Cruising Perspective: Previous cruises - Freedom of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Disney Magic. This was our first cruise without kids, and our first veranda cabin.
Precruise: One night at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown Miami. After checking in we tried to drive to South beach for some beach time. This was a BIG mistake. It took 45 to drive from downtown to South beach. It was Easter Sunday and it was jam-packed. No way to find parking (except for a small lot charging $30). We drove around, very slowly, taking in the sights best we could before returning to the hotel.
Later we strolled the river walk but were disappointed to find the entire Bayside Park closed due to cleanup from the previous weekend's concert. Went to the Bayside Market to again find huge crowds. Got the last two seats on the harbor sightseeing boat, which we enjoyed.
2C sweet 16 veranda. The room was in great shape for its age. Minor wear but we had no complaints. The room is not large, but has very efficient storage. The balcony was a different story. Dirty, worn out and rusting. The off-white colored chairs were more black than white, so bad that I would not sit in them. Soon after notifying guest relations they did thoroughly scrub them. They were useable after the cleaning but hopefully will be replaced during dry dock. Covering the entire balcony area was white paint drops from really sloppy painting. Others I talked to also had these drops on their balconies. Being it was our first veranda cabin we really did enjoy having it.