Overall we were happy with this cruise. Hard to complain about the food as it is plentiful. It took us awhile to figure out the best plans for meals as the boat is huge and there are many venues. We only ate at 'included' restaurants.
Main buffet has tons of good food with variety but the seating is a problem. People are rude and pushy in this tight buffet space but the food is good. Solution is to get a seat and save it while the rest of your party is filling their plates. . Avoid peak times. Waiters could try to clean up faster but the space is so tight i think they are doing their best. We shared tables with other families a few times.
Main dining room had good food, great service. If the portion is too small feel free to order another main course or appy. We overlooked the main dining room for lunch and this was a big mistake. Fab food for lunch and a great make your own salad sitch that i wish we would have discovered before the last day. Yummy shrimp for shrimp cocktail and the prosciutto was freshhh and yummm.
Wipeout cafe is a free for all with kids and adults eating burgers/fries/nachos/twisty ice cream and pizza. Busy but manageable. Greasy and hard to resist.
Solarium has healthy food (aka no real bacon/hashbrowns) and again seating is a bit tight. Park Cafe has wonderful sandwiches, paninis and salads and fruit. Room service has a limited menu but quick delivery.
Pools-there are four plus the one in the solarium. When they say there are 21 pools they must be counting the kiddie sections and hot tubs. On days at seas the pools were busy and the water was cloudy. We chose to cool off in the showers around the pool as the water was sketching me out due to the number of occupants. i have a germ thing going on. On port days, we enjoyed the open pools.
If you need shade, you will be away from the pool-on the edge of the boat. The solarium has nice wicker furniture in shady areas.
Alot of extra stuff to buy if you want-fresh squeezed oj for 4 bucks, fancy drinks etc. The only thing we paid for was for a special treat for my son-johnny rockets burger/onion rings/choc. shake. We paid a 5 dollar cover charge and 5 bucks for the shake. If you eat there, instead of bringing the food to the room, you can eat as much as you like and it is covered under the five dollar fee. Shakes/floats are extra.
Donut shop-was free but not fab. These donuts need to be eaten right out of the oven so if you catch a fresh plate they will be great. They go stale quickly. We did not pay for cupcakes. There are soft serve ice creams machines in wipeout cafe but also on the pool deck built into one of the walls. by the kiddie pool if i remember correctly.
Some guy scammed my towel so i had to scam one from the pool swap guy. Guard ur towels or u have to pay for replacements.
Nice robes in the room/our attendant made great towel animals.
Easy on/off. I would suggest carrying out your own luggage and getting out quickly in the am if you are able. I did not want to face the restaurants with the pre disembarkation breakfast eaters so we grabbed breakfast once at the airport.
We were worried that the 12 pm flight would be too early to catch but there was lots of time as we were off the boat at 7.
There were a few tuxes on the first formal night and less on the second formal night. Casual is the way to go unless you prefer to be fancy.
The diving show should be seen and they also did a fountain/water show to music on another night that we caught. Kids loved getting soaked by the spray. We crashed early and did not engage in the crowd scenes at night.
Basketball courts were well used. Flo rider was busy all the time so we were glad we paid for a lesson. There were my two kids plus two more for an hour. We figured out that it is worth the lesson to learn how to ride it cuz then when you get your turn during the free time, you are able to stay on the board for a while. Otherwise you are waiting in line and you wipe out right away. Plus the instructors were great with the kids.
that's about it. oh , the rooms were clean-we had no balcony and did not miss it. .we overlooked central park. lots of internal balconies but not many used them. maybe due to noise? or the fact that everyone could see you on there so there was little privacy.