There were some exceptional experiences, and some very disappointing aspects of this cruise. First the good: the quality of the entertainment was exceptional, and the available options for activities, entertainment and dining were outstanding, what one would expect with the largest ship on the seas. Also, the food quality and service in the specialty dining was outstanding. However, the mainstream dining was disappointing: mediocre service and food quality, as if they were encouraging the specialty dining experience. The overall service of the staff was less than expected - it seemed as if they have been out to sea too long, too many days without a break and they were simply going through the motions. And with what one should expect with the largest ship on the seas: a lot of people/crowds and all the implications that entails, including competition for available resources and opportunities. Finally, it seems like more and more in the cruising industry there is an upcharge for everything. Onboard charges now can exceed the initial cost of the cruise. Lower initial cost attracts more people and theoretically puts cruising within financial reach of a much greater segment of the population, but it also introduces all the issues with a more diverse clientele (rudeness, obnoxiousness, lack of respect, etc.). Overall, I’d recommend a smaller, more all-inclusive cruising experience – it could well be more cost effective and offer a more overall pleasant cruising experience.
On the smaller side but will maintained. The bed & pillows were subpar.