Landed at 11:22 am in Miami, caught a cab to the dock, got in line for check-in & on board getting ready to eat lunch by 12:10. Carried on all our luggage. A bit of a pain having to hang on to it, but so nice to be able to get unpacked & settled right away.
Ship is nice. I really liked the decor. Staff is pleasant.
I was pleased with how quiet it was on Empress deck. We only went to one of the production shows. This was our 5th cruise, so that just didn't interest us as much as the comedy shows. We went to all 4 comedians' shows, PG & R rated. We relaxed most of the time at the adult pool, reading, enjoying the pool & hot tubs. Our cabin steward, Connie & her assistant Iwanto? were great. They don't have foam to soften the beds, so Connie put a comforter under our sheets. It helped a tad, but I probably wouldn't ask anyone to do it again. We actually told her it was no big deal & not to bother with it, but she would have none of that.
We did Your Time Dining this time & really liked it. Only one night was there a wait & it was only 15 minutes. We chose not to wait, though, because we wanted to make one of the comedy shows. We enjoyed meeting new people at dinner every night.
Really only 2 glitches that I can recall. One was that one of the tenders broke down at Half Moon Cay. We had to wait a LONG time to catch one out to the island as well as coming back to the ship. I didn't mark the time, but I think we waited about an hour and a half. I wasn't thrilled about that, but stuff like that happens. HMC is pretty & a buffet lunch was provided. Our soda stickers were also accepted there, so that is nice. Water is very salty, which makes it very easy to float or tread water.
Second glitch was missing Grand Turk. It was weather related, so no fault of CCL, but still a big disappointment. We ended up at Nassau instead. Stayed on the ship, as we have been there a couple of times already.
Self Assist Debarkation went smoothly, waiting on the cab by 8 am, on the plane by 9:08am (managed to catch an earlier flight).