We booked this ship after listening to a presentation about it on another ship earlier this year. Originally booked on Celebrity...similar itinerary. Embarkation was a mess....no one directing passengers as to where to go ,long lines going around and around. Even though we had a pre boarding time of 12-1230, we didn't get on till 330. Our cabin was #8476 at the back of ship...great views of where you had been but long walks to see the shows or activities as well to go ashore. Otherwise room was pretty standard...didn't care for the decks above ours had a clear view of your balcony,,,just wouldn't book it again.
Food was horrible...even in their steakhouse. No flavor or seasonings added to anything.... Guy's Burgers was the only food with flavor! Service in dining areas--main dining room and,wok kitchen only fair and poor at times.
Shows and entertainment good because of a wonderful cruise director,Jaime. She made it fun. Shore excursions--most not worth the price. Booked the "Sacred Rooms of the Vatican" for $255 each and only spent 10 minutes in this area. All day excursion,on a hot bus and tour guides who were very difficult to understand. Other excursions to Palermo,Palma and Marseille lacking interest and appear to be just filling the hours.
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Be aware that early dining interferes with most shore excursions...we never were back on time or made it to dinner on time. After 18 cruises,this has never been an issue till this cruise