We are seasoned cruisers and I decided to try one of the mega ships as a change. We thought there would be problems with so many people on board, but we were very surprised.
At now time, with only exception being the disembarkation, you never felt like 6000 people were on this ship. This is a fun ship, with a lot of selections for dinner, entertainment and fun. You must book your dining and entertainment via the online system ahead of time, and especially pay attention to the discount offers via email , they were very legit. I selected the BOGO dinner for two nights for $45 a person. We got to eat at Wonderland,( $59 each ) and the next night at Central Park ( $49 each) . So we saved over $100 and had the most wonderful dining experience on a cruise ship. Wonderland is a must, but they do not tell you that you also get entrees in addtion to the five appetizers and dessert for the $59. We were stuffed leaving that restaurant.
Our cabin had plenty of room and storage for a cruise cabin, and we had a bed next to the balcony . But the bed was hard and once we told our room steward she put on a duvet and feather pillows and it was extremely comfortable. No one will tell you this secret. Also we always had ice as requested and we were very lucky in having a top steward for our room.
The ship is a real adventure with the promenade area, central park with its beautiful gardens, , outdoor rock climbing, water shows , ice shows and broadway. The comedians were really good and extremely funny. The jazz was so so.
We also bought our internet package before and got a discount. The Casino is very large for a cruise, but very smoky, and don't plan on winning a jackpot.
We waited till at least one hour after the port opened to avoid the crowds. There is no reason to stand in a line when the doors first open, unless you have to.
Another pet peeve has been elevator wait time on cruise ships. On this ship there is no worry, there are plenty of well timed elevators and we never waited more than 10-15 seconds. If you are going to book this cruise, take advantage of all the email offers, as it saves a lot of money to book prior to leaving.
Our cabin had plenty of room and storage for a cruise cabin, and we had a bed next to the balcony . I saw a review stating that the storage was inadequate but frankly that person must not have cruised before. I did note that we did not have the standard little night table with a drawer and had an open shelf thing. I would have say that with all the junk I usually have that was a problem. The bed mattress was hard and once we told our room steward she put on a duvet and feather pillows and it was extremely comfortable. No one will tell you this secret. Also we always had ice as requested and we were very lucky in having a top steward for our room. The TV does not have free prime movies like other ships, but we did have a few sports stations, 4 news, and childrens stations . As long as you tell your steward what you need, don't expect them to read your mind. Also leaving notes is fine as well.
Fly in a few days before your cruise to experience this area. Lots of stuff to see and enjoy.