We arrived in Florida amid a flood of other cruisers. Definitely not accustomed to thousands of other confused people charging 0r standing around. We had finally located our luggage at a different.station, other than on the banner. At least Four cruise ships were departing on the same day..Holiday Inn at hollywood had a shuttle waiting for it and Candlewood hotel, we loaded up..Dispite them doubling their rates for rush at HI, they serve a decent breakfast, and accomadations were very nice.. Mind you there is not much else close here and 8 lanes of high speed traffic in front if you want to cross the hwy...I believe one 4x4 pu tried to see how close he could get, defintely did NOT slow down, There is NO crosswalk for protection. Ok, we paid $15.00 each for the ride to the port #21. and tipped the driver.
I was satisfied with the process of checking in and forming groups to board..We were in a SY suite for our cruise and it was nice too, except for the heavy deck doors. the one next door #8076, closed loudly and disturbed me in the evenings. I turned in a request to have their closer and shock tested and repaired, but Hal did not fix it.So it reminded me of a cheap thin motel room when slammed..They were seniors next to us and I did not speak with them about it. The hot water controls were great in the Jetted tub and shower, you could get very hot water if you soaked. I did use the hot-tub on the rear of the ship, there were about 5 . The food was hit or miss after breakfast, which was great and so was the room service. By this I mean you could get great Fish and vegs, but their pasta sauce was not flavored enough, simular to Ragu..Pizza and Pasta was there all the time and hot served any time. There was a huge salad available at all meals, built with care by an attendant and plenty of vegetarian food.Ice Cream was served all day and lots of flavors, Seniors Love their Cold deserts.The whole ships crew worked hard to please anyone..The Steelband performance was the best, and second was the Magician show..
The port stops were nice, we enjoyed Willenstad, Curacoa in the old dutch section...We stayed on board at the canal, and went exploring in beautiful Costa Rica. This was our Diamond anniversary, and we were recognised at Gala Dinner..Thanks to HAl and the crew, especially a very efficient Captain, We will book another cruise with them soon...Jonyyuma
Nice furnature and clean , nothing seemed worn like others described? The beds were together with the head towards the bow and this made it easy to sleep..i did sleep with earplugs and my BPAP machine to the gentle rocks of the ship.My wife concures that She liked the size and comfort of the room and she spent time out on the deck and watching the small flying fish around Aruba and the area. If you missed them they were at least 3-4 inches long and leaped from the top of waves. Our Porter Faysel did a great job and I believe he vacuumned our room every day.I think 30 suites is a little excessive, myself. We were only one deck from main food deck and pool areas above so it was very easy climbing stairs.
Our HI hotel was in a almost commercial type area, between the airport and the cruise terminal..It was clean and safe but not an area for Amusements since we do not go to bars.
We used Comments from other reviews, and kept to the right side when we exitted the gates. We followed the shore trails, then crossed the floating pontoon bridge over to the older Dutch area..Shopped in the old circular market and along the canal. Their Mcdonalds store was set up different, but we did get refreshments there in the coffee shop inside it.
We were actually afraid to trust this area,