The very early morning flight went spot on time and when arriving at Palma Airport we had to collect our bags and then take them to waiting coaches,that was the last we saw of them until they were supposed to be delivered to the cabins. We then did a tour of the ship and enjoyed a meal in the Windjammer buffet. We could not get into our room until 1pm. We found the room to be exceptionally clean and we had been upgraded to a sea view but no one told the ship and as a result our bags did not arrive so I went to the room we originally had and found them inside the room! No one would have checked the room so they would have gone unnoticed.
We managed to change our set dining time to Freedom Dining and the service was excellent but the prices of the wines were exhorbitant, a tax is added when in Spanish waters and also a service charge on every drink so this can add up. We actually found the food in the Windjammer more varied and tastier than the Restaurant and as a consequence we ate in there most evenings. There was some problem over the gratuities, as we had prepaid and that should have gone to the waiter at the fixed dining then transferred to the waiter at the Freedom dining. Anyway I gave the vouchers we were given to the waiters that look after us in the Windjammer.
All in all the cruise was good but as ususl with many English tourists the reserving of sunbeds near the pool on sea days was ridiculous the 4 beds near me had towels placed on them about 9.15am and no one came to use the beds until 2.30pm.
All the ports were easy to negotiate and a shuttle bus was made available but at a cost of $10 when in fact there was a local bus available for 4euro return. The visits to Barcelona and Malaga were absolutely fantastic Gibraltar was rather dissapointing and Ibiza was closed. We did not do any trips from the boat as they were very expensive and we found the same trips for half the amount at the port. The entertainment was varied, the music on the pool deck and Centrum was good but the stage shows were rather amatuerish. The ship was spotless and our room attendant was brilliant and so were all the bar staff and waiters. We rather hoped to go dancing on some evenings but there was nowhere we could.All in all we really enjoyed our cruise but doubt that we would go on this ship again.