Parking -- There are many choices right across from the ship, in fact my husband parked and walked across to meet us.
Embarkation -- We arrived to start the process @ noon. It took about an hour for the entire process and it was very smooth. We had fun meeting people in line and just laughing. The funniest part was noticing how many people really thought they could get away with brining alcohol on board! There was an entire crate of bottled water filled with vodka. Our room was ready upon arrival. Pick up a map at Guest Services -- it's so important to learn the layout of the ship.
Cabin - Balcony cabin on the 6th floor. Rooms are spacious, equipped with a blow dryer, shampoo, bath soap so no need to bring your own unless you prefer a higher quality soap/shampoo. Beds are very comfortable. We had a group of 26 and all on the same floor. It's important to see where you room is located adjacent to the map of the ship prior to arrival. Many of the rooms are above More
entertainment and the occupants were miserable with noise. The rooms are cleaned twice daily and we LOVED our room attendant -- SUE!
Dining -- Northern/Southern Lights (main dining room where you have assigned seating) the dinner meals are good, not great. Somewhat hit or miss. Avoid the sweet and sour shrimp. Lobster is fantastic along with the cream brulee. The wait staff could not have been more attentive. LOVED Myra -- so genuine, attentive and personable. Breakfast is the BEST if you want a sit down meal where you can order from a menu. A lot cooler and quieter than Lido. Lido has amazing omelets, tasty carving stations; highly recommend the burrito bar with fresh shrimp and cilantro rice. Mongolian Grill always had a long line and not worth the wait. Cucina Del Capitano AMAZING and the Steak House worth the extra. Also enjoyed the Red Frog -- tasty beer and try the coconut shrimp with a variety of sauces.
Shore Excursions -- Opted for Stingray City and Coral in Cayman due to the great reviews. We booked an 11am extrusion and they moved us to 7am stating that one of the boats broke down. We later found out that wasn't the case. They booked an alternate ship for the 11am. The excursion was overly crowded and there wasn't much interaction with the stingrays due the amount of people and the limited stingrays. We have snorkeled in many places and this lacked the ambience. Probably would not book this excursion again.
Entertainment -- Saw two shows in Showtime Theater, 1st being the Groove Line a 70's musical. It was so entertaining with incredible talent. Reminded us of Rock of Ages in NY. Also enjoyed the Illusionist Magic performance. A few others such as Murder Mystery were horrific -- many walked out.
Pools -- There are only 2 main pools and they are truly tiny. Shocking for a boat this size. It was overly crowded! Our 6 year old really enjoyed the waterslides. Attendants in pool area very attentive and always available.
Ports -- Jamaica was a great day to stay on the boat and not have to deal with long lines or book an extrusion. Cayman was nice and enjoyed Hammerheads to have a few drinks/appetizers by the water. Cozumel good shopping and you have to check out 3 AMIGOS. Blast!
Overall -- Beautiful ship that is well maintained and immaculate. Really brought way too much and no need to really bring your own wine. More trouble than its worth and the wine selection/prices are very reasonable. You can buy anything on the ship as well, waterproof cameras, etc. at reasonable prices. The water on the ship is filtered so no need to bring bottled water either. I would recommend brining a Glade plug in for the room, a power strip and/or extension cord, ear plugs, noise maker, 2 way radios, insulated water mugs and otc medicines. My only negative is the noise, lack of pools/space and my son and I awakened our first morning with bites ?. Less