We got to the port around Noon. Walked right in with very short lines at security, then straight into a VIP area for suite guests. They had snacks and drinks available while we waited (about 2 minutes). After a quick check-in we got our key cards and were escorted straight to the villa complex.
Rooms ready around 2:00. The Courtyard Villa (we were in 17029) was big & beautiful. The kids were thrilled to have their own room, which was definitely big enough for the 2 of them (ages 6 & 8) Tons of storage in both rooms. The master bedroom is beautiful… comfy bed, fantastic bathroom, deep tub, 2 sinks and the best shower you’ll ever have in your life!
Epic Club/Grille - We ate all breakfasts (and a few lunches & dinners) there. There were never any lines and it was great food & great service. Although the menu was small, they would make anything the kids wanted that wasn’t on the menu, like mac & cheese or chicken fingers. The staff was so friendly, asking our kids their names and remembering them for the rest of the week! Also, at breakfast, there is a small buffet always available with beautiful fresh fruit, croissants, yogurt, cereal & milk. Also, near the bar at the Epic Grille is serve-yourself coffee, tea, M&Ms and Gummy Bears!
Moderno - One of our favorites! Great salad bar – delicious meats. So many of them – you will be stuffed when you leave!
Teppenyaki – Another one of our favorites! The food was excellent and the waitstaff were so nice to the kids – made origami animals and “tricked’ up their chopsticks.
O’Sheehans – tasty comfort food - great tuna melt! Not exactly healthy stuff but everyone loved it!
Garden Café (buffet) - Went a few times for lunch. It was busy but there were plenty of seats available. Great variety. Loved the pasta station and pizza varieties.
We also tried La Cucina, Cagneys and the Manhattan Room. We thought they were all very good.
Ice Bar. VERY cold – 17 degrees. Stayed maybe 30 minutes. Felt like I “had” to do it just to say we did. Definitely could have skipped that one.
Kids Camp - Sign in was easy - no crowds . The kids liked it but we didn’t use it very much (less than 2 hours each day). On port days it costs $10 per hour for two kids (I think $6/hour for one child). They liked it those days because there were hardly any kids there.
Gym – crowded but plenty of machines available and all the other usual equipment (free weights etc). Balance balls & kettle bells too. Classes (like spinning & yoga) cost extra.
Blue Man Group - Met our concierge at 6:30 for 7:00 show – we were escorted to our “reserved” seats which were pretty far back. There was no line (it was around 6:45 by the time we got to the entrance) and plenty of seats available in the theater. We enjoyed the show – very unusual and interesting. The kids loved it. Husband not so much.
Slime Time Live - Great show – very interactive & fun. We all enjoyed it. Glad it wasn't us getting slimed!!
Legends – didn’t bother with concierge. Walked in 5 minutes before show - plenty of seats. The show was great – very talented cast. Rod Stewart, Brittany Spears and Michael Jackson.
Magician (can’t remember his name) Very funny! OK for kids too – most of his jokes went over my kids heads and they really enjoyed it.
Cirque Dreams. Met Concierge at 4:30 for 5:15 show. We were escorted down to the theater and waited outside near the staff entrance. After 2 minutes, she brought us in through a side door and showed us our seats. We were the only people in the theater for a few minutes. We absolutely LOVED the show. The costumes were fun & the talent was amazing! The food was good too. I’ve read so many complaints that the food was terrible but I really liked it.
The main pool deck was busy on sea days but we were always able to find a seat. The slides were great, especially the Epic Plunge. My 6 year old daughter loved the Aqua Park part of the main pool area which had cute splash fountains and a very shallow pool. The pool in the Courtyard area was small but nice. It was more shallow than listed in the brochure – my 40 inch daughter could stand up (which was great!) 2 hot tubs too. Visited Posh a lot which isn’t really very Posh during the day. Just a bunch of loungers and beds to sun yourself and a bar.
Bowling - Twice at O’Sheehan’s. $5 per person but we had a great time!
Mandara Spa – HUGE and beautiful. Had a “Perfect Day” spa package. 1 hour massage & facial and LOVED IT!!
Getting off the ship was a breeze. We had breakfast at the Epic Club around 8:00 with no lines & no rush. Met our concierge around 9:00 and went down a service elevator (no waiting) straight to the doors to get to our luggage. Still had a 15 minute wait to get through security/customs.
One more thing for the ladies - BRING A SWEATER!! A lot of the public rooms are very cool!
All in all, an amazing trip for our family! We absolutely LOVED it!