Our first cruise over 7 days in length. We were a bit worried at first, but found that we enjoyed the longer cruise very much.
Embarkation was easy. There was a bit of a wait for our "group number" to be allowed on board.
We had lunch in the Versailles dining room as suggested by another cc member for the ribs offered at lunch on departure day. They were delicious.
Our room was fine. Clean. Basic. Our room stewards were very friendly and engaging. We took another cc member's suggestion and tipped our room stewards $20 our first day. Asked for 4 towels each day and plenty of ice, which we received throughout our trip.
We dined in the Aqua dining room for dinner each evening. Charmaine, who greeted us each night, remembered us and made us feel special each evening. Service in the dining room depended on the waiter or waitress. I learned to order coffee during my main course, so it would be there for dessert. The food was good. We always asked what the waiter suggested, and found this to be beneficial.
The Panama Canal was incredible. Perfect weather: The cloud cover kept the temperatures down. Very crowded at the front of the ship for viewing , but perfect at the back of the ship. There you just see the same thing in reverse. :) Great narration by the Panamanian guide.
Entertainment was the best we have ever experienced cruising. We cannot stress this enough. Just superb!
Loads of older people on this cruise, which we expected. Lots of those "rascal scooters". But a lot less obnoxiousness with the mature crowd.
Our negative of the cruise was our particular cabin's middle of the night noise. It was galley noises that woke us up around 1am and 6am every morning. Banging pans, rolling carts, etc. We complained daily. We were given ear plugs. Complained some more and were offered a free meal with a bottle of wine in a specialty restaurant. After we got home, my husband wrote a letter of complaint and it was then that we discovered that we had been given a $200 ship board credit. This had not been on our final bill delivered to our cabin, so we had no idea. We will be more careful in the future to see what is above our cabin on future cruises.