Embarkation: Good- I love the fact that there are chairs with a waiting area and they call a number to allow a certain number of people to line up at a time.
Bad- People were very pushy. I actual had a couple run over me and knock my carry-on out of my hand as I made my way to and empty line.
(This proved to be the start of rudeness to come....)
Ship: Looks the way all ships should look. Classy elegant, not like a shopping mall or the Vegas strip. Very clean.
Crew/Service: Overall, just about everyone we encountered was wonderful. Smiling and ready to do anything to make our cruise just that much better. Quite a few seemed to go out of their way to say hello. Especially one particular guy who worked at the pizza station, never caught his name though.
There were exceptions which put a slight damper on our cruise.
Our head waiter was not very good. He would walk up to the table and say "U ready?" No, hello or anything. OK, then I asked on two different occasions what he would recommend. Basically, he knew zero. I even said between A and B, which would you pick...... Literally, no response. My biggest complaint, besides the very slow service when all of his other tables would end up getting their next 2 courses before we got one (we were on time, they werehalf hour late at least). Anytime we ordered or asked for something, he was never paying attention. He was always looking around the dining room like he was lost. I was a server for over three years. He was just an order taker. I should have adjusted our tips to be honest but I never feel comfortable doing this.
Highlight: Bambang. He was the assistant waiter to the table next to us and took better care of us than either of our 2. He said he was going to be promoted to head waiter on the next cruise. If anyone has him, I'm so jealous. He is the ONLY reason we didn't just order room service for dinner every night.
Side note: My parents had ordered us the honeymoon package along with a on-board credit. BC we had such a long day traveling, we did not go to dinner on the first night. We didn't know anything about them getting this until the 3rd day of the cruise. After my mom calling them every day, we finally received half our OBC by the 6th day. The 7th, the champagne. The 8th, the cake and the rest of the OBC. With the cake the assistant maitre'd came over to tell us he had our cake the first night and if we had bothered to show up, we would have got it. Then when we didn't show up again on the 2nd night......WAIT, huh? We only missed the first night. He then debated this with me for the next 10 minutes.
Cabin: We liked it, we had a balcony. This will also explain why we only made it to one show and only spent about an hour at the pool. We leave our balcony for dinner, port, and watching sailaway from the aft. That's pretty much it.
To be continued, I have more to say than I thought...