We arrived at the port around 12:30 and the valet took our car fairly quickly. There are no porters to take your bags. We went through security at a decent pace and we're going to check a bag. The line for that was slow and a security guard said to just take it with us since it rolled and wasn't too big. We had a little wait to check in but not too bad. Then we stopped at the excursion desk but they were not pushy. Next was the dinner reservations desk. We had done this online but they somehow did not go through. We took care of it there. Then we passed the beverage package desk.
It was raining so lunch buffet was at The Rio. It was pretty good. You are shown to a seat which has silverware, napkins and a tablecloth. The server gets your drinks for you. This makes it a step up from a regular buffet. The lines were never bad at the buffet even at breakfast.
The shows were really great! They are three short acts. Singing,comedy,circus and a juggler. Both nights were different. The other entertainers were good throughout the ship.
Dinner the first night was at The Cove. This is the extra fee restaurant. It was quiet and we had a window seat. You have a team of servers. The food did not meet my expectations for the way it was hyped up. Not worth the extra money. The second night was at The Crystal. I actually enjoyed this food better. Our server worked rally hard. You do not have a team of servers here.
I really liked the decor of the public areas. Bright but somewhat classy. The rooms are very plain though. The ship was very clean. The jacuzzis were hot enough too.
The first night was very rocky. We liked it,but many were sick. The staff worked really hard to keep it cleaned up!
Customs was very, very slow. Plan on it. We did not have to wait too long for our car but it stunk like cat spray! Weird!
I liked the small size of the ship and lack of crowds and lines. We would love to do it again and stay on the island for a few days.
We took a shared taxi to Taino Beach for $14 RT each. There is a park with a nice playground across the street and clean bathrooms. The sand was clean and soft. We used lounge chairs in front of Tony Macaroni's beach bar. We enjoyed his conch demonstration very much. We had drinks and roasted conch which we enjoyed. This was a low key, cheap day! The water was too cool for us but I put my toes in.