I rounded up my group of 43, friends and family, 19 kids and 24 adults, most of us from NY.
Spent 2 days pre-cruise at WDW.
Embarkation was an absolute breeze!! On board before 11:30, headed for lunch, then the pool. Many in our group jumped on the Aqua Duck early before the lines started. I did not try it the first day, but finally did and it was a blast!
Had 2nd seating dining and attempted to use Dine and Play but it did not quite work out. The kids were never finished eating when the kids club counselors came to round them up at 9:15, so somebody always had to drop them off when they were finished.
Kids all loved the clubs!! We had kids ranging in age from 17 months to 16 years, and they all had a fantastic time.
Wave phones came in handy, but tricky to figure out and not loud enough!!
Only good things to say about our dinners! We never got to Palo, as they could not accommodate our large group even though we tried making More
reservations months before. No worries, as the food in the 3 MDR's was great! One couple did try the $99 pp Remy experience, and they said it was worth every penny! Our waiter Peter and the Maitre D even had the chef prepare fresh curry chicken and whole wheat roti upon chatting with my husband who is from Guyana and some friends who are from Trinidad. It was awesome and such a nice and personal touch!!
Our cabin was great, huge balcony and close to the kids clubs. We were able to entertain a big part of our crowd!
Breakfast we ate only at the buffet, easier with the kids, food was all good, but weird, no hard boiled eggs to be found! LOL
Lunch buffets awesome, with all of the seafood options, things like lamp chops, carving stations, etc. Everything was always fresh. But....where was the Caesar dressing? LOL There wasn't any at the buffet, a favorite for my family. Was surprised there was not more international choices.
One thing we found odd was no dinner buffet! Some nights the kids wanted to go to the clubs early, and unless they wanted room service or the fast food options up on the pool deck, we had to order them sit down dinners at Cabanas. Food was fantastic, but buffet would have been quicker. I guess not a problem for most kids, but my boys eat stuff like conch chowder, edamame, steaks, all kinds of fish, etc., so chicken strips and pizza was not going to cut it all the time.
Captain steered us clear of Isaac! Had one day of rain, but really no rough seas at all!
Disney shows of course were top notch as usual. Adult comedy show was hysterical and the 80's trivia was a blast. The adult venues were pretty deserted most of the time, but hey this is Disney!
Deck movies were really fun!
Seating at the family pool deck was tough, you really had to get there early or be lucky to catch someone leaving. There were spots on deck 12 for lounge chairs that were never opened, would have helped the crowding, but the wind might have had something to do with that.
Crew was great, friendly and helpful at all times.
Debarkation was smooth with the exception of the traffic jam for customs. We took advantage of onboard airline check - in...aaaahhhhh
I cannot remember what else I want to say, so feel free to ask.
What a balcony!!!! Huge!!! Great room, as long as you have kids. This cabin is super close to the Oceaneer Lab and there is a lot of foot traffic to and from the clubs. Worked just fine for us since our 5 and 7 year olds were part of that parade!!!!
What can I say? Disney's own island paradise, and it is just that!!!
Had a blast feeding the stingrays and the boys enjoyed the float rentals and snorkeling.
Friends loved the water park feature, and of course Serenity Bay which this time we did not get to enjoy! ;0)