Finally a sea day to recharge our batteries, this so far as been a very port intensive trip, it feels nice to wake up and not have to rush. There is lot of activities on board to keep us busy though, There are belly dancing lessons, cooking classes, art classes also On Deck for a Cause a 5K walk on the ship deck to raise money for the fight against cancer.
Seeing as there is not much to write about I thought I would take the time to compare this ship to the Amsterdam that we were aboard for 4 months this spring. This ship is smaller which is nice everywhere you want to go is very close also it never seems crowded. However it is older and is showing its age. Our room is smaller, but we have a great walk in closet, we are also located in the bow if the ship this time , we cannot hear the engines and do not have the vibration like we did on the Amsterdam, but we are one deck above the showroom and can hear the band when they are practicing especially the drums. The service is good but as great as on our world cruise, part of this I am sure is they pick the cream of the crop for the world cruise. the food is also not as good and also not as good a selection particularly for salads and toppings. I am sure we were spoiled by the world cruise and will now compare all of our future sailings but no matter what ship I am on I do not have to cook or clean so it is all good. Plus the biggest perk of all we earned for this trip was FREE laundry and dry cleaning seeing as we reached 4 star status, plus we get a 50% discount on wine packages and the specialty restaurants. Loving this laundry perk, we put out our bag in the morning and it is returned in the evening, cleaned and pressed,