We were not expecting much. We had a late, crowded embarkation (due to someone jumping overboard on the previous cruise...did they dislike it THAT MUCH ?) The inside room was nice.. and the cruise started to get good. Perhaps I will just list the good and the bad:
Service. We did Anytime Dining. Never waited longer than 2 minutes for seating. Service was MUCH FASTER than other cruise lines
Food. Excellent Eggs Benedict had poor sauce, but otherwise, great. Liked the Fish and Chips cafe especially.
Entertainment. Duo in lounge was fantastic. They did every song like the original. Especially good at imitating Nat King Cole and B. Streisand. The production shows in theater were the most lavish I've ever seen on ship. there were 13 dancers, scores of sets, dozens of costume changes. As always, the band was too loud.
Staff. Very friendly. Rather skimpy activities.
Ship. Clean. Very Big. I never felt the ocean. like riding in the parking lot. Decor was French paintings---everywhere. Ceilings, elevators.
Other passngers. Lots of facial hair, tattoos, drunks .Could a motorcycle be far behind? and the men were just as bad. No one dressed, even on formal nights, it was shorts and tee shirts.
Noise. At the center Lido pool, there was a big screen setup playing at a pain volume. Lots of Justin Beiber, Michael Jackson. After the first day, few people went there. You could not talk to people next to you. I also thought the yellow hot tubs were unappealig, given how much beer was being consumed (The waiters serve drinks to people in the hot tub...thought that was prohibited?)
Library. Only open two hours/day. Only about 40 books available, if you don't count "Principles of Accounting', etc.
I'll will book another cruise on this ship. Excellent Value