Thought it would be neat to leave out of Puerto Rico and visit 5 islands in 7 days. 1 of the islands though was canceled 2 days before we left, St Lucia. They refunded our shore excursion $ but then had to wait until we got on board the ship to schedule a new one for the replacement island of Fort de France, Martinique that they substituted it with. Our first stop at St Marten, we had to get up early and meet in studio B for them to call our tour to go ashore. We waited to the very end and it was never called. So we went out to the lady to check and she said it was cancelled, and asked didn't we get the letter? Well obviously not and why would they have tickets in our room if they knew that too. So we had to go to the shore excursion desk for another refund and went ahead at that point and set up our Martinique Zoo excursion instead. So we just took a water taxi into St Marten and walked around. Many pushy selling people there. St Kitts we did a Dolphin encounter that was great until the end at picture time. Now I knew pictures were expensive but OMG. 1 picture of 1 of us is $35. So 1 for each of us would have been $70. They had a picture of us with the dolphin pushing up out of the air and touching our hand lifted up high. Then a hand shake, then when you kiss him and he kisses you, and finally you swim out and hold him up. So you could do a cd with all the pictures for $130. This is what we did. Little did I know now that I am back home, that I can't seem to download the pictures and only run them as a video. So buyer beware. The zoo was good, no problems except rain. Did Nelson dockyard and Shirley heights with beach for 90 mins. All good but some pushy ladies at Shirley heights to buy. Barbados did Harrison cave that was good.
Back on ship the internet seemed slow and kicked us off a few times. We got the deluxe beverage package and was awesome. As long as you can handle your drinks, it's a great deal. Most drinks seemed to be about $12 unless it's the drink of the day for $8. They had a couple of comedians on board that were good. They had a group of dancers that were ok. They did not have any Broadway type shows. They had an ice show that I heard was good, but was too tired to go to myself. I had a balcony room and everything worked good. The shower was too small to shave, so my sister in-law suggested to open the doors and balance a leg on the sink and wala, that works. We did early 6pm dining in the main dining room with the same waiter nightly which is great. He gets to know you by name and is good at making suggestions or fixing anything and answering questions you have. He becomes part of the family. We thought the menu was great some nights and so so others. I guess it's all in what you are used to. One thing different about this cruise that I haven't had on others is the amount of crew members trying to push the extra activities on board to us. Kind of like the islands in selling stuff. I find that a real turn off. I don't care how nice you are about presenting it, if I had wanted to go to another restaurant or behind the scenes look, I would have scheduled it myself. One morning we had 3 different officers come to our table within 5 minutes to offer us deals. I'm sorry but by the 3rd one I kind of snapped at her. Every island was about 84 degrees and winds around 18 or more mph. 2 islands had rain. We were a family of 6. 2 - 73 year olds, and 4 between 49 and 56. We did not try any specialty restaurants so I cant speak about those. The casino didn't seem to be on our side. Took way more than it gave, but it's to be expected I guess. My husband loves watches but always laughs at the prices on these ships. He claims he can usually find the same thing cheaper from a store he shops at than what they sell them for but they do look good. Anyways, it seemed to be more like a carnival ship I had been on recently as far as food goes and entertainment. Rooms are better and shops more expensive. A good ship but not stellar.