This was our first cruise. We have vacationed numerous times at a Disney resort, moderate and deluxe. We have also enjoyed vacationing in beach front condos on the Gulf. We compared the cruise to these vacations. For the money the cruise was an affordable, enjoyable package.
There were a few things we didn't like, such as the constant way they tried to nickle and dime you to death. The unavailability of tea and lemonade made it clear that paying for the drink package was the way to go. On the promenade deck, water was the only cold beverage available(without an additional charge). The promenade deck,although beautiful,became cheap and gaudy with tables full of junk for sale. Loud and annoying announcements claimed amazing deals for one hour only. The one hour unfortunately became five days. The soft serve ice cream machine was located in one spot with very limited hours. Ben and Jerry's had much better hours, but cost extra money. The only other complaint,the temperature of the pools were frigid, only children were brave hearted enough to use them. They need to heat their pools! That being said, here is the good stuff!
The main dining room, gorgeous. The waiters, wonderful(especially Gabriel and Elvis). The food, good to very good. We loved the delicious fresh fruit! The room, clean and roomy(we had a junior suite). Although our 6 foot tall son had to lay diagonally on the sofa bed, it is not made for adults. We thoroughly enjoyed room service for breakfast. Very good selection. The room attendant was super friendly and helpful. She gave us ice daily, we only asked once. She made us two towel animals, loved it! All three shows were very good, make time to see them. Recreation was more than adequate. We also liked the 3-D movie. All employees were very nice and friendly.