We were a group of 7. Myself (53), wife (59), our married daughter and son in-law (both 36) and their 3 children aged 16, 14, 10. My wife and I are experienced cruisers however the kids are not. We chose this cruise because we were paying for everyone and it was affordably priced compared to other ships and itineraries during this period. We had three cabins. Two balconies (one corner aft) and one interior.
Embarkation in Fort Lauderdale was easy and smooth. We arrived at the ship at apx. 11 am and boarding had already begun. We were walking through the promenade by 11:15.
The ship is in excellent condition. While there are tiny signs of her age in the room nothing that was off putting. The common areas were all meticulously maintained.
1688 was one of those corner aft cabins. It is the size of a Jr suite minus the walk-in closet and the tub in the bathroom. The best feature is the massive deck. We got a lot of use out that.
The bed was comfortable, the carpet were clean and furnishings were in good repair. There were a few little dings and scratches but nothing off putting and particularly noticeable.
Lots of great shopping, dining and entertainment.
Typical Western Caribbean port area with souvenir shops, restaurants and bars