7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: June 12, 2011 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Large Group Reviewed: 6 years ago
My extended family go on intergenerational vacations every 1-2 years and lately it's all been cruises. This ship tries to please everyone from the 80yo's to little kids and generally does a good job. But 5,000 passengers? Come on, that's way too many. Long lines to board the ship at every port, long lines for shipboard activities such as rock climbing, "flowriding," and ziplining. The dining room is a zoo between 6-8pm every night. Not everybody's cup of tea!
Oh, we did not have a good experience booking through . Their advertised "2 nights free hotel" is not as good as it sounds. No choice of hotels. We got a $70 "voucher" for a $150 room (that was listed on hotels.com for $99!). We could've gotten a way better deal if we had booked through Costco.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Considering they're feeding 5,000 people at more or less the same time, they do a great job. The food quality is much better than on Celebrity or Carnival. Room service quality is not great (perhaps they're trying to discourage it?) Dining room entrees are hit or miss. The much-hyped lobster was mushy and obviously frozen for a long time. Some of their "ethnic" entrees were a pale comparison to the real thing. We do appreciate that they offer low-cal or low-fat alternatives, however. Very thoughtful.
3 out of 5
Loved the Ocean Aria and Ice Games shows. Also the comedians. Did not enjoy Blue Planet.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Mixed bag. Our waiter didn't comprehend as much english as would've been optimal. My daughter asked for tea and instead got cheese! What happened to the sommelier? When we tried to ask for an opinion on merlot vs. syrah, the waiter replied, "red or white?" Say wha??
We did like that the stateroom attendant was competent yet thoroughly unobtrusive.
5 out of 5
The ship is beautifully constructed and decorated. Not gaudy like Carnival. The public spaces, such as Central Park and Promenade, are well designed and lovely.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Staterooms are very nice. Definitely worth getting a balcony. My sister got a 2-story loft suite, which was ooh-la-la, but the funny thing is, it overlooks the Aqua Theater, so there was constant noise. Not peaceful like our oceanview balcony! Just make sure you know how much hub-bub you want.
Only 4 hours at this port! For a weeklong cruise, you'd expect more than 2-1/2 ports of call. And it's obvious the cruise companies have a cozy relationship with Atlantis Resort. Why would people go from an overpacked cruise ship to an overpacked resort?
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