We sailed out of San Juan on April 14th, we live in Florida so cruising from any of our ports here would be rather easy, but we wanted to visit San Juan 2 days before and stay one additional night at the end.
I must say the port in San Juan was wonderful, very easy and efficient, the best port we have sailed out of so far. We stayed on the 9th floor balcony room which was very nice, liked the fact that the balcony was larger than what we were use to with Carnival. We were looking for a nice get a way without a lot of your children and that was exactly what it was. Ports were excellent we visited St Thomas, St Kitts, Curacao and our favorite island Aruba, we rented cars at each destination. Since we have traveled frequently to the Caribbean we were more comfortable on our own, since we wanted to shop and go to the beach.
No in room amenities such as lotions, shower caps, shampoo etc. so ladies bring your own or buy it at the ports.
Overall Service was excellent everywhere on the ship. The only draw back was the food, it was not good at all either cold or poor variety and qualify. We dined at Portofino their fine dining restaurant, service was excellent but meal was fair, we had fillet mignon, which had way to much tenderizer as the texture was not of one that would be served at a fine restaurant, but did taste okay, presentation was way better than the qualify.
At the buffet restaurants deserts were poor, seemed like a lot of jello with cream and brownies. Late night snacks they had pre-made sandwiches and not made to order they were Nasty looking, pizza was okay but not like Carnival. We have sailed with Royal Caribbean in the past and had excellent food, but not on this ship, not sure if it was because they were going to be sailing to Europe on arrival back. The good thing was that we went on this cruise for the ports and not so much the food, good thing was that we did not put on extra weight.
Gentlemen if you enjoy late night snacks, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries you are not going to find it here, unless you go to their surcharge restaurant Johnny Rockets, the included snacks on the 5th floor serve veggie mini sandwiches and what I would call a surprise sandwich because I had no idea what was in it, so I did not eat it, as they were YUCKY.
The ship itself was very well maintained, while it is an older ship in the fleet the staff does take pride in their work, as everything was spotless.
Our cabin steward was great very accommodating. Entertainment was also very good.
St Thomas is always good if you are shopping for a special piece of jewelry which were were not, beach was awesome, but driving was a little scary, lots of hills and curbs with spectacular views.
St Kitts was great for shopping I was looking for a copy of a Louis Vuitton bag and found 2 right at port, ladies if you want good quality LV bags just shop at the port as the they had the best quality bags. Just can't see spending 1700+ on a bag with a little more we could just take another cruise.
Driving was super scary the breaks on the left side did not work, although the steering wheel was on the right, poor roads, lots of bumps and my husband could not understand why I tried to break so many times. The good thing is that the car had an arrow pointing to Drive LEFT. Without a doubt get insurance on any rental. We ended up going to the Marrriott for lunch and stayed there by the pool very nice hotel and amenities, food was way better than the ship.
Curaco, great shopping for sandals and beach wear at the floating market, very good deals and most vendors will discount a little more depending on what you are buying. Driving was very good they drive on the right side of the road.
Aruba, our favorite rented a car at the Renaissance right there in town and went to the beach, food, people and driving was as great as always.
Our next cruise will definitely be on Carnival. Can not say I will never go on Royal Caribbean because it was very nice except for the food and we are not huge eaters anyway.