While the boarding process in San Francisco was a bit confused, we were able to get to our cabins (we booked C701 and C703) quickly and have time to stroll about the ship before sailing. Both cabins were very nice, and being able to open up the balcony between the cabins gave us a lot of space outside, where we would spend a lot of time. The cabins were nicely appointed and very comfortable. We were concerned about the cabins being so close to the elevators, but as it turned out, there was no noise and being close helped one of our party, who has trouble walking.
We found the ship to be well laid out, and easy to navigate, be it to the dining rooms, speciality restaurants, spa, or any of the pools. In a word, from the start, the entire ship felt comfortable.
As noted above, one of our party had limited mobility, so our participation in activities was likewise limited. We did get to spend time at the Lotus Pool, which was very relaxing for sitting and swimming.
Port & Shore Excursions:
See the separate reviews for each.
Excellent. We ate at several dining facilities (Provence for fixed-time seating, Sabatinis for dinner and breakfast, Horizon for quick meals, assorted others for pizza and snacks), and enjoyed each. Crooner's Bar was another favorite hang-out, with great drinks and very friendly staff.
We did not see many shows, and what we did see was pretty average.
This was handled very well, although it took longer than expected due to customs having only a few representatives and asking some people a lot of questions and looking through their luggage.
The ship, staff,and excursions all exceeded our expectations. We loved every minute. We liked it so much, we booked a cruise for next year to the Eastern Med and Holy Land!
This excursion was via train from Panama City to Colon, and then a bus drive to the Gatun Locks for an hour or so to see them in operation, and then a bus ride back to Flamenco Island. We got to see a lot of Panama, from the rain forests to the canal, to the locks close-up, to the cities and towns. A great excursion, with an excellent guide.