Enjoy everything the ship has to offer. The pub is a great place to catch a game on tv with a beer.
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We really enjoyed O'Sheehan's Irish Pub. Had breakfast, lunch and late nite snacks there multiple times. Not reall what I would call an Irish pub though.
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.
Try the chicken wings at the 24 hour Blue Lagoon, the ice cream on the pool deck and the Library for reading and relaxing.
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.
Use the elavators closest to the bow as they are less busy.
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.
Get a balcony room if you can; it's worth the few extra dollars. The staff is excellent and always eager to please.
get a map, we were just on the Sun and were lost all the time, such a problem to have LOL
We enjoyed eating in the Agua dinning room almost every night.
If eating at the inside buffet, sit as far as you can get from from the entrances because you may get very annoyed by the 2 men screaming "washie-washie" the whole time you are eating!
Room Service breakfasts are great. Try them.
I understand that there are differences in culture. However, MANY times during the cruise certain groups were very rude. Pushing / cutting in line, bumping into you without apology, rushing the elevators before people can get out…. etc. I heard complaints from many people. This was much worse than previous cruises. Possibly there should be a brief “presentation” at the beginning g of the cruise explaining that we are all on the ship together and emphasizing proper manners.
I wondered why this ship's transatlantic itinerary was so cheap a couple months prior to sailing. Then I realized it is due to the age of the ship. The crew appeared to be new also. For examples: not only the long dining times but also the muster drills. Yes plural. My muster station was in the stardust theater. So I asked the crew who was responsible for my staying alive, why were we told to come here and drown? I said look how long it is taking everyone to get out of here. The crew replied there are four exit doors. I said I know and all four exit doors are being used now. Then he said there are six exit doors. Then he there are eight exit doors. (Two more exit doors or four more exit doors behind the stage??????
The Captain on this ship was awesome. Daily he gave us historical information about the port we were entering. He also kept us updated when the sea was a tad rough.