This was close to home so a short drive to Norfolk was worth it. Parking was easy and ride to the ship was fine. Easy embark, nice weather and music to travel out of port. Balcony cabin was very nice and room steward was outstanding. Booze was pushed hard and more expensive than I expected.
First fun day at sea was nice. Long lines for all of the buffet and other food venues. Food was ok but not as good as I had expected from others who had been out.
First stop at Nassau took a while to get clearance to get off the boat. The rumor was some poor passenger had passed away. Shore travel was late but they waited for us. Went to the Gardens the first day, pink flamingos are cool! Went to Atlantis the second day. It was nice but just like a Las Vegas casino, flashy and wanted your money.
Next day was Freeport. Glass bottom boat was cool, the island was as expected, industrial and not a great vacation spot.
Late dinning room seating was ok but not what was asked for. Never the less that staff was wonderful and made up for the late time! Food was decent but we had expected better.
Debark was confusing and not exactly as described, still was no real problem.
For a first time cruise, it was not quite as good as expected in some ways and outstanding in others. I would certainly do it again.
Pros: Great staff on the ship from every department! Woo hoo! Most notable were Pacific dining and house keeping staff!
Cons: Long waits for the buffet and other food venues at peak times. Food was OK but we expected better.
P.S. - The shows, some were good, magic and such, review shows were OK.