We arrived in Boston on Friday (Oct. 26) for our 14 day repositioning cruise on Sunday (Oct. 28) and stayed at the Embassy Suites Boston Logan hotel. Very clean hotel with a wonderful breakfast and evening snacks! (Highly recommend!) Spent Sat. touring Boston in the beautiful Sun.
Sun. morning we headed to the pier by taxi with the beginning of a very blustery day. We are Diamond members and were on board at 11:15 and headed to the buffet. As we were boarding, the cruise line announced that we would miss Barbados and St. Kitts because of hurricane Sandy. The ship would not sail until Tuesday instead of Sunday. Of course, we were disappointed, but we were glad to be safe with electricity and food. Our thoughts and prayers continued for the people who were in Sandy's path.
As the weather got worse outside, we made the most of all of the activities inside. During the height of the storm, a tug was used to keep us up against the pier. Our captain (Captain James) kept us informed of the weather at all times.
Tuesday morning we were off on our cruise as the skies had cleared. The first sea day was a very bumpy ride. We have learned from past cruises to go to the Guest Relations desk and ask for the sea sickness tablets as soon as we begin to feel even slightly sick. After that, we were able to enjoy our wonderful meals that day.
Our cabin was number 9550, a beautiful balcony. Plenty of storage with a large closet. The only problem was that RCCL allows smoking on the balconies. Unfortunately for us, our neighbors next door were constantly smoking on their balcony and with the wind patterns, it came into our balcony (and sometimes our cabin) and made our balcony useless for us. We did let Guest Relations know but they told us there was nothing they could do. My husband and I have health issues and cannot be around smoke. However, we found areas on the ship that were smokeless and were able to have an enjoyable vacation without a balcony.
Our first port of call was St. Thomas and it was beautiful as usual. We shopped and just mainly walked around town and then took an island tour on an open air bus. Lots of fun!
St. Lucia, Curacao, and finally Aruba were also on our revised itinerary. In Aruba, we hired a taxi and went to a beautiful beach.
The food was excellent on this ship! Maybe, even the best we have ever eaten on a ship! We had anytime dining, but liked our waiters so much that we booked every night at the same table for two so we could have them. Look for Prinston and Leo. They are the best!! All of the staff on this ship seem to be happy and glad to see you!We were sad to see our vacation end when the ship ported in Tampa. It took a while for the ship to clear immigration, but once it was cleared, we were off to the airport in a taxi in no time at all.