We chose this 28 day back to back for the itinerary. Overall, the cruise was good but not outstanding in any aspect really. The ship had just come out of another dry dock. It still looks aged in many areas but is very clean.
The public areas were kept clean and polished. The crow's nest is a nice place to relax, especially during the daily happy hour. The daily team trivia was in the crow's nest and was fun as well as a good way to meet people. The hors derves were often left on a tray for a period of time prior to serving and not kept hot/cold.
The explorer lounge was a good place to have a coffee and read the daily news or do a sudoku puzzle. The internet was extremely slow as is typical on cruise ships. The classes offered for computers were only geared toward non IOS, so useless for those with Apple products. Decent size library available.
The lectures were dry but offered interesting info. We only went to 3 shows during the 28 days and they were typical small entourage productions. The violinist was good, the trio was good. America's Test Kitchen was not very interesting as there is no audience participation or tastings. The classes are also on a repeat cycle so there is nothing new if you are on a back to back. The EXC info lectures were good, helpful for preparing for ports.
The menu offered in the lido deck usually offered items being served in the main dining room. There is no self service there and they even make your salad for you. The food was very good on the whole. The dining room had very slow service (up to 2 hours for a meal) and not any better tasting than the Lido. The room service menu is very limited, mainly a salad or choice of 2 sandwiches for lunch and dinner. There were never "items of the day" offered. We had ended up quarantined for 4 days and the room service menu made it even more frustrating. Usually there was a nice selection of desserts available on the Lido, as well as scooped ice cream. The wait staff was very attentive and made it a point to learn your drink preferences and offer a cheerful greeting. There was a fairly quick table turnover so even at peak times, you could find a place to sit. The ship baked breads were fabulous. We only used the Canneleto special dining (10 of us) and none of us was impressed. You could basically get the same thing on the buffet line and the food for the restaurant came from a section of the buffet.
The cabin is aft starboard, right under the lido deck smoking section. We only had to walk up one flight of stairs to get to the Lido or the Lido Bar, which was very convenient. No smell of smoke detected, but when opening the smoking area or closing it for the day, there was some chair scraping but nothing annoying. Loved the location and even though we had a verandah, we could sit on loungers right out the emergency exit door and have an expanded view.
The cabin was large with lots of closet and drawer storage. The bathroom was a good size with easy to operate shower. There was a jet tub but we never used it. We did have a leak which seemed to come from the tile lines but it wasn't steady. We did keep a towel over the area. The sitting area had a comfy couch. The tv is very tiny and not high def and there was little variety offered. The movies and shows repeated the whole month.
Our steward was very good. Unobtrusive and thoughtful. We used the laundry service and had quick turn around with good results. You really can get those bags stuffed with alot of clothes!