We were 2 adults, a 16 year old girl and a 10 year old boy and arrived a day early. We stayed at the Embassy suites in FLL. This hotel was just OK. It smelled a little of mildew and had a few stains on the carpet. It had 2 connected rooms. One room had 2 full size beds and one had a pull out sofa. The dinner there was also just OK and breakfast was crowded and a normal buffet (free) items. It was not worth $200 for the night. WIFI had an extra charge of $10 and it was $7 a person to be transferred on their van to the ship in the AM.
We left the hotel about 11:30 and arrived by noon at the ship. We left our luggage at the curb and went directly inside where we were issued our sea passes. Then had our normal family picture taken and went up the escalator. At the top of the escalator you could easily miss a table where the kids have to get a wrist band that they wear all week which designates where they go in case of an emergency. There was no wait to board the ship. I was impressed how easy it was. The entrance to the ship was grand. You arrive in the middle of the Royal Promenade deck and WOW… We went directly the Cupcake Cupboard to sign up for the decorating class. Was easy…Then we went up to deck 15 (back of the ship) to sign up for the zip line and flow rider. The line was huge. We waited 20 minutes but it never moved so we decided to go back later. We went down to the room to drop off our bags and it was ready so we left our bags and went to eat. We then went down to Central Park. It is a very relaxing place with piped in bird sounds. We ate Roast Beef sandwiches at the Park Café which were good but salty and on a salted bun. The Cuban Panini was the best sandwich they served. Deserts were good too. In the evening they have a lovely duet playing violin and digital piano. This is also where all the pay extra restaurants are. We only ate in the dining room at 8:30 every night. We then went to explore the rest of the ship after getting Pina Coladas. We ate donuts and rode the carrousel. Fun! Went back to check for the flow rider and zip line again still too long. It took us a couple of days maybe Wednesday to get to make the reservations on the zip line for Friday at 4pm. Never got flow rider lessons because they were all booked up. You can make reservations for flow rider lessons on RC website and they are $50 a person. The lessons are not one on one but a group lesson. There are private lessons but I do not recall the cost. You can also sign the waivers on RC website before you go a nice time saver. Only one person from the cabin needs be on the line on deck 15 with all the sea passes to sign everyone up for flow rider and zip line. They issue daily wrist bands for the flow rider on a different line which is not a lesson but just to get a turn on it. One time we were on line for 45 minutes when an employee said come back another time because the computers are down. So this is really my only complaint. This ship is amazing. We went rock climbing and ice-skating during sea days. We saw every show and they were the best I have ever seen on a ship. They all received standing ovations. Make reservations before you go for all the shows and get there at least 15 minutes early to get a great seat. This ship kept us very busy. It was a little windy at sea so we did not use the pools very much. The hot tubs were a bit crowded but we fit. The Solarium, right in front of the ship deck 15 where you usually find the gym, looked wonderful but we had kids so we were not able to use this area. There is a forward viewing deck spanning the width of the ship. The entrance is on the port side of deck 14. Walk all the way to the front and there is an amazing quiet view with some lounge chairs and binoculars.
The gym seemed like it was a good size for the size of the ship. I only used it once (on an at sea day) and all the equipment was in good working order and we had no problem getting on all the equipment
Our D1 cabin was on deck 6 #6200 and was a cabin for 4 with an extended balcony, center ship. It had a Pullout couch which 2 adults slept in comfortably. We are slender people and 6’1” tall. Well he is I am 5’2”. The kids slept in the 2 single beds which were next to the closet. The room was tight when the Pullout couch was made into a bed at night and only had about a foot clearance to get out to the balcony. We had coffee, fruit and Danish delivered to the room every AM. Just love it. There is nothing like having coffee on your balcony in the peace and quiet of the morning. Oh the phone is funny. A mans voice says “Are you there” over and over instead of a ringing sound.
One of my bags did not arrive and we had to go to customer relations at 10:30 the first night. It had some how lost its tag but was sitting there. I was a little nervous thinking I was going to have to shop on the ship for clothes to wear.
Nassau: Sunday. This was our first stop and we got off the ship with no problem. We walked down the beach and then went to the straw market for a little shopping. On our way back to the ship we stopped at Starbucks for a cold drink. I don’t really care to much for Nassau and we only had a few hours there. This was formal night
St. Thomas: Tuesday. We took a ship excursion to Sapphire Beach where we met Nigel who is a very energetic man who loves his job and makes sure everyone has what they need on his beach. He even moved chairs for people to where ever they wanted them. We snorkeled and had a wonderful time. To the right side of the beach is where the reef is located and there are many different fish. To the left is where we saw a giant turtle feeding on the bottom. Way cool…. He had 2 fish following him cleaning his shell. Loved it…
St. Martin: Wednesday. There was a line to get off the ship here and it took about 15 minutes to get off. We did a ship sponsored excursion. This one went to Lotrie farms for an adventure. We did about 10 zip lines and in between the zip lines there were obstacles like cables to walk across or ropes or 2 by 4s. We all had a great time.
Thursday was the second formal dinner.
Taxi back to FLL Airport was $15 plus tip…
We loved this ship...