this was the first cruise my wife and i had been on. we were invited and actually got to go basically for free, we went with family and shared a room and just paid port taxes and tip. nice gift! with nothing in it, i will say it was very enjoyable.
embarkation: it took about 2 hrs to got on the ship and another hour to get into our room. i stayed lost all week, not knowing where to turn when i got off the elevator. the end of the week, i had found some markers, these helped me find my room, but of course it was time to leave. the room: the room was great, all four of us fit pretty well. we had to stuff suitcases under the beds. i slept on a couch thingy and the wife on a pull down over the main bed. she had to go to the bathroom a few times, which meant crawling over the sleeping couple below, and into the bathroom waking everyone up. we were so exhausted from the days events, didn't mind much. if you are close to each other and don't mind sharing getting ready and all, sharing a room is very cost effective.
staff: staff was great, we had anom who took care of our room. very very nice. the guys in the lido, they tried to remember our names, and got it almost every time, by the end of the week, they new us well. very impressive.
food: i thought the food was great. i ordered 2 deserts almost every night, they didn't care. the last night, the baked Alaska was quiet the showing, with the song and parade and all. it tasted fair, but the precession was great. my favorite for the whole week was the OJ. fresh orange juice. you watch them make it. oranges fall into this contraption, get squeezed and you get the best fresh juice ever. i bet i drank 50 glasses that week. the ship handled very well, captain said we had 29ft swails at times, rough seas, but the ship really took it well. we could not port at grand Turks because of wind. the reef channel is not wide enough to dare it on a windy day.
san juan was great, we went to fodors, got the walking tour and took it our selves. asked the ups guy where a good local place to get was. we ate at a spot, cant remember the name, think it was on Sol st near san jose. we toured SAN CRISTOBAL , it was very cool, we walked everywhere. got off the ship went left around the wall, to the first fort, then made our way to the other fort. SAN CRISTOBAL. at the virgin islands we went to Magens Bay. short cab ride, one way was 11 bucks on a crowded cab/truck or two way for 18, just had to be back at the drop at certain time, and he would take us. got confusing, he tried to drop us off at a market, then asked for more money, then put us on another taxi and we got to the port. there are several ports, so make sure you know where your ship is parked! the best was the "Private island" had the best weather and snorkeled, enjoyed the lunch on shore. friends went horse back rinding, its at the far end of the beach, but they go to gallop allot and to get in the ocean with the horses. sounded kind of cool. all in all this was a great time, i spent some time in the evenings in the casino, not my thing, but sure had a blast. was up on monday, lost it all by friday. dealers, were great. there were a lot of older people on this cruise. lots of walkers and chairs in the hall ways. i went into the disco, and was jumped by a gal who said, finally, young people! (im 34 ha) and she said this ship was like jurrasic park. needless to say, i didnt stay to dance, just wanted to see the whole ship. i appreciate the fact that the ship had a wide range of multigenertions represented. there where only a handfull of kids and teens, my guess was they were all in school...hmm.
thanks for reading and enjoy the eurodam, we sure did!