Ok, first things first. Every other review I've read is from American guests. Therefore, being British, I may have a slightly different opinion.
The ship is fantastic and unlike some of the other reports, I did not see any sign of undue wear and tear. In fact, considering that 4,000 people have been on the VOS every week for the last 12 years,I thought the condition was excellent. Although it's very big, it still has an intimacy about it.
The staff are brilliant. They are friendly, always smiling and go out of their way to provide outstanding service. Perhaps those who think differently need to examine how they behave towards these people and treat them with more respect.
The food. OK, it's not Michelin star, it's mass catering that has to suit all tastes. There's a huge variety at every meal and if you really can't find something you like, what can I say! The thing I found most annoying was the people who pay 3* prices and expect 6* gourmet cooking.
The entertainment. There's something for everyone. The shows are good; we saw two and the Ice show was really good. There's music all over the ship and dancing to suit most people. Whether it's Riddim Waves by the pool during the day, Synergy (Katrina is something else!) in High Notes at night, pianists, violinists, Derek in the Pig & Whistle, or the Ballroom Trio, there really is music everywhere.
Summary. Well done RCI and thanks for a great week. It is what it is, which is a mass market holiday designed to appeal to many different tastes. Yes, you can find fault with anything if you want to, and making comparisons with other ships or holidays seems pointless. We had a great time, ate well, enjoyed our time on board and were made to feel special by all who served and looked after us.
We had no problems getting on or off the ship. All you have to do is to follow the instructions whether it's the start or end of the cruise, or at the ports of call.