This was our first time aboard this ship and the experience was wonderful
I am 31 and my fiancée is 41 and there were so many activities for any age group.
We got to the pier about 2 and check in process was very smooth. We were in our room dropping off our carry on luggage by 215. We snuck a few bottles of water in our carry on and they didn't have a problem with it.
FOOD: Windjammer did seem to be a little small compared to the size of the ship. One good thing is; if it is really busy in there they will seat you to avoid searching like a piranha for a seat Food was standard, French fries were really good.
They also have the Wipeout Café which is a smaller buffet-but good for a quick bite
We are in the main dining room every night. Our waiter Kevin from Jamaica was amazing. Great sense of humor, good conversation and always snuck us extra food. We actually saw the head waiter every day and he had conversations with everyone; very personable.
The Park Café--roast beef sandwich is over rated but still good. Try the Cuban Panini,
The Boardwalk Dogs were really good. They also have free donuts but never got a chance to test them
Sorrentos pizza, isn't the pizza there is, but good for a quick bite.
I bought the soda pass and if you are with one other person you really only need one. They give you a soda cup and they have free style soda machines through the ship that you can mix your own creations.
PORTS OF CALL
Labidee--pretty much just a beach day. Be careful going into the water, the beaches are extremely rocky!! They brought buffet stuff from the boat and had a buffet in 2 different areas-very convienent because its a long walk back to the boat. Water was really nice. Vendors were pretty pushy.
Jamaica-we stayed in the port area and walked around. We walked outside the port for about 5 minutes and the vendors were the pushiest on any island I had been to so we went back to port pretty quick
Cozumel-GORGEOUS!! We the dolphin push and pull through the boat. $105 a person, worth it. One of the best experiences ever. HOWEVER, you can not take your own pictures and they charge you $38 if you want to buy 1 photo!! I bought all of mine on a cd for $78. They did come out nice. After we walked around town and the scenery is gorgeous. From the boat to the Forum shops in a taxi is $8. Team up with some people to make it worth it.
ROOM--we had 8301 with a balcony overlooking the boardwalk. The rooms are a bit smaller than normal, due to them spending more time designing the outside of the ship. The guy who cleaned our room was amazing, we talked to him about a 1/2 hour each day.
ENTERTAINMENT--do yourself a favor and reserve the shows in advance before you go. Saves you some time. But still try to get to shows at least 20 minutes early to get a good seat
Chicago- I have only seen the movie beforehand. I thought the actors had amazing voices. Get ready for a surprise with Mary Sunshine
Ocean Aria--AMAZING!! If there is only one show you can see go see this one, the stunts they do are amazing!!
Headliner show was a ventriloquist--he was pretty good but it seemed like a short show
Comedians were pretty funny, one was more angry than funny
Ice Games-this was the first time performing together on the boat and they did a good job
Blue Planet was very interesting to watch
DreamWorks characters were all over the boat and I am a character freak so I stalked them everywhere!! King Julien from Madagascar could have had his own comedy show. The person loved his job.
Ken Rush the cruise director was pretty good. It was the basic things, belly flop competition, love and marriage game show, 70s night, etc....he did a good job with entertaining the crowd. However, he was hard to find. he would introduce something and disappear quickly.
If you were thinking about this boat please try it. 4,000 passengers but it doesn't feel crowded. Sometimes it can feel like you are the only ones on the boat.