This was our first cruise ever, so we went with no preconceived ideas and no expectations. We chose the cruises mainly on price, it was cheap and it went to interesting places in the Middle East that I wanted to go to. We knew we would be off the boat most days and to us it was just a floating hotel.
Embarkation was good and quick and we arrived on board straight away after arriving at the cruise terminal. However our suitcases took more than 4 hours to arrive at our cabins. We could have gone into Dubai or relaxed by the pool except we had our UK winter clothes on and couldn't change. Now we know to bring a change of clothes or swimsuit in your hand luggage.
In general the ship was great, no complaints. We had a cabin without windows which was adequate in size, very comfortable and cheap.We bought an Allegrissimo drinks package before we came, which was cheaper and very good, as you never had to think about the costs of drinks. We found all the staff to be very professional and very helpful. There was a service charge daily but I think the staff deserved this.
The cabin was spacious enough with plenty of wardrobe space. The bed was extra large and very comfortable. There were a lot of mirrors. The flat screen TV was ok but the only English channels were CNN and BBC World Service. Though you could rent movies. The bathroom was a good size with space for personal items. It was in a quiet part of the ship, at the back. Our attendant was very good, friendly and chatty and nothing was too much trouble for him. We hadn't planned to be in it much so no windows weren't a problem.
Part of a 3 city ticket. Excellent tour. Free bottles of water, commentary and hop on and off option. Value for money. Covers all places of interest.