We booked our Cruise on the April 12, 2007 10 day cruise to the Sea of Cortez Mexico through our TA. We drove to San Diego to board the ship on a Thursday. It was late arriving due to a power failure on the leg from Cabo San Lucas. The passengers debarked some time around noon.
The online boarding pass lines were long and took over an hour to check in. There was little communication as to the delay while checking in. Boarding began at three PM with a delayed departure at 8 PM. It was 10 PM before casting off. Due to the late boarding, there was a $10.00 per person credit for a lunch in San Diego. With the sailing so late the Lifeboat drill was held Friday morning. WE were notified that some hallways would be blocked and no water available in some of the cabins. Our cabin was not affected but the hallway forward was partially blocked while new pipe was installed.
On one of the sea days, the ship was stopped for 15 minutes for a test of some kind. Our cabin experienced 5 days of not being able to flush the toilet in the morning. It was repaired each day, but a definite inconvenience. There was a mix up on gifts to the cabin, but finally straitened out. We noticed a few times on the Lido Deck Buffet that they ran out of coffee cups and jammed up the aisles with folks waiting for a cup.There were a few other problems, such as the onboard internet was shut down for 4 days before opening. This may sound like everything was bad, but there were other things that were very good. The food was very good, but not the variety of past cruises. The service in the dinning rooms seemed to be slower than in the past with more tables to serve. The cabin attendant was right on top of the room care, even with 16 cabins to care for. We enjoyed the show band and the Manila 4 in the Ocean bar. The piano player in the Crows nest was also very good. The show cast put on some fabulous shows with wonderful costumes. The other entertainers were great too. We have seen many areas slipping in a gradual way that is disappointing to long time cruisers.
All in all we had a a mostly enjoyable cruise but wee down graded it for the many problems. The return to San Diego was on time and we were off the ship by 9 AM. We thought that the September drydock should have been moved up to the spring time.