My best friend and I cruise every January/February to a warm spot where we can have sun and fun. We have mostly said on the Royal Caribbean ships. We chose this particular ship because it visited multiple ports and sailed out of San Juan--a guaranteed warm weather port. Last year we sailed out of Florida and essentially lost 2 days, one going and the other coming because it was too cold to be out on the deck sunning.
The embarkation was quick and easy. We took a cab directly to the port from the airport which was about $22 each way plus tip. We always use a taxi as we don't have to wait for the bus to fill up or unload our luggage. Getting off the ship was just as easy but as always, the earliest flight back for us required a four hour wait at airport so we take books and electronics to keep us occupied.
Our cabin had adequate closet and drawer space and was conveniently located midship. It does need updating and has the older television in the room but we have limited channels anyway and spend a total of 3 hours for the week watching anything. We get a balcony because we use the fresh air to dry our exercise clothes and bathing suits. We don't spend a great deal of time on the balcony. At least this time versus our previous cruise, the people on either side of us did not smoke. Last year we could not enjoy our balcony at all.
We play a lot of sports and try all the adventures on the ship. The miniature golf track is in immediate need of repair as the carpet has multiple tears. The exercise equipment is sufficient and space is large. They offer limited classes for a fee but most of the times were during our land tours. They need to update the types of classes offered and add rumba, jazzercise and aerobics. The food was very good. We had the late seating and managed to stay up for the shows which were okay. The newlywed game is fun for first time criers but it is so apparent that two of the couples selected had either heard of this game and knew the potential questions and had prepared their responses. Takes the fun out of watching.
We requested a large table at dinner so we could meet other guests but no one else ever showed up all week. Felt bad for our waiters as they lose out on the tips and we were disappointed not to meet new people. There were quite a number of empty seats all over. Our cabin steward was very nice and attentive. Overall, enjoyed the ship but again, can use updating.