Suites Are Limited: Ships are on the smaller side, accommodating fewer than 150 passengers end only some vessels have suites — which are spacious but lacking in luxurious amenities. Older ships don’t have French balconies (only portholes and picture windows).
One Menu: Unlike other ships, where you can order your appetizer, entree, and dessert from a menu, here, there’s only one choice for the three-course lunches and dinners. If you don’t care for what’s going to be served or have dietary restrictions, you can request an alternative (the sooner, the better).
English-Speakers Are A Minority: Each of the ships have their own way of accommodating English speakers, who, with some exceptions, will be fewer in number than the Europeans. Some ships hire private guides for the smaller group; on other ships, anglophones join a larger group, where announcements are made in two languages. At times, you’ll feel as if you’re a privileged few. Other times, you may feel overlooked (some of the activities, such as onboard lectures, aren’t translated into English).