The following represent impressions and observations, sans IMHO .
The Good: The ship is in excellent condition, spit and polish from bow to stern. Décor was attractive. The signature Impressionist theme carried throughout the ship.
The swimming pools (salt water) have large, hot, Jacuzzis. Aft pool adults only.
Excellent musical review company. Talent (both voice and dancing), choreography, production qualities, and originality far and away the best I’ve seen. Surprisingly, the Toulouse Lautrec theatre always had an abundance of empty seats.
Afternoon Tea. Very good variety of offerings. Scones quite good, but no strawberry jam.
Lido Buffet large with a variety of choices and lines, easily accommodated a full ship. “The Grill” offers a good variety of deli sandwiches with prompt service.
Service, both dining and cabin, are first rate. Food in MDR served promptly and hot. Perfect cabin stewards: out when I was in and in, and in when I was out.
Galveston embarkation, at 11:00AM, was a mass of humanity. Lines 1 ½ hour long. Disembarkation worse. Halls and stairways jam packed for “Self Assist”. Again, 1 ½ hours in lines to exit ship for second group called.
Machines: coffee, juice, ice, etc, in Lido Buffet are not serviced often enough. The flip side is there are a lot of machines.
The ship is difficult to navigate. There are frequent dead ends with no posted directions. Very frustrating.
The swimming pools are too small. Only 3’8” deep, and just six or seven strokes from end to end.