We fly down to Miami from New Jersey on Friday Oct.20 and stayed in Miami Fla. for two nights before our cruise. We stayed at the Fortune House Hotel in the financial District down by the Port of Miami. The hotel was ok, the location did not have much to do in the area. We went to the port at 1:00 pm on sunday the 22nd and waited in line for a short time to check in. this was my second cruise on RCCL.The ship was very similar to the Voyager Family so it was easy finding your way around the ship.
The dining rooms were good but the menu was a little strange as every thing had exotic type spices on them and it was almost the same as on the Adventure of the seas.Our waitresses were very nice and we had fun with all week long. We had dinner at Portifino's and the food was outrageous.This is one restaurant that should not by missed. The two cantilevered hot tubs were fantastic and the view was something to be seen. The family pools and the H2O zone were great for kids.The flowrider was amazing and fun to watch the people trying to surf.
We were traveling with two other couples and had three cabins in a row and you were able to have the glass partitions on the balconies opened up so that you could walk thru to each balcony. This was great in the morning when we all would order breakfast from room service and all sit on the balconies having breakfast together. The rooms were a little bigger then on the Voyager ships and the flat screen tv's were nice.
The shows were very good and the Ice Show was fantastic. It is hard to believe what they can do on the ice while the ship is moving. All the performers on the ship were great.
The ports were good and the weather was great. We booked an excursion at the end of our trip in Miami that took you around Miami and then on a tour boat around Biscayne Bay and then to the airport. It was a nice tour and a great way to kill time if you have a later afternoon flight.
We are looking forward to our next cruise in 2007 on the Explorer from Bayonne, NJ in October.