Cruised 2009 out of Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy and did the Eastern Mediterranean.
Ship Facts : Large 122,000 tonnage, 2,850 passengers, 1,150 crew, 1041 ft length.
We really enjoyed this brand new ship. We were its third cruise, so everything was crisp and clean. Its décor can be described as simple but eloquent. Beautiful art work was displayed around the ship. The color scheme was light with some expression of style. We found that the real green lawn was novel but used much. We played a few of the lawn games and laughed at the staff moving around a hose and sprinkler.
We had a balcony, I mean veranda cabin and just loved sitting out on it eating our breakfast, soaking in the crisp morning cool just set the tone for the adventurous day ahead. The bathroom layout and size was the best we have had, my wife and I could both be in it at the same time. The shower was glass enclosed with room enough to bend over and wash those sore feet. The interactive flat screen TV with its ability to order room service and watch a movie on demand over several evenings was a great improvement.
The food was wonderful. Most evenings we were in the dining room and our found the selections to be good and tastefully prepared. During the days at sea, starting at 10 and running through the lunch hour they would clear out the center of the dining room and presented us with a buffet of brunch selections. You could sleep in until 10 and still get breakfast, great idea.
Our days at sea were calm, and peaceful around several of the pools. Seemed to always be a place to sit or lay down and take a short cat nap. We watch several of the glass blowing demonstrations. What a unique thing to have on a ship.