We only live 6 hours from NOLA so we left out early Sunday morning and drove down. Check-in was a breeze. Within 45 minutes, we were on board having a light lunch and looking around the ship. Our luggage arrived at our room within 2 hours of boarding.
Before the sail-away party began, we were outside near the pool and I could start to feel sick. I could feel the boat moving before we ever left port. I quickly ran back to our room and applied the patch behind my ear. By the time we set sail, I was still queasy and was unable to eat. I was hoping to feel better by the next morning but that was not the case. I was sick the whole time I was on the ship and only felt better when in port off the ship.
My husband and I had a balcony room which was kinda small but our kids inside room across the hall seemed larger than ours. Our housekeepers were Judi and Budi. Both were wonderful and extremely friendly. They always greeted us by name.
As for the food, what I did eat was very good. We had dinner at Cagney's restaurant once and Le Bistro once. The food was wonderful and well worth the $25 per person charge. I hate that I wasn't able to eat much or keep much down. I'm not really a breakfast person but my husband and kids enjoyed their breakfasts and lunches in Raffles. My husband and I had dinner at Window's 2-3 times and really enjoyed it. The food on the ship was not bad at all. My kids loved the Blue Lagoon and it was great that it was open 24 hours.
The entertainment was great. The whole family loved Second City and Paul Scally is a great cruise director. I loved the husband and wife acrobats (sorry, I can't remember their names). They are wonderful and move so gracefully.
All in all, this was a good cruise. I just hate that I had motion sickness the whole time. My only complaint is the amount of rocking and swaying the ship did. I had heard but can't confirm that this ship is not equipped with stabilizers. I think this could be the reason for my constant motion sickness.
After we left there and got back on the highway, we drove around to the east side of the island. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!! The water is a little rough on this side of the island but it is beautiful and the beaches are almost empty.
When we returned the jeep, we walked around the shopping mall and a few bars. Everything seemed to be priced just as if we were still in the US so we only bought a couple of t-shirts and got back on the ship.