We had already decided to make the best of the cuts to our itinerary (7 stops down to 4), as this was our firstcruise in 3 years, and we were also introducing our friends to cruising!
The ship is beautiful, yes, you can see she needs some work, general areas need some refurbishment, chairs need reupholstering, but she is still lovely!
Boarding was amazing! We were to board at 12, and were on the ship at 12.03!! Enjoyed drinks and lunch at Ocean View and our rooms were ready by the time we finished. We were met by Eka, our attentive steward who was a wonderful person and made sure every request we made was met! Our cabin was kept immaculately ... again, you can see refurbishment is needed - balcony furniture needs replacing, curtains and carpet need replacing too. Otherwise, the bed was comfortable and cabin fine and roomy with plenty of storage. Our cabin was the most aft on starboard side on level 6 with an obstructed balcony. Lots of walking (176 steps to th lifts) which was good. View from was semi obstructed with the roof of Tuscan Grille, but was absolutely fine by us and we'd happily have that cabin again.