I have been on several cruises on many other cruise lines so I thought I knew what to expect. This trip was very different. Boarding began at 3 pm and the ship was to depart at 11 pm. (The ship didn't leave until 3 am as they held it for some passengers who had not arrived on time). I had already been warned that at 3 pm, it would be a mob scene so we stalled boarding until after 7 pm. Unloaded the luggage at the curb and parked in the $20.00/day lot at the Port of Miami. Boarding was smooth and simple, but we soon realized we were among a very few that spoke English. The announcements and the games and shows were primarily in Italian, and even the "English speaking crew" were hard to understand. Our cabin was great. Clean and adequate for the 3 of us (the balcony helped a lot and became our sitting space. Beds have no top sheets, but linens are changed every 3 days, and the cabin steward was excellent. After boarding, we went to eat dinner, and found only a buffet which was nothing fancy but acceptable. Unfortunately, this was the only night they had a buffet. If you don't eat in the dining room at your scheduled dinner seating, you will go hungry until morning as they offer NO other food but very costly and limited menu room service. You can also buy a soggy crust personal pizza for $9.00 until 10 pm,.... not very good. I recommend the late seating at 9:15 pm, as you may not make it back in time for the early seating at 6:30 if you go ashore on port days. The food in the dining room was ok, mostly pasta dishes and always minestrone soup. The meats where generally very rare, and very thin cuts, often very tough. The fish dishes were decent. Portions are small so order several courses. Service was excellent.
On a couple occasions, some of the staff put on a hip hop show which was terrific. They did not warn us that they had a WHITE night, where white clothing was expected, nor did we know that there was an Italian night dress event.
Breakfast was in dining room or buffet, but essentially it was the same food. Decent breakfast pastries, yogurt, fruits, cereals, VERY wet scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage. They had an omelet station as well. There are not enough tables for everyone so get a table before getting in line to eat. In the dining room, we noticed eggs benedict. Huge fail, as the eggs were hard boiled, set on an untoasted piece of bread, with sauce that was orange and gross, (not hollandaise for sure). Lunch is buffet, mostly Italian lunch meats and pasta, or pizza. Many days they had burgers and fries on the deck as an option. Fries were very good, burgers were just ok. The soft serve ice cream machines were never turned on. If you want coffee, tea, or even a glass of water or ice, get it at meal times because they shut it all off after and you can't get any.