Wife and I chose this back to back cruise because it was a brand new ship and for 3 of the ports never visited. We travel often and usually opt for private transfers, so it was a pleasure to have our driver waiting to whisk us to Piraeus to embark. Boarding was well organized and there were no lines to get aboard as it was done in controlled groups. Staff were waiting onboard with elevators reserved to take us to our cabins. Lugggage arrived within 75 minutes which was nice. Our cabin steward who we met later in the day was excellent and kept the cabin spotless. The ship never felt crowded even at full capacity. The passengers were from all the continents and made for interesting encounters. Temperatures in the public areas were kept quite low and reminded me of my travels to the Orient where the restaurants felt like meat lockers. We soon learned to dress accordingly. There were not many places to hangout except for the atrium area and the dining spots.
I used the gym and it was stocked with good equipment and only crowded on sea days at certain hours. Anytime dining was OK if you went early or late without a reservation. A res was needed most other times. Host/hostess staffing was hit or miss and it appeared this cruise was a learning experience for some. The wait staff was hard working and were trying hard to please. We avoided the buffet after trying it once and not finding the selections to be worth waiting on oneself. The dining room meals were far better and easier to enjoy. The selections were varied and the presentation quite good. The only negative experience was when a head waiter would not change a drink order from the bar I found unacceptable and would only remake it to my satisfaction. Being in a chill mode I decided to be okay with it but in back at home mode there would have been a problem. Because we planned many early tours the breakfast option was room service. Although delivery was punctual and presentation quite good, the selections were very limited. We saw just one show and it was OK , not great. If you did not arrive 30 minutes before show time, seats were difficult to find. The international cafe on the atrium deck was excellent and easily accessible. Compliments to captain Dino for skillful cruising through rough water when we were unable to dock at Messina, Sicily. The ship handled it magnificently.
Debarkation in Barcelona was unbelievably efficient.
This cabin was extremely tight to maneuver due to the king size bed. Closet space was more than adequate for hanging but there was a need for more drawers/ shelves. This cabin was a connecting cabin and noise issues from the adjoining room had to be addressed by maintenance on 2 occasions. The problem was fixed one time and reoccurred at the start of the second week. Whatever they did solved the problem. The bathroom was compact but more than adequate. The contemporary sink was a nice touch as well as the tile surround. Water pressure was excellent but the sliding shower head took getting used to. The shower curtain although unexpected in 2017 did the job and kept the floor dry. The one big negative was the step down from the bathroom to the cabin. Extreme care had to be taken especially when using the bathroom late at night. It certainly would qualify as a trip hazard. And lastly the positioning of the toilet paper holder required a long arm to reach and extreme maneuvering to replace the roll.