I felt this ship was just the right size. It never felt crowded or overwhelming. Yes - she is showing her age in spots, but aren't we all and she just sparkles from the constant attention to detail that the crew provides. No matter what time or day you always saw someone (unobtrusively) cleaning or picking up after us lazy vacationers. We did notice a smell of what can only be described as throw-up near the doors out to the pool area from the elevators/aqua spa area. I'm not sure what it was or where it came from but it was just always a whiff as you went thru that area and it was on both sides - very odd.
Overall I give the ship an A-
We were in a cat 4 (ov) on Vista deck (9) The cabin was laid out nicely to maximize the space and there was storage galore!! We even had empty shelves and such left over. Our room was kept spotless by Pedro, our steward who seemed to me to be an invisible cleaning machine. I would step out of the room for 10 minutes, come back and the bed would be made, towels changed and a clean smell to the whole room - Amazing! I loved the roomy shower but as others have said there was some serious mildew and mold in there. This wasn't a deal breaker for me in any way but others have mentioned it and others have said they haven't seen it so I thought I would mention that I have. As quick as they turn these rooms around plus the fact that the ventilation has to be terrible with nowhere for the moisture to go I think I would have been surprised if there wasn't.
Overall I give the cabin an A-
I have to say that first of all...this was the BEST buffet I have ever, ever seen. We ate breakfast and lunch there everyday (almost) and the food was always good...sometimes it was warmer than others but still always yummy. The white golved waiters who carried your tray and brought around refills were heaven!
The pizza/burger/hotdog/pasta area in the pool was awesome. The pizza of the day always was interesting and good. The fries and burgers yummy on July 4th as the little kids all painted in red/white and blue made a parade around the pool waving their flags to the song "We're the kids in America"
I never made it to the sandwich area on the other side of the pool but everyone I saw who had a sandwich from there devoured it.
The dining room...my favorite place on earth I think. We had Christian for a waiter and oh my....he just could not do enough. He had 2 tables of 8 for the early seating and yet we felt we were the only ones he was waiting on. Always checking to make sure everything was done to our liking, that we had water, that we were eating, etc. *TIME FOR ME TO GET ON MY SOAPBOX AND SCREAM* Ok people I was so totally disgusted on the last night....as I said before Christian had 2 tables of 8....our table of 4, doubles and another table with a family of 8 across from us next to the window. They had Thomas (asst waiter) and Christian RUNNING the whole week. They had ice tea waiting for them every night.....many times they all had many entrees and deserts and coffee and everthing you can possibly think of then....last night....NO SHOW....tip night of course...all night long I saw Christian glance at the empty table...once I saw him grab one of the chairs and give it the tiniest of shakes (and only b/c I knew what was going on and as is in my nature I felt so bad for him and was sort of keeping my eye on him) The other waiters kept coming up to him and tossing an arm around his shoulder and talking quietly to him.....I want all of you to think of this no matter how you feel about tipping...The reccomened amount to tip worked out to 24.50 per person for the entire week...the entire week!! If you guys could have seen his face....it brings tears to my eyes to remember it even now....he busts his butt for us so that he can send a bit home to his family in Romania....and 1/4 of what he usually makes for the week was gone...what is so easily tossed away on a couple of drinks makes a huge difference to all these people who make it so easy to relax and forget about the day to day so please, please, please don't do what that family did....*ok off soapbox now*
Dining room rates an A
Food an A- ........and only b/c I had a couple of questionable entrees - rubber chicken and fish...but I just ordered another and all was well
Ok - I need to scoot...this takes awhile to write so I will write about the ports and entertainment in detail tomorrow.....
Sad to be back but if you have any questions ask away....
***** Destiny 7/3/05 ****
Miracle - 08/04 * Century - 07/04 * Fantasy - 02/04