We went with a group of 3 couples. First let me start by saying that if you travel with a group of people like this, walkie talkies are recommended greatly. We mulled over whether to buy them or not and finally went ahead and spend the cash and they ended up being worth every penny.
We drove down to Miami the morning of the cruise, which was the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We went down with one of the two couples we booked the cruise with. We dropped the girlfriends off at the port with the luggage and while they got in line to check in, we went and parked the car with a company called premier. They have a garage about 4 blocks from the port I recommend looking them up, I don't remember the exact price but they were cheaper than parking at the port if you're looking to save a few $$.
The check in through TSA was held up for some reason once we returned to the port, but after we got going, the rest of the process and boarding when pretty smooth. We got on board and immediately went to the the Lido Deck to eat lunch. My g/f and I had lunch at Guy's Burger Place and let me say, looks can be deceiving. The burgers look horrendous but taste amazing.
As I said, Guys was Great, the Taco's and Burritos at Blue Iguana were great, as were the breakfast burritos at Blue Iguana. The dining room food was average, not horrible but not what i'm used to either. The service was slow.
The Mongolian Wok was great! Breakfast was average but the same stuff each morning, mostly runny eggs and the OJ was often watered down. One morning we searched all over the ship to find some Coffee.
The EA sports bar was fun, it was a little frustrating on Sunday trying to watch NFL and not having a decent signal, so, every now and then, the tv's would just go blank and other times we were trying to watch through scramble lines.
The Ports for the most part were great. Half Moon Cay we rented a clam shell cover, was decently priced, good music and fun to swim around, we also went to the captain morgan pirate ship and hung out some. St. Thomas was gorgeous, we took a bus tour of the island for $24 per person and it was worth it. We got some great pictures and saw some gorgeous views of the island. San Juan was fun, we had a gentleman approach us and offered us a tour around for $45 per person in our own personal lincoln town car and we got a 4 hour tour including the Bacardi Distillery with free drinks, old san juan, new san juan, the fort, a farmers market, the capital and entrance into the chambers of the senate....it was a great tour for the price....grand turks was so much fun, we went downtown first, had lunch at a local place, had fritters and turk head beer (very good)....then walked down to the beach and hung out at the ike and donkey bar...we bought a cabby lunch and a drink and he waited over an hour while we chilled out...my friend was allowed behind the bar to mix drinks and shots for us and then our cabby took us for an extra ride around the island at no extra charge..then we went back to Margaritaville at the port and got in the pool and got some drinks and chilled until time to board.
The cruise itself got bumby at times from high seas and rough weather here an there. Our room (2202) was horrible. right up front so we heard every wave that hit the boat. The staff was pretty good...Butch and 6'3 (Amy) did a good job for the most part, the shows were average, except for the Legends Show the last night..other than the first comedian, the comedians were pretty much lame and not funny at all..the two deck parties seemed fun even though we really didn't hang out too long at either..but we stayed busy and were never really bored.
Special thanks to Tshering (our bartender in the atrium)....every night before dinner (and some mornings before we debarked) we got shots, she took great care of us and was our personal photographer each time.... and to Piano Bar Bob...lots of fun in the Piano Bar each time where we met some great new friends and had a blast each night..Konechiwa Bitches!! :-)
There were certainly reasons to be frustrated with parts of this cruise, but, there were far more positive experiences than negative and the company was first class all the way with our friends we went with.