Waterfront. A big plus. Restores the connections to the sea which many modern ships miss. Having dinner out of doors in Bermuda, having a drink on the promenade on a sea day, they are all bonuses.
Ocean Blue restaurant - superb food, sold out all trip.
Main dining - disappointing lunch menu on sea days, seemed the same every day. Did not have dinner, but wished O had in Manhattan. Manhattan seems better used than on Epic during her first year, with a big band and a version of burn the floor during dinners.
Spice H2O far too small for the parties, especially the 80s firework party when half the space gets roped off for the pyrotechnics.
Ice Bar - less ambitious than the pictures and that on Epic.
Top decks - great for sports enthusiasts, less so for sun bathers and those who like the traditional activities around the pool. The presence of so much sports stuff makes the 'main pool' area tiny for a ship this size.
Spiegel tent - Standard seats are at the outside now, there is no upstairs.
Main theatre - Rock of Ages was much better than expected - better than the London version in my view. The location is problematic when the Spiegel tent is in use because seats at the back can hear and feel the Spiegel show - this is because the Spiegel tent and theatre locations are one on top of the other.
Casino - the smoking prevalent in the huge casino makes the whole ship stink - I would not want to eat in the 'outdoor' Bistro seats, or any of the Ocean Blue/ Wasabi/ Raw Bar seats near the atrium. I also couldn't eat in Shanghai because it was only open when the Casino was and is basically right in the venue. NCL and Meyer Werft's suggestion that ventilation would scrub the air just didn't work on this sailing.
Overall experience - the ship most like a land based vacation in my view. But book restaurants in advance, there isn't the capacity in some to decide on the spot. Some improvements over Epic but the huge, dominant, smoky casino spoils a fair bit of the main ship for me.
Itinerary - love it. My first trip to Bermuda which is a lovely place.