Other passengers said they had to scrounge for a shower cap, and still others thought the service was slow.
>>> The food in the main restaurant was uneven, and service could be maddeningly slow. I had chosen My Time Dining -- a choice of times daily between 5:45 and 9:30 p.m. -- instead of traditional assigned seating.
>>> I wasn't the only passenger unhappy about not being able to get into the upscale restaurants.
>>> The Internet cafe was a tiny, windowless space. (There is Wi-Fi onboard for those with laptops.)
>>> The Vitality at Sea Spa seemed pricey (facials, $119-$325; massages, $119-$195), not that spectacular and given to product-pushing. It didn't help that my facialist suggested I could use a "resurfacing" ($125).
>>> The two-level Solarium, by day an adults-only retreat with swimming pool and four whirlpools cantilevered 136 feet above the ocean. By night, a smart bistro.
>>> Dazzles, a two-deck dance lounge with a sophisticated '50s vibe. Musicians played in front of a wall of glass overlooking the Boardwalk.
>>> The wide choice of live music in the bars and lounges -- pop, jazz, standards, Latin. (Note that smoking is allowed in some.)
>>> The artwork, particularly "A Flock of Seagulls," the 88 metal birds that fly over the forward elevator lobby.
>>> The tempura at Izumi, an intimate Asian spot (a la carte), and the Solarium Bistro ($20 surcharge), where entrees are 500 calories or fewer. I ordered pumpkin soup and grilled lamb, and low-cal never tasted so good.
-- Beverly Beyette