This was the longest cruise we had undertaken at 17 nights.
We felt a strange vibe when boarding the ship. On all of our previous cruises, everyone boarding the ship is in a great mood – as we are all going on holiday at the same time. This one was a little different with some people boarding cranky and staying cranky the whole cruise. For some it was their first cruise, which is a bit strange – perhaps they should have tried something shorter to see if they liked it.
There was also a significantly older demographic than other cruises we had been on – more like Princess in average age!
The cabin was similar to our previous cruise 2 years ago, however the extra space afforded by the Extended Aft view was welcome. Service from stewards was great. We could just about set our watches on their daily servicing of the cabin.
I note that the ship is due for refurb next year. The carpet in places was starting to look a bit drab – not dangerous, but in need of a steam clean / replacement. Some areas of the ship need some work as rust was starting to show, I noted the door frame in our cabin bathroom was badly rusted at floor level.