This is my eighth cruise and my second on this ship. I traveled on this ship with my husband in April in preparation for a family group trip October 5th.My husband and I found the ship the most lovely we had traveled on but that the service and food were not up to par with some of the other cruises. The October cruise found the service vastly improved but the food still not up to par.The last cruise I took was with 12 adults and 12 children. The children's program is superb. The children all had a wonderful time from the eight-year-old to the 16-year-old.Embarkation went smoothly but I would like to warn all traveling with children not your own to take a permission slip from BOTH parents stating you may take them on the cruise. This needs to be notarized. It does not matter if you are the grandparents or related or not.Getting off is, as always, boring and long. They did have the cruise director in the theatre answering questions and helping you kill time. But I still wish they had things for the children to do and entertainment for the guests during departure and the much needed drinks that are always lacking during departures.The rooms were great! I had a balcony room on 10th floor and I loved it. The cabin stewards were great at their job.If I were to take a cruise with children again, I would again choose this cruise. They have pools for kids, a rock wall to climb and minature golf, plus much more for the kids to do.My two major disappointments were that my aunt was to have a balcony cabin and this cruise was for her and she did not get a balcony cabin. She has cancer and will probably not sail again. Also, we were a group of 24 and 18 of us were seated at two tables next to each other and the last six were seated some ways away with three strangers. I tried to get both of these problems fixed, but to no avail and this disappointed me very much. I decided then and there if I were to take a group on a cruise again it would not be with this line.If you have any specific questions about this cruise, feel free to e-mail me and I will respond.CSch012052@aol.comI have traveled on five different cruise lines. This ranks number two out of those lines because one line is now out of business, otherwise it would have ranked 3rd.
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