My newlywed husband and I, along with 24 of our family and closest friends recently just cruised on the MOS. This was our first cruise, along with quite a few of our guests first cruise. The way all of us "first-timers" have been describing it was - "the best vacation we've ever been on". First of all, the fact that we were married onboard in Miami before we embarked, was just perfect. We got the royal treatment, literally, the entire cruise. The entire staff could not have been more acccomdating and polite to us. Not to mention all other cruisers! Everyone, complete strangers, were so nice to us and giving us high fives, drinks, words of encouragement. It was absolutely the best.
Only unfortunate part of the cruise was that we didn't get to our first port of call, CocoCay due to "rough" seas. Not a big deal since we just continued straight on to Nassau and arrived there about 5 p.m. Saturday night. It was really cool to pull into Port and be able to get off the ship to explore for one and half days if you wanted to.
The entertainment was great - we were actually picked to participate in the Love and Marriage game Saturday night. That was a riot. We were given a copy of the DVD to bring home with us!
We booked a junior suite and have decided that we will always book a stateroom with a balcony. To us, it seems worth it to spend the extra money to have your own privacy outside. We slept with our door open each night and the sound of the ocean put us right to sleep. We found the beds to be fairly comfortable for a ship. Slept right through the night!
Oh, one other thing. We had our 12 yr. old twin sons (my stepsons) and our 12 yr. old nephew sailing with us. They had a blast. They made friends within the first 2 hours of being onboard and stayed that way until we disembarked Monday morning. There was plenty for them to do. They really enjoyed the basketball court, game room and rock climbing wall. I believe it was a vacation they'll never forget.
We will definitely be booking a cruise many times again in the future! I can now see how people become addicted to cruising!