We chose this cruise firstly because it was where we wanted to travel to, then we found a ship that was going to those places. The ship was the right size and had the qualities to provide the conditions we wanted - not too small nor too big, good conditions onboard. The ship was kept very clean, was well maintained and of a size that there was always somewhere to find a private spot. It was a bit hard to find a deck chair by the pool unless you were out early - there was both an outdoor pool for everyone and an indoor solarium for adults only. I would say this ship catered best for adults - there was a children's program but not a lot of other outside activities for them to do.The staff were well trained and very pleasant - our room attendant couldn't do enough for us. They work around when you are out of your room - they seemed to know your routine and your room was made up for your return. We found the ships tours to be quite expensive but convenient and well programmed. The main disadvantage was large bus groups and endless waiting for people, and also that there weren't enough stops for photo opportunities.
On board pricing was quite expensive - especially the drinks and dining packages. We drink very little in the way of alcohol but bought the premium non-alcohol package for both cruises. It worked out to be more convenient - especially when going ashore for your day tours it was easy to take a bottle of water or Vitamin water with you, and then to have a nice coffee when you came back in.
The food overall was of very good quality. We found the Ocean view dining room very good. Our main observation was the food groupings - the chopped up fruit was right across the dining hall from the breakfast cereals, and soup spoons were often the only spoons available. Also teaspoons were not bought with your coffee for the sugar. Q'sine was fun with very good food - the best on the trip.
The cabin was very well designed with plenty of storage. The bathroom was roomy and well laid out. The bed was very comfortable with good quality linen. Having a veranda was great - it gave that bit extra room, daylight and was lovely to watch the ship coming into port in the early morning.