Did our homework and considered several options for a "skipping Christmas Cruise" Chose this ship because of the ports -- particularly St Thomas as it gave us time to go to St John and visit family as well as the convenience to Ft Lauderdale.
Beautiful ship and lots of bars and restaurants to choose from. Would recommend the mini-suite over the balcony room because larger room and bathroom but all the balconies (even this one) were the tiniest we have ever had.
Too many days at sea because we could not get off in the Cays because of rough seas. Should have been reimbursed OR found another port later as we had a total of four days at seas. Food was OK, nothing great (stay away from fish entrees) but the Crown Dining Room was tops. Lots of entertainment to choose from -- a must-see was the piano player, Cesar. Service was just OK, not outstanding and stewards just did their job didn't go out of their way. BEWARE of the Platinum Studio -- VERY VERY overpriced. A waste of our time as we fell for the sitting but did not pay the price of the portraits. Go for the beverage package, but was disappointed in their standard wine choices (sub par). We did like the medallions to use for convenience for getting into the room and also charging around the ship Overall I am recommending this cruise as good (not VERY good) because there were more pros than cons.
Go for the mini-suite to get a larger room and bathroom (full shower and tub). But the balcony was the smallest ever --- all of them unless going to a larger and more expensive suite. If you book early, go for the back suite on the ship as those balconies are the largest and most private.
Easy in and out. If you are local, park at Park N Go
Seas were rough and we couldn't tender in. Felt we should have been reimbursed or go to a later stop before disembarkation
We should have signed up for a tour or taken a taxi to the other side (French) side where we were told were better beaches. The main town of Philipsburg was a toilet full of pushy vendor so we went back to the ship instead.
This was the best as it was a long day in port and gave us time to go to St John. Would have loved to spend more time here.