We took a taxi from San Juan airport to the port. Embarkation was a little tedious given the long lineups, but it may have been due to the time we arrived. Don't forget you're allowed to bring 2 bottles of wine with you on board - you can pick these up at the liquor store on the 2nd floor of the cruise terminal itself. You can also bring bottled water and/or pop on board with you. Once we were settled in, we left the ship for about an hour to walk around the port area.
We stayed in a balcony cabin on the Spa Deck. The cabin itself was very spacious and we will always pick a balcony cabin going forward. When we arrived, the toilet seat was dirty - we didn't notice it right away but later noticed it had been cleaned properly. That was a little off-putting! The bathroom was a little small but this is to be expected on a ship. The cabin had thin walls - we could hear our neighbours and we could also hear people talking above us. This didn't really bother us but may annoy others. More
The Serenity Deck above us was a hidden gem. Perfect secluded area for relaxing with a book, sun bathing, or using the adult-only hot tubs.
We were not very impressed with the dining. The food at the buffet was okay but nothing special. We definitely got tired of the buffet food within a day or so - we're not picky eaters. The lineups at the buffet were always very long. The dining room offered better options but nothing was spectacular. Service was always great.
Entertainment was sufficient for us - we always found something to do. The comedy club was lots of fun - Happy Cole put on a wonderful show! We went to the nightclub a few times as well - loved the music. They do play a lot of reggaeton music - so this may not be for everyone, but we really enjoyed ourselves. The dance floor was half empty on some nights, but I do think this depends on who is on the ship during your specific cruise. The shops on board will match prices at the ports. We purchased some watches on board - got awesome deals. It's worth checking out the shopping on board.
Service was always wonderful. Please keep in mind that you will be charged auto-gratuity when you settle your folio. This is something we were not aware of.
We disembarked in St. Kitts so cannot comment on the disembarkation process back in San Juan.
Overall this cruise was a good value for money. You get to see 5 islands in 7 days! Less
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The port terminal has free WiFi - lots of passengers took this opportunity to get "online". There are several stores to shop at for souvenirs right at the port.
We took a taxi from the port to downtown Bridgetown. We were personally very overwhelmed by how busy it was. There are lots of stores, people, traffic, etc.
We quickly followed others to The Boatyard - this is a restaurant/bar/private beach area right off downtown. As we were tired of the cruise ship food, we had some very good seafood and wings here and lots of drinks. The cruise ship crew tend to frequent this place. We spent the rest of the day lazing around on the beach. If you're on a budget, this was a nice way to spend the day in Barbados.
We disembarked in St. Kitts so we opted to spend our last few hours enjoying the ship.
The port is very impressive and offers lots of great shopping. If you have the time, it's worth taking the ferry over to Nevis for a few hours. Also, Brimstone Hill is spectacular.
This was the only port that we "splurged" at. We purchased the Catamaran excursion from Carnival. Honestly - it wasn't worth the money we spent. This may have been due to the bad weather that day. You get to see a bunch of small fishing villages and The Pitons. Nothing "wowed" us on this excursion. If you do decide to go - just being on the boat itself with unlimited rum punch can prove to be great fun :) The cruise terminal had lots of shopping. We bought some conch fritters from the restaurant on the second floor - very yummy!
We took a taxi from the port to Magen's Bay. We spent the day at the beach and it was amazing. Anyone who likes the beach/ocean should check out this beach - definitely a must-see! We took a look through the shops at the port on the way back to the ship but didn't make any purchases.