We just came back from the 7 night NJ-Florida and Bahama cruise. The ship has some nice features. It was new, clean, had stuff for the kids that was cool but....I would never cruise on that ship or do that itinerary again. The negatives FAR outweighed the positives. First, this ship has a lot of days at sea and only 3 days at ports so you can't wait to get off and explore, right? Well, forget that because for some unknown reason, the ship gets into two of the three ports at 2pm!!!! That is absolutely outrageous. Who wants to get there 3 hours before sunset? Even if the ship leaves later, what are we supposed to do at 10pm in Nassau, Bahamas? It was too late to go to the Atlantis water park like we had wanted. We never thought of this, we assumed the ship would arrive at the ports at 8am and give us the full day there - well it doesn't. Maybe they got a discount docking so late? Who knows but that's really enough for me to not want to take this itinerary again. The second and equally terribly annoying thing was that this ship does not have a large dining hall/room, like most ships do, where you are always welcome to eat your sit down dinner and breakfast if you choose. It only has all of these smaller restaurants and a reservation system. Well when we got on board we scrambled to make reservations but everything was booked at the times we wanted. We ended up just showing up on a few night but were either turned away or very rudely told that it was highly unlikely we would get to be seated. One restaurant did end up seating up after waiting for 1/2 hour but as we were walking by the desk out front, one of the workers there firmly said to the host who was seating us, "why are you seating 'them'??'". We really felt like second class citizens over and over because we didn't have those reservations. Who wants to be treated like that and who wants the stress of feeling that you won't be able to eat anywhere but the usual buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? The app you needed to use to reserve was ridiculous too because it didn't give a list of shows to try and coordinate dinner reservations with. So you had no idea what was happening a few days away but you had to book the restaurant or you were shut out. It was really ridiculous and caused a lot of unnecessary anxiety and irritation. If they had just had a large sit down dining hall that served sit down meals like every other ship does, we would have gone there and been happy. But it didn't. I would never do it again due to the horrible reservation system and the late arrival to the ports.
The cabin was smaller than other ships. It was like a box. Very low ceilings and very narrow. Clean though and new.