Ship was in generally good shape. Some wear but upkept well. Clean roomy ship, bright and cheery. Easy on, easy off. Well organized and pleasant staff. We traveled with mostly folks from Great Britain (we’re from Chicago, USA) and they were terrific. Courteous and friendly.
Main Dining. Generally, I enjoy eating at the dining room. I like the formality of dressing for dinner, accompanied by good food and service. However, the quality of the food in the main dining room has deteriorated in all cruise ships. Food is hit or miss. Had oso buco and instead of a full, meaty oxtail, braised if a rich sauce, was served a curled piece of thin cut of beef, curled and brown. Our main waiter was below average. Still learning his job. World disappear for long stretches and could not be found. Assistant server, top notch and attentive. Our steak and shrimp combo dinner came without the shrimp. Our waiter didn’t notice or didn’t care. We had to bring to his attention at which point he would try to correct. I’m sure good help is hard to find, and it shows. Our waiter gave us the feeling that he was hoping we would just leave him alone.
Buffet: Better than average. I detest most buffetts but this one was good. Good abundant selection, good variety. Ate here often for quick satisfying meal, mostly breakfast but also lunch an dinner a few times. Clean and well presented choices.
Specialty dining, very good. Chops food and service fantastic. Great appetizers, bacon, shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, bone in rib eye, filet and desert. Top notch food, good wine selection and great professional service. Ate at Giovanni’s table. Also very good but not great. Kids really liked Johnny Rockets.
Entertainment was world class. Great shows, talented staff, enjoyed main theater almost every night. Comedians, hypnotists and the ever-talented singers and dancers very enjoyable. Ice show was fun. Enjoyed casino, every night. Not enough poker. Went to yoga class, used steam room, sauna. Kids hung out at teen club, nice athletic activity center, rock climbing wall, plenty to do. Pools nice but never enough chairs. Went to cigar lounge, enjoyed a quality cigar. We played bingo, lost. My son won the Star Wars trivia contest. Also, won 2nd place in archery contest.
The itinerary was out of this world. Gibraltar (wife attacked by apes—she’s ok) , Alicante, Spain (beach, reat tapas and gelato winding through narrow city streets), Mallorca overnight (beach, party like a Mediterranean), Sardinia (great coffee in historic villa) Cadiz (walled city, beach and cathedral) Lisbon’s, city tour on foot)
Good value trip in exotic, less traveled western Mediterranean beach cities.
Our cabin was outside with giant port hole, on third floor near elevator and main theater. Cabin accommodated 4 of us, somewhat tight but we had fun. Bed configuration had full bed with pillows at giant port hole and 2 berths came down from ceiling to accommodate kids. We did not miss balcony and I find it peaceful to see the sea passing by from our giant port hole. Good size closet, ok sized bathroom. Plan ahead and pack smart. Stashed suitcases under bed used closet and drawers to fullest. Problem with room steward. Asked him to remove coffee machine on first day to allow more counter space. He refused. Said he has not place to store it, so I tucked up above closet. Next, day 2 asked him for a couple of robes, he refused. Then the third day, brought us a pair or robes. All this after telling us “if there’s anything I can do for you please ask”. Until he brought the robes he was 0 for 2.
Took cab tour of city
City beach, historic streets, great food.
What and island. Live like one of the Kardashians. Beach history, nightlife and architecture
Great coffee, climb through the streets to highest part for beautiful view.
Blown away by this walled port city. History, beauty and Mediterranean sun.