This ship is the replacement for the ill fated Costa Concordia and is a very large ship at well over 140000 tons and 4000 passengers.
Having said that, it is very well designed and appointed and we much prefer it to say Britannia, which is a similar size.
Cabins are well laid out, ample bathroom space and large balconies, again much bigger than Britannia. It has lift shafts in the Aft,Mid and Forward sections of the ship that serve all floors. On sea days we did not feel that there was a shortage of seats in common areas and bars, but in common with other ships, the cafeteria is a problem, when trying to get a seat at busy times.
Food is good in all freedom restaurants, with good menu choice and standard items daily. No waiting to get seated in any restaurant at either breakfast or evening dinner. Slightly slower at lunch times for some reason, perhaps less crew/waiters available due to shore leave.
The shows were very good quality and a good mix of artists. It should be noted, that the passenger list is mainly Italian, Spanish and French (not many Brits), so formal nights are less and not so many black ties around, more suits and jackets.
The deck areas are spacious and the walking deck (deck 7) is very nice indeed.Plenty of evidence of Officers/management around the ship, which we think is a welcomed thing, unlike the poor ratio on P and O ships.
Service levels and friendliness are also very good on this ship. Drink prices, however, are a little steep, even with a drinks package.
Embarkation and disembarkation were both quite efficient, considering the ship size.
We went on two ship excursions (Rome and Sardinia), both were good quality, albeit at a price.
A very nice winters break all in all and with an extra day in Barcelona prior to the cruise, we flew home in good spirits.