We chose this ship because of the itinerary. Baltic on our bucket list!
We were NOT disappointed. Loved the variety of ports of call. Tallinn, St Petersburg and Oslo our favourites. Copenhagen would probably have been on our favourite list too if we hadn't taken the panoramic tour. Because due to the terrible traffic congestion we spent a long time in traffic jams. Suggest you walk in to centre, and get taxi back if you are tired! We were delighted at the free shuttle buses to the centre of town in ports where we were docked further out.
We loved the ship. It is lovely. One of our favourites to date, after 5 other cruises with top cruise lines. Particularly loved the bright airy feel with the huge floor to ceiling windows in main dining room and atrium.
Entertainment was wonderful in the theatre. A different show every night. The shows just kept getting better and better! Loved the Paris themed one. So original! the in house show team are amazing!
Also enjoyed the performances in the atrium, particularly the vocalists Max and Brandi. Wonderful singers. Also the saxophonist Vernon and Morgan the singer from the show team were excellent.
The food was very good. Ok, you don't have the option of sirloin steaks every night in the main dining room as in e.g Celebrity Solstice class ships but for the money the food was excellent and beautifully presented. A big step up from our previous cruise with the same company on Thomson Majesty a few years ago. Well done Marella.
Half of the upper level of the dining room is Italian themed and we loved it too. also enjoyed the Spanish style tapas meal in Glass House. Spanish speaking Shennly from Dominican Republic enhanced the experience even further as she is so friendly and we love to practice our Spanish. The majority of the waiters in the main dining room were also extremely friendly, especially Yara, though one or two a little stiff. Sometimes service a little slow especially for desserts. There seemed to be an occasional bottleneck in the kitchen.
Our only difficulty was finding a seat in the Atrium in the evening or finding a sunbed at the indoor pool area or in a sheltered place particularly on cooler or sea days. More seating could be added to the upper levels of the atrium as some of the levels had no seating and others very little. People had to stand to see the most popular performances in the atrium.
We had an outside cabin on deck 3 which was very conveniently located near the atrium lifts and just up one floor up to main restaurant and atrium. Most other cruises we have had a balcony but having had an outside bone before, we were quite happy to do that again and save quite a bit of money (for the next cruise)!! Cabin was bright, lots of storage and big enough and kept spotlessly clean. Comfy bed. Lovely cabin attendant .