We flew into San Juan one day early and stayed overnight at the Sheraton Old San Juan. The hotel itself was nothing spectacular but it was clean and comfortable. The best thing about the Sheraton is being right in the heart of Old San Juan and being within walking distance of lots of restaurants, shopping, and the Forts. The hotel also held our bags after check-out so we could explore more of OSJ. After hitting the Coach, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren outlets, we headed to ship around 2:00pm. Taxi fare to the pier was about $16 and embarkation was swift since we had completed the on-line check-in process prior to leaving home.
The ship is beautiful and well-maintained. Lots of glass and light colored wood decorated the main areas. The service was excellent. The food in the Windjammer was good but the food in the main dining room was just average compared to Celebrity and Carnival. Nothing on the dinner menu was exceptional and the portion size was small, particularly on items like the lobster tail and shrimp dishes. Drink prices were pretty average and there was always a drink of the day for $5.95 that packed a punch. The frozen mojitos were my favorite! The entertainment was hit-or-miss. Some of the performers were excellent, especially Roxy (piano player) and Tina (one of RCI singers) but others were just fair. The Vortex got hopping around midnight. The highlight of the cruise was Quest. Don't miss it but be forewarned it is definitely an adults only show. The captain was very informative and he performed a 360 right by the Pitons in St. Lucia, allowing everyone on the ship to get photos. Overall, it was a great trip.