My husband and I booked this 8-night cruise almost a year in advance, which gave us a lot of time to research on these boards what would be fun and what to expect. I am not going to go into great detail but wanted to share some of our experience on this cruise.
We chose to book a hotel pre-cruise via priceline. It was a great way to do this and we ended up staying at the Radisson Ambassador Hotel for half the price of a normal room. One thing to note is that priceline only books the hotel room for 2 people and thus when you get to the hotel you pay a $20.00 surcharge for each additional guest staying in the room.
We took a taxi to get to the ship which is really your only option in San Juan as the hotels don't offer shuttles. We ended up splitting it with another couple which made it only $12.00. We arrived at the ship around 11am and had to wait in line for them to collect our luggage, however the process went very quickly and we found ourselves on board headed to lunch by 11:30.
At Sea. We only had one sea day. We were a little disappointed that there were not more activities on the schedule and the ones that were, were not very well promoted. My husband tried to play in a table tennis tournament on this day and there were only a couple of people. Side note he would try to play in the same one two more times and was the only one who signed up. Oh well. We enjoyed spending time by the pool and relaxing.
Entertainment was sorely lacking. The guest entertainers were okay. Kind of a mixed bag some we liked others were terrible. The production shows were terrible the costumes were falling apart which you could see all the way back to row 10.