We drove from KY, around 900 miles, so we came in day early, stayed over in St. Augustine and arrived via Park N Cruise on a shuttle bus. Arrived about 10:30 a.m., got priority seating cause they saw the brace on my ankle and the gal was just a sweetheart and suggested it. I'd say we were within the first 30 passengers to board...went straight to Windjammer and had lunch and then up to our cabin to check in around 1 p.m.
didn't meet our cabin steward until the next day. Ivan was very friendly and accommodating, getting ice for us each day and of course with the towel animals...we went shore to Coco Cay and stayed a couple of hours on Tuesday, not staying for the picnic. My husband likes to eat indoors with the air...
every evening we ate in Claude's dining room, usually with the same group, a gal and her daughter and a husband/wife from Pennsylvania. They only showed up the first two nights.
managed to win a small bit in the casino and quit when we were ahead...our dining room waiter, Tem Tem was an extraordinary man...magic tricks and a dancer too (the last night when the waiters danced and sang, he was a big hit!)
our drink server, Jonathon, was excellent, very friendly and accommodating, always brought us our favorite wine each night. Tem Tem always brought my picky hubby his iceberg lettuce salad every night although he never did get his request for orange sherbet. Still everything as far as food was exceptional. The prime rib was superb. I have never had prime rib so tender. Everyone at the table had it and said the same.
the actual tour in Bahamas was okay...strictly a bus ride and because I couldn't walk a lot I stayed on the bus with the a/c while most folks got off at the two forts the driver stopped at. He was hard to understand sometimes with his sing-songey dialect but he tried hard, so all in all was an okay day. the only disappointment was when we stopped at the Atlantis, we were made fun of by the hotel security for our "blue dots" which was an indication of our excursion...we were limited to where we could go in the hotel, which I understood beforehand.
I liked the 12th deck at night with the big full moon and the gentle breeze..it was nice for our last night aboard...
long drive but worth it I guess. We have sailed on much bigger ships and newer but still there are advantages.
the ship's crew overall were very friendly. I imagine it is difficult to be always "on" since they do this all the time. My favorite besides my waiters was "J" the bartender in the Schooner Bar. He is from the Ukraine and looking forward soon to the end of his contract and going home for 10 weeks with his family. He was very helpful and friendly.