We left Port Canaveral on Easter Sunday. Our party included 11 people- my parents (in their early 60s), my brother and I and our spouses (in our 40s), and our children ages 17, 12, 10, 10, and 7. All of the adults had cruised before, but the children had not. The cruise was full of children! The 7 year old enjoyed the kids programs, but the other kids never tried them. The adults in our party all had the attitude that the trip was for the kids, and we pretty much did what they wanted to do. There were lots of things that we all enjoyed together- rock wall, iceskating, flow rider... My favorite activity that we did together was a flip camera scavenger hunt where we were given a list of tasks to record ourselves doing around the ship.
At CocoCay we rented snorkle gear for the kids. There was an underwater scavenger hunt. Our kids didn't find a prize, but they enjoyed the experience. I wish the rental was by the hour instead of by the day, beecause they were done pretty quick. Later in the day we did the kayaking excursion. Don't do it! It said it was a 90 minute guided tour with nature information. It was a waste of money. Rent a kayak by the hour. The guides were useless!
In St. Thomas, we booked a tour with Sonny Liston based on Cruise Critic Reviews. Sonny was entertaining, but he didn't have a lot of information. He did a great job entertaining us, but I really wanted to know more about daily life and the history of St. Thomas. I would recommend it.
St. Martaan was my favorite stop. We booked a private tour with Bernard's Tours. Our driver was Melanius otherwise known as "The Mailman" because he delivers! He was awesome. He knew everythig about the island and was extremely accomodating. He took us to feed iguanas, touch sea urchins, play at the beach, eat at a local place, eat again at a French bakery, and to see the planes take off next to another beach. We had a great time.
Our time on the ship was good. We had 5 rooms with 2 different stewards. They were both good and entertained us with towel animals every night.
The food was disappointing. Every time I go on a cruise, it seems like the food is less exciting. Maybe it is because I am getting older, more experienced, and harder to impress.