We were looking for that “once in a lifetime” experience and thought this cruise might be it!! It ended up being an endless experience of trying my patience. As this is a HUGE ship and we were told the passenger list was around 3700, the number, length, and time spent waiting in line was ridiculous. We are not seasoned ocean cruisers and this ship seemed like it was full of people who do nothing else but take long cruises - we started to call them a “cruise cult”. So, of course, they knew how to get all the best reservations for the shows, special dinners and just about everything else. If you’re not the type who wants every day planned ahead of time, don’t bother with a cruise like this. We weren’t able to see one of the shows (that we essentially paid for), as they were all booked well in advance. The specialty restaurants were pretty much the same. The steakhouse that we finally did get a reservation for was probably one of the most disappointing things we experienced on the cruise. I’ve been to many top-notch steak houses and this didn’t come close. Both of our steaks were cooked the wrong way (overdone and underdone) and the filet I ordered was about 2 forkfuls. The staff was so busy kissing up to one of other tables that we were pretty much left to fend for ourselves. There are just not enough characters available to tell the whole story of this rather sad “adventure”. Basically, if you like to sit, play bingo and drink, then this is the trip is for you. If you’re a fairly active person, I would suggest a different type of travel experience. P.s. And seemingly everyone on the ship had an upper respiratory infection!!!
The ship is still fairly new so the cabin was of decent quality. A number of our fellow cruisers told us that the balcony was one of the smallest ones they had ever experienced.
We were not able to dock so we ended up stuck at sea for 7 days straight - ugh.....no replacement port either!!!
We were stuck waiting in lines for several hours getting through customs. This should not be considered a port!