Priority embarkation, a perk of being in a suite, was a breeze and we were onboard in no time at all. We were each offered a glass of fizz or orange juice.
We had a light lunch in Windows then found our Club Continent Suite, 8050, which happened to be next door to a fellow CC poster's friends, so we met almost immediately, on the balcony
As we’d cruised on Journey before, we didn’t need much orientation, so we checked out the gym class timetable, which was a disappointment as there were no abs classes and only two stretch sessions. I was expecting daily classes, but only seemed to be one instructor so maybe short staffed.
We unpacked our own clothes rather than let the butler assist. He soon introduced himself and explained our perks. We swopped the included vodka for a further bottle of Bombay. As it happened I only consumed the rum, so took the others home for family.
Next was the dreaded drill, which is a necessary chore, but those who attend punctually have to wait ages for latecomers.
One suite perk is free dining at speciality restaurants so we at twice at each venue and enjoyed great food and service.
One night was Azamazing buffet, another White Night and on one occasion we at in the main dining room.
The White night took placed while anchored at Patmos, which was slightly disappointing, as it was a bit windy, so sweaters and rugs were required. The food was excellent, but went cold quite quickly. On a warm evening, it would have been much more fun.
The included wine offerings were generally disappointing, but when we found an excellent Zinfandel we asked for it on subsequent nights.
We at breakfast outside on everyday and mostly ate quite healthily.
Food was generally excellent as was the service as you’d expect.
We didn’t take any ship tours or use any spa services as we feel they are way overpriced.
Eric was a great entertainer and CD, but we were less than enthused by some of the entertainers.
We tended to retire early and rise early, to walk around deck and use gym, which provide great facilities.
We also liked the perk of using the Thelassotherapy pool, which was very relaxing.
We didn’t use the tediously slow Wi-fi much, as most of time we had a 3G signal, allowing us to use our UK data allowance in our included contract.
Disembarkation was a breeze.
Room was a good size, as was the bathroom, but I prefer a shower, rather than a tub with shower. The water pressure in the shower was disappointing and didn't improve much after I mentioned it to GS.
We had a nice tv, fruit and flowers.
No lounger on balcony, just a table and chairs.