My fiancé and I sailed the Eastern Caribbean route on this ship the week before Thanksgiving. We had a great time and I thought I would share some of our experiences with those looking to book this cruise…
Faster to the Fun (FTTF):
This was our second time purchasing the Faster to the Fun pass and still feel that it is absolutely worth it! We arrived around noon and waited for 10 minutes in the priority line in security and then headed upstairs to check-in and receive our Sail & Sign cards. There was an FTTF line with no wait so we were sent right up to the counter. Once onboard a few minutes later, we went directly to our cabin to drop-off our water/soda and carry-on bags. We used the priority line at Guest Services on the last night of the cruise, which was great as the regular line was wrapped around the corner. The priority debarkation was also a great benefit. We have already purchased the FTTF for our next cruise!
We sailed on the Liberty last year so we were already familiar with the layout of this ship. We had an Oceanview cabin on the Main deck in the aft section. The cabin and bathroom were the right size for the two of us. There were plenty of drawers and closet space for our things. There was some noise from the galley above early in the morning and also when the cabin stewards were getting their supplies from the storage room across the hall. While we did enjoy the cabin, we now know that we prefer to be on a higher floor closer to the action.
We chose Anytime Dining as we usually skip the MDR and eat in the buffet most nights. The buffet was good and we also enjoyed the omelet station and Blue Iguana breakfast burritos in the mornings and the deli and Fish & Chips during lunch. Room service was delivered within 45 minutes each time we ordered. We enjoyed the menu at the Seaday Brunch and were happy that they no longer have the comedians perform during this time. We used our free drink coupons (for being a past guest) during the brunch as well. We enjoyed dinner in the steakhouse as usual. It is a great experience and we look forward to it each cruise.
Nassau – We had planned to visit John Watling’s Rum Distillery while in port, but my fiancé was not feeling well. Since we have been to the Bahamas before, we decided to remain on the ship. However, I hope to go back one day to visit the distillery!
Thomas – We docked in Crown Bay and took a taxi to Sapphire Beach ($11/pp each way). We brought our own snorkel gear and enjoyed snorkeling off the beach. There is a secluded area down the beach with calm water and plenty of fish swimming through the coral. It was a nice day and we hope to return in the future.
San Juan – We walked along the sea wall and through El Paseo del Morro. It started raining so we made our way back to the ship. We enjoyed walking through the city and seeing the architecture of the buildings.
Grand Turk – We visited the pool at Margaritaville and then walked along the beach to Jack’s Shack. We had a great time on the beach and did some shopping before heading back to the ship. This has become one of our favorite ports and we look forward to returning in the future.
As part of the FTTF, we received Zone 1 luggage tags and were able to wait in the MDR until our zone was called. At 8am, we were escorted from the MDR to a shorter line to exit the ship. We were in our car less than an hour later (after collecting our luggage, going through customs and waiting for the shuttle to take us to our off-site parking garage).
Overall, we had a great time on this cruise and highly recommend this ship!