We flew into Miami a few days before the cruise since we had never been there before. We stayed at the Sagamore, which was fine, but after spending the day at the Raleigh's famous pool we would stay there next time without hesitation. It was $25 for a day pass but worth it! Both the hotel and pool are beautiful.
We took 2 tours with Miami Culinary Tours and both were a good way to see the sights, get familiar with the area, and eat some great food. We did the South Beach dinner and Little Havana lunch.
The rest of the time we spent on the beach.
Embarkation was smooth and our cabin was nice, if average. The plus was that it was on the hump so the view was slightly above average. #8638 I believe.
Room service breakfast was always on time and correct. Dinner was always fine and we had a great staff. For lunch we were generally off the ship, or just grabbed a snack in the cafe.
The best part of the cruise was the ports. Our particular favorite was St Thomas, as it always is, not because we like the island but because we always use Island Wilson Excursions. Captain Wilson always provides a great day away from the crowds and takes us around the VI's on his comfy boat.
Disembarking was also smooth and we took a taxi to the airport.