With last minute change to Nashville we were treated to a stay at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel as well as an evevning at the Grand Ole Opry. Great fun.
Cruising the Cumberland River was a treat and with our Naturalist Steve Marking and his lovely wife adding informative narrative as we went through the narrow waterway. The trip was enjoyable until we reached the lower Mississippi and a pattern developed as we would arrive in the morning and leave at 12:30, not allowing enough time to see all of the offered excursions or the towns, and only to arrive at the next port the same afternoon or early evening. We arrived at New Orleans the afternoon prior to disembarkation the next morning. The extra cost tour of Graceland was 1 hour short and most on tour were not able to see the entire exhibit. The planners need to review this trip. The fitness equipment was in need of maintenance and repair.
The food was generally very good but by most ocean cruise standards very limited in scope and selection. The quality and presentation was excellent but I have never been served a half of a sandwich at lunch. The wait staff were just wonderful and made our meals even more enjoyable as well as the cruise staff who could not have been more accomodating.
Very spacious cabin with comfortable bed. The balcony was large and useful. The shower was just plain awful. It wasn't the size,which was small, but the locations of the two grab handles that made the space unusable. Then add an intrusive shower sliding door and it was an experience in balance. Did not like they wait staff were also the cabin stewards. Those poor lovely young people didn't have time to breathe between three meals and cleaning all of the cabins. I have traveled the world on many lines and never experienced this oddity.