Flew into Orlando and booked the Fly, Stay and Cruise package at Comfort Inn and Suites in Cocoa Beach. This included a shuttle from the airport to the hotel, accommodations, and then a shuttle to the port in the morning. The hotel was "okay" nothing outstanding...totally fine for one nights stay. They gave us a free drink coupon for the bar but the bartender was quite "surly" and the bar had an odor.
Got to the port about 10:00 and we were onboard about 11:00. Very fast and no issues. The ship is beautiful with many works of art to view about the ship. Special shout out to our stateroom attendant Ben from the Phillippines...absolutely the best we've ever had! He said after this tour that he'd be retiring as his wife wanted him to come home. We had a promonade stateroom that was very nice although we really didn't open the curtains very much as it does not afford you a lot of privacy. It was nice, but just not sure we'd book one again...an inside cabin would have been just fine for us. We found the mixed drinks to be the best at the Bull and Bear pub. Definitely could taste the liquor in them and worth the $6.25 charge. We spent a lot of time there! LOL!
Casino was nice...didn't play all that much but didn't lose all that much money either.
Ate most of our meals in the dining room as we prefer that to the windjammer. The new menu has been rolled out and there was not one thing that we ate that we didn't think was wonderful. I don't know what kind of food the people who complain about it being so awful eat but we thought it was great! If there was something not to your liking, the waiter would go out of their way to accommodate you. We had Lizel from the Philippines and Delroy from Jamaica.
I did think the service in the dining room was a bit slow for breakfast but really nothing we cared enough to complain about.
We missed Cocoa Cay due to Tropical Storm Issac which was disappointing but nothing anyone can do about Mother Nature. The ship refunded us the $48 per person port charge which was nice and unexpected.
St. Thomas and St. Martin were nice and very HOT! We've been to both before. They do charge $10 per per person per way just to go to the beach (St. Thomas) and when you're talking about a group of 6 of us, that's $120 just to go to the beach! A bit overcharged in my opinion...we stayed near the port and utilized the solarium pool when it was nearly empty.
There were a lot of chair hogs despite the announcement that it wasn't allowed...there were still plenty of chairs around nonetheless.
I did think the entertainment was somewhat lacking...they had a 70's hour in the crypt one night but it was only an hour? Why only an hour? We went to Olive and Twist one night but the performer there was boring but that's my opinion and someone else probably really enjoyed it. Corey the piano entertainer in the Schooner bar was really good and funny. Had reservations for the ice show but did not get there until 3:30 (start time) and there were no seats left. so even though you have reservations, you need to get there early. the Love and Marriage show was good as well as "the quest" not to be missed!
Super weather all week....overall a great time had by all in my party!