We went on this cruise with another couple who were both having their birthday, booked many months in advance. It was also sailing out of Singapore which I had been through many times but had never explored so we added four days on the front for Singapore and four days in kuala Lumpur on the way home to New Zealand as that was a city we had heard many good things about.
It was my second cruise, the first being on Ventura around the Med, we booked a balcony cabin thinking it would be on par with what Ventura offered. This proved to be a mistake, the balcony was shabby with old, dirty paintwork and a couple of cheap cane chairs, it ended up being somewhere to dry the washing. Biggest issue though was cabin air conditioning just did not work, this was not just us, heard this from passengers who joined the cruise out of Australia and you didn't have to look far to see portable air-con units everywhere, this was a real surprise as we had read of a major refurbishment at the end of 2015.
It was clear where they spent the money, the public dining areas were very nice but cabins missed out I think and I also suspect that there is a great deal of deferred maintenance that just isn't getting done. Had our holiday just been the cruise, would have been very upset, book ending it with Singapore and KL made it a decent holiday but at best would rate the ship a 4.5 out of ten, without evidence to the contrary I would not sail on this ship again.
Quite worn out in places, shabby balcony in serious need of complete repaint. Tears and wear on furniture although bed was comfortable. With portable air-con it was bearable but was never a sanctuary so we didn't spend that much time in it except to sleep. Bathroom fan was also very noisy, cabin steward exceptional.