We were with a party of 31, but we were the only couple of our group who booked the Haven 2 Bedroom suite with two baths. Cabin 17118... With 4200 passengers, the ship is just too big for comfort. HUGE ship. Overeating crowds are ... Read More
We were with a party of 31, but we were the only couple of our group who booked the Haven 2 Bedroom suite with two baths. Cabin 17118... With 4200 passengers, the ship is just too big for comfort. HUGE ship. Overeating crowds are everywhere.
THE HAVEN: Rooms are well appointed in the Haven, I can not speak for the cabins outside of this private suite area.
Since The Haven is a private access via card only area, it is what a relaxing cruise should be. Do not bring a hairdryer or magnifying mirror, both are excellent- there were 2 dryers in the family suite. Serving staff is awesome, but I always tip when I get there and again when I leave, even if tips are included in the fare, I just hope most people recognize how hard these people work and do the same. Everyone in this area is top notch when it comes to service.
Bed was very comfortable, slept like a baby.
Main bathroom fully equipped with soaking tub, over sized shower with multiple jets. Second bath in the kids section adequate when two are getting ready at the same time.
The ship was one of the most STABLE I have cruised on, and I was aft. & had a couple from Chicago with three kids in the identical unit next to us, and never heard them in their cabin. Suffice to stay walls must be well insulated. Book your restaurants well in advance.
FOOD: Food was excellent, but we did utilize the private dining area for breakfast offered to the Haven guests. We ate at Taste, the Brazilian restaurant, The Bistro and the Manhattan. I do not recommend the Manhattan as it is very noisy and service is just not what I expect.
ENTERTAINMENT: Entertainment was great, we went to a couple shows, dueling pianos, and the Supper Club featuring "The Company Men" who do mash up songs (as many as 4 songs simultaneously in harmony) they are just awesome performers. AGAIN, BOOK VENUES IN ADVANCE.
PORTS: There was a "Medical Emergency" on the ship and we had to sail back to Miami, which reversed the itinerary, eliminated one port (Bahamas) and forced us to dock at Ochp Rios (hate it there) instead of Falmouth in Jamaica. We booked Mr Sanchos privately in Cozumel, I recommend booking a cabana at Royal Palms in Grand Cayman way in advance as the beaches the cabbies will take you are awful. AS far as Jamaica, it was a waste of time docking at Ocho Rios. If that ever happens to you, book a day pass at a luxury resort. It is just a mess there and has been, with hurricanes, without hurricanes or while being renovated-I have been there during all three scenarios. Too much ganja I suppose.
CHILDREN: I did not travel with children, but there is plenty for them to do on the ship. Giant waterslides, small zipline, play areas, and many activities.
RETURN TRIP? Not sure I would ever go on this ship again, as it is just Tooooooooooo Big. If you like crowds then this is the ship for you, just do not expect a big pool. There isn't one! Read Less