The ship's main dinning room is decorated in a very tacky cheap decor. However\, the secondary dining room had a better decor\, a very good wait staff. The food was good. The Italian special restaurant was very good. The gym was lacking with horrible elliptical machines with far too high a slant. The entertainment was fine. The vanity stool in our cabin was wobbly and unusable. Noise was overhead at night with carts being rolled and high heels or wooden clogs worn by the workers. It was repeated in the early morning. Don't book cabins 5587 and 5585(sister and hubby) if you don't like late night noise above your head. Too many evaluation cards were given during the cruise. It seemed we were supposed to help with the training with everyone desperate to make sure they were doing their jobs in the right way. Overall it was expensive for what it was in comparison to other cruises (We spent somewhere between $6000-8000 on cruise and tours) . The St. Petersburg trip to the Hermitage was horrible with the crowded conditions......very disrespectful to the art to be displayed under those conditions of crowds. The food was horrible for the lunch with the borche being the best dish and the canned chicken (think MRE rations) being the worse. The red stuff (vinegar with red dye#2 ?) that was supposed to be wine was not to be drunk.
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