I don't even know where to begin. This cruise was a mess. It took me two weeks to get the energy up to type all of this out....
Let's start with the positives:
We had a super easy time getting on the boat. We dropped off one main piece of luggage and carried on the other two. We got upgraded to "premiere" status and were able to board pretty quickly.
Our room was pretty nice. We had a balcony suite on the 11th deck. Nothing fancy but nice enough. We had a nice big balcony... but smokers on each side of us. YUCK!
All of the staff was very nice. From the waiter at dinner to the attendant servicing our room... everyone was extremely pleasant.
Our two days on the islands were great! In Nassau, we chose to walk around all of the shopping areas and then hop a cab to the beach near Atlantis. It was beautiful. The cab ride was $4/each ...and beach chairs were $10/each... so simple if you're just looking for a day on the beach. In Freeport, we paid for a shore excursion. We did the Kayaking Adventure which took us on a 30 minute ride away from port to a nature preserve. We got to kayak through the mangroves and see tons of wildlife... from exotic fish to birds and other neat animals. We ended up on a private beach where they served a cold lunch (sandwiches and such), then we got about an hour of time on our own.. where we walked the length of the beach... followed by a nature walk where we learned all about the native plants and animals. It was worth every penny! So neat. Would do it all over again. It was not a difficult kayak trip at all. But be ready for team work!
That's about all I can say for the positives.
This is the hillbilly boat of the seas. It's extremely small. It's been refurbished, but is still showing it's age. The "resort style" pool is smaller than most backyard pools. The main deck had about 20 children in each hot tub and really cheesy dancing/games at the main "pavilion" ... The buffet was no better than a low class Golden Corral. And that's giving it high marks. Dinner, which is supposed to be "higher grade" fare... was no better. Actually, it was garbage.
Because of the small size of the ship, the waves totally rocked the entire ship. My boyfriend could barely keep his footing. Other passengers who had been on several cruises, told us this was the worst one they had ever been on! I was motion sick, even with an ear patch, pressure bracelets, and oral medication. I have never been so sick in my entire life. We could not wait to get to port.
When we pulled into Nassau, it was evident we were on the super-discount ship. Disney and Royal Caribbean pulled in next to us... making out ship seem tiny and extremely out of date. The other cruse liners looked the BMWs of the sea.... while we were stuck on the Ford Pinto. So disappointing.
Also, the clientele on the ship was interesting. A lot of smokers, trash mouths, and interesting dressers. At the captains dinner (where you're supposed to dress up) one man was in head to toe CAMOUFLAGE!!! Another women looked like Magda from "Something about Mary" ... tan and smoking long cigarettes all day long. It was an experience for sure.
The one area of peace we found was the Serenity deck on the back of the ship. It's a 21 and over area... with VERY limited seating. Best spot on the entire ship!!! And we're fun, outgoing people.... but there weren't many people we'd normally associate with. Luckily, we found one other couple that was pretty cool and our dinner "mates" assigned to our table were pretty cool too...so we lucked out.
The comedy show we saw - terrible.
Drink prices - super inflated. Lines to get any beverages can be extremely long. We never even opened the two bottles of wine you're allow to bring on board.
Casino - about the best think this ship has going... except for all of the smokers! Pew!
Getting off the ship was the final fiasco! We docked at 8:15am... but were not off the ship until noon! For some reason customs too FOREVER.... and then when our group was called... we sat in the stairwells with all of our luggage for over 2 hours! It was ridiculous! So unorganized!!! There has to be a better way.
All in all, I will never take another cruise again. ESPECIALLY not this one or a Carnival cruise ever again. Read the reviews people... save your money and take a nicer ship out of Port Canaveral or Ft. Lauderdale/Miami. This is a huge waste of money, even though it seems like a good deal. You get EXACTLY what you pay for... so be careful. I'm not a destination person, NOT a cruise person.