We chose this ship because it is relatively new, and wanted to see what it had. The itinerary changed a little before we cruised, but we still LOVED the ports! We ended up going to Nassau, San Juan, Puerto Plata, and Ocean Cay.
The kids water area, Pirates Cove, was our favorite!! The water slides were a blast -- especially the one where you sit on a double tube!! We went multiple times each day.
Service was excellent in all areas. Our room steward took GREAT care of us, always bringing me my bucket of ice.
We had a balcony room on Deck 10 (Room 10101).
The only drawback was that there's a long 12-person jacuzzi two decks below, which we could see and hear people in.
Otherwise, it was a nice big room -- very comfy bed, couch, desk -- still smelled new. The shower seemed small - like even tighter than a normal cruise cabin shower, but it was not a big deal.
We did an MSC sponsored excursion: Seahorse Snorkel Sail. It was great because the sailboat picked us up right next to our ship. You didn't have to walk the "mile" in to shore and meet up somewhere.
It was a leisurely boat ride up the channel to our snorkel spot. Then you could jump right off the back of the boat, or climb down the middle ladder into the water. There was some reef area to see, lots of fan corals and big brain corals. A good amount of fish in different varieties came around - even some big angel fish-types.
There was a bar available on the way back to the ship, and the workers put up the sail too. Very nice.
What's not to love about snorkeling in the Bahamas?!
We got off the ship in Old San Juan and walked to Chocobar Cortes, a restaurant that I had been dying to go to. It was everything I had dreamed of!! YUM!!
Then we caught an Uber to Scuba Dogs at Escambron Marine Park. We tried to snorkel in the bay, but it was murky and pretty rough. So we walked over the bridge in the park, and went to the bigger part of Escambron Beach. It was lovely and sunny and warm! We actually did some snorkeling right there and saw lots of fun stuff, including the big purple pointy sea urchins.
We did a local excursion to Damjagua Falls with Iguana Mama. We had a wonderful day! The driver and our guide were both great. The hike up was some good exercise for us (!), but sliding down on the rock "water slides" was the highlight! The lunch afterwards was delicious. And they kept the drinks coming.
Beautiful!! The weather was pretty windy early, so we went out to the beach after about 10 / 10:30am. Grabged two lounger chairs at South beach and enjoyed the sun. Went over to the BBQ lunch on the island around 12:15, and luckily it wasn't crowded at all. LOVE the jerk chicken. Bought a Coke there. Spent the rest of the afternoon lounging in the sun, and swimming out to the floating docks. Such a great destination!!