We chose this cruise as it aligned with our flight dates from Australia. But, we did not realise that these dates also aligned with Spring Break in the US. However, as we are open-minded it did not bother us before we went on our cruise.
The cabin selected was an Oceanview suite on Empress (Deck 7) of the Valor. We were looking for perks but have discovered that the only perk you receive with a suite is priority embarkation and disembarkation. This did help with embarkation... very smooth check in and were grateful for this when seeing all the other passengers. But, not for disembarkation (more information later).
The ship itself is in very good condition and clean (was in dry dock last year we believe).
I would have given the cabin 4 stars as it was really well fitted out - lots of cupboard space for hanging and drawers for storage. But even though after sussing out the reviews on Cruisecritic, found that the cabin was noisy with scraping chairs early in the morning from the Lido deck that is 2 decks above!!! Obviously the crew getting the buffet ready for breakfast. Very noisy. If you are a light sleeper, forget it!
The balcony was the length of the cabin but not really wide enough to sit comfortably on.
Otherwise, a comfortable cabin with a sofa which was made into a bed on the first night and even though we told them we did not need it, it stayed made up for the entire cruise!