We spent 2 nights in Manhattan prior to the cruise,we used dial 7 to get to Cape Liberty and the cost was $100 including tolls and tip,this was for 4 passengers.On arrival at 1pm we were met by a huge queue of passengers and immediately i noticed how many seniors there were and i mean over 75.Anyway it took 1 hour and 15 minutes before we were aboard.
Once aboard we were greeted with champagne and then went straight to our stateroom,very nice,really good size and excellent size bathroom for an inside.
Our luggage arrived approx 6pm.
Sailaway nothing special,not like on princess and p and o.
First impressions of the ship were very good but no WOW factor at all,the atrium is very dark and gloomy.Lots of artwork all over,which i liked.
We ate in the MDR 7 out of the 12 nights,food was good not excellent,certainly no better than princess or p and o.Service was good not excellent,we were on select dining and never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table,however several nights the adjoining table was left littered with dirty dishes etc after the diners had left and remained so for 30 minutes or so - not good.
The speciality restaurants were all excellent,we opted for the 5 dinner,3 bottles of wine package for $379 for 2 which was well worth it,the food and service were fantastic,Murano deserves a special mention,FABULOUS!!!
The formal nights were nothing special at all,nowhere near as good on other lines,lots of people did not adhere to the dress code which really spoiled it for us,one lady on formal night came out of the MDR in pyjamas and another couple of ladies in jogsuits,this should not be allowed and no i wasnt seeing things.
Entertainment was very good,the guitarist who performed on the Lawn Club was excellent,lovely setting with candles,blankets and cushions with a nice glass of wine and cheese and biscuits under the stars-different.
We were fortunate to have excellent weather and enjoyed all ports of call Antigua being the favourite and St Croix the least favourite.
I mentioned earlier about the age of passengers and we were dismayed to find that the majority of passengers were over 75 and i mean at least 3/4 of all passengers,it was like a floating nursing home,i have been slated for commenting about this on the forum but this is the truth and it totally spoiled the atmosphere,it was like a ghost ship after 10pm and many other agreed with me,even passengers in their sixties commented.We are no party animals but we do like a bit of atmosphere on our holidays.The ships DJ may as well jumped ship as it was permanently empty.I have absolutely nothing against seniors but i certainly do not want to spend my holiday with about 2,000 people over 75,we were told the average age on board was 79!!!
The dreaded norovirus struck on the 8th day,lots of precautions taken,ie library books removed,all bread baskets,menus,cruets etc moved from tables and all food served by staff,no self service in The Oceanview Cafe.This slowed everything down but i suppose it had to be done.Call me a cynic but how come the casino wasnt closed down-something to do with revenue maybe.
Anyway to sum up,we had a lovely time but it could have been better,think we will stick to princess,lots more atmosphere without being rowdy and a more mixed age group.