This was our very first cruise. Overall it was very enjoyable and we would certainly go on another cruise. The entire embarkation process went very smoothly and we were on board before noon and sitting eating lunch at the Lido. It was not much longer when they announced our rooms were ready. We had a veranda room which was very nice and clean.
Our first nights dinner was somewhat difficult. We had reserved a table for four even though we had open seating. Everything seemed to be going ok to start the dinner when the dining host came over and sat two strangers at our table that had room for six. We were very shocked and uncomfortable after we had specifically asked for a table for four. The waiter that night was also very impersonal and not someone we wanted to share seven nights with! The next night we randomly got an actual table for four and had a great waiter. With some talking to one of the dining stewards we enjoyed the rest of the cruise at the same table and the same great waiter.
Our first night at sea brought on some sea sickness from one of us newbies. The uneasy feeling lasted into the next day when we made a trip to the doctor where they were very helpful and the rest of the cruise was free of queasiness.
The entertainment was very good. They have very good lead singers and the magician/dog show was very enjoyable. The cruise director introduced each nights show and throughout the cruise he was very professional and energetic. I do feel the DJ/bingo announcer could do a better job. He seemed to find himself funnier than the passengers did and did not always seem the most professional acting.
All the ports of call were interesting and enjoyable. We enjoyed tours at Grand Turk and St. Thomas which were basic not outstanding. We walked up to El Morro ourselves and it is worth the effort to see. Our stop at Half Moon Cay was cancelled due to rough seas which was disappointing but understandable. The night before this stop the ship was very rocky with high swells in the Atlantic. A very sleepless night at sea.
The cruise ended with slight confusion. They had told the passengers that the different assigned groups would be announced that morning so not to crowd the exit. But lines started to appear near the exit and no announcements were being made. We just found a place in line and ended our cruise and found our shuttle to the airport.
Overall, I would go on another cruise without any reservation. Could there be improvements, absolutely. I would like to see the captain take a few moments from time to time to inform the passengers of the sights, for instance what island we might be passing by or the weather ahead. The food service also clearly caters to the "gray" hair crowd. Many of us paid the same amount or more to take this cruise and expect the same extent of service regardless of age. A memorable first cruise which was positive enough to give me the bug to take another one!