We saw a preview of this ship while on the Xpedition in the Galapagos in January. So we were thrilled to get a last-minute deal on a western Caribbean sailing in April, before she went off to Europe for the summer. We LOVED everything about the experience. So much so that we stayed on for the back-to-back last week and went out to the eastern Caribbean too.
First week we had an inside cabin - exactly the same size as the verandahs (the cabins all run parallel to the hallways, you enter from the end just like the verandahs). Largest bathroom we've ever had on a ship - large shower with rounded glass door. It was only missing the laundry line - the two little pegs didn't work well for wet bathing suits.
The second week we had an infinite verandah, and loved it! The extra "balcony" space made the cabin even larger, the full floor-to-ceiling glass was much preferable than any balcony cabin we've had before, and the fully open window allowed plenty of views and breeze. Sometimes we sat out there with the bifold glass doors closed to preserve air conditioning in the room, but the last night we even slept with the window open to hear the water and were quite comfortable.
The ports were great, but the real experience was the ship, like being at a 5-star resort. And so smooth, you really had no sense of movement.
We loved the soaring space in the magical Eden - and the little cafe there was geat for lunch at sea. The Edenists were talented and personable - we went to the talks with them, and the Fibonnocci lecture. Loved the other shows. And the silent disco was new to us, since we usually sail on Princess.
We chose a fixed dining second seating in Cyprus, with a terrific waiter and assistant waiter, interesting tablemates, and great food. They were very willing to get things from the other restaurants if we asked, and always got our preferences right, to the last anchovy! We ate in Cosmopolitan for breakfast and lunch some sea days. And had dinner on the Edge one night. A tremendous amount of food for just 2 of us, but delicious, and worth it, for the experience.
We loved the Edge and dropped by for drinks, waiting before going ashore, and using for the tender in Grand Cayman. A novel but unusual concept.
Everything about the ship is top-notch, digital, high tech, modern decor, lovely.
Closet a little small and difficult to access because it was along one side of the bed. I prefer the dressing area outside the bathrooms on Princess ships. But plenty of storage, large flat screen TV (with too many $15 movies!), couch, dresser, and dressing table with excellent lighting.
2nd week we were in 6258 - billed as obstructed infinite veranda, but we were behind all the life boats so only a small tower was outside our room and it did not impinge on our view and it was still very private. Anything behind that cabin would be fine - I would not want obstructed farther forward because the life boats are BIG.
Because we docked in the Navy yard we had a sort tram ride to town, which gave us a bit of a view. We've been here several times before - just walked Duvall Street, did a little shopping, and had a drink at Sloppy Joe's.
Only 11 people in a van with a very knowledgeable guide. We much prefer visiting sites in a small group.View All 418 Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Reviews
Boarding was very easy, and the new terminal is lovely.
A lovely boat with only a dozen people. Great crew who ensured that we all touched (kissed) the rays. The best part was the snorkeling - we made two stops. Over the reef was the absolute best - sooooo many colorful fish in crystal clear water. Rank beginners had some trouble wiith the current, but it was a great spot. The second stop was the "coral gardens" - sandy bottom, smooth water, not a interesting as the reef. But good for some first-timers. They chummed so there were plenty of fish!View All 795 Stingray Swim Reviews
Had the obligatory over-priced margarita at Senor Frog's and enjoyed watching people. We did a little shopping, then returned to the boat.
There were only 4 of us and for almost 3 hours we walked all over the old town, into hotels, churches, and learned so much. Because we started at 5:30pm the city lights were coming on, it was not too hot, and everything was lovely. Then our guide recommended an authentic Puerto Rican restaurant for our dinner: Raices - mojambo with shrimp, octupus, steak and chicken, delicious.View All 182 Walking Tour of Old San Juan Reviews
There is still a lot of damage from the hurricane, homes and vehicles damaged. The island is quite steep and roads are narrow and winding. Some passengers in our tram screamed when other cars passed. It was a little harrowing, but we've seen worse. The beach we crowded but lovely water and who can resist a Painkiller at Pusser's? The driver/ guide was helpful.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Absolutely fabulous day on the water. A gorgeous 4-br 2-ba catamaran with a 2-man crew and only a dozen people onboard. Three snorkeling stops, nice swimming from the boat in unbelievably blue water, snacks and great lunch prepared in the galley for us, top-shelf liquor drinks, just a wonderful way to spend the day away from the shops and crowds!View All 151 Snorkeling Reviews