This cruise, we brought our adult sons along as the itinerary intrigued them as scuba divers. Their best experience was in St Lucia, and I truly recommend diving there. They were a bit disappointed with the lack of singles on board, but enjoyed the cruise experience.Perhaps Royal Caribbean would have been a better choice for them?
My husband and I enjoyed ourselves and but could see the need for upgrading the ship. We sailed previously on the Solstice and on the Paul Gauguin in Tahiti. However,the crew was eager to please and kept the ship tidy and appealing. The largest negatives we experienced were in the the main dining in the evening . Although the food was varied and appealing, the wait staff was inattentive, inexperienced and pesky. One maitre d' was disinterested and aloof. The other maitre d' , however, did assist us and switched our table at the END of the cruise. He was eager to help us end our cruise on a happy note. The location of the main diing room was the ONLY place on board we felt excessive motion- as soon as you cross the threshold in fact- which made for a shaky dining experience. EVERYONE talked about this. I hope with re-do of the ship, they improve or change dining room location. Ports of call were wonderful, and St Maarten is cleaner and feels safer than a few years ago.
We enjoyed having a diffent locale to explore each day and varied our activities. The weather was fine, and luckily we left the rain behind in Puerto Rico.
Traveling from California to the Caribbean is now more difficult as American Airlines is not a good travel partner. Our original non-stop from LA was cancelled, and they re-routed us thru Miami on the way, and Dallas on the return. However, at the airport on the return day, they again changed us. We travelled from PR to NYC to LA, with no other option, making for a very long day/night home.
All in all, a good vacation, and one we recommend.