We boarded the Aria in Brisbane with mixed expectations after reading various reviews. This was to be our 6th cruise having sailed with Holland America, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and the Dawn previously. You could say we took this cruise out of curiosity after all the hype in the media. The refurbishment of the food and bar areas are of a high standard but the cabins still need work. Old tv's , even older tv stands, scratched and wonky. The glass door to the balcony had a large crack in it and the balcony and outdoor chairs were quite dirty. We were one of the lucky ones, no toilet issues but we were aware of other cabins having problems on our deck. Things seem to be done on the cheap. First cruise that didn't have a happy hour, no afternoon tea eating options except sandwiches left over from lunch. Charges for room service and a poor variety on the menus in the Waterfront. The most annoying thing was the poor bar service. I don't blame the waiters they were grossly understaffed! The best highlight was the excellent entertainment provided by Joanne and her team. This ship is probably ok for first cruisers but a big let down after the travelling on the bigger, more professional vessels.