This was our 4th cruise with our family of 5 and the grandmothers and each cruise has been enjoyable. To get away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas and to sail away to warm, exotic places is a memory that our children will remember for a lifetime. We left out of the Port of Miami and went to the Southern Caribbean for an 8 day cruise. We had signed up for Faster to the Fun, and it was worth every penny. We were at the terminal around 11 am and were on board within 30 minutes enjoying lunch on the lido deck. We had 2 days at sea to get acclimated to the ship. The ship is beautiful with plenty to do. In fact, we didn't have enough time to do it all. Our first port was Grand Turk. We opted to stay at the beach and just relax. It's a beautiful beach and our daughter was able to snorkel and get some good pictures of parrot fish. Our next port was LaRomano, Dominican Republic. From reading the reviews, we were leery of this port, but it worked out alright also. We went on the boat ride to Saona Island. It was a bumpy ride as stated in the reviews. Our daughter hurt her backbone from bouncing on the seat, but they were all so excited to see the star fish on the sandbar that she didn't mind too much. Our next port was Curaco and we opted to get a bus tour once we got off of the ship. The floating bridge was moving when we got there, and that was a cool sight to see. The bus tour was about 2 hours and we still had time to shop once we got back. Our last port was Aruba on Christmas Day. From the reviews, I was glad we had an excursion already booked. We saw the big rocks, the baby bridge, lighthouse and then we had about 1 1/2 hours at the beautiful beach. We had 2 more days at sea. On the next to the last day at sea, we had booked the Behind the Fun Tour of the ship. If you ever get a chance to do this, it is very interesting. One last day at sea and then back to Miami. Since we had Faster to the Fun, our debarkation was simple. Then home to winter weather and hopes to do it all again someday. It was a great trip.
We had three cabins in a row with the slats taken out on the balcony. How nice to all be together. The comfy beds and the motion of the boat gave us a good night's rest.