We are first time cruisers, and we decided for this cruise because of the ports. We had an amazing time, and it truly was a memorable experience. The ship itself was incredible, and I will review each feature separately.
We had a balcony on deck 6, which meant no balcony was underneath us. The room wasn't tight at all, and we had a sofa bed and upper pullman, which were both quite comfy. The sofa might have been a bit short, but was fine for our 8 year old daughter. Most nights we were given a few chocolates, and a funny towel animal with our sunglasses on it. The window was a bit worn, but didn't bother us at all. On the balcony there were two nice chairs, and a table of sorts. The bathroom was a bit small, but big enough for one at a time. The only downside was that we were right above the theatre, so we could hear the musicals loud and clear.
The 'Playlist Productions,' 8 person musical shows, were great. A lot of people said that 'Epic Rock' was the best, with all the fire, and how dramatic it was, but my personal favorite was 'Motor City' as Motown is my style of music. The LED backing screens were well used, and the singers and dancers had so much energy. After Latin Nights and Motor City, there was an after show party in the atrium, which was a lot of fun. Edge, a comedy juggler, was astounding, and absolutely hilarious. There was also a mind reader, but he felt a bit tedious, but the comedy magic show was funny. Kevin Noonan, the cruise director, was amazing. He was always walking around, and making jokes at the shows. There was a 'Morning Show' on sailing mornings, with Noonan, and the assistant cruise director, Shorty, and I got to win $195 worth of prizes. Zach Majors, who performed in the Red Frog Pub was friendly and entertaining. The limelight lounge hosted art auctions and comedy shows, which were quite short, being only 20 minutes,
The Main Dining room was large (we had my time dining) and had good food and service. The Havana Bar was a great place to go in the morning, for omelets, and in the afternoon for a great Wok meal. We has pasta in Cucina del Capitano during lunch, which was alright. Ji Ji's Asian Kitchen was one of the best Asian meals we have ever had (we lived in Asia for 5 years) and we visited it twice, because of the excellent service. The lido marketplace had a vast choice of foods, and there was reasonable sitting areas. Guy's Burger Joint had great burgers, and the salsa bar had great tacos as well.
The EA Sports Bar was great, as it showed the Tour de France, but blanked out at a couple of points. The Shake Spot and Java Blue Coffee were nice too, with excellent milkshakes. In Ocean Plaza, they held trivia and lessons of different types, like dancing with the Playlist performers. This place was well thought out, and a nice thing to go to if you've got nothing to do. The Atrium was large, and had a bar of a bizarre colour. The Library Bar was comfortable and cozy, and it had board games such as Cluedo, and others.
The Sky Course (ropes course) wasn't as high as they make it out to be, but was still an enjoyable thing to do. The guy putting on the harnesses was so funny and energetic. The waterworks area was great. The racer slides were so fast, and quite intense, and I actually got burns on my shoulders. The pool was quite small, but was still okay, and there were two boiling whirlpools, which were really enjoyable. There was always Bingo in the main theatre, and sometimes parties on the pool decks. The service was really friendly, with people recognizing us and saying hello.
Altogether, this cruise was absolutely fantastic, and we are planning another one next summer in the Caribbean.