"Oh, you are the Hammann's? You have been upgraded!"
OK. I'm not an idiot. I realize that getting upgraded is fairly standard. However, don't we all love to hear that phrase? It put a smile on my wife's face as well as mine and set the tone for our 20th wedding anniversary cruise.
We arrived at 2:00 as suggested by our boarding pass. It literally took about 5 minutes to get through the check-in process. We stood for about three minutes behind on family and then was instructed to move to a quicker line by an attendant. We were greeted, given our cruise cards and moved on to the ship. Quick and easy!
The stateroom was an upgrade from an obstructed view room so obviously we were happy. The room was clean, though a bit dated. The size was ample for the two of us. The bathroom was a tight squeeze but, of course, we didn't spend a lot of time there.Our steward was great. He was quiet and unobtrusive but responsive when we needed help. (As first time cruisers we needed a lot!)The level we were on was fairly quite outside of the revelry of the New years celebration. The views from the balcony were amazing. I had several days were time was spent reading on the deck.
AMAZING beach and snorkel. This was the best snorkeling of the trip. The fish were beautiful, up close, and personal. The beach was pretty and had a lot of scenery. The beach picnic was great as well. A great way to end the trip. I would have hate to miss it by staying on the ship.