Had been a little worried about the ship having read some review sites. But no fear, it was brilliant.
From the moment we embarked (the joining process was about as good as it could get)we were spoiled all the way. The itinerary was the reason we chose this ship, but we would have no hesitation in going again with them.
The service was first class, the staff friendly - a tribute to their training - and nothing was too much trouble. The food in all restaurants throughout the ship was beyond first class and the galley staff took great pride and pleasure in preparing first class, attractive food. From the tour of the galley, through various cooking demonstrations to a 'ready, steady, cook' competition between the main chefs they involved themselves with their clients.
The staterooms were kept immaculate and the serving staff in the main dining room we excellent and helpful.
The trip to Antarctica was always of an educational nature and we were delighted that on days when we sailing each day there were regular lectures on the area we would be seeing, the wild life, and lectures on related topics, such as navigation. The lecturers - all professional - were not only informative, but also entertaining.They took the cruise to another level.
Evening entertainment was varied, but always of a high quality. Some were staff, others came and went at each destination. The resident aerialists were especially entertaining.
The shore expeditions were of a very good standard and the process of getting everyone off to catch their coach was expertly handled, particularly at the Falkland Islands were we had to take a tender to shore.
The only drawback was the loss of one of the days in the Antarctic. The captain had been warned that we were to face 24 foot plus waves and zero visibility and chose head for land and have two days in port instead of one at Ushaaia. Some people complained, but he had to consider safety first - and we would not have seen much with zero visibility!! To compensate they had a local folklorico troop entertain us in the theatre, to what was one of the best evening entertainments.
All in all an excellent experience. Thank you celebrity.