Just finished our cruise and omg, it was an amazing ship! We embarked from Port Everglades and I have never in my life been without internet access that long, but that's the point of a cruise, right? To experience it all? We did!
We started our trip staying at the Quality Inn & Suites Airport/Cruise Port South. This is key: THEY HAVE A FREE AIRPORT SHUTTLE AAAAAAAAAND A FREE CRUISE SHUTTLE!
Well, at least FROM/TO the airport and TO the cruise. It's $10ea to get a shuttle back to the hotel from the cruise port, which isn't bad. The rooms were musty smelling, but overall nice-ish. The chairs had stains and the bathroom floor left much to be desired, but the curtain is curved, so at least it doesn't touch you. Wish the cruise one was curved! Also, gotta love the sign telling you to not steal the towels, they are inventoried. You get what you pay for spending $99 a night, but it's next door to the Oakwood Plaza where we got a bunch of last minute stuff. That strip mall has a LOT.
We thought our room was great. It was naturally lit and bigger than my room at home! Fully obstructed just means there's a lifeboat RIGHT outside your window. But if you're tall enough, you can see land above it and hey, I was able to see the water rushing by below, too! When you walk in, there are two nice sized closets to hang items in and you can also pull the shelves down. There is a third closet that is fixed shelves. If you were staying on the ship long term, there was PLENTY of room to make it home. They also have two comfy robes you can use on the trip. My family member used theirs daily. The stateroom also had a thick curtain you can close off to have some modesty in the hallway of your stateroom to change or whatever. It also had the bathroom in the 8 foot hallway, so if you closed the curtain, the other passenger(s) staying with you would have to wait.The bathroom was right sized for us. We're not tall people, so the location of the toilet facing the tub at an angle was just comfy enough for us to NOT be uncomfortable. There is a fun sign inside that says "water is precious, please conserve it," so that's what my family member I was travelling with and I kept randomly repeating to each other on the trip and still now.The shower has 3 handles in it, which seems like overkill until you think, hey, do I want to fall in the shower? So I used it every time to steady myself. They realized it's cheaper to NOT have to replace bottles daily and there are shampoo, conditioner and bodywash dispensers in the shower. I used shampoo and conditioner with no complaints. I loved the smell! The showerhead is a wand that comes off, so that was great. It was just weird to have to move it back everytime after the steward came in, or you'd get the floor wet. The floor next to the tub had a drain, so they prepared for this.We stayed in a room that had a flatscreen tv (to remind us what time it was!), a desk with a lighted mirror for makeup I guess and a huge mirror behind it, as well as a loveseat and a table. Our room was twin beds with small dressers next to each one that had two drawers and I discovered on almost the last day each bed also has a drawer underneath it at the end! Extra pillows were stashed in it. At the head of the beds, there are small reading lights and each bed has controls to shut off the room lights. This was great when you're back in bed and don't want to get up again. The good thing is, the room is in the middle of the ship and like 5 doors down from the elevator. So we never got motion sickness or had to walk far from the elevator or worry about noise of everyone passing. We barely noticed we were moving, just with the occasional swaying to remind you, hey, you're on a boat. There are also heavy curtains and a sheer curtain over the floor to ceiling windows that look out to El Lifeboat. So you could block out a little or all light.As first time cruisers, we had nothing to match this one against, but heck, we were very pleased! We did not feel crowded at all. If we had a third passenger, they could have just slept on the couch fine....if they were under 5'6" and still not have crowded the room.