This was my first ever cruise so can make no comparison. Decided to try a cruise and see if I enjoyed the experience / type of holiday.
Firstly positives : No supplement for single occupancy, large cabin which was kept spotlessly clean - in fact linen and towels changed too frequently. Glad to be on deck 10 with only neighbouring cabin. Extremely comfortable bed - bathroom very adequate
Inclusive drinks package is a must - roughly £20 per day for all drinks except champagne - all day long. Excellent coffee on request from the waiting staff or at one of the bars.
First class dining experience in Corona Blu restaurant. Staff very pleasant and helpful.
Every night a different menu and possible to interchange and have exactly which course you choose at any point.
Plenty of dishes I had not had before and some very unusual different things to choose.
If not acceptable or to your liking then it is perfectly acceptable to take a substitute.
Very good of choice of set wines - three or four in each category.
Beautiful linen at table and I thought a really lovely experience.
Buffet breakfasts with an extensive range and there again can take into the Corona restaurant or eat in the cafeteria style restaurant.
If cooked breakfast is required then this has to be taken at a restaurant Fiorentina on Deck 3 - however this is no real problem.
It seemed that there is some food to be had all day long if wanted !
Evening entertainment - professional dancers first class and opportunity to dance with own partners or with a professional
My main criticism would be that the excursions/ shuttle buses are expensive -however I did my research and walked or used public transport when possible so actually only paid for a trip to Pisa which was expensive for a 5 hour trip.
However this was no surprise I was aware of this.
Entertainment in the main theatre was average to poor I thought but not a big issue for me.
I joined in Savona and had a long wait for my transport from Milan to port of Savona. Landed at 09.30 and coach left at 13.30 from the second pick up at T1.
However with further investigation I would have been better to embark at Barcelona.
Didn't feel this ship was too crowded ( as I read in previous reviews) however I think probably only about two thirds capacity.
Cant comment on fitness and recreation facilities as I did not use
So there may be a few criticisms but I would say excellent value for money.
Excellent - spacious