I'll start by saying we had a great time. We were a large group so that made it even better. The weather was 72 almost every day. We left on Oct. 15. The food was very good throughout the ship and the service was outstanding - absolutely first class. We had a mini-suite on Dolphin Deck. Loved the extra room and two televisions, not to mention the bathtub. However, I would never recommend the Dolphin Deck as there is no privacy, no shade, no protection from the elements and everyone peers down at you. I really hated it. So, if you can, get a mini-suite, just don't get Dolphin Deck, you'll be very happy you did. We had starboard side (right side of ship)which we really enjoyed, as we seemed to be in the shade a lot when we docked.
Alcohol - what a pleasant surprise. You can buy alcohol right in the Venice terminal after you get your number and go through security. They have a small store. The Proseco (Italian Champagne) was delicious and only cost $10. The Baccardi Dark Reserve Rum and Black Label Scotch were cheap too. Then you pay for it and carry it on the boat with you. No problem. They really did not seem to have an issue with passengers bringing alcohol on from port stops either. In many cases, you did not even have to go through the security machines upon return.
There are many white haired seniors on this cruise, so that took some getting used to. Everything, in my opinion, was geared toward seniors. The house band "Lots of Fun" was the biggest disappointment for me as they just were not that good and they had a lead singer with a Eastern European accent which just grated an on nerves. So I avoided them whenever I could. They basically played 50's, 60's and 70's music. The rest of the music throughout the ship was just too old for me. The Atrium entertainment was especially bad. I never sat there at all.
D 615 - Lovely and spacious. Easy access to back elevators and stairs. A breeze to get to the Botticelli Dining Room. I would never, however, stay on Dolphin deck again. No covering on balcony. No privacy whatsoever. People peer down at you. No shelter from rain or sun. Do get a mini-suite, just not on this deck. Mini-suites offer much more room, two televisions,an extra long couch and a great big closet. The vanity area is tucked to the side so you can do your hair and your partner can still walk around. You'll never want a regular balcony again.