As a first time cruiser, although I asked experienced cruises and read a lot about cruising. There are many things that you are not sure if until personally experienced. First, getting on the ship, a lot of unknowns. Felt a little cattle hurdled to the buffet area since the cabins and many other areas were not ready. The buffet was very crowded and difficult to find seating. We had a large group, 6 with a handicap. There were many large tables, a lot occupied by a small group. People will sit and keep their seat even after done eating until the cabins are ready. Once the initial rush over, and cabins open, it was much easier to move bout the ship. Booked a window cabin. The cabin and bathroom was nicer than I expected except the sink. It was a bowl sitting on top of the very small counter and the faucet was very close the the edge of the bowl, making it virtually impossible to get both hands under the running water to wash at the same time. The beds are two singles pushed together. They need to be replaced. Used and uncomfortable. When you looked at the beds, it was like two "U" next to each other as they were very worn down and sagged in the middle. There seemed to be plentry of storage for our clothes and personal items. I did get the over the door shoe organizer which was great. Dinned in the main dinning room, cafe, Starbucks, and the buffet. The food was average. The buffet selection was huge for all meals. More over quantity than quality. There were a few dishes that I felt were very good. The "catch" of the day everyday in the main dinning room was salmon. It was very did, but everyday? Did not enroll in an shore excursions. Planned our own and was able to do many things and felt it was a cheaper way to go. Exiting and returning to the ship was very easy. Our group was part of 82 fellow cruises for a line dance cruise. It was great, we danced everyday. One room that was reserved was great, hardwood floor and could accommodate everyone. The other was too small with a slate foor. Only about 1/4 of the dancers could dance at the same time. Did not attend many activities on the ship because of dancing. However, did get lured into the shopping events and information sessions to get a free item. Found out it was just a money maker for the ship and will not waste my time again. Be aware of "information sessions". The ship has a few designated smoking areas. I am not a smoker. One area is on an outside deck under the top deck, so the smoke lingers in the area. It was disgusting at times, want to go for a walk outside and sell the sea breez and end up coughing on smoke. The other area is in the casino. I'm not a gambler, however, would have tried a few games if it was not so smokey. The casino is adjacent to the open atrium. At times, you could smell smoke on any floor the open atrium area. It was very disappointing. Especially since it was a nice p,ace to sit and chat, look outside and watch the entertainment on the lower deck. Disembarkation was a little misinformed. Yes, they ensure you have the information about the process. Luggage outside your room by 11 pm, however, if your trying to sleep, after 11 for a few hours the staff are moving the luggage and walking up and down halls bumping walls and doors. Morning of, is similar to boarding, crowds running to same place. Understand, the ship is now closed for you in all areas since they are getting ready for the next customer. After the rush for breakfast and the initial scampering around, there seems to be some confusion and unexpected waiting. So, you sit in your designated area and wait to be called. Impressed with the patients and helpfulness of all staff. They always had time for a smile and a quick chat to make you feel welcome. It was evident that customer service was an important part of the training for them. Overall, for a first cruise, I enjoyed the trip and felt it was a good value for the price.