We chose this ship primarily because of the cheaper cost, itinerary. (St Croix) and port of departure. We own property on St Croix and wanted to visit to take care of a little business as well as see friends and have a vacation in the mean time.
Price: This cruise was cheaper than getting to JFK, flying to STX, renting a car for a week, renting a cottage for a week and handling all our food expenses. I think the location as well as price attracts many repeat cruisers. We found people who had been on the ship 33 times! 3-6 times was fairly common. Also, as others have said, it is an old crowd with many diamond members.
Crew: They are excellent. Every one of them. Can't say enough nice things about the wait staff, room attendants, customer service etc. They get to know you quickly, like to kid around and talk and always took good care of us.
We love St Croix. We are biased because we actually own a villa there but there are many good reasons to visit for a day, a week, or forever.
It's not your typical port of call for cruise ships. There are no Diamond Internationals or Margaritavilles. You will find a laid back vibe in an interesting town of Fredericksted and the most friendly people anywhere. Cruise ships are much less common here than in nearby St Thomas so the locals put their heart into it. There are pop up tents selling local goods and nearly restaurants and bars for relaxing time. Try a locally brewed Leatherback beer!
For more shopping and more upscale restaurants as well as a pretty boardway with bars and restaurants take a taxi or a tour to nearly Christiansted. This small city is also full of some great Danish architecture. For more adventure, go on a hike in the rain forest or jeep tour on rough dirt roads with great views.
You can walk to a nice beach right near the ship, down a bit is The Fred Hotel, a small boutique hotel with chairs and umbrellas. A little further is Rainbow Beach, a great spot. A cab ride away is Cane Bay with great snorkling and the famous Wall for scuba divers.
Definitely get off and venture into & then beyond F'sted. You're in a US flagged paradise, so enjoy!