This was a charter, Malt Shop Memories, my 4th one. It's a 7d cruise, you go on for the entertainment. It's very pricey, you hope to meet the stars, singers etc.
The surprise is how inaccessible The Beach Boys & Smokey were, & how good/friendly the back up bands/acts were. Brooklyn Bridge (Jimmy Rosica :D) , Zmed Brothers/Everly tribute artists (wow!), Joey Dee (yay), Chris Montez, Sounds of the Street (hi Eddie & Lou), Hall of Fame, Britbeat/Beatles tribute artists, all tremendous! Approachable & talkative, loved pics w/them, sooo talented.
I didn't do any shore excursions on the 2 port days, just enjoyed walking around St Maarten & Antigua. Magnets, shirts, & pics were plenty.
There were so many on board activities, you had to leave Britbeat to run to Elvis, for example. Really enjoyed the music trivia & Wheel of Fortune games put on by my travel agents, Jim & Steve Hitmakers Cruises. They do a lot of music cruises & are great fun.
Jason Venner was a wonderful cruise host, always a high spot.
The other surprise was the food in Lido was a little blander than before, not as tasty, not as many choices. And the staff goes so fast to put so much on the plate, even when you're saying, just a little, not so much etc. Don't want to waste it! The dining room now has open seating so as a solo traveler it was harder to know where to sit. Ended up not dining there, stayed w/Lido.
Cabin attendants were competent & friendly too, no problems there. Daniel at front desk was big help w/medical problem, directed us well. Robert & Vivien at photo hall were delightful & funny.
Finally, embarkation & disembarkation were extremely smooth, no hassle, loved it, right onto Escot. Star Vista rocks! :D
Clean, plenty of hangers, well stocked & refreshed.