I choose this cruise as it was a bargain price and everything about it was impressive. The ship may be 20 years old but it looked much younger in appearance and certainly gave the wow factor. The ship's staff whilst remaining professional in their duties treated every passenger like a personal friend and it really added to the overall experience. I really felt at home on board. The main criteria in taking this cruise was to visit the Dutch islands of Aruba, Bonnaire and Curacuao. Aruba had far more to offer than what I expected so will look to visit this place again. One part of the island is rocky coastline with loads of cactus trees while another side has lovely sandy beaches with no cactus tree in sight! Aruba has a lot of contrast in its appearance. The Windjammer buffet was closed in the evenings and I opted for the MDR where I was happier to be served my food by waiters with tables social distanced than the criss cross of people in all directions with regards to the Windjammer buffet as you got your food - was not comfortable with that. I enjoyed all my meals in the MDR, the food was hot with good portions and tasty. I cleared my plates with ease. There is the Garden Cafe in the Solarium for late night snacks like pizzas as well as Latitudes, serving Starbucks coffee. Every evening, a movie is shown on the big screen poolside and what pleased me was that that they displayed subtitles (I'm hearing impaired) so a big bonus for me. Movies shown were 'Dune', 'Eternals', 'King Richard' and 'In The Heights' as almost new releases to name a few. There was supposed to be the James Bond one but it was cancelled for a pool party!! The cruise was at 35% capacity so around 700 people which meant plenty of room all around except the Windjammer Buffet where most people went.
For the first time, I had a letterbox (sideways) cabin and it does look bigger with more room than the traditional cabin outlook. I really liked it because there was no card slot for your ship's pass to work the lights, just the normal swiches. I was comfortable with the whole cabin as it had a coffee table, dressing table chair and a one seat armchair. The TV was on an axel stand so it could be turned to the beds or towards the door if you want to sit down on a chair with drink/snacks on coffee table etc. I slept pretty well throughout the whole cruise so a big plus!