What a wonderful time!! The food, the service, the entire experience - from start to finish - we loved it all! Even though it was our first cruise and we were told by some others that there were fancier cruises out there, for us it was just spot on. Be sure to read the TIPS below for some helpful hints re:this ship, but the following might answer some general questions.
The staff? So helpful, friendly - just such lovely people - from servers, waiters, entertainers, activity hosts, security - they just made the cruise so special for you.
The food? The Pantry had great offerings - and this from fussy eaters. Additionally, three great, included restaurants provided an up-market pace. The Dragon Lady offering a range of Asian cuisine from different countries was a fave. Irrespective of venue, the service was was wonderful and helpings were endless. We didn't try the non-included restaurants as we just didn't see the need, but a fellow cruiser raved about the Salt Grill.
The Balcony was worth the extra. Although the inside and outside cabins all looked fine, our balcony room was fantastic and with the islands going past, the moon, the sunsets, etc., we loved having the option to enjoy it with privacy.
The room looked just like the pictures I'd seen on the net, but I've attached some of our own to show you. Plenty of storage, huge comfy bed - just at times you heard noisy people in the hall (hence I'd keep away from the stairs/elevators if possible).