We chose this cruise because it started in one place and ended in a different place. We spent a week in Chile prior to embarkation, and had a wonderful experience there. We had never been to South America before and wanted to get to know it, at least in a small way. In all, we were pleasantly surprised.
Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly... no lines of any significance. Timing is everything regarding embarkation.
The ship was nice... well appointed and comfortable. The cabin was spacious... plenty of room for storage and living space.... the veranda was sufficiently large. Our cabin attendant was attentive and very efficient.... friendly as well.
The food service people were also very attentive and helpful. However, the food itself left room for improvement. We did no specialty dining, only buffet and MDR. We only did the MDR twice.... it just wasn't up to what we had experienced on other cruises... RCL & NCL.
We liked the rooftop terrace.... the movies were good.
Entertainment was mixed.... better entertainment on other cruises. The "production" shows were very good, the individual entertainers were mixed. Luigi, the cruise director, was great. Gina was good with the trivia activities.
We especially enjoyed various tastings given by Toby from Manchester in Cellar Masters.... his knowledge and presentations were great.
The spa was good.... we got a subscription to the Persian Gardens and liked it very much!
The shore excursions we took were well organized. The time we had in each port was too limited. We really enjoyed the Panama Canal.... crossing the equator... not so much. We had crossed it before.... but at 35,000 feet. The ship provided a lot of background on the Panama Canal, which made it more meaningful.
A real positive was not being hounded by the ship's photography department... we really appreciated that!
One last thing.... don't expect towel animals. And, this ship is not oriented for youngsters... no waterpark, no slide, etc.
The average age for this cruise was in the 70's.... we felt young.
We liked the full size couch, and the bathroom was very nice.... plenty of room... did not feel cramped at all. The veranda was good.... we had chairs that were semi-reclining and a full size table. Plenty of space for storage.
Hop on hop off bus was great.... showed us the city in the limited time we had.