Our good fortune started before we even got to Florida... we were flying into Ft. Lauderdale and renting a car down to Miami (cheaper than flying into Miami). We were on layover in Houston, they asked for volunteers to give up their flight as they were overbooked. I went up and asked about it, they said they had a flight into Miami (which would get us into Miami 2 hours earlier than we would have gotten their on our usual plans...) and we would get a credit for a future flight for $300... DUH... no brainer... I cancelled my rental car (saving myself an additional $50). So, our party of 4 got 4 vouchers for $300 for future flights. So, our trip started out on an exceptionally high note. We took the shuttle from the rental car place (still had my confirmation printed out and used it to get on the shuttle to the port. Got off the shuttle, passed bags to porter and went and stood in line for about 30 min. Got through security and got our keycards and walked the gangway being greeted by smiling faces and music. Went right to the Summer Palace main dining room and started off with a wonderful meal, went to our cabin, then we had our "muster drill" we went to the Stardust theater and sat for 5 min then the drill was over. We then went down to the Crystal Atrium and watched the Seahawks game on the big screen. At 6:00 we went to the Bacardi Liquor testing in the Duty free shop. Went to the 7:00 show in the Stardust Theater "Experience Stardust" which was a taste of things to come entertainment wise. "Oh, What a Night" was the highlight of the week. Do not miss ANY of their shows. We went to both shows the night that they were headliners (Day 3). Rod Long was a comedian who kept us in stitches with good clean humor on the first night and on his PG-13 show. We walked out of his adult show. He was much better when he kept it clean. The other highlights entertainment wise were the juggler Barry Long and in the piano bar Jim Badger was entertaining all week long.
Main dining room food was awesome all week long. Did not eat at any specialty restaurants. Our favorite server in the Summer Palace was Redelick Mira he goes by "Red". He made our dining an event. The buffet was awesome every day, excellent selection, the "Washy Washy" lady always brought a smile to our faces. Only suggestions we could make to make life easier would be to have a hot water/coffee station several places around the ship so you dont have to always go up to the buffet area. They also need to have a 9pm to midnight snack bar (i know they have the Blue Lagoon, but it is nice to grab and go with some items...)
Our cabin steward was top notch and was really personable, her name was Anthea from St. Lucia. If you happen to get her for your steward, you are in luck.