February 14, 2008
This was our first cruise and a very memorable one. We loved this ship. Butch was our cruise director and he was wonderful. All of the staff was very polite and helpful. We never passed a staff member without them speaking to us.
We ate in the dining room every night and the food was fabulous. There were several dishes we had never tried, but the quality was excellent.
I thought the overall appearance of this ship was exceptional. I have read other reviews where people complained about this ship's appearance, but I found it to always be very clean.
The entertainment was wonderful and we always found something to do. I was disappointed in all of the people that went overboard with the alcohol and was very disappointed that there were women sunbathing right next to the kids pool with their tops undone. I had my children with me (11 & 14) and I was not pleased with them having to look at women with the sides of their breast exposed.
When we returned to New Orleans we decided to self assist and it was a nightmare. We were told we would be called by decks and then they would call the people who had to pick up their luggage. They did call the first 3 upper decks, but not the lower decks. Finally they called for all self assist passengers and when we got in line they told the other passengers to go ahead too. Some of them pushed in line ahead of us. We were told self assist was faster, but it wasn't.
Overall we had a great time. We will cruise this ship again especially if Butch is our cruise director again!!