We sailed on this cruise departing on 02/29/2020 along with our son and his girlfriend. Embarkation was somewhat delayed. We were in the "A" group and embarked around 12;30 p.m. Once we arrived on the ship, we found ourselves on the 4th floor and worked ourselves up to the 11th floor AFT to the Mongolian Wok for lunch
We really enjoyed the new methodology with the elevators; you choose the floor you would like to reach and you are notified what elevator to approach. Overall, I found the ship to be extremely inviting. Although I missed the dramatic atrium as in other ships, the ever changing lighted tower was inspiring. It was easy to navigate through the ship as it mirrored other ships with regard to the activities etc on the 4th and 5th deck. Overall, the ship was very clean and I enjoyed the Havana Cabana theme throughout. They set up the Lido deck loungers in such a manner for all guests to enjoy. In past cruises, the littles would leave their towels laying around on chairs you thought were occupied. Not so on this cruise. We were able to enjoy a chair or lounger without the lIttles claiming it when they were only spending time at the pool.
Regarding the food. For breakfast, we had omelettes every morning on the Lido deck. The cooks were wonderful. I actually nicknamed one as our singing omelette maker. Within a couple days, he knew exactly what we wanted on our omelettes! It was definitely worth a healthy tip at the end of the cruise. For lunch, we ate at different venues. On sea days, the Mongolian Wok, Guy's Pig and Anchor and Capitano Cucina are available for free. Mongolian Wok is located in JiJI's Restaurant. It is nothing like the Mongolian Wok we had experienced in the past. Previously, you would fill your bowel with veggies and choice of noodle, ask for your protein and sauce and they would cook in front out of you. The Mongolian Wok on this ship is the complete opposite. Once you enter the restaurant, you are given a paper ticket to check off the vegetables, noodle, protein and sauce for your selection. They are heavy on the noodle and very little on sauce, vegetable, and protein. I missed being able to have more influence on my Asian stir fry. We did also try Guy's Pig and Anchor and thought it was very good. We did not eat at any of the other specialty restaurants. For lunch, we either ate at Guy Fieri's burger, the Deli or Blue Iguana. Did also taste some food at the lido marketplace. I found that all of the food we received was warm, so no issues with receiving cold food for us. We ate dinner at the main dining room and enjoyed it. Service was very good.