We booked this cruise because of the ports and Jacques Pepin would be on board. We upgraded to a marvelous Owners suite--8th floor. I didn't like we were on the 8th floor at first, but once in suite, it was glorious and contrary to other reports, we got lots of sun on the balcony (we were in an oceania suite on prior cruise and never got sun...so it depends on how the ship is sailing).
Food was always good...service in Jacques was rushed, Toscana very slow and Polo right on the mark. We ate in our room several times and Butler always did a great job.
Service: Cabin service was always good. Our butler was very good.
Cabin was wonderful. Lots of light and great views and HUGE of course. I do like Oceania Suite better, though....the media room is the best.
I just wish the staff would pay more attention to cleaning carpets (steward is not responsible but had put the team on notice). Carpets get so badly soiled and if they cleaned them they would look and last longer.
We took no excursions, Venice is wonderful all by itself on a beautiful sunny day