When we saw the ad while we were in the Palm Beach area, my wife and I, along with our friends decided to look into this 2 day cruise. I went--as I always do when planning a cruise--to Cruise Critic. After reading some of the reviews, I was a bit concerned. However, we figured for two days, it should be "alright". I am sure glad we decided to take the cruise. IT WAS GREAT. We have been on a number of cruises, and a few of the things folks complained about--are found on many cruise ships...luxury cruises down to your basic cruises. We didn't find any surprises concerning parking ( which is great for 15.00 a day. You pull up to the terminal, give them 30.00 for two days, they park it, and bring it back when you arrive back in port. Pretty convenient. I'm not crazy about pre-paid gratuities---some folks I would pay more, and some folks I would pay less. Unfortunately, it is getting to be the norm. The crew was great. We did not encounter ONE unfriendly crew member. The rooms are kind of small, but some of the larger cruise lines on cruises lasting 7-10 days and more--aren't that much bigger, unless you upgrade. I would NOT suggest and interior room. For the few extra bucks get the ocean view room. It makes a lot of difference. The room we had -had to overhead bunks in addition to the queen sized bed. I would not suggest using the bunks. It would be REALLY cozy.The shower/bath was great; had flat screen TV and you could pick up a lot of stations There was a lot of things to do on-board --IF that is what fits for your. The shows at night--two different shows on the two nights...The shows were very good. Yes, they hustle drink packages, and wine packages, and the bar waiters are constantly cruising around. That is the same thing you will see on ANY cruise ship. You just ignore them. They go away. But be nice to them. They have a job to do. The ship was clean and comfortable.There are lounges you can visit around the ship to have a drink or just sit and read Below, I pasted information about the restaurants.
Here is my take. AND, you get to pick before boarding the ship. AND, you change once on board if you do it early enough. We did the Crystal. It was JUST fine. You can book either early or late. You get full waiter service and if you are just a couple, you can choose to sit with other folks and "visit". Your choice. The RIO has the same menu for dinner at least.....but there is a buffet line. So, you do most of the work. The Trattoria is on the same deck as the other two. It really is pretty neat. Good pizza and other dishes.Good salads--it is kind of like a sidewalk cafe. Lastly, the Cove to us is way over priced for what you get--it is an "up-charge" from your ticket price. Many cruise ships have "fine dining" restaurants that also incur a surcharge, but less that $25.00 in most cases. Personally, we did not think it was worth $50.00 MORE for a couple. Your choice. Here is the "official description".
The ship has four restaurants. The Crystal Restaurant is the main dining venue. Trattoria Di Gerry serves pizza and pasta. Rio's is a combination buffet venue and Brazilian churascurro, where waiters bring around meats for the picking, and The Cove is the ship's for-fee specialty restaurant ($25 per person).
The booking confirmations give you all the particulars for the cruise. We didn't notice any hidden charges. They are trying to do a good job, and for the price, it was well worth it. We would take it again if we are in the Palm Beach area again. One weather note. It was cool in the Bahamas, and where the ship docks is on the other side of the island from Freeport. Here is a good link to check out before you get there. http://www.grandbahamavacations.com/ Take a cab--share with some other folks and it cost $5.00 each. There are shops right where the ship docks, but take a run to town. We didn't think the tours were worth the expense. Your choice. It was a nice 2 days.Try it