Detailed review and long…….
With our past experiences of joining cruises in Europe the most important factor was flying direct from our local airport (BHX) with no connections at other hubs. Rushing between gates at Frankfurt or Schiphol is not for us, and from many others we have met who have had horror stories of missed connections and lost luggage.
There are 4 De Luxe Balcony Suites on this ship and we were in 303. They are certainly a step up from the other upper deck cabins with a seating area and outside balcony, beyond sliding patio doors. The disadvantage is this protrudes into the sleeping area so the only way to get into bed is to shimmy sideways. We much prefer the suites on Emerald with enclosed balconies with drop down windows-and their complimentary stocked fridge, laundry and other little extras—but that all comes at a steep price.