All in all, we absolutely loved this cruise. While there were some aspects that could have been improved upon, we thought it was an excellent value compared to the prices of other cruise lines, and the itinerary was exactly what we wanted.
First let me get the biggest negative out of the way. We had two cabins. We called months before sailing to add a third person to one of the cabins. Our original cabin number was changed and we were then assigned a new cabin for three people. Upon getting to that cabin, we learned that a cot had been rolled in, thus creating a cabin for three people! To make matters worse, when the cot was unfolded, you could not open any of the closets so basically the entire room was a bed. We immediately contacted Guest Services who were of absolutely no help. We were stuck with the situation even though I explained that it was like checking into a hotel and being told that one of your guests would be sleeping on a cot for the next 7 nights. I found it unacceptable but unfortunately, there was nothing I could do at that point. Live and learn.
Now, for the good parts. We arrived in San Juan around noon, took a taxi right to the ship, checked in with absolutely no line, and were on board in minutes. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that our cabin was ready for us so a quick change of clothes and we were on deck watching the Celtics/Lakers game on the giant screen with a cold beer in hand. Does it get any better? Yes, Celtics won in overtime! :)
Food was plentiful, we did not experience any significantly long lines for any buffet. We had dinner in the Pacific Dining Room every night....our server Knock Knock was the best! The entertainment from the staff in the dining room was one of the highlights. We did not particularly enjoy any of the shows - they seemed outdated at best. I'll leave it at that. The R-rated comedian should have been X-rated. We found it vulgar and crude and especially uncomfortable since we were with our kids & their friends (in their 20's..don't worry!) The entertainment in the casino was our nightly choice.. the piano bar was fun to visit also.
Our cabin #6327 was perfect....room steward was fantastic - twice a day. We did have some rough seas, most noticeable in the rear dining room, and once I returned to our cabin the motion was much less noticeable. Bed was comfy and plenty of room for the 2 of us....not so much in the other cabin with 3 people!
Here's a quick review of what we did in each port: St. Thomas - we rented a car from Avis (they showed up late to open!) and drove to a couple of local beaches as we are familiar with the island. Barbados - arranged a catamaran trip with Silver Moon - fantastic day! great boat, great crew! Don't hesitate to book them! St. Lucia - arranged a tour with Spencer Ambrose Tours based on all the reviews. I give it a C...Spencer was having a bad day, arguing loudly with both local people on the docks and with customers! Our guide, Small, was excellent! Once we arrived at Jalousie Beach, we found we were to be squeezed into a tiny area of the beach with lounge chairs basically on top of each other. NOT what I had in mind. Spent most of the day at the outdoor restaurant/bar on some nice outdoor furniture..well worth the $ spent ordering pizza and beer for a few hours. Beautiful trip back to the ship by boat...but windy, rough seas. Don't miss the Pitons! They are unbelievable! St. Kitts - took a taxi to South Friars Beach and the Shipwreck Bar & Grill. Great day, good food, good service. The road down to the beach had a detour - harrowing! not for the faint of heart! St. Maarten - took a taxi to Galleon Beach/Coconut Grove. Good food, good service.
Again, we thought this cruise was a great value for the $. What a way to spend a week - waking up and going out on your balcony in the warm air as you pull into a new port every day! Room service delivering your coffee & bagel..such a treat. Ship was extremely clean all over...staff very friendly and hard working. Nice crowd of people on board also.
We chose self debarkation....we took our own bags without a problem and we were off the ship by 8:15 am! Gave us a full day in San Juan before flying home that night. I had reserved a room at the Tres Palmas Inn so that we could have a place to put our luggage while we were at the beach & some where to shower before heading to the airport. It is a great place and the owner could not be any friendlier! I highly recommend it!