10 of us total went on this cruise. Grandma (88 yrs old). Aunt & her partner (late 60s). Sister, husband and teenage son (mid 30s). My family (late 30s, with 7 yr and 7 mo. old daughters). Grandma wanted to try a "big" ship before she died, having done 30+ cruises on Holland America in the past. This was our 4th as a group, and my wife's and my 6th overall (Celebrity, Norwegian, Holland America). In general we are well-traveled. We like nice things at good prices. Definitely a quality over quantity mentality, but we're all about value. That's the basis for my review...
Overall the ship is amazing. Well worth doing at least once in a lifetime. I can't say I'm sure we would go back on this ship again, though who knows. We'd know now what to expect and so maybe that would change our minds. My sister claimed this was the least relaxing cruise we've been on - why? Because there was so much to do we were always on the go. A good problem I guess.
What we loved:
We upgraded from a boardwalk balcony to a family ocean view stateroom about a month before the cruise and it was the best decision we made! The room was quite a bit larger, though we gave up the balcony aspect. It has a nice bunk bed right as you walk in, then opens up to the main room. Nice size bed for mom & dad and the other 1/2 of the room allowed us to put our 6 month old daughter in crib (with a very handy curtain divider). We upgraded because our little one was crawling and it gave her plenty of space to do so. Storage was great, two full size closets, a couple smaller storage spots, plus lots of room under bunk beds and the main bed. There were a total of 4 of us, but one could easily put a 5th in this room and still feel roomy. We didn't feel movement of ship at all, nor did we hear much noise. Bathroom is nothing fancy, but what we expected. Shower is a little tight, but imagine it's like that in all rooms. Biggest and only complaint was we couldn't get cold water - it was always luke warm to hot.