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THE MASTER BEDROOM WAS LIKE BEING LOCKED IN A VERY SMALL CLUTTERED INSIDE CABIN WITH HARDLY ANY SPACE ON ANY SIDE OF THE BED. THE BATHROOM WAS EXCEEDINGLY SMALL WIITH HARDLY ANY SHELF SPACE, NO ELECTRICAL OUTLETS; AND THE HEIGHT OF THE TUB MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR AN OLD GUY TO GET INTO FOR A SHOWER. THERE WAS ONLY ONE CHAISE ON THE VERANDAH, AND A HEAVY CHAIR (>100LBS) IN THE CABIN TOOK UP AN AWFUL LOT OF SPACE AND REQUIRED 2 PEOPLE TO MOVE IT. EATING IN WAS DIFFICULT BECAUSE THE ONLY TABLE WAS A LOW UNRAISEABLE COFFEE TABLE. THE REGULAR COFFEE SERVED (ITALIAN?) I FELT WAS ALMOST THE WORST I HAVE EVER HAD ON A CELEBRITY CRUISE. WE WENT TO THE COFFEE BARS FOR ESPRESSO IN THE MORNINGS. HOWEVER OUR ESPRESSO COUPONS WERE ONLY GOOD IN THE SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS, AND WHO WANTS ESPRESSO AFTER AN EVENING DINNER. i WAS APPAULED THE FIRST MORNING WE WENT DOWN FOR BREAKFAST AND ASKED FOR FRESHLY SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE ONLY TO BE TOLD IT WOULD BE AN EXTRA CHARGE OF $2.50 PER GLASS. HAVING SPENT APPROX. $12,000 FOR THIS 12 DAY TRIP, I FOUND THIS CHARGE UNSCRUPILOUS . SEATING IN THE DINING ROOM AT 6 PM WAS VERY CROWED EVEN FOR THE SERVERS. THE FOOD WAS SOMETIMES GREAT, PASSABLE, AND SOMETIMES POOR. ONE EVENING I ORDERED A FILET MED-RARE FROM THE MENU. IT WAS TASTELESS AND TOUGH. THE MAITRE-D SUMMONED THE CHEF WHO AGREED IT HAD BEEN IMPROPERLY MARINATED. I ALSO FELT IT WAS PARTLY THE MEAT BECAUSE THE EVENING BEFORE I HAD A FILET AT THE TUSCANY GRILL WHICH WAS COOKED PROPERLY, WAS TENDER, AND OUTSTANDING IN TASTE. DURING THE CRUISE I FOUND ALL OF THE CREW TO BE POLITE, NICE, HOSPITABLE, EAGER-TO-HELP PEOPLE, BUT SOMEWHAT LACKING IN EXPERIENCE WHEN I COMPARE IT TO OUR TRIPS ON INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS OR ON AZAMARA. MORE BUT NOT ENOUGH SPACE.

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DECK 14 WAS VERY WELL DESIGNED AND STAFFED. PODS WITH DIFFERENT FOOD ELIMINATED WAITING LINES. ADEQUATE STAFF CLEARING TABLES QUICKLY SO EVEN WHEN CROWDED YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO WAIT LONG FOR A SEAT. LIGHTING IN THE LIBRARY WAS EXCELLENT BOTH FOR READING AND FOR SELECTING BOOKS FROM THE SHELVES. HALLWAYS WERE TOO NARROW FOR EVEN A SMALL WHEEL CHAIR BECAUSE OF THEWORK CARTS WIDTHS. COMPUTER ACCESS WAS VERY POOR. THE ROOM SEEMED VERY CONGESTED AND THE NETWORK WAS DOWN OFTEN. I UNDERSTAND IT COULD ONLY HANDLE 800 USERS, AND THAT WAS INSUFFICIENT FOR THE TRAFFIC EXPERINCED ON OUR CRUISE.

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EXPAND COMPUTER AREA AND ITS NETWORK CAPACITY. HAVE SOME AREAS WHICH ARE QUIET ZONES WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO AND QUIETLY ENJOY TEA, A DRINK, OR COFFEE WITHOUT DEAFENING DISCO. TRY PUTTING ON SOME RESTFUL CLASSICAL MUSIC IN SOME AREAS. IN OUR CELEBRITY SUITE TAKE OUT THE WALL THAT SEPARATES THE BEDROOM FROM THE VERANDAH REPLACING IT WITH A SLIDING CURTAIN. GET RID OF THE HUMONGUS CHAIR AND MAKE IT SO THE COFFEE TABLE ELEVATES TO BECOME A TABLE FOR INSIDE DINING.

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commentsAbout THOMAS HEWSON

Date of Birth: 09/Sep/1924
Country: VERO BEACH, FLORIDA, USA
Sail Date: 01/Apr/2011

ENGINEERING RESEARCH ADMINISTRATOR RETIRED. MY WIFE AND I ENJOY THE COMFORT AND SERVICE PROVIDED WHILE CRUISING AND HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN 30 SEA VOYAGES IN THE PAST.

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