This is is the 3rd cruise for my wife and me and while that doesn't probably make us cruise experts, we know what we like....and WE LIKED THIS!
This ship is now fresh, clean and staffed by some of the friendliest and most attentive people we've had on a cruise. For a crowd of this size, embarkation went seamlessly with us getting through the terminal and to our cabin in half an hour.
Our balcony cabin was spotless and was kept that way for the entire cruise by our courteous cabin stewards. But here lies the only negative of our trip...the mattress on our bed really needed replacing! The room was airy and the bathroom clean and fresh with a continuous supply of clean towels.
The food on this ship was outstanding! We were slightly hesitant about the new 'Pantry' but what an improvement over the tired old buffet. Served by gloved staff from behind glass..nice sized serves and more hygienic. The other restaurants on board served a wide variety of choices and I can't recall a single below-par meal. 'Dragon Lady' soon became a particular favourite.
The entertainment crew on this ship made it our most memorable cruise so far. Funny, witty, gregarious and while we aren't ones for production shows there was plenty of great activities going on around the ship.
We are looking into our next cruise and if we decide to go with anyone else they will have to be right up there to compete with this!