This cruiseline was recommended by friends and from the very beginning we were struck by the attention to detail on the part of our AMERICAN Airline agent, Brian Mitchell. While on the pricey side, it was good not to have to worry about extra charges for drinks, tours and tips. The ship is beautifully decorated and has original art throughout. Dining was enjoyable and permitted lingering over deserts and cappuccino. We enjoyed the Prime 7 specialty restaurant the most where service was impeccable and our servings were exquisite. Breakfast and lunches were most often taken in La Veranda where there were multiple buffet choices. If we wanted somethhing we did not see, the staff went out of their way to accommodate. By the end of our week cruise, some staff recognized us and remembered our seating and drink preferences - especially in the Observation Lounge.
Entertainment was fun and targeted to Boomers, who seemed to comprise most of the passengers. Tours were scheduled daily and usually involved time on a boat or bus, with informed guides describing history, culture and architecture of where we were. We decided to cancel several tours and go it on our own by hopping on a bus or tender that dropped us off at what would be our pick up point as well. That allowed us to find our own pace and to spend a bit more time on board relaxing. Next time we would not sign up for daily tours.
Yes, we would go again. This was a special experience.
Tasteful and comfortable cabin with very comfortable king bed, plenty of drawer and closet space and a well stocked mini bar and daily fruit tray. Our Steward, Jay, was attentive and kind in responding to any request. The cabin was touched up at least three times a day. The veranda was roomy enough for two. There was not enough room on the veranda to entertain others, but that was easily done in the ship’s lounge. The Observation lounge was our favorite. The bath had two sinks, a shower and shower/tub. The cabin was a very appealing place to relax.
Terrific walk up to the cathedral at the highest point of the city. Wonderful view.
The city is charming, the market place was full of local vendors and the modern art museum was engaging.
We arranged our own tour to the art and science museum which is modern, compelling and architecturally stunning.