This ship is huge but the common areas are so small that there are people everywhere. It's hard to find a deck chair when the sun comes out unless you wake up early in the morning. The pools are too small and the smell are terrible on the Lido deck.
The good thing is the service in the Main Dining room are good, but the food is just OK. The buffet food is so so and is comparable to Home Town Buffet.
I just wish they have more choice for lunch in the main dinging room. It's the same menu for the entire week :-(
Breakfast in the main dining room is nice.
The BBQ lunch on the Lanai deck is good but you have to pass through the smokers to get to it :-(
There is not much to do during sea days (we have more sea days then port days). Either you read a book in your room (since you may not be able to find a deck chair) or lose your money in the casino :-(
It would have been cheaper for us to fly straight to St Thomas and spend a few days there and enjoy it more.
I would not want to spend my vacation waiting in line or try not to hit other people on a crowded ship.
With only 5 hours or so at this port, we went to the public beach (Cabbage beach). The beach is clean but has no restroom. It's next to the RIU hotel on Paradise Island. We rented jet skis there for $50 for half an hour. There are some white clear fish around when we drop some bread down. This beach is not much different than the private beach at the Atlantis hotel.
Our large group went to Orient beach in the morning. The beach is nice with white sand and sun, but it is too strong by the young kids in our group.
There are some topless women who should not even show their ware. It's so painful for my eyes :-(
After 3 hours at the Orient beach, we decided to go a more calm beach for the young kids. We went to the Le Gallion beach. It is inside a cove and very quiet. There are not much tourists there. Mostly locals.
Snorkel there is fine with some small and clear fish. I even found a conch :-) This place is very nice for young kids.
The only gotcha is there is no taxis to go back to the ship. Either you have to ask the restaurant to call for a cab for you. If you a small group (like 2 or 3 people, good luck :-(). We arrange for a cab driver to pick our group up and a designated time. She gave us her card to call as well. When our driver picked us up, we also let a family of 4 to join us in the van since they could not get any cab back to the ship.
Did a 2 tank dive in St Thomas through the Carnival excursions. It was a waste of time since there is not much live underneath the dive site. There are some corals and some fish. There is not much to write about.