We chose this cruise for its itinerary, excursions and the outstanding service and cuisine, and the excellent reputation of its staff. The fare includes all food and beverage (alcoholic or non) and tips. The only additional expenses on board are excursions, boutique merchandise, premium wines/spirit, or avail of their spa services (massage/beauty salon).
The embarkation was excellent as there were no crowds with only 112 guests on board. No lines to speak of. When you board the ship, you are greeted by the captain and the staff and a glass of champagne, escorted to the lounge for some more drinks and refreshments, to sit and relax. Registration is by party, and a staff will escort you to the concierge area where you are handed your sea pass. No lines to stand in. After this is all done, a cabin stewardess will escort you to your room where your luggage would most probably be waiting for you by the door. She will then go through the room amenities and give you the day's schedule. You can unpack and then go have a tour of the ship or book your excursions or have a drink and hang out at the pool.
This cruise is not for everyone - It seems to be designed for the active travelers - young or old. There are no kids clubs, photographers or staff constantly selling you things. Entertainment is minimal - a guitarist and pianist, a 1 table casino, library, an 18 hole golf simulator, and an extensive collection of DVD that you can watch in your cabin. The concierge would even make pop corn and bring it to your room.
The ship is old and there might be signs of paint touch-up or repairs however everything is clean and in working order. Everyone except for the few suites have the same layout, and all have an ocean view - there are no balconies but deck 3 and 4 in the back, and 5 and 6 from back to front is one big balcony and only a short walf from the cabin.
The bed is firm but not hard and has comforters. The pillows (several of them) vary from very soft to medium so you can arrange it to your liking.
The mini bar is stocked with soft drinks, and beer, and I believe any other beverage that you prefer if you made your request ahead of time - no extra fee.
Several storage shelves, drawers, cabinets and wardrobes are available and also has a writing desk, tv, a mirror/dresser, sofa and chair. There is a drape that could be drawn to darken the room, and another drape to divide the bed from the sitting area. The bathroom has a shower and sink with mirror, and bulgari amenities.
This excursion is free and included. This is where the caviar splash party takes place.
Island of extremes - steep roads hugging the side of mountains. Shortest commercial airport runway in the world.
Went ashore just to walk around, have coffee and relax.
Pier 1 east is small and accessible to old San Juan. Short walk to/from the taxi line.