Ship was beautiful. Our 3rd cruise, 1st with Celebrity. Cabin, with veranda, was spacious and worked well for 12 day Mediterranean cruise of 5/31/01. Food was average to good and the Olympic Restaurant was exceptional, food and service were well done. Worth the expense and the atmosphere alone was terrific. Entertainment was excellent, especially Brian Miller from west Virginia, who was just called up to Broadway so he may not be on board now, but gives one an idea of the caliber of the entertainers.Staff was varied, cabin attendants were excellent, service with regular waiter in evenings was wonderful, but many of the crew at various positions were indifferent and not understanding of what is needed to be where they should (an could be) in customer service. I found the pool attendants to be lazy, spending time chatting amongst themselves, didn't clean quickly around pool. Crew didn't smile like on NCL line, Captain was a non-existant entity, as were most officers. Leadership not apparent among "hotel staff" on crew. Ship itself was so very laid out, but gym was small and I was surprised very little organized fitness or work out/stretching classes. NCL Sky was so much nicer with its gym and workout programs. Shops were well stocked and at typical cruise ship prices. The 12-day Med. cruise itenary was incredible. Ports of call were excellent. We did all organized tours and all were good to exceptional. Just needed more sea days at the end to break up long tour days at end of cruise. Having Naples, Rome,the Rivera and Barcelona back to back was too much. Missed the sea days to relax between busy tour days. Ship was smooth and stable. Deck band was ok, but didn't play enough. Good dhip that with leadership and attitude could be much, much better.
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