My husband and I previously sailed this 6-night itinerary on Independence, and we booked this cruise to see more of the Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. We have sailed many times on RC, but this was our first cruise on LOS. We flew into MIA from California, and spent Friday night at the Downtown Miami Hilton. We were joined by some friends from the east coast and Canada, who we have cruised with many times before. Rather than wait for the hotel shuttle, we opted for a cab from the hotel to the pier -- and were on board by 11:00 am. The embarkation process went very smoothly. However, I really wish that RC would either let you drop your bags in the room upon boarding, or give you a place to check your bags until your room is ready. Everyone milling around with all their carry-on baggage for hours can get quite hectic.
The ship itself was beautiful, very clean, and well maintained. We loved our E-1 aft balcony cabin, and our cabin steward was fantastic. We had been a little apprehensive about the addition of the Dreamworks characters, as well as the new pool-side movie screen. It was nice to discover that the movie screen was not blaring at all hours, and the new character cast was not at all intrusive.
Our group of six decided to try My Time Dining, and we were pleased with the experience, overall. We were able to get the same table at the same time every night, and we had an outstanding wait staff. We did eat at Chops the last night of the cruise, and we had lunch at Johnny Rockets one day. We thought both venues were worth the added expense. The one recurring problem we had was getting anything approaching rare steak/prime rib in the MDR -- everything came out medium to well done. Even sending things back did not help. On the other hand, the desserts and pastries were some of the best I've ever had on an RC ship.