A short Holiday cruise from our home port!! We did a Thanksgiving Cruise last year but it was only 4 days long, this one gave us an extra day and an overnight in Cabo. We parked in the cruise ship parking lot and pulled our suitcases up to the door - easy as one - two - three. Checked in within 20 minutes of getting there. We were on the ship at noon, it was great. Since we brought our luggage with us, no need to wait around for it.
We always go to the dining room for lunch if we are on the ship before 1:30 (that is when the main dining room closes and you have to go to the Buffet). Just a tip, if you ask the crew which dining room is open your told that it's not open and only the buffet is open, not true.... go find the dining room on your own. Its a nice way to start the cruise.
The ship was clean and crew was continuously making sure it stayed that way. We stayed in Cabin P203, which is on the very bottom deck in the very front. We have had this cabin on 3 cruises, for some reason we like being close to the International Cafe, and we like being in the very front. Cabin is very quiet except when arriving in ports Our cabin steward was great. We requested bathrobes and received them shortly after requesting them. In the morning when returning from breakfast our room was always already straightened out. I call him Ninja Rommel!!!
We primarily like eating in the dining room and the food on this cruise was excellent. The only day we did not eat in the dining room was on Thanksgiving - since we were docked in Cabo we decided to have a Mexican meal instead. We enjoyed this meal a lot and of course the Margaritas that went with the meal. Had lunch at the buffet twice - it was ok and we always found a table - hint - go to the very front of the buffet - there is an additional small buffet, which for some reason a lot of passengers don't know about. You can grab a lunch and sit outside and enjoy the fresh air!
We did not go to any shows, but enjoyed the bartender "Henry" at Crooners very much - he kept us entertained with his magic tricks.
Would definitely do this cruise again - maybe next year - but for now we are waiting to do a Transatlantic cruise in April on the Regal Princess. As an extra plus, on our last day of the cruise we received our Elite Pins. Disembarkation was easy as well, since we were walking of with our luggage we received number 10, we waited in the Platinum Lounge for maybe 30 minutes, and when called walked of with no problems.
Cabin is in very front of the ship on the very bottom on Plaza Deck. We liked it because we were close to the elevators and close to the International Cafe. It gets a little noisy when docking, but while at sea this is a very quiet cabin
We live in the area
we did our own thing. Had a nice meal in port