We had a family reunion on this cruise during Christmas week. There were 21 of us, and our family ranges in ages from 7- 86.
Embarkation- This was a mess, and probably the worst part of the cruise. The line seemed to never end, and moved very slowly when we got there around 2pm. Some of our family arrived earlier around 11:30 am and did not have a problem checking in.
Public rooms- All the public spaces on the ship were great! There was usually a wait for the fitness center, especially at sea days, and there was a 20 minute maximum to use some of the machines. Also, it was difficult getting chairs by the pool on sea days as well, but between the pool area and the Solarium (the adult pool), we could usually find seats.
Cabin- We were on the 6th floor and had balconies. We were right above the lifeboats, but they did not block our view much. We had 10 rooms all in a row, and they were able to open up the balconies for us so we could walk from one room to another outside. We really enjoyed sitting out on the balcony each night. The room itself was about average size for a cruise. There were not a ton of drawers in the bedroom but the closet was spacious, and there was some drawer space in the bathroom. There was also a cabinet over the bed that we put our clothes in.
Activities- Besides all the musical entertainment, there was not a whole ton to do on the ship. We did go a "Dancing with the Stars" type event, as well as a Not-so-Newlyweds game. There was also an adult comedy club which was enjoyable. There wasn't much to do at all during the day while we were at sea, so we hung out by the pool.
Entertainment- All the shows each night were great! Because we went during Christmas week, there was a special Christmas show. In addition, we had 2 American Idol finalists perform one of the nights. Everyone was so talented on the ship, and we got to meet them for a Q & A session. In addition to the shows each night, there were 2 matinee shows on the days we were at sea. The bands around the ship were great too. We always tried to see Uncommon Ground, Top Shelf Duo, and the Vibes perform whenever they were scheduled. Uncommon Ground also performed as one of the matinee shows on the ship.
Food (Opus)- Opus is the main (free) restaurant on the ship. The food was great, and our waiters were great as well. There are plenty of options for both the adults and kids.
Food (Ocean View Cafe)- The food here was mediocre, but we went here often to have breakfast and lunch as well as snacks. The only negative thing was that the only foods available between 3-4 pm were pizza, pasta, and ice cream. Because these were the only lines open, they were extremely long during this time, especially on the days we were on land because people came back to the ship then.
San Juan, Puerto Rico- We went on an excursion through Celebrity at this port. We were delayed getting to Puerto Rico, so we ended up being there from 4pm-11pm. Excursions had to meet in the Celebrity theater and it took awhile for us to get off the ship. We did the bus tour excursion, which was just ok. Old San Juan is very nice, but New San Juan is pretty similar to the United States with all the fast food and chain restaurants.
St. Thomas- Once we got off the ship, we found a bus tour. The tour took us to some shopping areas, beautiful views from the top of the island, and to a beach. We got to spend some time in each of these places.
St. Maarten- We went here on Christmas, so some of the stores were closed. Right outside the cruise ship is an area with shops and a couple places to eat. We took a cab and the driver gave us about a 1 1/2 hour tour of the island, and we then stopped at Orient Bay (a beach area) for about 2 hours.