Just returned from cruise 12th-27th February 2012.
After reading mixed reviews on here was a little dubious.
First impressions of the ship was that it was old and desperately in need of updating.There was a dreadful smell of sewage on the Sunday when we boarded and again on the middle Sunday when re docking in Barbados, think this must be the day the septic tanks are emptied.The ship is very noisy, creaking, and cracking and staff up early up and down corridors with trolleys so you don't get much rest! The crew are very good and happy and do their best to make you enjoy however they are obviously on some sort of bonus for selling the drink as they are there as soon as you sit down pressurising you to have drink, and their if your class is less than half full, pressing you to get another round. All from Philippines except for the entertainment team. Food in all restaurants is good but repetitive, and just luke warm, this mainly because you have to queue in the same queue for cold and hot food, and by the time you get to the end it is cold.Sweets at night not very good very unimaginative and repeating the same night after night. Breakfast and lunchtime best time to eat for more selection. Barbie on deck and stir fry as well as food available in the restaurants.
The usual reserving of sunbeds with towels from early in a morning which are left as people go off for food and off on trips and not removed by anyone for other peoples use.
Evening Entertainment in bars is by the same people every night singing the same songs which after 14 nights gets rather boring. Showcase lounge put on some great shows but they are only 45 mins long, the same for the guest comedians who deserved a longer slot. Thomson's excursions we found to be very expensive and you can do your own thing by taking a taxi to beaches or tours to where you wish to go. On the whole we enjoyed the cruise it was value for money, but didn't compare with Ocean Village which was a much newer ship,better food, with tea and coffee making facilities in the cabin, and a launderette where you could wash & iron your own clothes and not have to pay for laundry, who ruined a top of my sisters which she sent for washing after the first week and had to pay her compensation. PS Not many lifts and a lot of stairs to climb is the alternative so if you have mobility problems this is not the ship for you.