This was the second cruise for me and my husband. We are in our 20's with no kids. We had some rough waters, but I didn't let that affect my overall experience because there's nothing you can do about mother nature. Embarkation was fairly easy. We waited about 30 minutes in security lines, but didn't have a line to check-in. We were on the ship before noon! The food was average, at best. As the week went on, we got bored with the food in the dining room. We were also seated very close to another couple at a table for two. There's no privacy or space in any restaurant, other than The Windjammer! I get that this is a cruise and there are people everywhere, but sometimes it is nice to sit down with your spouse at dinner at have some privacy. We dined at Chops and Sabor, but probably wouldn't pay the extra money to go back to either of these. We were again seated very close to another couple in Chops and they wanted to chat the entire time. This was irritating and did affect our Chops experience. They even talked WHILE we ate! The food was good, dessert was overly rich and unimpressive. Sabor wasn't very good. The chips were VERY stale (but somehow greasy) and the table-side guacamole was so far away we couldn't see it. The guac had no salt but it tasted good otherwise. The best thing was the dessert...thank goodness because my entree was terrible (fish). You pay extra for a good meal and good service and Sabor had neither. Service throughout the ship was great and everyone we encountered was friendly. We did feel like they were selling the specialty dining too heavily. We were approached at least once a day while in Cafe Promenade or The Windjammer by someone wanting us to book a table. We chose not to book any shore excursions this time and instead enjoyed time on the ship and on our aft balcony. Our stateroom attendant was awesome! She always greeted us by name and would open our door for us if she saw us coming down the hall. She definitely set the bar high for future cruises. One day, the water was salty throughout the ship and it was still served to us with no explanation. It was gross! The coffee and tea were also salty. We woke up two mornings in a row without our toilet flushing. Not a huge deal but it did take a few hours to fix. Disembarkation was messed up by a tropical storm that almost kept us from coming into port until Monday. We ended up being delayed by an hour or so. We chose to take our luggage with us and were in the first group ( B - aft dining room level 4). No one was checking tickets because of the delay so things were a little chaotic. Despite the weather, we did have a good time and made some great memories!
The balcony was amazing! We had three chairs and two loungers. The views from the balcony make the long walk from the elevators worth it. As for the cabin, the bed was really hard. We got used to it but it wasn't pleasant. Make sure you put down a towel because the shower door leaks on the bottom by the toilet. Our stateroom attendant Betty (not sure if I'm spelling that right) was awesome. She has set the bar high for future cruises. We did experience quite a bit of movement in our cabin because of rough waters. I'm sure it's not as noticeable during calm cruises. The rocking just wasn't for me!