mostly good.
All in all it was an excellant cruise and although we missed seeing Stockholm because of engine problems ,the ports of call were great.