We chose this cruise because we knew the Panama Canal is not something that many people get to see. We weren't disappointed in the cruise. She may have a few scratches here and there, but the ship is in great condition with cleaning and repair on-going but not in passengers' way. Weather was wonderful--not too hot or humid. Everyone said we had the best weather in the last couple of months.
We were pleasantly surprised by the food. It was wonderful in all the venues. We only ate in the dining room twice because we prefer less time spent on dining and not dressing up every night. The Dive In had perfect hamburgers and chicken sandwiches. There was a taco bar that we used several times for taco salads. We got the salad bowl and lettuces from the Lido buffet. We also appreciated that there are servers--not everyone handles the utensils at the different areas. The quality was quite good as was the variety. I think I saw more actual variety at breakfast than I have on any other line I've sailed with. And, the Lido manager brought me a cherry crisp that I had seen on the dining room menu! Pasta bar was great. Many kinds of pasta and add ins were available.
We had room 6129 on the Upper Verandah deck. Andri and his assistant did a wonderful job of cleaning, bringing ice, setting a mood for evening after dinner, and making towel animals.
This room was very near the elevator so we could hear some dings, but it wasn't annoying. The problem would be if you like to sleep late or are a light sleeper. People are up and about on port days. I do wish people would consider others and not yell down the hall or slam doors. It only takes a little forethought. The beds were very comfortable. The pillows were also very nice. Everything was clean and in good shape. Ok, so maybe the throw rug was a little ragged on one end. I liked the amount of storage and hangers. Many times there was no wait for an elevator or at least not much of a wait. Plus the ship is small enough that you can take the stairs most places.