On the plus side. Great itinerary and ship. A nine day cruise going to the Southern Caribbean from Miami is wonderful.
Ship's Areas: For the kids, Buccaneers Wet and Wild water slide pool is a great area for the little ones. Besides the kids pool, the ship has one large pool instead of two smaller pools, which can give you a bit of area to move around in. If you like lap swimming, there are two in-place lap swimming pools that are fun and hardly used. Ship common areas are well laid out, and movement is free flowing. The casual dining room gets crowded after 8 a.m. or so in the morning when trying to find a table, but folks are friendly and don't mind sharing. The Promenade deck wraps totally around on deck 7 outside, which makes for a nice place for lap walking.
Embarkation/Debarkation: Easy. For the 9-day cruise, the embarkation is painless because the previous 5-day gets in early on Friday morning, and the ship departs at 7 p.m. for the 9-day, so there is a large window that that allows the check-in process to be spread out over several hours. Freestyle debarkation was a nice feature, you can still use the ship's facilities including pool and Jacuzzi tubs, then go back to your room for a quick shower and just hang out until your color tag is called. They call the rooms for debarkation from top of ship to bottom, except for folks that need to make flights. The ship was supposed to arrive at noon, but got in at 9:40 a.m.., debarkation started at 12:40 p.m. Didn't return to the same dock when we parked our car, so they provided a free bus to travel the ½ mile from dock 10 to dock 5 where our car was. We skipped the wait to get on the bus and just rolled the luggage down the street. Nice to walk. I did see one problem, they didn't enforce the policy of allowing the only the group called to depart and I saw several people leaving before their time (I could tell by the luggage tag colors and room number written on the carry out booze), causing a bit of a jam.