This was our first cruise, arrived to check in at 2:00pm long queues took around 3/4 hour to check in but once we were finally in most of our suitcases were ready and waiting for us outside our Cabin (Some were still being sorted.) Once we were more or less sorted after the safety drill we had a wander around the ship trying to get our bearings, it was quite confusing we saw well more heard than saw the band playing us off from down below on land.
We had chosen freedom dining which meant we could eat at any time we wanted between 6-9 pm provided there was a table free We generally had a table to ourselves, sometimes we shared with others. The restaurant staff were excellent! The food was lovely - plenty of choice!
Sun beds were not easily available as the same people were reserving beds early on in the morning despite the fact that they were not meant to. There are 2 main pools and a few jacuzzi's dotted around the place there was also a pool for 16+ The pools were rather disappointing as they were so small.
The entertainment was good and the Star Caberets were mostly excellent. Some nights though with certain popular performers you needed to get in early or you'd end up standing for the show - which was not so good for the 2nd seating diners.
Our daughter (13) didn't bother with the kids club too much, but there is a good variety of activities for children.
The photographers were good bu a bit of a pain every evening trying to take your picture.