Well, I did this once and CC sent it back as it was one big paragraph. Let's try again as I really have something to say. I have read reviews on this cruise that were negative coming from the San Diego group that got on for 4 days for $199 ...... well, we were on this ship for the entire duration and you'll our reviews are 5 stars.
First of all, embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was so organized and quick I was quite impressed. I was also quite shocked that when I went to check in I had been upgraded to a room with a view (window seat) vs the tiny inside cabin I booked so thanks to you HAL for such a nice surprise. Unfortunately my luggage, drink cards, goodies from my Travel Agency went to the old cabin. Despite numerous calls from the 2 lovely ladies in my old cabin to the front desk and multiple trips to the front desk by me; I finally got my going away champagne present from Jimmy and Alex in Grand Cayman and found other purchased items by just simply calling these ladies in the old cabin ... so to the two wonderful bridge ladies in 7049; thank you from the bottom of my heart for my coffee card!!! I learned a lesson; just call your old room and go get your own stuff; the staff was overwhelmed it seemed like for 3 or 4 days???
So this said, I did not have my purple hat for sail away so other CC people could find me nor did I have my doorsign identifying me as I had no luggage. What I did have was a wonderful red fruity drink on the aft deck and got a gorgeous picture taken by the ship photographer that showed me sitting in the sun, hat-less, sunscreen-less in a long skirt having a fantastic sail away without new friends or champagne. However, I had my cell phone so called dear travel agent to let him know that Yes, I am ON THE BOAT!!!!!
I was on the main deck, 1011, had an outside cabin or I guess they call them oceanview. I had one of the small windows but had a windowseat. I enjoyed it. I liked being closer to the ocean as I could watch the dock workers, but guess what? The dock workers could see me!! They wave!! One must remember to shut the curtains in port if one is going into the shower............