Generally you can board earlier than what guidelines tell you.
The special duty-free, discounted prices of items offered on-board were not so special or discounted at all.
Looking for a place to just kick back, hang out and have a great view? Go to the library.
We liked the size of the ship.
You can go much earlier than the suggested boarding time and its recommended. People start lining up to check-in VERY early and it gives you a nice opportunity to explore whats on the boat before everyone gets on. Bring nice gala clothes - a lot of people dress up.
In Barcelona, book a Delta flight and use their transport to the airport. It makes disembarkation very easy!
The Library had a wonderful view , great mocha coffee, puzzles ,books. but if you wanted to get on the internet to go through your email. .. forget it. That did not work. No Air service.
The internet café and Crow's nest was a great place to hang out.
Dine as you wish gives the flexibility we enjoy. Eat whenever, wherever we choose. Sometimes with large table, other times eat alone as a couple.
The chairs in the "Crows Nest" were the most comfortable. We also liked playing cards with friends to pass the time.
The age of this cruise is much older than expected but everyone was very nice and fun to be with. Try dine as you wish as you get to meet others from around the world.
Eat lunch in the dining room,much more relaxing and good service.
If you are going to anything in the Vista Lounge, go early as a lot of the seating is taken up by large support poles that cut off the line of sight to the stage. If you come in late you will not be able to find seats from which you can see the stage.
Enjoy all events on ship
Relax and have a great time.
No need to purchase an alcohol pkg . Every bar has a happy hour and the alcohol is reasonably priced.
Only for the Elderly Average Age 75
Try the various on shore activities, they are fun. Afternoon tea was great, I went 3 times.
HAL has destroyed the Crows Nest. The Explorations Cafe, library, daily trivia, desktop computers, and afternoon happy hour are gone. The cafe has been combined into the center bar resulting in lineups and a lot of extra work for the staff. Terrible. New touch screen digital information pool tables have taken up too much space near the former Explorations Cafe. Seldom used. Many comfortable sofas and chairs removed. At least there are still chairs available at the front windows to enjoy the ocean view. Huge blunder on the part of HAL.
If you are a light sleeper, stay away from the Navigation deck.
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