We drove down from West, Texas on Saturday and stayed at the Super 8 in Kemah and would not recommend that hotel at all. While we were out for dinner someone came into our room and used our bathroom and the front desk would do nothing about it also our dead bolt would not work. We had to stack our suitcases in front of the door just for a little protection, but enough about that.
We arrived at the port at around 10:30 dropped off two of us with luggage while the other two took the car to the Park N Cruise which was just across the street from the port, very convenient. Were checked in and on board by 12 noon. Embarkation was very easy and without issue other than we had brought 2 bottles of wine, which RC had said was allowable but they were confiscated just after we went through the metal detectors. At the check in counter we asked why and come to find out they were not suppose to take them from us so we were able to pick them back up and take them on board. It always pays to ask questions when something does not go the way you think it should.
We were in our room by 1 pm but no luggage until after 7 pm except my sisters. Hers did not show up until after 10 pm when we were already in bed. We were just thankful it finely showed up.
We had a corner rear balcony suit which had a lot of room for 4 women. The sofa made into a good size bed then we had the twin beds. We rotated sleeping on the sofa as it was not that comfortable. Our cabin steward was wonderful and very accommodating when we needed anything.
We only did one specialty restaurant, Giovanni's. The rest of the time we were in the main dining room for my time dining. The food was great and we really enjoyed being able to adjust our dining times as needed and still keep the same table and wait staff. We used the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch but did eat at Johnny Rocket's for one lunch time.
We spent most of our cruising days playing trivia at different locations on the ship which was a lot of fun. Our last cruising day we planned on spending it at the pool but the weather did not cooperate as it rained or was very overcast that day so ended up packing up our suitcases and napping before dinner that evening.
Disembarkation was not bad. From the time our number was called (we were in group 3) till we were through customs was 1 hour. We were on the road to home by 11:30 with no problems.