Embarkation We drove from San Antonio on Sat and went to the Astros game and drove to the port on Sun morning. We parked at Lighthouse parking which we have used many times and book on the internet for $50. Boarding was painless not because we are platinum and had VIP boarding but they have the system down very well. We got on board about 130 and went to our rooms on Veranda deck. We surprised our daughter and friend with a balcony room since this was for her graduation from Texas A&M "Whoop". We took 3 or 4 bottles of Champagne and a bottle of wine each along with a soft sided ice chest of water which we left $1 each day and our room steward kept full of ice
Ship The decor is French and was in very good shape and not plastic looking as many or the Carnival ships are. Finding your way around was pretty simple if you have been on any other cruises. The pool decks had more room than any ship I have seen and lounge chairs were easy to find.
Food All the food was good and very much enjoyed SurMir and the sandwich deli were great lunch options we enjoyed each day, we never ate in the dining rooms for lunch. The pizza was always good at any hour. The highlight of our dining was The Point. This was possibly the best meal I have ever had. The service was beyond expectations and quality of the meal could not have been improved.
Ports In Jamaica we took the trolly up town walked around a little and went to Margaritaville and back to the ship. In Grand Cayman my wife and I stayed on the ship since we had been there many times and the girls went and laid on the beach but we bummed by the $12 drinks. In Cozumel we went to Playa Mar and had a great day it cost us a $15 cab ride and $40 each for all the amenities and all you can drink. The ship was charging $79 for the same place.
The production shows were OK if you are into that which I am not. The comedians were all good and the adult shows quite good. The best of the week was the ventriloquist and by far took top honors.
Debarkation We we lucky enough to have priority debarkation because of our platinum status and put our luggage out the night before. If there is any one area that needs to be improved it would be to put enough people on each floor to keep them there till there floor is called to prevent people from making idiots of themselves and acting like a cattle drive, sometimes people need to be protected from themselves. We did use the porters and this helped speed the customs process.
We found the cruise very enjoyable and ready to go again, it bothers me of the people that bash a cruise because one or two things didn't go perfect. If you have a lick of sense you know what you are booking before you go.