These are the stats for this ship –
which translates to a lot of people (mostly English and Spanish speaking Americans) all over the place. So far the easiest way to get away from everyone is to hike the stairs between decks. No one, not even the kids bother to take the stairs. As is common to many ships, there are not enough deck chairs, sitting space or places to go where you can avoid the sales pitches.
There is absolute sense of chaos and people and lights on this ship. As someone said when explaining why they liked NCL better – they didn’t like things quite as staid. What is noticeable is how many first time cruisers there are on this ship – I think it is well over 1/2 (as apposed to those TAs I was on last fall where well over half of those on board were Diamond or Diamond +).
I did a ship’s tour – provided free of charge to the Platinum Latitudes members which went to the Gallery, the Spiegel Tent (dinner theater with acrobats) and the bridge observation room. The galley is always interesting, the rest not as much since those are things you can pretty much see without supervision.
And the bridge observation area –
But most of all – I needed a quiet corner which I finally found. The aft stairway has sheltered locations, no seating but no people and lovely fresh air. I saw no one for about three hours while enjoying sunshine and a mild breeze from an extremely blue ocean. Complete with knitting I was happy camper.