We did the 10-day seafarer itinerary, boarding on 11-12-01. Fortunately, we elected to upgrade to a balcony mini-suite prior to departure but our traveling companion(s) did not, and were not able to upgrade after boarding. The mini-suites were excellent -- VERY large, well appointed and maintained. However, the outside staterooms were large but "bland". There is a distinct separation of "classes" on this ship, which I found disturbing. We've been on Celebrity and Princess and did not find this to be the case. All wait staff were excellent -- knew your name and drink after the first night. Although there is a "tipping not required" policy on this line, we TIPPED the excellent staff. The alternative dining was exceptional and we managed to enjoy this dining facility for three nights. Would have eaten there every night if the ship would have allowed. Although the trip/ship were great, will do Princess again next time.
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