To give you some background, we are in our 50s and this was our 15th cruise, primarily with RCCL and Princess. We had planned this cruise and one on the Liberty of the Seas as B2B for almost a year. We pre-reserved all shows as soon as they opened online. We booked two cruise excursions, one through the cruise line and one independently. So to say we spent a lot of time planning is an understatement.
Pre-cruise stay: We stayed at the Rodeway Inn & Suites. The primary reason we stay here is for free parking and a free shuttle too/from the port. Free parking is no more, so we probably will not stay here anymore. Cheaper parking can be had closer to the port and we don't have to wait for 40 minutes in the hot sun to be picked up.
Embarkation: We got to the terminal right around 10 when they first opened up. We had to wait a little to get in then through a short security line. We waited for probably 10 minutes in the Gold priority line for the agents to be ready to check us in. We were on board by 11:30 and eating lunch in the Park Cafe shortly afterward.
Cabin was in an excellent location, near elevators and Central Park. Bed near the closet made it a bit awkward during dressing times, but then the couch by the balcony window allowed us to view the ocean while sitting inside. Shower was small but the circular arrangement with hard doors as opposed to a curtain worked well. TV was excellent. In addition to multiple channels, you could also make show/dining/excursion/room service reservations. We would definitely book this cabin again for the great deck 8 location.
Stopping in Nassau is a waste of time, in my opinion. We never get off the ship due to limited time in port and limited things to do. Atlantis is way overpriced and better snorkeling can be done in other ports. We also do not feel safe here.