Embarkation was smooth, uncrowded and uneventful. Escorted to 4 & 5 Star Mariner Lounge and boarded promptly at 11:30am. Carried all of our luggage as carry-ons and we were unpacked by 1205pm. For lunch we went to the MDR and were seated at a table for 2. Everyone (ships staff) along the way greeted us with "welcome on board" , "hope you have a nice cruise" with sincere smiles of welcome. Thus is what we love about Holland America! We were finished by 1:15pm and sat in one if the lounges for our next event which was the Welcome Back Mariners Cocktail Party at 2:00pm which was hosted by the Hotel Manager Errol Nelson. We said hello to him and he greeted us with a familiar hello. We knew him from the Nieuw Amsterdam in November 2019.
Excellent food in Main Dining room, Pinnacle Grill and Lido Market Buffet.
BB King All Star Band was excellent. Plenty of dancing. Holland America also started ballroom dancing in the early evening which also plays Latin music. Enjoyed Lincoln Center stage classical music each day. Enjoyed Rolling Rock band which was packed every night. Also enjoyed the Greenhouse Spa with its thermal rooms as a couples package for the week. Buy online for $219 vs $279 if you buy onboard.
Ship is beautiful and new like condition from top to bottom. Service staff always cleaning and polishing and repairing.
Debarkation was WoW FAST and smooth. They started self-assist debarkation at 0710 am and I was on the curb waiting for a taxi at 0725 am.
Beautiful vista suite with lots of floor space, drawer space, cabinets and electrical outlets and phone chargers outlets wonderful wrap around balcony right up front from side to front. Going to love this cruise. My wife spends a lot of time on the balcony reading and napping. HAL provided binoculars for auite guest. It is surprising that MSC Yacht Club on the Meraviglia does not provide binoculars for their top paying guest.