First time cruiser. Was always "afraid" of the potential to get seasick, norovirus, or claustrophobic. We chose this ship because it was brand new!
Crew: Fantastic and attentive
Food: Wonderful. We purchased the meal plan which was well worth it. Different cuisine each night. The "inclusive" Tropicana Room and O'Sheehan's were both good. The Garden Café Buffet (BIG ONE) was good.. but too crowded and felt "cafeteria-ish". The Flamingo Bar and Grill.... smaller buffet was great for breakfast and lunch.
Pool and Decks: Pool is TOO SMALL for this ship and very crowded. There are plenty of chairs/ decks to hang out and lounge. There is enough breeze to not get too overheated. The SPice/H2O and Vibe decks are good to hang and lounge.
Cabin: We had a balcony room/ deck 9. LOVED it. Spacious and clean and very nice. (And I am very picky!!!)
Entertainment: Illusionarium was good but the food was INEDIBLE. Eat before you go. It came "free" with our meal plan on the first day, so we did it... but otherwise, we wouldn't have. Howl at the Moon was great and we went twice. Never made it to "Burn The Floor" and heard "Legally Blonde" was so-so.
Ports: St Maarten was WONDERFUL. We took a snorkel tour and had time after to check out the town. Great lunch at the fancy hotel on the main drag. Beautiful streets and shops.
St. Thomas and Nassau: DIRTY AND FILTHY AND GROSS. Not a fan of either. We took the snorkel tour to St. John and that was GREAT! Great crew and experience. Shopping and the town.. so-so. Nassau.. not worth getting off the boat.
Drawbacks: All the extras COST A LOT! The little seminars (cake decorating, beer tasting, wine tasting) all add up. The $25/ day in tips... even playing video arcade games -- $1 per game. We were pretty conservative with drinks (only had beer during the day-- and a few drinks at dinner/ night) and we paid for shore excursions ahead of time. Our bill was $1200 when we disembarked.