7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Sail Date: July 22, 2012 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 4 years ago
The ship was clean and well-maintained. Everything was well-organized to provide a relaxing, enjoyable experience. The crew was friendly and completely helpful. They truly went above and beyond. Note: I would not want to bring children on the ship because although they offer various children's activities, the decor of the ship consisted of topless female art everywhere you went.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The food was exquisite. The dining rooms were lovely. My husband and I LOVED the \"your time\" dining which we were able to do for no extra cost; we simply paid our gratuities in advance. I also highly recommend their steakhouse. It is $35/person\, but off ship\, the meal would have been in the vicinity of $150. Completely worth the experience. We also frequented the buffets which always held a nice variety of both hot & cold foods for longer lengths of time and were quite delicious.
3 out of 5
Great shows. I mentioned the staff. Everything ran very late at night which was a bit disappointing for us early birds\, although we managed to see just about everything. I would have liked more options on the \"At Sea\" days because the pools were so overcrowded as there wasn't a lot of alternatives offered.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The behind the scenes staff was wonderful. I did find the cruise director's staff to be much more reserved and awkward than I have experienced before\, although they did fine.
3 out of 5
The reason for my good rating was the decor\, as I mentioned before. The layout was strange as well. The public areas were on decks 2 and 3 and 9 and 10\, so you took stairs constantly\, which is normal on a cruise\, but I've never seen a ship with such a stretch between public areas. The cleanliness was great\, but I could see accessibility being annoying if you were unable to climb stairs in certain areas.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
This was the first time I had ever been in a balcony room\, and I don't think I'll ever be able to go back. The room was roomy for a cruise. We had a king bed\, a vanity\, a coffee table\, and couch in addition to closets\, bathroom\, and our private balcony which we used every single day. The stewards were wonderful; the best service I have ever had.
Pros: The private balcony in our room
Cons: On \"At Sea\" days\, the pools were too overcrowded for relaxing
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