We flew in on Friday night and stayed at the Cambria Suites in Dania. Great hotel, less then a year old. Hotel courtesy van picked us up at the airport. Took the 10:00 shuttle next morning to the cruise port. Arrived at the cruise port at 10:45 after dropping off other passengers at their cruise port first. Checked in and was on the ship by 11:15. When we entered the Royal Promenade all I can say is Wow!!!! what a beautiful ship she is. My husband and I went to the Windjammer Buffet for our lunch. The buffet got crowded very fast. We never ate there anymore during our cruise. Too crowded and there was better places to eat. After we ate we couldn't wait to explore the ship.
We were able to see our cabin after 1PM. We had a balcony ocean view on the starboard side. Our bed was by the balcony. From what we could see every other room had the bed by the closet. Be very careful when booking your cabin because the beds that are by the closet have very little space to get into the closet. Also whenever we pulled into port our balcony was facing the port side. We enjoyed looking over the balcony to watch the people get off and on the ship and we were also able to see the ship that was next to us too.
We ate breakfast either in the dinning room or Johnny Rockets(very good breakfast). We never ate in the buffet. We ate lunch most of the times in the Park Cafe. Loved their salads and also the roast beef sandwiches were delicious. Only once we ate in the buffet, again too crowded and didn't like the choice of food. We ate once in Sorrento's very good pizza. Dinner we had my time dining and after the first night we kept asking for the same waitress Niming she was fantastic. We are in Chops one night their steak was delicious and very, very tender. Would highly recommend eating there.
Fantastic!!!! We saw Hairspray, Come Fly With Me, and Oasis of the Seas, also the Comedy Show. TIP..... Book your shows ahead of time prior to cruising using the pre cruise planner. By the time you are on the ship many of the show times are already taken. If you don't have reservations you will have to stand on the stand by line to get in and many people were very annoyed that they had to do this but if they would have pre booked then they just walk in after they swipe your sea pass card to make sure that you have a reservation. We also went to the Love and Marriage Game Show and the Quest Game Show. Both were very funny....Don't miss "Quest" the street parties on the Royal Promenade were all great. The 70's Show was the best.....especially the Village People.....
We loved the Solarium area the best especially on the windy days at sea. We also like the beach pool. Only once we sat at the main pool because the other pools were too crowded when we went to look for a chair. Try to get to the pools early by 10AM if you want a seat.
Went to St. Thomas, we booked a tour online with Godfrey Tours. Excellent tour company. We paid $20 each and they picked us up at the ship dropped us off in town to shop for 2 hours picked us up again and brought us to Megans Bay. We had 3 hours at Megans Bay unfortunately it started raining after about an hour and we had to wait around under the pavilion for the tour shuttle to come back for us. In St. Martin we booked a tour online with Bernard's Tour. We paid $35 they also picked us up at the ship we took a tour of the whole island French and Dutch side. They brought us to Orient Beach for 2 hours, we had 45 minutes to shop in the French capitol and then they brought us back to the Dutch side and if we wanted to stay and shop and make our own way back to the ship we could have. We choose to go back to the ship instead of shopping. Nassau was our next stop and we took the water taxi to Paradise Island to see the Atlantis Resort.
Very quick they gave you a number and when your number was called you got off the ship. Off the ship in less then 20 minutes.
Overall I would give this cruise a 9. I would love to try it's sister ship the Allure the next time.