To save writing a tomb, here are the pluses and minuses, in our opinion.
Sailed from Barcelona, called into Messina, Naples, Rome port, Florence port, Marseilles. We are a couple in our 60s and have been on NCL, Princess and RC. The reason we will not rebook is the ship is just too contemporary and lacking grandeur. And the reason we booked? Price. However we believe this type of cruise will appeal to many.
Excellent entertainment throughout the whole ship
Very good dinners
Very good stateroom
Hard working Cruise Director Mike
Water features (flumes)
Clever lift (elevator) system
Smooth efficient dis/embarking
Limited breakfast choice, quality suspect at times, not enough (quality) fruit.
Awkward method of reaching food a rear of counter in Market Place cafe
Small swimming pools
Non enforcement of dining attire
Having to queue on deck 5 to be given a ticket for your dinner table on deck 3/4
In stateroom, TV showing our account did not display accurate total, therefore 1hr queue at guest services, who were aware of this issue.
Poorly designed Liquid Room theatre
No music channel on TV
Expensive, poor quality wine (same on all cruise lines)
Surprising lack of hand sanitizing when entering all restaurants
Very, very expensive off shore tours
Ask for smoked salmon at breakfast, the staff will oblige
Ask Guest Services when you can remove/adjust staff tips. It's normally 2 days before your cruise ends. This will save big queues (waiting in line)
Ensure you are not given a stateroom with an adjoining door. We could hear people easily in the next stateroom. This is obviously for families.
Be aware if you are lucky enough to win at the casino you will only be paid in $ cash. We know this is irrelevant now the Horizon is off to USA for the summer
Do people really need to wear baseball caps to dinner?
Please only wear baseball caps back to front if you are under 12