you might want to avoid the haven suite area on deck 12. they are at the stern and top of the ship........I understand those guests really had a rough ride through the hurricane. I cant understand why the highest price suites are in the worst ship position. I always prefer mid ships, middle decks.
Check the deck plan thoroughly before you book a cabin. If you book over the phone be sure to have the deck plan in front of you while they are offering you cabins so you can be sure of the location before you commit. Avoid being under the buffet, any other loud venue, or near the casino (smoke).
Save your receipts from when you order drinks from servers around the pool. You may not recognize the name of the bar on your statement at the end of the week, as you did not go to the bar directly to order the drink. This saves headaches in case there is a purchase on your account that looks fishy.
The buffet gets VERY busy during breakfast. Try one of the main dining rooms for breakfast, room service, or just be very patient. I enjoyed the buffet for breakfast. Make sure to pick your seat first before you go up to get food so your food doesn't get cold looking for a table!
Make sure your cabin isn't directly below a bar - loud noises so little sleep. They did change our cabin eventually (after several days) . Not an upgrade and gave us free dinner at one of their specialty restaurants where we found the staff to be especially rude and inattentive.
If you don't have to go in the school holidays and want a more peaceful cruise, avoid late July or August. There will be less children and the places visited will be less congested. The only sure way of getting a quiet spot on the ship is to book a balcony cabin! Also you will be less likely to miss a port of call due to not being able to tender because of rough seas caused by the Meltemi winds that prevail between June and September. We couldn't get ashore at Myknosos and had delays tendering at Santorini because of the winds and choppy seas.
Can't really think of anything. Some activities are held in Spinaker Lounge which can be a bit tight since it's not a very large area. And the above mentioned stained carpets. To me the ship had a good layout and lots of open deck areas which I love.
Not the new super mega ship - but definitely updated and very nice. If you are a wine drinker - get the wine package. 4 bottles for $88 - no up-charges, corkage fees and they will deliver it to your cabin or the restaurants.
Breakfast in O'Sheehan's or Topsider's. For seafood night, don't miss the shrimp (all-you-can-eat) and the seafood salad in Market Cafe). Went there for starters before heading off to Aqua for the main dinner.
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