This was our first 'drive to the cruise port' cruise. We drove from South Carolina to Fort Lauderdale with a one night stay at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL. The drive was fine but we did have some difficulty getting to Pier 2 at Port Everglades. Maybe it was bad gps, but the route was very difficult to follow after exiting I-95 with poor signage and it took us through a port entry where we had to deal with the rudest port entry security guard that was hard to understand and appeared to be 'playing' with us because we were confused about the route. However, after getting past him, the rest of the journey to the parking deck and ship was pretty easy. Embarkation was very easy, very quick and our room was ready for us when we got on board (1pm).
The cruise was really nice and the weather just great throughout the cruise. If you enjoy coffee, get the New Grounds Coffee package. The specialty coffee drinks are really good and the regular coffee at the International Cafe is so much better. It's worth the price. The internet is still slower on this ship, but I find that I really need to get a package for peace of mind.
All but one of the excursions we purchased were excellent. The only bad one was the Spice Beach Break in Bonaire. This was a 3 hour visit to an alleged beach resort that provided 'reserved' beach access for our group. Well, the beach area and lounge chairs that were supposedly reserved for our group were already mostly taken up by regular resort customers. Finding available chairs was difficult. We left early and took a private cab back to the ship rather than wasting our time waiting for the return school bus ride back to the ship. Do not purchase this excursion. You WILL be disappointed.
This room is actually categorized as a B4, but that category was not available on the CC list. The room itself is a regular balcony type room in size, but the size of the balcony and room location is what makes it so special. It's an aft facing balcony on the Caribe (10) deck that's spacious with no posts to interfere with your view or space. And it's right on the port side corner of the ship. There were plenty of hangers and more than enough storage space. Electrical outlets are few, but one simple power strip eliminated any problems. The newer beds are very, very comfortable. New,larger tv's too. The shower was small and not easy to deal with, but no worse than any other regular stateroom shower. The one drawback is the extra steps needed to get to the back of the ship. The elevators are not real close either, but we probably needed the exercise. From other reviews, I know that the Caribe deck (10) is very popular. However, I would prefer to be on deck 12 or 14 that are closer to the pools and food court and easy to access by stairways. Sometimes the elevator wait time is a nuisance.
Just walked around the port area streets.