We just returned from our very first cruise, which we had booked a year ago and had researched thoroughly. I'm glad that we did our homework before we left...it made the trip that much more pleasant!
Our family of four (myself and my husband, and our two boys ages 13 and 9) traveled with our good friends and their 8 year old daughter. We had booked an inside cabin for the four of us, on deck 6, cabin number 6065. The cabin was small, which I had expected, but I've since decided that I would never cruise in one inside cabin for all four of us ever again. We were on top of each other all the time, which made for shredded nerves sometimes! The location was under the Blue Lagoon, and surprisingly enough, was pretty quiet. The only noise we heard was the creaking of the walls of the cabin, which was enough to drive me crazy some nights! Our room stewards were FANTASTIC, and it totally amazed us how they knew all of our names within 15 minutes of our arriving on board. They kept the room clean and well stocked with fresh towels and ice every day. We got four towel animals throughout the week: a bunny, a mouse, a monkey, and an elephant. My kids thought this was great!
FOOD: We thought the food was really good! We had read a lot of negative reviews before we left and were a bit nervous, but we had no reason to be. We ate in Windows a few times for dinner (and for lunch on the first day), Shogun Asian Fusion for dinner (EXCELLENT!), La Trattoria (not worth the cover charge, in my opinion), the Blue Lagoon (the kids loved this), The Beirgarten (just OK)and Raffles for lunch and breakfast. Although I didn't like the crowds and "feed bag" mentality of Raffles, I enjoyed eating here for breakfast and lunch because I could get my yogurt with berries and granola made to order for breakfast, and I could make a great salad for lunch. We also loved the dessert crepes at dinner (although we didn't eat dinner here, we just came up for the crepes!) We never went hungry and everyone always found something to eat that they enjoyed. We bought my oldest son a Teen Passport, which he shared with his brother and my friend's daughter. 20 coupons for smoothies/soda, and we ended up coming home with three coupons. I even used a coupon or two, and we still couldn't use them all. I would buy this again though, because my son enjoyed being able to order whatever he wanted whenever he wanted.