First of all, this was my 19th cruise;11th with RCI. We booked just a little over a week before the cruise. We are Diamond members of Crown & Anchor. We are both in our mid-50s. We flew in the day of the cruise from Detroit and arrived approx.9:30am. By the time we got to baggage claim and retrieved our luggage it was about 10:10. We used RC transfers and had to wait for a bus for about 45min. They had busses leaving about every half hour but the first 2 were full. When you check in at the counter they give you a number. We finally got on a bus then it took about 45min. to reach the port. After sitting on the bus about 10min. they let us off to claim our luggage. After giving luggage to a porter we stood in line to go through security which took about 15 min. Once through security with our paperwork in hand we were directed to the Diamond line where there was no waiting. Then once we went up the escalator to the ship, we had to wait in line about another 15 min. to board the ship. It was about 12:45 when we boarded, and then proceeded directly to the Windjammer for some food. We had late dining, but put in a request to have it changed to early because we don't like to eat so late. We had to eat at 8:30 the first night, but had a note in our cabin the next day that we had been changed to the early seating. Yea!!! We were seated on the 4th deck dining room. No complaints except we had a big group of 2 tables of women seated behind us that got quite loud at times.
We ate in the dining room every night except one. We both had quite a few Margaritas at Carlos n Charleys and overslept one night so we had dinner in the Windjammer. The only problem with this was there were kids running around all thorough-out dinner weaving in and out of the tables; quite annoying. Food was good throughout the cruise. Never had a problem with cold food. We ate most breakfasts & lunch in the Windjammer. Most mornings had omelets made to order. Sometimes it was difficult to find empty tables in the Windjammer for breakfast as this cruise was booked to capacity.
The only complaint which no one had any control of was the weather. The only truly sunny day was the day we were in Labadee.The days at sea were cloudy and very windy. We watched people on the flow rider. We did a lot of ship activities like trivia. We saw all of the production shows and thought they were great.Drew Thomas the magician was fabulous! The comedians were great also. The had a couple that did aerial tricks that were entertaining. The ice show was OK, but we left early. The cruise director was Abe Matthews. He was just average in my opinion. It's hard to beat Richard Spacey and Clo. The gym facilities were excellent and it was never crowded when I went there. I never saw anyone in the boxing ring while I was there. We went to Johnny Rockets once and as always was great. We went to Sorrento's almost nightly and Ben & Jerry's once. Both were good. We had an outside cabin on deck 3 portside forward. We met some really nice people from Kansas City; hello to Mike & Lisa!