The ship has a passenger size of 620+ and a crew size of 403. If you are looking for a first cruise this is the ship to be on. It is big enough to be enjoyable but, not to big that its like a small town. We were a little apprehensive on arriving at the port in Dubai handing over our passports which we did not see until we left the ship on a shuttle bus and even then we did not take them with us. The ship has all the amenities that you would find in a 5 star hotel and more. There is a wide range of food and its possible to dine buffet style or waiter service every day in one or other restaurants.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that most if not all the crew we came into contact with new what we liked to drink at any time of the day and the captain made you feel just like an old friend. Our cabin crew were just great, both Anwar and Paulo could not be more helpful.
Ok, so excursions and entertainment. You are not required to attend any entertainment programme or go on any excursion if you don not want too, I guess some may think that if its there you have too, no not the case its your holiday. However, you would be foolish not to go and see some of the places the ship visits, its a cruise after all. (tip, don't always use the cruise excursions, do a little research before you go and if a shuttle bus is available do your own thing it can be very rewarding).
Right, we found our cabin after embarkation on deck 8 starboard. Our luggage was waiting outside our cabin when we got there. so far so good cabin found, luggage with us.
Inside the first thing to mention is that it is not spacious, well its on a ship what do expect. Its clean, with a very cumfortable bed flat screen tv and water, there is a fridge with top shelf drink free and bought drinks below. (tip , there is nowhere for a cup of tea/coffee, no kettle.) having said that 24 hour room service is free.
The bathroom, its small you can use the shower but dont try to move around to much ( I am not on the large side 5ft 8 and 85kg) the .bathroom does what is required and anyway you are not staying the bathroom are you.
Outside, oh! did I say we paid a bit more for a balcony?, well we did and to us it was worth it 2 chairs and a table where we could sit and look out either at the port where we docked or out to sea on an evening before dinner, ( tip after speaking to a few guests if you dont mind a window, thats cheaper and you dont live on your balcony do you).
Enough storage for your cruise so all in all a good cabin.
My wife is dieabetic and when we went into the cabin there was a sharps box for her needles on the table, now you dont get that in a hotel, we not that often.