Most everyone agrees that the ship is beautiful, but says that the food is awful and the staff is rude, especially to Americans. This being their first year in the Carribean, I am figuring staff may be more receptive, but I would hate to go on a cruise where the food was not good. Most say that it is not only not Italian, but is "unidentifiable" and "bland".
My other concern is that this is typically referred to as a "budget" cruiseline. From the prices I have seen, it appears to be about the same as Princess, but less than Crystal. I guess I don't consider that budget (thinking Carnival or Costa). Any thoughts on those statements?
Can any one share their experiences in this regard. We probably won't book for another 2-3 weeks until I am more comfortable.