Embarkation for us was an easy process, we were in and out and through it all within 20 minutes and on the ship. Within an hour we had all of our luggage and went to eat and walk around to check out the ship. The muster drill was a little longer on this ship than it was on our last because they did it in more than one language so that was a little annoying but we dealt with it. We ate at the dining room the first night and our dining room waitress was just wonderful. Her name was Margarita and she was always on point with everything. The bar staff never came around to our table and she looked for him and apologized to us about it constantly...this went on for 2 days before she must have really said something because by the 3rd night he was there as soon as we were seated and was each and every night thereafter. The food in the dining room was absolutely wonderful. The formal night was great there were no photographers pulling us or hounding us like we were told they would, the food in the dining room was ok that night, but that was the only off night we had in the dining room. Each and every night there was wonderful and our waitress Margarita knew what we liked to eat so she had it all ready for us when we got there so it was even better.
We had some great port days! In San Juan we would have liked to arrive earlier in the day so that we could enjoy it more but we did enjoy the little time that we had. We went to St Thomas our second port day and spent the day at Bolongo Bay. It was a great beach and very quiet with good food. We decided to go to Dickinsons Beach in Antigua and we loved it so much it was definitely our favorite but we could have done without all of the vendors interrupting our relaxation time. In Tortola we spent the day at Cane Garden Bay. We also really enjoyed that beach as well although it was a little congested it was nice and it had restaurants and vendors we could visit. We would have liked to have done a few tours but did not have the chance to.
As for the ship and the staff...we found that the staff was not as friendly as the staff on our last cruise. We were expecting people to smile and say hello everytime we walked passed but that did not happen very often. Our cabin steward was not that great...he was a very nice man but two nights he forgot our capers, 1 night we came back to absolutely no towels and 2 nights no beach towels at all. We did enjoy the fact that he did not bother us early in the morning though and let us sleep late and when we came back for the day our rooms were made up. We noticed on the first few days that security was in full force and we were happy to see them talking to the children who were doing things at the pool that they were not supposed to...but after the 3rd day we never saw them again and we did not see parents watching the children so it was a little stressful for us as we have a small child who felt a little intimidated by the things that were going on. We also noticed that some nights at 2am there were many teenagers out of control and no parents or security was around to stop them and we ourselves as well as many other adults felt as though we had to leave where we were so that we could enjoy the night without having to witness some of the things that were going on.
Food...the food in the dining room was wonderful every night with the exception of the lobster on the formal night..that seemed hit or miss. The food on the lido deck had its days as well. There was a morning we woke up and went out for breakfast and the eggs were extremely undercooked and almost like water. We did take advantage of the egg station though so that we could have our omelets cooked in front of us fully. The rest of the food in the lido was also hit or miss but never horrible. Our little one really enjoyed the chocolate buffet as well.
Other activities...Todd the cruise director was great, we really enjoyed him as well as the shows. We saw a late night comedy show by Kevin King, it was a little different but very funny. There was another comedian that was on the ship that did a regular comedy show and then an R rated show and we did not at all find him amusing. The vegas style shows were great but there was one show that had a part in it that upset us a little. We brought our 6 year old to the show because she loves them and we knew that there would be some vegas style clothing in the show but thought it would be fine for her but there was one part where there was a male striptease where the men went as far as to wearing thongs...this was not at all for her to see so we covered her eyes for that part but the rest of the show was great. We took in massages and they were absolutely wonderful, we each got two of them because they were so great! Our daughter loved the Camp as well she thought it was better than any other vacation ever, she did not bring back as many projects as last time but she did a lot of activities and wanted to be there more than anything she really loved all of the counselors and everything that they did in the camp.
Overall it was a nice cruise, we felt as though the children were out of control and there was not enough security in that department and this caused a lot of frustration but otherwise it was fantastic!