Arrived in Civi by train and made our way to the port bus that would deliver us to the ship. Embarkation was a 2-minute process and we were on our way to the ship. Apparently there were many noro-virus cases on the last sailing and cabins were not ready until 3:00. After Egypt, our cabin steward informed us that there we many cases on our floor so we increased our vigilance with hand washing even more. Thankfully no vacation time was lost due to illness for us. We did not eat any food in ports either. One lady commented that she spent too much on this vacation to take a chance getting sick and she did not partake of port foods either.
We had a standard balcony room and thought the room, storage, cleanliness, etc were excellent. The ship is clean, well laid out, lively, fun, well staffed...all that you would look for in a nice ship experience for your vacation. We had 2 formal nights and 1 formal/Halloween costume night. We saw one man turned away at lunch in the dining room for wearing a sleeveless shirt however we had one man in the dining room for dinner with a sleeveless shirt...so the rules were randomly applied and, as usual, by the end of the trip, everyone was so relaxed, anything would go.
We prepaid our gratuities and chose their "my time dining" option (a first for us). Now we will never choose anything else. Several days when we arrived back late from ports, we washed up and went straight to the dining room on deck 5 and ate right then. So much more flexible and relaxing for us than waiting for a scheduled time. That was great! But even better than that is we chose a table for 2 every night and never had the table of 8 strangers with small talk for 2 hours. We looked at our pictures on an ipad slideshow while we ate dinner and talked over the day. It was like having 13 date nights in a row. One more thing about the my time dining....you can chose your table and request that one every night. We never waited for our table more than about 3 minutes and had a table for 2 by the railing so the people watching was perfect and our assistant waiter, Giovanni, was a highlight of my evening. Only with RC 5 months but a perfect fit...lovely, lovely, lovely personality and impeccable service!!! Tables 511 and 515 are for 2 people; around the railing; good people watching; feels like you are not crowded in that location.
Back of the ship; long walk from the elevators, plenty of storage space, full length couch, flat screen TV, balcony certainly shows its age, very quiet location if no kids on the ship running around, attendant has shampoo and lotion if you forget yours, sit down vanity/desk, hair dryer in the dresser rather than in the bathroom.