We are frequent cruisers (4-5 per year) and this was our first adventure on this line and with a smaller ship. Total capacity was 680, but only 460 joined us with 400 crew members. The service was superb!
Getting onboard was a snap. We drove to the cruise terminal in Miami (# 12) and parked across the street and we were onboard in half the time of the other cruise ships we have been with. Also getting off was a snap and we were in our car within 15 minutes.
This ship bills itself as providing "Affordable luxury" which we think is correct. The ship was very luxuriously adorned and the food was far superior to anything we have seen. This in part was due to the 2 specialty restaurants "Polo Grill" and the "Toscana" which served a variety of steaks, fish, pasta and other dishes. If you elected to eat in the Terrace Grill (Buffet) you will never have to serve yourself or get a drink. Ever. As a result, the food in the buffet never looked picked over and was always fresh. This is by far the best food experience that we ever have had on a cruise ship.
The line also caters in taking you to smaller, interesting Ports of Call. For example on our 13 day cruise we went to La Romana (Dom. Rep.), Punta Gorda, Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Barts, Antigua, and St. Lucia. We especially loved St. Barts, Punta Gorda, and Dominica which are fantastic ports.
If there was a downside to the ship it was in the gambling which had a $10.- bet minimum and the exercise facility did not have any free aerobics type classes which we enjoy on other lines. They told us this was because there was only one instructor and she was busy with paid classes such as Pilates. Also, the entertainment was very adequate, but not up to the big production shows you get on the big ships. This was understandable with only 460 passengers onboard.
We also did not take any of the shore excursions and we have learned from past experience that it is best to book onshore on your own for half the cost.
The cabins were small, but very functional and we never felt cramped with plenty of storage space. The shower was small, but for some reason felt larger then the other lines that we have taken.
One last note. It seemed that everyone on board was a return cruiser to this line and most everyone said this was their line of choice. We can understand this and can highly recommend this ship and cruise line.