This was a 20th anniversary cruise for the Mrs. and I. We originally booked a balcony cabin but a few months later I remembered how much she liked the cloud 9 spa. A couple of calls later I moved our booking to the extended balcony suite on deck 11.
Arrival was as per usual other than the driving thunderstorm that greeted us in Galveston. The Premier guest lounge was nice with a decent selection of coffee, water, and treats.
Entry onto the ship was uneventful. Having purchases FTF (highly recommended) our stateroom was ready when we arrived onboard. We just dropped off our carry on packs (always recommended to bring some necessities in a pack just in case something happens to your luggage) and started exploring the ship (and waiting for the ship to depart and the casino to open)
The cabin is located on deck 11, Nicely appointed and in good repair. The balcony was large and secluded (unless you are looking around the partitions, you DO have privacy). The whirlpool tub was awesome though as a shower it was rather cramped (not going to easily fit two at a time). Water will get hotter that you want it to so adjust carefully. The sofa (which is a sofabed) was comfy and the sitting room arrangement was great for a couple that moves around quite a bit while prepping for a date or excursion.
I know others have complained about noise from the excercise room, but we didnt experience any of that during the cruise, the only noise really noted was some adults arguing the hallway and occasionally kids running down the hallway (theyre kids, what do you expect ;)
Bed was good for a spring mattress, but I did bring my own foam pillow.
Steward (Greg) and deck staff were GREAT!!!!!!
Room service rarely took more than 30 minutes (when you realize that it 0200 and you havent eaten yet)
All in all, if you are going to use the spa services and like the extra space the suite is well worth it.
used covered parking for my truck, worked well with no issues
Lots of folks had fun out and about, but we determined to make it a fun day on the ship. Water park, fooseball, adventure course, and reading on the deck 11 veranda.