We joined the ship at Venice cruise terminal nice and early and had a very slick embarkation. Because we had a ‘guaranteed’ cabin our luggage took a while to find us so we had a relaxing lunch .having previously cruised with Emerald Princess we found the ship’s layout was unsettling.
When they refurbished the ship they added more cabins at the rear of the ship this also meant the spa and the Horizon buffet were moved to the front which for regular cruisers was very disorienting. Our cabin was one of the new ones A721 right near the back the layout of the cabin was an improvement, gone was the stack of shelves in the corner with its bulky TV, there’s now a flat corner table hiding the mini-bar and the TV is a 19” flat screen wall mounted at the foot of the bed another noticeable point was the lighting they had at last fitted some decent bulbs. We did notice considerable vibration and noise when the captain ‘played’ with the engines Being frequent cruisers we didn’t notice the slightly used look of the ship.
The entertainment team under Dan (an Eric Morecambe clone) from Blackpool with his team from Liverpool, NZealand, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Leeds were the best we’ve encountered, always friendly and willing to chat (unless busy).
Dining we used anytime dining and even using the pager did not have to wait long, disappointing was the food as another reviewer said there were some weird concoctions. Whether it was the galley or the waiting staff but there seemed to be a lot of waiting for food and I’m sorry to say most of it was tepid or cold. On the nights we used the horizon buffet we found a good choice being a server it was hot even the plates. Also in the buffet the waiters were something else, at your elbow to take your orders for drinks (tea etc) and whisked dirty plates as soon as you finished. A nice touch was laying out the table with place mats and cutlery all ready to go. Even at the busiest times you could still find a seat (if you’re willing to share). Occasionally we used the grill above the pool when you fancied a thick hamburger or hotdog. That together with free ice cream and pizzas there was something for all.
Entertainment was plentiful with the usual games during the day, with some very popular Trivia Quizzes (our favourite). In the evening there was a mix of music venues satisfying music lovers, some popular TV games –under a different names – which were hilarious. Finally there were some excellent shows in the Theatre, ranging from full musicals using top notch dancers and singers to top class comedians.
We did not use the ship’s tours having been to the sights previously, we still went ashore and enjoyed the local towns and mingling with the locals.
The disembarking went like silk.
a new cabin layout gone was the bulky TV in was a 19" flat wall mounted TV. bathroom smallish but adiquet