There were a couple of minor niggles, but overall this was a fantastic cruise on a lovely ship full of character.
Embarkation was very smooth, and there were drinks and snacks available at the Port too as we waited to get onboard. There was a slight wait for our cabin to be ready once we were on the ship, but this meant we had the chance to sample the drinks menu!
We dined every night in the main dining room (we were allocated TIdes - Deck 5). The food was probably the best we’ve had on a cruise ship, and the portion sizes were very generous! The Apple Pie was to die for! There was always plenty of choice on the menu, with some classic dishes always there for fussier eaters.
We did use the buffet (Windjammer) for Breakfast and Lunch, and were also very impressed with the quality of food and different dishes available here.
We lounged by the main pool mostly, and used the Solarium occasionally. There were plenty of loungers available, so it was easy to find somewhere to sit and relax most days. The pools (both outside and inside) were both a decent size, and didn’t feel too crowded, even on the sea day.
One of our main annoyances with this ship were the theatre shows (or lack of), as theatre-goers, we frequent the theatre every night on cruise ships normally. But some nights, there was no theatre show, with the theatre being used as a cinema instead, when there was already a cinema on board. When there were theatre shows, the times would never be consistent, and changed constantly.
The evening entertainment in other bars and lounges we thoroughly enjoyed especially some of the game shows, and the pianist in the Schooner Bar was very entertaining. We attended the Silent Disco both times throughout the week and loved it!
This ship was one of the bigger mid-size ships we have been on so far, and although being around 15 years old, it was well maintained, and kept extremely clean throughout. There were plenty of bars and lounges onboard, and we especially loved the Safari Lounge. Even throughout busy periods, it never felt over-crowded.
Disembarkation was very smooth. We felt very sad to be leaving, as we had a great week and met some lovely people during our time onboard. I wish MSC would take note of how other cruise lines deal with disembarking, as I really feel that they could learn a lot, especially after our horrendous experience earlier this year when we disembarked the MSC Seaside.
We originally booked an Inside cabin, but managed to bag a Balcony cabin through the RoyalUp upgrade process, this consisted of bidding an amount for a cabin you may wish to be upgraded to, and we found a few days before our sailing date that our bid had been accepted.
The cabin was always kept immaculately clean, and any request we had, the steward dealt with promptly. The bed was also one of the most comfortable that we have had on a ship.