On arrival at the ship at around 3:30pm we checked in the suitcases and made our way to the ship. Signage was excellent and security formalities handled quickly. Check-in and door passes issued, we made our way to our suite, one of the Silver Suites, #730. Suite itself described by my significant other as "cosy", which over the years has come to mean "cramped". However, everything in order, champagne on ice so time to relax a little. Suitcases arrived in good time and were unpacked in ready anticipation. Then, just as you think things are going well, it's time for dinner.
On arrival at the main dining room, the normal attempt at pretentious rubbish, the proffered arm for the lady to be escorted to the table whilst the man trundles along behind like some spare part. Comical to see, yet accepted by most, though not my wife I'm happy to say. First table we were shown to was around half a meter from a service station with plates crashing etc etc. We were moved to a quieter table, but it begs the question of why any table is positioned thus.
There are only a few comments I can make about the food and wine that evening. Inedible and undrinkable, in that order. We did order marinated shrimp, but it appears that long dead frozen shrimps left to marinate for a few days then air dried for a week are pretty tough. In the end we settled for a salad, we felt it safer to have something that, in theory, the "chef" did not have to cook. The wine was appalling. It transpired some days later that a container of wine did not get loaded in Singapore so the choices were limited. Again, my only comment is that the poor quality served up should not have been on a supposed 6 star ship in the first place.