We began the trip with an overnight stay at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
The group consisted of approximately 185 agents from all over the U.S. and we boarded the ship at 12:00noon. A very orderly check-in process in the Ft. Lauderdale terminal taking all of about 5 minutes. Entry onto the ship is on Deck 5 where we were directed to the Explorer Lounge, greeted by champagne or juice, to check-in with the Reception Desk and receive our stateroom keys.
Before accessing our staterooms, lunch was served in both restaurants, Indochine and Atlantide. I was in Atlantide which is the ship’s seafood restaurant. The food was fine with attentive and cordial service from the Eastern European and Asian staff. On the menu, a choice between two appetizers, salad and entrée, then dessert.
A nice space of approximately 390sqft. including a 64sqft. veranda with two chairs and a small round table. Décor of neutral tones, fair sized bathroom with separate tub and shower, single vanity.
The shower in these staterooms is triangular shaped, somewhat large, with rain-shower head and separate hand held wand. A couple of other agents mentioned that they would have preferred a larger shower instead of the tub on the opposite side of the bathroom.
I had a very pleasant surprise upon returning to my suite after lunch …. My butler was the same butler I had two years ago on the SILVER DISCOVERER when we sailed from Koror to Lautoka! I spotted him half way down the corridor and he remembered me right away also.
Nice size verandas with doors that open up to the stateroom next door.
Interior passageways on each deck are decorated the same and the Grand staircase goes from top to bottom decks.
The ship is designed with public spaces located mid-ship and aft. Deck 4 is the lowest deck where you find the two main restaurants, Indochine and Atlantide. Specialty restaurants La Dame (gourmet French) and Kaiseki (Japanese) are on this deck also. Deck 5 has the main lounge area and L’Opera Theater at very aft section where nightly shows are performed.
Beauty salon and spa are on Deck 6, Deck 7 is where you find all day buffet dining at La Terrazza (indoor and outdoor), Deck 8 has Art’s Café for coffees and reading and a cigar lounge opposite this space and Deck 9 features the Panorama Lounge in the very aft section.
The only forward lounge is Tor’s Observation Lounge (below) with a bar and serving light snacks.