Parking: We drove from Atlanta. We booked parking online with PREMIERE PARKING and the location and price were great ($6.99 a day vs $20 at Miami cruise terminal). Drop off and security at parking seems fine. Van was prompt upon arrival and taking us to pier. We arrived at approximately 10:30 on Saturday morning. Upon our return to Miami it was a totally different experience. They only had one van running and were only able to take about 10 people at a time. When we arrived on Saturday they had no less than 3 vans in the lot. There were MANY unhappy passengers. WE WOULD NOT RECOMMEND PREMIERE. There were several other local companies making numerous pickups as we stood and waited.
Embarkation: Embarkation is the norm. Nothing new to report there. Earlier is always better. They did play a priority boarding game where they had a pass taped under a seat and we lucked out getting on early. CHECK UNDER YOUR SEAT!
Room: We booked less than ten days More
out through a cruise agent friend and got a great deal on an inside cabin. We were in 8307 and that location was great. We were midship, so we were close to several elevators. Room was fine, but had no refrigerator and no room temp control, which I found odd. The tv was quite old, no flat screen and no hookups for electronics such as pics or videos we had taken. For the price, this room was adequate.
Dining: Must have chocolate melting cake!!! We thought the food was average to good. Nothing was truly outstanding but other than a few sides we didn't think anything was horrible either. Stayed up til midnight for the Mexican buffet is questionable. One of us thought it was pretty good and one us not some much. Just not sure either of us would stay up again just for that.
Excursions: It's cheaper to book excursions on your own, not through the cruise ship. Do some research for the best deals. Our ports of call were Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. We booked through Phil Lafayette at jamaicaphil.com and Moby Dick tours at mobydicktours.com. We highly recommend both!! My boyfriend has used both companies 3 times each and has been pleased each time. We did Dunns River Falls and had an amazing local lunch in Ocho and did Sting Ray city and snorkling in Grand Cayman. Most importantly, take the time to find your own package to get the most for your buck.
Ship Entertainment: We felt that the cruise director and his staff were a tad weak (compared to other cruises we have taken). The energy level almost completely diminished while not on stage. The Vegas style shows were entertaining as well as the comedy acts (hell yeah). We entered several trivia competitions and are the proud recipients of one 24 carat gold plastic ship on a stick!!! We do recommend the ladies bring a sweater (something warm) to wear to the shows, as most ladies seemed to be quite chilly, myself included.
Adults only: The ship did offer the Serenity Deck, which is designed for 18+ passengers. I personally think they should raise it to at least 21 but it was nice nonetheless. Also it would be nice if there were a pool on that deck as well. It did have a couple of hot tubs but at 85+ degrees the hot tub is not so refreshing. They did have ample chairs and cool cabanas as well as a couple of hammocks. A decent place to get for some decent adult time.
Review: We definitely enjoyed ourselves! As with all vacations, it is what you make it. Overall it was good! Decent food, good shows, great excursions and an overall good time.