I wanted to drop off my carry-on, so went to the cabin. My cabin was on Floor 2 - the first floor with passenger cabins. You could really hear the engine noise, but after two or three days, I didn't mind it. The cabin was quite a big bigger than Holland America's cabin.
On this cruise, I had breakfast in the dining room instead of at the buffet - it is nice to be served, and lots of cruisers ate here. You do not have to look for seats - the waiter sits you, and you can either join a table or sit by yourself. I sat with many different people, and really enjoyed breakfast.
During the second day, I went to Customer Service, and asked the dining room supervisor if I could sit with single people. That night, in the dining room, they asked me to go upstairs to the fixed hours dining room - the clerk set me back downstairs to ask for a certain table number. I was the only one at the table, and the waiter told me that my reservation was for 8:15 - it was only about 6:30. They then seated two American couples with me (married), but we had a good visit. So no singles table in the dining room... and, after that, I ate upstairs on Deck 10.
I went to the buffet for supper because I found the dining room to be noisy, and a little dark. I ate about 5:30 and then went to the 7 o'clock show.
Holland America had lots of free movies - even though they were not first-run, it is nice to watch a movie, especially on an early night. There was also no movie theatre on the ship.
The ship seemed huge to me, but there were lots of places to sit. There is a library on the 8th floor, open 24 hours, so lots of reading material. The non-fiction is upstairs in the library, so either take the stairs in the library or get off on Deck 9. I like to pick a book and read on the lounge chairs on Deck 4 - peaceful....
Laundry was very expensive. A blouse was $4, pants $5, and underwear was $2. I washed my clothes in the room - the ship did have a clothesline in the shower, but bring some clothespins and a couple of hangers from home. Also, bring a power cord from home.
At night, the poker game did not start till 10 pm. And I never played to a full table - just 3 or 4 cruisers. We did not like this electronic poker table, and after about 3 nights, only playing for about an hour, I quit playing poker. The Casino was really busy though.
If you like the Spa, you can have lunch here too.
Photos belong to Dorothy Lloyd and Celebrity.