My first impression of the American Eagle was WOW...new, bright, clean, everyone very helpful, large room with very nice bathroom etc. That never changed, but the food was very mediocre, limited choices and much nickle and diming. For what this cruise cost (mucho), they didn't provide airport transportation, only allowed 1 free tour/day (not even a choice of which one I wanted), and served less than top shelf liquor.
I usually go with Tauck so I guess I am spoiled, but there really IS a very subtle difference.
This cruise was certainly pleasant, but nowhere near great or terrific. They really tried but some intangible excitement was just not there.