This was the Autumn Colors cruise which went up as far as Cornerbrook and then was supposed to go to Bermuda but Hurricane Sandy got in the way but I will get to that in a minute.
First a review of the ship itself. The decor is beautiful, old world elegant, our PH1 Penthouse was spacious, well appointed, comfortable and quiet. The restaurants all served very good food, better than on any other cruise ship. The library is the loveliest common area space on board. The fitness center was well equipped and attended. We thought the piano player, Adam, was truly world class. The cast entertainers were all talented and first rate, the special performers were all good, but not great.
But, unless you arrive at the MDR at 6:30 there can be a lengthy wait. During cocktail hour, very early at 5 to 6, it is impossible to find a seat unless you arrive early, and if you want to go to Horizons you best arrive early for the tea which precedes cocktail hour because those people just stay at their table through tea and cocktails. We learned to forgo the special cocktail hour pricing and arrive at 6:45 when seats are available.
8018, a PH1 cabin which we really liked. Our top level cabin was supposed to come with certain priorities, like for the two restaurants, but that just wasn't so. Butler was fine but no better than our cabin attendants on Sea Dream or Seabourn. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was spacious enough and had a bathtub! We enjoyed the table and chairs in the room too. There was adequate stowage space but not as much as on Seabourn.