I am a 40 something housewife and mother of 4 teens from central Virginia. We stayed the night before embarkation in Miami at the even hotel. It was a very nice hotel, and definitely catered to fitness minded people. It was decently priced, and not too far from downtown Miami and the cruise port. We got overcharged by a cab driver, know exactly where you want to go and use your own gps to keep track. While the Even Hotel was very nice, if I sail from miami again I will book a hotel in the downtown area. This was our first cruise, and it was only myself and my husband. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. Our room (balcony) was wonderful. Very clean, comfortable, and spacious. Even though the ship is older it was well maintained, and underwent an update last year. The food was very good, although I was hoping for things like lobster, and crab legs. We ate at Cagney's steakhouse (highly recommended, but expensive), and at Tappenyaki, that was lots of fun. There were several shows on board, but we didn't attend any. Loved all the raffles, won one of the best. The service was great from all the staff. There is only one public pool on board, and the activities for kids is limited. I think the ship is geared more towards couples (young and older), and families with teens (which was great for us). I enjoyed the intimacy of their private island (great stirrup cay) I wish we could've stayed longer. I didn't much care for Ocho Rios Jamaica. We didn't book any excursions for this port (I wish I had) we may have enjoyed it more. We basically only went shopping. Some of the merchants were way too aggressive, rude, and pushy. The only beach access was at the Margaritaville resort and you had to pay to go onto the beach (I don't know how much, we didn't go). It was also a fairly small beach area. I didn't always feel safe. Be very careful what cab's you choose. I fell in love with Georgetown, Grand Cayman. It's a beautiful island, and the water is so clear and clean. We booked the dolphin swim and sting ray bar. The dolphins seemed so happy and were a pleasure. I wish we could've seen more sting rays, but we saw quite a few. I was pleasantly surprised by Cozumel Mexico. It's beautiful there. We booked the speed boat, snorkel, beach. I was disappointed that we didn't go to a coral reef and we were only in the water for about 40 minutes, but the boat ride there and back was exhilarating, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The small resort area where we got in and out of the boats was nice. I was disappointed that we couldn't do anything at the beach at the resort, but overall it was a pleasant experience. Excellent shopping on the main road by the port (I wouldn't recommend venturing from the tourist area though). I wouldn't mind going again to all the destinations, perhaps I may enjoy Ocho Rios better with an excursion.
The cabin was very nice. It was clean, spacious, and comfortable (tried to add photos, but won't work from my phone)
The pavillion shopping area was nice, but the surrounding area seemed run down. The merchants in the surrounding area were pushy, rude, and aggressive. I didn't feel safe, but the pavillion shopping area was quite nice. There was even a small area where I was able to purchase artwork from a local painter