Eastern Carribbean Nov 21st
Our first Impression was fantastic and how quick we boarded at 12:30pm, no lines, no waiting.... we literally walked on. We went directly to our room and received our luggage later when expected just as promised. We then proceeded to Register our credit card. We got in a line with two people in front of us, they spoke Italian. They obviously were having trouble even with assistance from the cruise person. Suddenly out of nowhere, 7 or 8 other people joined them in front of us ( Cut in )and took about 10 minutes, then they all left with no cards being registered. The cruise person said nothing and about the line cutting, then we did our cards in 30 seconds. No idea what that was about. I took it as rude but moved on.
Positives of the cruise: - Fast boarding - best entertainment we've ever seen. - Staff and restaurant waiters excellent. - All minor problems handled immediately and friendly. - Buffet and Dining room meals very good for what served. - All tenders were at Docks - 500 kids on board, well looked after by staff ( none ours ) - Lots of other cultures onboard, made it interesting. - All ports and excursions as expected, got soaked in the "Rain Forest". - Lots of Places onboard to get privacy and seating. - Lots of onboard stuff to buy..... boarderlining on Flea market - Georgeous Dancers, lots of leg kicks and splits. - Inside Stateroom well equipped and usable. - 2 for 1 drinks twice a day. - Free Gym and Hot tub in Gym
Negatives: - No real Great Room, Grand Staircase as we're used to. - Pools close about 7:30pm.. too early, too crowded in daytime, never swam. - People coming in late to shows and leaving early... distracting and rude ! - Lines at service Counters too long, need more staff when busy. - Too much late night Pizza, food not available as in other Cruises. - Desserts are limited and small. - Ice cream machines, out of milk, runny, broken... never did have any good icecream. - All announcements in 5 languages, but also a positive, hey... learn another language. - If you didnt Dine in Dining Room at 6pm, you had to wait til 7:30 for Buffets. - NO good Pineapple !!!!! - Overall food not as good as other cruises but acceptable for price. - Some pushing and confusion, first day only. - People cut into lines at theatre some nights. - 2 for 1 Drinks cause crowds, Bartenders do not keep track of "Who's next".
Overall 8/10, We'd go again, nice to share other cultures.