Like a few others we were a bit apprehensive after a few negative reviews of this ship and were pleasantly surprised. Embarkation out of San Juan was quick as we elected to arrive same day via Toronto so did not arrive at port until around 3:00 pm. Building was very quiet when we arrived. We were on this cruise with our family and decided to join them at last minute so got an inside which we have NEVER done before. In this case the interior faced the Promenade with the shops etc. so were concerned about possible noise. Only on one night was it an issue but then was quiet by 12:30 so really not a big deal. However would not book an interior again.
Food was pretty good. Better as we recall than our last family cruise on Freedom but not as good as Holland America which is what we normally prefer when just the two of us. Our dining room staff Pramod and Bogden in My Time Dining were excellent! They really catered to the teens in our family and made our experience very memorable! More
We did Portofinos one night and it was great! The buffet was ok although that jar of Sambal Oelek, which I suspect was for the crew, did come in handy as most food was pretty bland. We enjoyed the Latin music in the bar on the higher level a few nights. We did find on one night we sat in one of the other bars and then really loud music started to the point was too loud to even converse. Entertainment overall so-so typical singing and dancing cruise ship fare/comedians. The ice show was pretty good although saw on Freedom and Explorer a few years ago and seems to me was better then.
Ports were all typical Caribbean beach type stops with not much else going for them. St Lucia was scenic - did a day long excursion and was a nice over view of the island. Swam with the turtles in Barbados and that was neat! Other ports easy to just do beach on your own.
I have to comment on previous posts who complained about the number of Puerto Ricans on board. I have to say firstly - DUH!! You are leaving from Puerto Rico what did you expect?? But I also have to save I would rather be on a ship with predominantly Puerto Ricans than a ship with predominatly East coast Americans! Sorry but just got really tired of seeing the blatant comments of some of the posts!
A few folks commented on the condition of the ship but really didn't find anything negative of note. Disembarkment was a breeze with plenty of cabs waiting. All in all a great family cruise to escape the cold Canadian winter! Less
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Hired a driver for the day - Norman. Was arranged on the pier and took us to a local beach for the day which worked out well. On the drive back gave us a nice insight into the local herbs and their medicinal purposes.
Highlight of our cruise getting to swim with the turtles. THe crew were very attentive to the less confident swimmers (self included) and made sure they got to see the turtles while watching out for their safety. Sadly it poured rain shortly after and we had to return to shore without the scheduled beach break but the turtles were amazing to see!
Just walked a short bit off the ship and went to a nice beach bar with free wifi and a nice beach with chairs. Then wandered around a bit to kill time before going back on ship. A few vendors with crafts but not a big presence. Not as widey visited as some other ports so hence the lack of shops/infrastructure.
Took one of the ships excursions - land and sea to the Pitons. Nice scenic drive but a bit too much driving. Stopped at lookout points and lunch and botanical gardens. Was disappointed that beach stop was not right on beach as they said could not get close due to weather although saw other boats closer. Basically if you wanted to do beach you had to jump off the boat and swim around 40 feet! Most on boat opted not to due to limited time! Beach was not even that nice - passed others much nicer enroute. At $99 per person not great value for money in typical cruise ship excursion fashion.
Took the water taxi to the beach nearby and chilled for the day. Looked around at the shops and ate at one of the local restaurants which looked really cute but food was awful and grossly over priced! Our daughter loved shopping at Mr Table Cloth!