Have sailed on this ship twice now last time in march this year stayed on Diamond deck both times never had a problem with engine or passenger noise
Found shore Excursiopn team very helpful on DIY Excursions with local map train and bus times etc. Very friendly crew and helpfull .Would choose this ship again without hesitation.
Excursions meet in theatre & then yo are guided off baot to coaches etc - efficient with not much hanging around.
If you are going to Santa Marguerita ( for Portofino ) it's easy and VERY cheap to get the local bus along to Portofino, saving money & also S.M. itself is worth a walk round when you get back. You can climb high up to church & see the ship below. Watch coast when you leave - it's pretty & you sail past Portofino again. Ship is at tender here but no prob. getting off if not doing excursion & v. efficient.
Mahon, Minorca - ship docks right at steps leading to the city which is charming with many intersting churches and vistas. ALso you can walk along the waterfront to the yacht club area if you don't want to walk the hilly town or do excursion.
Ajaccio, Corsica ( amazing island) - did a tour which takes yo in to the mountains - gorgeous day, but town itself is walkable & you dock almsot in it. Try to see Napolean's little house. City walls & beaches great.
Rome - did organized tour & loved seeing inside the Pantheon ( as in Angels & Demons!)& just main parts of St Peters. However if you are desperate to see inside Coliseum, you might want to go on shuttle bus yuorselves ( or take train) otherwise you won't see inside it. Good day but would rather have sandwiches than spend time on the sit down lunch, even though it was nice. 2 hr coach ride back.
Nice - did fabulous trip to Monaco & Montecarlo - something for everyone, but never enough time! Went on palace tour & saw Grace's tomb in Cathedral, casino & lovely gardens, huge yachts & drove soem of grand prix circuit. Great day.
SHip was our intro to crusing & we enjoyed it. Remember there is always tea & coffee available at the self service station at the buffet ( forget it's name) so used to go straight there when thirsty after walking.