A excellent experience, from embarkation, where they copy your passport picture into a shipboard computer system. When you buy something or order dinner, your picture and name are on their hand-held units. More on this later. Luggage arrived very promptly, had a great tour of the room by the steward. Surprised by the amount of storage space, compared to other cruises. Liked the ability to store empty suitcases under the bed. We were in a standard room in the middle of Deck 4. Good location as you don't have to walk too far to the all important elevators. More expensive rooms do increase your sq footage a bit, and do give you more wardrobes. Penthouses do give you considerable room but if you are not entertaining, regular rooms are fine. Larger rooms are a walk to the elevators that you seem to be on constantly.
Food was delicious on all meals. The world cafe is a walk up buffet, no lines, you can also ask for custom things. One guy wanted prawns for breakfast. Open most of the time except for late night. Dining room is very well appointed and you can ask for 'neighbors' or not, thus eating by your self. Food was well presented, hot and varied. Italian restaurant was very nice, different wine from the dining room, which changed once in the middle of the cruise. Didn't use the captain's table. Note that the wine and drinks flowed only at dinner and lunch. If you need to carry a drink around with you, you could buy a $20. p/p package. Better use $40 of liquor per day per couple. You can buy al a carte.
Entertainment was as you will read in other reviews fairly basic. In Rome we had 4 excellent vocalist on faculty of a Rome school of music. Most of the ship board troupe was OK, shows relied on a big digital screen for back drops and 3D programs. Great sound and technology in the showroom. Get there early for seating. There is a 250 seat cinema on both sides of the theatre and the walls open to offer this seating, when needed.
see above. Loved the heated bathroom floors.
Great city caught between medieval and ultra-modern. Just wander the old city.
Found hop-on hop-off tourist buss to be the best intro to the city, then take a taxi to places you want to dive into. Found Colosseum tour guides bloviated about a lot of stuff that you will forget. Wikipedia it or Travel sites on line and visit your self. Great photographic light at hour and a half before sunset, mid winter
Great place to visit, don't spend too much time
Wonderful easy ancient city.