First of all, the itinerary was too jam- packed. One less port of call would be nice. We found we were always rushing to get to a beach and back or rushing to get to our excursion and not much time to relax. Secondly, this is the third cruise we've been on and the food was good but the table we were seated at was at the very back of the dining room and we could see the service stairs and hear all the kitchen noise, etc., as well as being seated next to a table with 8 children under seven-years-old with no adult to keep their noise level down. So we moved to another table where we found a family with three small six-year-olds. I guess we were in the family section. The ship was beautiful and the cabins were lovely, but our teenagers were less than excited by the teen facilities. The disco, "Optix," was so small, they could barely turn around let alone dance, and the teen pool was, in fact, a kiddie pool with tons of toddlers in it. The directors made-up for the poor facilities and eventually they met up with other kids their age and didn't need to have a gathering place. They just marauded around the decks. The service in the dining room was O.K. but having been on two previous cruises we knew what to expect. The fact that they even made the waiters hawk their wares (selling engraved bottles of wine after dinner), was a little bit much! The fitness facility was great, lots of treadmills and machines, however, there could have been a few more aeorbic type classes, ones that didn't cost $10 to participate in. I guess they were training a new group of dancers, so they only performed on the last night, so other than the commedians, the entertainment was kind of trashy. Many people walked out of the performances, so I'm not overstating my complaints. I guess, all in all, this wasn't the best cruise ship for us. It appeared to be great for people with small children and the eldery. So if you fit into either category, you'll love this ship.
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