Chose this cruise because it visited a lot of cities I have on my to do list. But sadly this is like a hospital ship. Brothel red style rooms, hospital food (really really bad) and zero energy. Travelers of a certain age, which is the majority, seem to enjoy this hospital/nursing home ship, but if you are not 70+ yet i suggest you avoid at all costs.
The pools are kiddie pools, decor is tacky, lame casino with half the slots out of order. Crap activities and coffee is tasteless brown swill. For any good food or coffee you have to pay. For drinkable water you have to pay - the provided water is smelly beige. It will be easy to pay for because they aggressively hustle you when you walk around the ship.
For the shore excursions they allow only a few hours. For example in Oman, we were allowed 4 hours. When you factor customs and travel, that allowed 2 hours to see the city. What a joke.
Dated worn out cabin with smelly bathroom and brothel curtains.
Didnt see a thing except the highways. Tourists were falling asleep on the tour. Avoid.
The entertainment was sub-par. The shows were high school level performances. The activities were awful. Paper airplane contests, cornhole, ping pong, and, get ready for this, Egg Drop Challenge where passengers made protective containers out of materials from the room to see who could drop an egg off the deck 4 balcony onto the grand staircase and not have it break. The all -night nightclub was totally deserted by 9:30pm right after the daily playing of I Will Survive and Celebration by Kool and the Gang.
Having quality food, entertainment, and daily activities should have been a top priority because this cruise had EIGHT SEA DAYS -- thats 50% of the cruise. One segment was 5 seas days in a row! For 3 days of that 5 day sailing, we were under pirate watch called Operation LOVE -- Lights Out Virtually Everywhere. This required us to close all our curtains by sunset and the ship turned off most of the lights, shut down exterior elevators, turned off music, and closed some decks. We were partnered with another cruise ship to sail with during the pirate watch period near Yemen -- an MSC ship which was fully lit up like a Christmas Tree each night and Im sure they had a good lively time while we sat in the dark. How come they were not concerned about pirates?
Fellow passengers we chatted with who were also professional cruisers for many years mentioned it was the most boring, terrible cruise they have ever been on.