Chose this cruise because of a 'big' birthday, wish we'd waited another 2/3 weeks because the weather wasn't too good in the ports, the sea was calm though even across the bay of Biscay.
I've cruised around 10 times, not on a ship this big before - I couldn't understand why people said it was too big? Possibly because of the amount of passengers...but you do know this when you book.
Overall we enjoyed it, I won't compare with other ships - I have rated on 'value for money' - which this is definitely in my view is a definite 4 star. Some people paid the equivalent of £70 a day for inside cabins!
Shows in the theatre were good, we also enjoyed comedians, the resident band Dynamite Groove in the Havana bar.
We had cabin with balcony which was good when the weather allowed us to use it.
We thoroughly enjoyed the evening meals, lunch was a little bit repetitive but there was a large choice so there was always something different to choose.
The cruise news always included some 'hard sell' seminars I.e. Come along to see how you can lose weight, or deal with arthritis, back pain etc. - too much in my opinion....
The exchange bar was a large area that included casino, slot machines, large screen tv, bingo playing, resembled a pub taproom - I didn't use it because it has no interest to me.
When the weather allowed there was a 'sail away party' - not my thing at all, very crowded, very loud music, passengers walking around with pieces of pizza in their hands, cheese dripping everywhere. Lots of smokers huddled in the designated areas...
These negatives wouldn't prevent me using the ship again though - I just don't use the areas that I dislike...
I have to agree with a previous review though - the dress code of some of the passengers leaves a lot to be desired, football shirts and canvas pumps in the evening is not acceptable - particularly on black tie evening...obviously not allowed to use the main dining areas in such attire but it did 'lower the tone' ....
Overall, staff very nice and pleasant, cabin/bed comfortable, public rooms attractive, evening meal (flexible dining) very good, getting on and off the ship at Southampton was well organised. I didn't use any shore excursions, we like to do our own thing and this was very easy in all the ports - Lisbon, Cadiz, Valencia, Ibiza, Cartagena, Gibraltor. These were quite expensive for those people unable to walk into town, I would suggest getting a taxi from the port area, there are plenty available.
Balcony, very comfortable bed, kept very clean, good choice of films on television
Didn't particularly enjoy this port, used the cable car to go to the top of the rock
Very nice port, clean, pedestrianised areas
Wandered around the old town, the usual touristy shops and restaurants, expensive co pared to the other ports
Visited the old town - wonderful market for foodies, used a taxi from the port
Enjoyed this port, unfortunately it rained all day
Wish we'd taken a tour bus to see more, wandered around the old town, a bit grotty in some areas
Well organised embarkation