We arrived at Miami the day before the sailing, we rented a car to go around. Did some sightseeing and return the car to the airport, because you have rented a car (Dollar). You can get a free shuttle from the airport to the cruise terminal, hassle-free. We also did the same when we disembark from the cruise as we had time to do stuff before we caught our flight home.
We boarded after 1pm, boarding was fast and smooth (there was no line up). The room was ready when we got onto the ship and we headed straight to our room. We loved the room with the port side windows, nice to have natural lighting and it comes with a good amount of space where you can put personal stuff on the shelf next to the port side window. Like the rest of the reviewers said, the ship's decor was based on American theme. The decor is alright, however the wallpaper along the cabin corridor is somewhat scary and interesting. The wall paper has faces of American (who had made history). However, there is no name and you are left guessing who is that person? Some are more obvious, wearing spacesuits, astronaut but who? Then some are downright scary, women in "Little House on the Prairie" costume, scowling and looking downright scary.
Most of the time, we have our meals in the Dining room. Selection for breakfast and lunch was good.
MDR: We had the early dining for dinner. Food on the whole was good, their lobster and shrimp was nicely cooked, not overcooked, succulent and yummy.
However the dessert was disappointing. The first night, we had Creme Brulee then the rest of the night was blah...some nights, I chose not to have any dessert as nothing appeals to me, even the Lime Sherbet was weak. Last night of the cruise, the Cappuccino Pie made up for it.
Other alternate dining area: Sushi corner was alright, do not expect good restaurant standard. However, nice to have some variety, although a word of caution, portion is puny. Don't expect to be full from it. It is just an appetizer! Their fish and chips was popular, we tried it once, before prepare to line up. The Mongolian Wok was extremely popular, it will take a good 45 mins wait for your meal to be cook, you basically chose what you want, give the food to the cook and tell them what meat selection and sauce you want. They cooked it in front of you. Tip: If you want a big portion, bring the buffet plate with you, 1 bowl for your veggies and the other bowl for your noodles. Once they finish cooking, they can transfer it into the plate instead of the small bowl that they provide. I can see why it is so popular, great selection of veggies to go with your noodles, meat selection is beef, chicken, or shrimp, you can chose anything that you want. It is unfortunate that even with 3 pans on the go, the line is so long. They should find ways to have another space for more frying pans.
Room Steward: Henny was our room steward, she was very good.
Entertainment: We only saw 1 production on board the ship, it was good, the best was the break dancing by a couple of guys. The comedians they have on board was good, the best was Mascio? He was hilarious, I would advise to go for the non-family comedy hour.
Piano Bar: Brad from Ontario was funny, engaging and fun to hang out with. He has a good repertoire of songs and have songbook request and sing along songs with lyric in them. We went there a couple of night and enjoyed every moment of it.
Activities: We loved trivia games and went to most of it, Graham was an excellent trivia game host, we had a lot of fun.
Children activities: Daughter (13) went to Circle C, she went to the programs that she wanted. Son (16) in Circle O, he had a blast, did not come back till 1am on nights that he need not get up early for port of call. Overall children activities was very satisfactory.
Room Service: We did use that service on certain nights, even though they tell you that delivery may take up to 30 - 45 mins, they come earlier than the stated time. Good selection of hot/cold sandwich, you can even ask for Caesars salad/yogurt, hot chocolate and dessert if you like.
Spa: We used the spa facilities, the steam room was great. We have also booked a couple of bamboo massages with the spa. If you haven't tried the bamboo massage, I highly recommend you try it.
Facility for Adults: We did go to the Serenity club, even thought the club was for 21 years or older. There were quite a few teenagers who were hanging out at the club. Some even hog the hammock for hours, staff do not check on them, I guess unless the adults complain.
On the whole, we had a lovely cruise and a great time on the ship