We had a very easy drive to New Orleans, but found it a bit tricky getting around the city. We stayed at the Ramada Inn in Metairie, which we would suggest. It was a very clean and pretty hotel. The rates were much better than staying in New Orleans.
We arrived at the dock around 10:30 and got right to the check in station. This would have been an even easier process if our travel agent would have had all of our paper work. Since we are gold members, we were called quickly and we were on the ship before we knew it. After reading reviews, I was a bit nervous about the ship, but found it to be very nice. There were parts of the boat that needs attention, but it is what we would expect for a ship that has been used for 10 years. We went to the windjammer for lunch, which we found the food to be good. We explored the ship while waiting for our cabin to be ready. Now for the bad part of our trip. We had fruit flies in our room when we got there and they remained the whole trip...even after the ship crew sprayed for them 3 times. We also had a leak in our window which made a noise the whole week. They tried to tell us it was the direction the ship was moving, but it didn't matter what direction we went, the noise was always there.
We did not find the shows to be as good as shows on other ships. Jimmy the cruise director did a great job. The juggler on the last night was by far the best show of the cruise. The ice show was good and the stakers did a good job considering the small rink. There must have been bad ice the night we saw the show because they fell about 10 different times.
We did enjoy the food in the formal dining room. We had my time dining, but after the second night we had Fradj and Chew Chew as our waiters, so we requested them for the rest of the cruise...best service we have ever had on any of the cruises we have taken. We tried the formal dining room for breakfast on morning but did not find the food any better than in the windjammer.
Our only other complaint was the lack of drink stations on the ship. If you wanted iced tea or lemonade, you had to go all the way to the windjammer. They only offered water at other spots on the boat. The ice cream station was always a great afternoon treat.
As far as our ports of call, we enjoyed them all. We found Falmouth to be a bit scary and unsafe, but once we arrived at Doctors cave it was all good. We used Reggae tours and were very happy with them. While in Cayman Island we took a taxi to the beach. this cost us $5 per person each way. Our taxi driver did not want to take us to the beach we wanted to go, so we went to the public beach, which was very crowded. Had a great time in Cozumel. We booked the jeep and snorkel tour through RCCL and it was a good tour.
Over all a great vacation and we would do it again.