This being our first cruise I am going to list our highlights as well as disappointments. On this cruise it was my 8 year old daughter,My husband and myself.
Embarkment We arrived at port around 10;30 a.m. It was cold and pouring out.We had filled out our funpass online and embarkment went pretty quick.We arrived on ship about 12;30 and went straight to Lido deck for lunch. The minute we entered the Lido deck we were bombarded by crew members selling mojitos in hurricane glasses. Not the best drink I ever had but not to bad. First impression of ship was it was beautiful. Take off went smooth.
Cabin We arrived in our cabin around 2 pm.Our luggage had not arrived yet but the cabin was surprisingly big. We had a balcony stateroom. The balcony had to chairs and a small table and was quite nice. The cabin had 3 huge closets and lots of drawer space. I was surprised at how nice and roomy cabin was. We decided to walk around ship and again we enjoyed the ships interior very much. Went to the muster drill around 4 pm (YAWN) but not to painful. after drill went back to cabin to get ready for dinner..still no luggage. We met our room steward who chastised me for smoking in room.
Went to dinner in clothes we came on with Dining Room Our table number was 361.Upstairs left side all the way in back. Early seating.We had a table to ourselves. Our head waiter was Predrag. I ordered Giant prawn shrimp as a starter, a salad and requested no tomato due to allergy, and steak for dinner. The Giant shrimp were little teeny tiny grocery store shrimp that were a little slimy. Disappointment. Salad had tomatoes in it..big UH OH..steak was ordered med rare and came out more like tartar. Daughter ordered french fries and no ketchup was brought to us. We had heard about the horrible grape decor but we rather enjoyed it. I purchased a soda card came to around 60 dollars and couldn't get a soda until halfway through dinner. Another disappointment being I am a huge soda drinker. The chocolate melting cake is not to be missed. Ceasar salad awesome Starting around dinnertime the seas were really rough.Bytime dinner ended I was soo seasick.Went back to cabin and threw up dinner. Still no luggage.
We went to enroll our little one in camp, quick and easy process. Being to sick to do anything we decided to retire to our cabins..Luggage was there around 7;30 pm.
Next 2 days were sea days. We spent most of our time by the pool. We chose the pool that allowed children. Most of the time they were well behaved but there were some boys that were out of control and refused to let the jets on in the hottub.Never experienced chair saving hogs so that was good...always got a great seat.
Shops on board is limited. There is a gift shop a jewelry shop and a formality shop. I was a little disappointed in that. We ate most of our breakfast and lunch on Lido deck at buffet. Food was disappointing. Pizza and sandwich station was good but lines were long for them.Breakfast they had an omelet station which was good. Formal nights were fun and I heard people say how annoying the photographers are with all the picture taking but we actually enjoyed that. Its a way to get nice pictures done of the family.You can take 100's of pictures but buy only the ones you want. We would up taking around 150 pictures throughout cruise and purchased 9. Big pictures are around 22.00. wallets are 9.99.
Puerto Rico We didn't book through the cruise but there were a million people willing to take you anywhere you wanted to go. We took a tour guide that gave us about a 2 hour tour for 10.00 a person and our daughter was free. Our guides name was Roger and he was awesome. He took us to the beach which was stunning..sandy silky beach with water as warm as a tub. Shared alot of history with us and it was quite nice. We did some shopping but nothing really interested us, so we just brought some cheesy souvenirs.
St.Thomas Again we did not book anything and how no trouble getting a cab. We went to Megan's Bay walked on and beach was tiny so we hopped another taxi to coki beach. Coki beach was very nice.We had brought our own dog biscuits to feed the fish. The swarmed us and it was amazing! They were eating right out of our hands. Tortola. We booked the Baths through the cruise. Its alot of walking.Down to first beach is 350 yards downhill(what goes down must go back up)We swam..there was quite a pull in the water. Husbands knees got scraped by rocks..and a man lost his whole toenail on the rocks. We decided not to venture to Devils Bay and just swim. The water was a little more rough in Tortola then St Thomas. To get to the baths you take a ferry ride that lasts about 1/2 hour then a bus ride. We booked the supper club for this night. Ambiance is wonderful. Service amazing. Food again a disappointment. Our palettes are a little sophisticated, so we may be hard on the food but the lobster was tough.We like our lobster steamed and the grill the lobster tails.
Entertainment. We found Generations to be great.Ticket To Ride was cancelled due to rocky waters and Legends was just a glorified Karaoke show. Casinos were great we had lots of winners on this cruise.One lady won 250,000 another won 6,000 another 10,000 and a couple of 1,000 winners. Bingos expensive and last about 5 minutes before someone calls Bingo. We thought there could be more activities. Camp Carnival. Our daughter loved it and made alot of friends.They had alot of activities planned for the kids and she would want to go all the time. Coming back home again was very rocky and lots of sick people. All in all it was a great vacation with what we made of it. Not sure if we would sail the miracle again but definitely see another cruise in our near future