I have been on many cruises. This ship was the largest. Embarkation was indeed a breeze as the cruise line said to not get there before 1 pm. We got there around 11:45 and was on the ship with cocktail in hand by 12:30. Room was nice for two people. We had an outside balcony mid-ship on the 9th deck. Reminder for first timers, the boat does not rock as much mid-ship as it does in the forward section or the aft. In the cabin the only negative comment are the hangers which continually fall out of their holder. Trust me, you will see what I am talking about.
Purchased the drinking pass. Its 49.00 per day for each person in cabin and if one subscribes then all have to subscribe so buy if you are drinkers. 15 drink is your limit per person and I hit it only twice.
Casino was fun. Should be called losers luck not winners luck but the dealers are nice and social.
Not happy with the movement of the piano bar (away from traditional area off the Casino) you can tell it was a move to put more slot machines in. Also there are two places where it smells like sewer.. around the piano bar and the area where you leave the lido deck and go to the pizza place. Constant foul smell.
Guys burgers are great. Oriental food area was horrible (can't remember name) Red Frog makes the best drinks. Didn't see the shows but heard the comedians were good especially the lady comedian. The Hypnotist had them laughing as well.
The crowd was an excellent mix with not to many kids. Too many stories and laughs to count.
The debarkation is something not to envy. They say that if you are not in a hurry relax while everyone that has to leave does so. But the truth is eat breakfast you have one hour. You need to be up dressed and ready to go when they call your luggage tag number. No you can not stay in your cabin as it needs to be cleaned. Go to a public common area. So just remember don't blow it out the last night on the boat.
Finally, go see Ivan and Milan (sp) the bartenders at the Casino Bar. Remember to add a dollar tip to each drink you get. Those boys work extremely hard and will take care of you.
There is not a lot to see on Grand Turk except the salt ponds and a few other city sights but this excursion was one of our favorites. It last a couple of hours and the first 30 minutes was for Segway orientation. The guys give everyone individual attention so that you feel comfortable with the operation of the unit then you are off. If you ever wanted to ride one here is your chance as you will ride it on city streets and the beach. Tour guides were very friendly and informative and very proud of their homeland. Highly recommended!
Took the Rhino rider excursion booked through cruise line. This is a blast if you like fun on the water. It a lot a jet ski but its actually a rubber raft with a 25 hp motor on the back. I had the fastest boat Hint: I remember the last two digits of an eight digit serial number is 36. try to get that one. You get a long ride out into the caribbean sea and the boat can get airborne but it will not flip. Guides were great say high to Lo Lo.
They have bottled water for you and you get a 45 minute break for snorkeling or swimming before you take the ride back. I highly recommend this excursion. The squeals your wife makes while hanging on to you is too fun to pass up.