We wanted to experience one of the big ships in the Oasis class, since we had never sailed on one of these bigger ships. We chose this ship because we liked the itinerary of sea days mixed with port days and this ship was recently refurbished. Also, I believe that Miami is a beautiful port and we have friends to see there. We chose a junior suite for this cruise, which we enjoyed. (Side note-it should be called premium balcony, because almost all suite perks are not for junior suites. You do get double Crown and Anchor points and can eat only dinner in the Coastal Kitchen if a reservation is made, which costs $15 per person.)
Things we loved-The Aqua 180 show- it was very entertaining and so different from anything that I've ever seen. That there was a whole broadway play, Cats. The ice show was excellent. There are MANY venues to enjoy (Music Hall, Jazz on 4, Vintages Wine Bar, Playmakers Sports Bar, music in Central Park, parties in the Promenade, Carousel at Boardwalk, and so many different places to eat. The Abyss slide was a great experience!
What we didn't like as much-There are a lot of people! The shows are free but you should reserve the ones you want to see ahead of time. The pools, hot tubs and decks are very crowded, even though there are quite a few of them. We have cruised several times before and I think we like a more quiet and traditional experience with more personalized service feel about the ship. It's great if traveling with a family, because there is a lot to do. I miss all the ice sculptures and midnight buffets.
Very nice and roomy with a walk-in closet and bathtub.
Beautiful beach day!