My cousin and I wanted a cruise that we could drive to and just spend a lot of time enjoying the cruise itself. One port that we didn't care about was perfect!
Unfortunately, this ship has the Medallion system, technology to use instead of talking to real live people. It was very frustrating, very slow, and very inefficient. We don't like keeping our cell phones with us, but if you wanted to use the Medallion system, then you needed your phone with you at all times. The only good thing about the medallion was that when you were within 15 feet of your cabin, the cabin would unlock for you when you had your medallion with you. Leaving the ship, as well as returning to the ship, was easy. You just scan the medallion.
We tried to use the medallion system with our phones,but it would just turn off, or go very slow. I preferred the daily paper over caring around my phone. We tried to also order drinks using the system, and it wouldn't work. Finally just walked up to the bar and ordered. We heard others complaining that when they did order their drink, it would never arrive with the GPS system supposedly able to find them with the Medallion.
An unobstructed balcony on the seaboard side. Just above the main theater, towards the front. Nice size, not large, but fine for two people.
Too many people trying to tell us they are their friends and would we like to buy something. All of the shops were the same.
The Shark Bar was nice for a view, food, and drinks. We enjoyed sitting and relaxing there.
We live just outside of Los Angeles, so getting a cruise from there was easy.