Let me begin by saying this ship is a "WOW" ship. This was my 21st cruise and I was very impressed with the size and ambience associated with this ship.
Parking: Since this was my first time going our of Fort Lauderdale and reading the horror stories on parking/shuttles, I decided to book parking at an off site agency-parked at the Embassy Suites- lots of people waiting in line- but overall it was a breeze. (HINT- go early- if you park before 10 a.m. you will not have to wait in a line of 50 people to get to the port)
Embarkment: Easy!! Since I am Platinum, I was able to go through an express line and was onboard within 15 minutes.
The Ship: the moment you board- you will be amazed!! The promenade is amazing- wide open spaces, bright and airy, entertainment galore and something to do around every corner. As you walk down the main promenade, you will see bars, shopping, eateries and plenty of places to sit. The bars were more than just the normal sit and drink bars- they all had a theme- from Vintages (wine bar) to the Dog & Badger specializing in specialty drinks. Each store front was decorated and reflected the theme of the individual establishments.
The shops were plentiful, the food options were varied. You could get ice cream from Ben & Jerry's or a quick slice of pizza at Sorrento's. The Royal Promenade was lined with specialty shops, food venues and drinking options.
The Room: We had a Promenade room- very nice- bed was ultra comfortable and the view would have been better with clean windows. It was cozy to sit in the window seat and read a book. Not enough drawer space for 6 nights, but we made it work.
The Food: Overall the food was great. Once in a while something was a bit overcooked- but so what! We sent it back and they brought us a better steak!! The negative was the Windjammer at lunch- it was the same food everyday. A variety would have been better- but that is just an opinion. Chops Grille-wonderful and very filling! The service in every food venue was outstanding. Great service is what you will appreciate more than anything.
Entertainment: Best ever- casino- slots were very tight- most people complained about the slots.
My hubby did the Rock climbing wall- he is 54 and loved it! The staff was very helpful and encouraging. Flow rider was awesome to watch and the ice skating show was great.
Service: Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!!!!
Leaving the ship- this was the worst experience since traveling out of San Juan 20 years ago. The actual getting off the ship was fine- the problem was finding your luggage. The lines were long and confusing. You had to snake through the line of people trying to get through customs to get to your luggage which was piled on the floor under your number- it was just awful and confusing. Some people were in line for over an hour just to snake through customs. It is a shame that the terminal for the Allure/Oasis is state of the art and the other terminals are so primitive.
Overall- best vacation ever- best ship ever!!