A friend booked the cruise and her companion dropped out so I took that place. Lots of interesting ports of call after boarding in Majorca: Cartagena Spain, Gibraltar, Las Palmas Gran Canaria (6 days at sea crossing the Atlantic), Antigua, St Maarten, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados in the Caribbean.
The newly refurbished ship, albeit 21 years old and ex-Royal Caribbean, was very pleasant, not too large to make finding one's way around difficult. The Atrium refit is particularly impressive, also the Venue entertainment area.
Main negative was the Atlantic crossing. For me, 6 days at sea was too long. There were things to do if you like quizzes, bingo, dance classes etc, and plenty of entertainment to help pass the time. On the sunny days there was the usual towel saving of sunbeds, by 7am there wasn't a sunbed to be had. The advertised timing by the crew and removal of towels after 45 mins if no one there, never happened.
In the main the crew were very good, attentive, polite and well trained except the reception, where wrong information was given a couple of times and on occasions I was unable to get a reply when calling from the cabin. The IT support was also slightly lacking.
I was glad to be on All Inclusive as the cost of drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, was on a par with London prices. The food was good and it was nice to have the choice of buffet or waiter service in the restaurants.
The entertainment was very good, some professional acts, the remainder being the cruise show team. An excellent band, Protege, who played soul, R&B, Motown. Also worth a mention are the show dance couple and the operatic duo.
Both embarkation and disembarkation were well organised and relatively stress free.
Enjoyed all the shore excursions, and would recommend booking them in advance, saving queuing and possible disappointment if fully booked once you are onboard.
Had an inside cabin on deck 3. My first experience of inside cabins. I found it a little oppressive and wouldn't recommend, mainly because upon waking one had no idea if it was day or night, nor if it was sunny or raining (important when deciding what to wear!). The cabin needed refurbishing, some of the drawers wouldn't close, the shower curtain was particularly annoying and the only way to stop it sticking to you was to push the bottom of it outside the ledge, resulting in water on the outer floor by the toilet and sink. The minute coffee table was ancient and ugly. On the positive, there was sufficient wardrobe and drawer space, and the dressing table mirror and lights were excellent. Not loads of TV channels but enough if not keen on spending too much time in the cabin.