This was my second Disney cruise, first on the Magic. This was a girlfriend's getaway, no children. Some think you must have children to go on a Disney cruise, this couldn't be further from the truth.
We arrived at the Port of Miami at approximately 1:30PM. No lines whatsoever. We checked in, received our "key to the world" cards, our past guess lanyards, and proceeded up the escalators, took our Embarkation photo and on to the ship. This took a total 10 minutes. We were boarded on deck 4 instead of deck 3 as it usually happens. The Atrium was beautiful, the new chandeliers gave it a very classy touch. After our names were announced and we were given the Disney Welcome, we took the elevator to deck 7 and into our cabin. Two of us were return guests, one was new to Disney Cruise Line. On the bed was our Castaway Club past guest gift. Now, this is where I have issue with Disney. The three of us were all from diffeirent states, yet there is one castaway backpack in the room. We decided, one would take the bag, the other took the key ring, and the newbie took the snack. Per Guess Services, it's only one bag per cabn. Not a big deal, but when you have guests that live in different states, or different addresses, this should be taken into account.
The cabin was nice, docking station for Ipod, flat screen tv, unless you like watching a lot of Disney Cartoons, Disney movies, or Disney owned ESPN, not much to watch. Fox news, MSNBC news, but only politics on those two stations, but a really nice jazz station, and there's always the ship cam showing the view from the bridge. I love that there were three electrical outlets in the cabin. One in the desk and one on each night I stand. Great for Disney to provide two wave phones in each cabin, now you don't have to look all over the ship for your party,
Our verandah was very roomy with the typical two mesh chairs and metal table.
There wash plenty of storage. They truly raised the beds for under bed storage of luggage. They still have the beverage coolers, no refrigerators, but the cooler kept everything good and cold for us. I didn't notice any changes in the area of the bathroom, but still love being able to shower and not worry about holding others up from having access to the lavatory.
We had lunch at Cabanas. The grilled lamb chops were great, as well as the grilled rib eye. Everything was delicious. Steamed shrimp and king crab claws not spicy, but okay.
The first night we had dinner at Animators Palate. Nice to see all the new flat screens. The food was great, and our server and assistant server, Genisis and Debbie were beyond excellent.
The second night dinner was at Cariocas, more of a Latin, South American feel. The third and fourth night dinner was at the French themed Luminars, and back to The Animators Palate for the final night. The farewell was fantastic. Mickey came through to bid all farewell in the dining room. It was an awesome show.
We prepaid for the rainforest in Senes Spa. It was heavenly.
On the last morning breakfast is served by your assigned seating, first or second, in the dining room in which you had dinner the evening prior. Once you're done with breakfast, off the ship you go. We saw a long line of people waiting to disembark. They were the ones that decided to take their bags and walk off first. We were off the ship by 8:30AM, without much of a line.
All in all, this was an excellent cruise. Ready to go again.