Exciting new experience for me. Read on-line reviews to glean what it would be like, what to expect and what to pack for a Southern Caribbean Cruise. Talked extensively to my brother who has several cruise experiences and my travel agent. Went to the doctor and received a Hepatitis shot and booster as well as a prescription. for possible stomach ailments as a preventative. Didn't need the meds. because the ship had lots of hand sanitizers and the crew kept it very clean. Frequent hand washing was recommended.
My brother was on the cruise with me and was very helpful. Be sure to bring a neck chain and plastic holder for your sea pass, which is the size of a credit card. You need the pass constantly to get into your room, buy stuff on-board and get off and onto the ship. For heaven sake don't loose it, or you are sunk!
The first thing that was lacking was communication between the cabin steward and me. The bathroom cabinet was a mystery until my curiosity got the best of me 3 days into the cruise and I didn't find the bar frig until 4 days into the cruise. The number of photos taken by the on-board photographers was unbelievable -- every time you turned around they were snapping a photo. Finally, had to brush them off to get a break. The photos were not very good either.
Balcony Stateroom 9600. Great overall room and balcony view. Quiet hallway. Docked on that side of ship most time, so saw the port from my balcony. Air-conditioning could not be turned off and the fan blew on the bed constantly. Needed an introduction to the amenities for TV, frig and bathroom. Bed was a little lumpy and the comforter was very heavy. No digital clock, but a wake-up call available. Sofa was threadbare. Lots of mirrors, drawers and closet space.