I have been reading some comments and reviews about how the IOTS may be a different cruising experience because of all the time it spends in Europe. What are some of the differences that one may notice on the ship? Food? Entertainment? Attitude of the crew? I am sailing on March 16th....will there stil be remnants of the European experience on board by then or do you think it will be more "Americanized"?
DW and I got off of the IOTS in Dec. This was their first trip of the season to the Caribbean having just come from Europe. I didn't notice any European flair at all. It was a very good Caribbean cruise. The crew, the food, the entertainment was just as I expected a Caribbean cruise to be. Talking to and listening to the staff they were all glad to be in the Caribbean because they said this time of year in Europe it's very cold. The Captain even voiced this in one of his announcements. It was all good.
I've just finished my 5 month contract on the Indy, did the crossing and had 2 months in the Caribbean with them.
The crew on board are versatile and we cater to our guests needs, so some of the food in the buffet restaurants changed slightly, but only minor changes were needed, after all it is an american company we work for.
Before the crossing many of the staff were British/European, and there has gradually been a transition to less Brits as peoples' contracts have ended and replacements have been brought on from around the states/canada/south america.
And as for the brits left on board, well we just toned down our sarcastic English humour for you all!