My husband and I cruised the transatlantic inaugural cruise and felt the whole experience was average. The ship is beautiful and decorated very well but fell short on the space for many of the activities. We are older and like quiet places to read and watch the ocean go by, and this ship lacked those type of places. There is no quiet places on the decks outside to just lay back and relax and read, there was loud music and activities when it was nice enough to be on deck near the pool. The library, card room, fitness center and venues like Fat Cats, Headliners, theater and Atrium were small and crowded and there were only 2800 people on board and not sure what it will be like with 4000. We were unable to use much of the outside areas as the weather on the North Atlantic is pretty cool, which made the inside areas congested.
We had an inside cabin for the first time in years and I have to admit it was very adequate. There was good use of space and storage was fine for us, but we do travel light. The bathroom was very nice and spacious for a ship. The interactive TV was very handy and made checking your account, booking shows and dinning very easy. TV to watch was not very good, free movies on a printed schedule would really be nice.
The food on the ship was very good and the Garden Buffet was huge. Moderna the Brazillian restaurant was excellent. The 3 main dinning rooms were very nice, but the service was slow at times, and at time difficult to get in at busier times. One problem was there was no place except the Garden area to get coffee,
water and ice tea, and if you were on deck 8 you had to go to deck 15 or the Atrium cafe and pay for coffee. The best place to eat at that was free was the PUB on deck 8. Food and service was excellent.
The entertainment was good, but not sure I liked having to book ahead to go see the shows that were free, like Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor, and I miss not having a show every evening to go to. The theater was small and like a movie theater instead of a show theater. The waiters have a difficult time getting drinks out as they have to crawl over people at the beginning of the rows. Both Fat Cats and Headliners were way to small and the seating in those 2 places was uncomfortable. Fire and Ice were great, but again the Atrium was too small to just sit and enjoy them as it was hard to find a place to sit.
The cruise was fine, but feel the company has some things to fix. The places that are for profit have all the space, shops, casino and the restaurant that have fees, the other public areas are small. We wouldn't take this ship again, but were glad to have the opportunity to go on a first voyage once.
8403 Inside cabin Breakaway. Room was compact, storage good and use of space good. Bathroom was better than average with a nice sized shower. It was very noisy the first day as we could hear a crew area metal door bang, but mentioned it to the steward and for the rest of the cruise it was good, think it needed adjustment.