We had never been on a ship this small and were a bit worried that lines would be long and spaces would be crowded, but it turned out to be really nice----5 minutes to walk anywhere on the ship, ran across people we met at dinner many times throughout the cruise, liked that there were fewer people, and this ship had the best food and entertainment of any ship we had been on before! Instead of 2000 passengers like on the last 3 HAL cruises we took, there were only 1265. Instead of 86,700 tonnage, it was 55,800. The only thing missing on this ship was the extra cabins for more people.
At least our vacation wasn't over yet---we spent another wonderful week with our daughter and son-in-law. They even treated us to a gondola ride, dinner at the food trucks in a nearby park, and a couple trips to the beach. Then they took us to the airport on the 30th for our short flight back to STL.
What a rude awakening we got back home! After 3 weeks of beautiful sunny 80 degrees weather, we returned to temps in the low 50s for a high! At least that only lasted 3 days, then we were back to temps in the 80s. Good 'ole St. Louis---no Spring or Fall, just Winter and Summer!