Two main reasons were only flying one way (transatlantic crossing to Dover) and Norway. Embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was the fastest of any cruise (only ship in port). This was the first small ship we have sailed on and completely different from large ships. You get to know most passengers and crew on a long cruise. Besides the production shows, the entertainment is scarce. The stateroom was a little small but not tiny. A nice feature was a small love seat by the balcony door. The closet was small. The bar staff and dining servers were outstanding. Shore excursions were similar to all ships and over-priced. We booked two excursions on line from local providers. Same or better than the ships excursions for about half price. Hop on/ Hop off buses in most ports were a good value. The only real negative, no fault of the ship, was the rough seas. The North Atlantic was not kind and I think a large ship would have been better.