We took this cruise during Spring Break due to our youngest child being on Spring Break. Had concerns about the activity being crazy but was pleasantly surprised with how well behaved the fellow cruisers acted. The ship does show some age but overall was still a beautiful ship. Would gladly go on it again. The Promenade, dining rooms, theaters, etc were superb and loved all of the shows.
The worst part of the cruise was the embarkation process. I had read about Terminal 29 before going to Fort Lauderdale and of course the earlier comments were right on the money. The Terminal was busy as there were 4-5 other ships going out including the Oasis of the Seas. Congestion was an understatement. We traveled with another family member and their spouse so the five us drove to the Park N Fly, who were excellent. I would recommend them again in a heart beat. Never waited for getting to the ship or off of it so would recommend them to anyone for consideration. We unloaded More
all of our bags and the Port Staff were busy getting the thousands of bags in the lot. Within 15 minutes of our unloading we saw rain clouds forming (welcome to Florida) and sure enough it began to rain. There is no difference in the handling of bags so if you think a GS cabin will get you special treatment for bags you are mistaken. We saw our suit-bags and suitcases getting drenched in the rain for 15 minutes. They did not have enough tarps to cover and there seemed to be no urgency for the staff to rectify the situation either. We were standing in the rain for several minutes until they finally rearranged the long lines to give some coverage under the limited covering. My wife's formal dress got wet and stained from other clothes being in the same garment bag. We had 20 items hanging all over the cabin trying to dry and sent off 4 to be cleaned of which two they could not get the water stains out of. Sure they tried to clean them for free and apologized but we were not happy with this issue. I can assure you I will never go out of Fort Lauderdale #29 again. The Oasis and Allure have there own new terminal and it is suppose to be state of the art but outside of that there are no guarantees. I've been out of Port Canaveral and it is like the stone ages in Terminal 29.
Now the Good part. Our state room attendant was fantastic. Augusta was the consummate professional. While quickly learning our names and greeting us coming and going every day and night when he saw us. He would step out of room he was cleaning to inquire about our day and if he could do anything for us. Our dining room staff were excellent as well throughout the cruise. The food was very good and for the most part prepared well. We ate most of our breakfast in the formal dining room instead of the Windjammer. The Windjammer met our expectations for buffet dining but we preferred the dining room most of the time. The ports were excellent and getting on and off the ship was easy for us. We did the ATV ride to Orient Beach in St Maarten. The ride was cool but Orient Beach was overrated in my humble opinion. We did the rain forest excursion in St Kitts and that was really informative. Long hike so having good shoes and being in reasonable shape is recommended. We just walked around in Puerto Rico and shopped since it was such as short stop. We really enjoyed Labadee since it had the cleanest beaches and all the available activities. The Zip-line was cool to see and will probably do that if we go back there again.
Overall, I would recommend this cruise to anyone with the caveat that you should avoid Ft Lauderdale Terminal 29. It could have made a good cruise a great cruise if the embarkation process would not have started off so poorly. Less
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