Overall Impression: Excellent! Technologically modern cruise liner, but some minuses explained below.
Embarkation: Easiest ever, by far. No waiting, attendant simply scanned pass from cell phone, checked passports and we were on! Sea cards were waiting at the entrance to cabin.
Debarkation: Also the fastest, easiest ever at the Ft Lauderdale cruise terminal. Two years ago, it was the debarkation from Hades here. Greatly improved! Those customs declarations of the past are gone.
Stateroom: see cabin review.
Dining: There are four “Main” Dining rooms. Each had its own theme, although main menus were the same at each restaurant. We opted for anytime dining since we did not know about the different dining rooms in advance. That worked out well this trip, although we prefer fixed dining. Service was average to poor at times. Service at breakfast in the main restaurant seemed particularly poor. We were assigned on morning to a table that seemed to not have wait staff assigned. Waited 45+ minutes before order was even taken! Servers only seemed to appear when serving the different courses, if refills needed in between, you had to flag someone down, who then may, or may not, have notified your server. Food was about average for what we have experienced on previous cruises.
Specialty Dining: We did not experience any of the Specialty restaurants. The charge seemed way too high.
Entertainment: Again, about average for the cruises we have experienced. The theatre was nice. House band was really talented.
Shore Excursions: Cruise line excursions were ok. Packed into full sized busses for transport. Went on a outside excursion, which worked out really well in very small tour group. Our van was able to get much closer to attractions than the full sized busses.
Spa/Fitness: I have to give this a thumbs down. There is a fitness center with the expected variety of work out machines and free weights. However, there are no locker rooms! A real minus in my mind. Also wet and dry saunas are only available behind limited access area. A separate charge (not nominal) is required to enter that area of the spa. Non-existent lockers rooms and non-access to saunas where a big bummer.
On Board Shopping: There is a (very) small section of one of the shops were a very limited amount of souvenirs/sundries were available. ALL other shopping areas were over the top expensive, both in their offerings and costs. Really missed the everyday, reasonable sundry shops found on previous cruises.
Casino: Very modern slot machines, and some actually paid out! Kinda unusual for a cruise!
Access: There are only two ways to access the front of the ship to see out front (unless you also count the forward facing camera images available on the stateroom tv). Both are behind limited access passageways. One is through the limited spa area. (I tailgated someone in to access it). The other is the limited retreat area, accessible only to suite dwellers. Us steerage classers are out of luck.
As with other reviewers, the infinite veranda room was either love it or hate it. My wife and I really loved it. it added room to your cabin. However, I can understand the folks who definitely prefer a traditional balcony. As expected, room was clean and plenty of space for my wife and I. The closet was a bit smaller that we are used to, but all of clothing for the two week cruise fit, albeit a little tight. Was really nice to be able to control lighting, tv and window from cell phone app. FYI The vanity table slides into the chest of draws to allow the use of the full length mirror. We didn't realize this until near the end of the cruise.
The most pleasant surprise was the bathroom. Much roomier and more luxurious than any other balcony stateroom we have experienced. Frameless glass enclosed shower instead of a curtain. Actually had room to towel off inside the bathroom, without having to step outside in the hallway! The modern basin of fixtures were really nice. Seemed to have plenty of storage space available, even though we only filled about half of it up with our toiletries. A big thumbs up for the bathroom!
TV offered a lot more than previous cruises. The usual navigation channel and several devoted to on board offerings (specialty restaurants, shore excursions, future cruises, etc.) Actually offered several (about 10) first run movies to watch for no charge. The same movies were shown in various venues around the ship thoughout the cruise, mostly in the rooftop garden. Fox News and MSNBC offered as well as HGTV and the Food Channel (couldn't get away from the Pioneer Woman on this trip!)
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