6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: October 21, 2007 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Large Group Reviewed: 9 years ago
We had a wonderful trip with 11 people in total. It was my Sister and Brother in law's 25th anniversary so 5 couples a 1 single left the kids at home and went on a cruise. We stayed overnight in Ft. Lauderdale and took the hotel shuttle to the ship. We only had to identify that our luggage had made it to the port and then we went into line to start the embarking process that we heard so much about. We were pleasantly surprised by how smoothly it was done. If you are prepared and have all your papers filled out like they explain clearly on the cruise website you should have no problems. You also do not want to be there at the last minute and expect to be on quickly. Some on our cruise were complining it took to long but they arrived really late and were behind almost everyone. use common sense and you will be fine. We were on the ship in about 25 minutes. We had some lunch and walked around a bit and then we went to our room around 1:30. Our luggage arrived in our room around 5:00 so we were pleased. The ship is very large and there is lots to keep you busy.They need to enforce non smoking areas though. People would smoke anywhere they wanted and I never saw anyone ever say anything to any smoker.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
We really enjoyed the food we had. We ate dinner every night except one in the Silver dining room. The food was always awesome. I had the best prime rib that I have ever had while we were there. The chocolate melting cake with vanilla ice cream was unbelievable !!Everyone in our group loved dinner every night and it appeared that most also did. We had dinner at Harry's Supper Club the night we did not go to the dining room. It was a lovely place to eat and well worth the $30.00 per person. It was sooooo much food and really good food. I would have liked a bit more time in between courses though. It was a bit rushed and didn't give enough time to look forward to the next course. The service at Harry's was super. The best service we all received was in the Silver Dining room by our waiter ( Lyobomir). We tried several of the items at buffet style places and most were good. The one place with the Burgers was awesome and the pizza place was very good. The dessert bar was also very good.
5 out of 5
The shows were a lot of fun. The comedian ( Phat Cat ) was really funny !! There are several shows and they are very high quality. Lots of people played bingo and had fun. The casino was nice except there was too much smoke at times. There were options for everyone on the ship to have a great time if you wanted to.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
We had the best waiter in the world on our ship and he worked dinner in the Silver dining room. his name is Lyobmir. He did everything so well and was super friendly. We wanted to have just sit down and join the 11 of us we enjoyed his company so much. The only problem I found in the dining room was getting the bar person to come by our table. Lyobomir was able to get wine and serve it but you needed the bar guy if you wanted a mixed drink which my wife and I did each night. Sometime we had 1 drink when 2 or maybe 3 would have been better. The gentlemen that looked after our room did a great job. The main guy was Fransisco and he was very nice. Most of the bar staff were friendly and poured nice drinks. There was 1 girl at the Martini bar that bever smiled once while we were on the cruise. She was a great bartender but it would have been nice to see a smile. We were impressed with staff except for 1 very rude lady in the gift shop that did not care about any customers we saw.
5 out of 5
The ship is huge. It is very clean and well cared for by the many staff. The decorations are a bit on the loud side but it looked fine. The furniture was very comfortable throughout the ship. It can get a bit confusing getting to a couple of places since you can't get straight through some areas and may have to go down a floor, around and back up to get to a couple of places but you catch on quickly....at least we all did.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We were very pleased with how big the staterooms were...at least ours was. We had a balcony suite and it was really nice. We thought it would be small and cramped but it was not. The bathroom was bigger than we were told it would be and the balcony was very nice to have. It had a small table and 2 chairs on it. We had 4 people out there having drinks so that was more space than you should ever expect. The bed was one of the best we have ever slept on and we have a great bed at home. The comforter and pillows were also great. We loved the room.
We went to seven mile beach to have a relaxing day after a long night of partying. The night before was the 25th anniversary night for 1 of the couples we were with. It was nice to swim and lounge on the beach. You got a lounge and we got a couple of big umbrellas and took it easy for a few hours. we had a couple of beer and some food and then did some shopping before we headed back to the tender boat to take us back to the ship.
Don't Miss: Seven Mile Beach is nice if you just want to kick back in the sun
This was an awesome day !! We headed out early and were taking out to sea to do some snorkeling for about 45 minutes or so. It was a lot of fun and then we had a "Red Stripe" beer on our way to Dunn's River Falls. This where you climb up the waterfall. This was soooo much fun. It seemed to take about 45 minutes with stops along the way for the staff to take pictures....we also had an underwater camera ourselves. They also take a video fo your group and you can buy it if you want after for $40.00 or whatever you can get it for. Its then back to the catamaran and off to sea. we thought that we were headed back to the port but instead they took us cruising for about 45 minutes. They broke out the rum punch and the music and dancing started. it was a blast. they are super friendly and they keep the rum punch going as long as you want and packs a kick. we bought a CD of the music they were playing for $7.00. They dropped us off and we went into the village by the port .
Don't Miss: Dunn's River Falls is a must. There are different ways to do it with some having snorkeling or other things with it. Do the falls !!
We all went on a long walk through Key West as soon as we got off the ship....the humidity was a smack in the face but you got used to it after a while. We went to Hemmingway house and that was cool. we walked down many steets and saw lots of cool things. We then went on the pub crawl and had a blast. Our guide was an ex New York cop that was now a bar owner down there and he was a blast. We then did some shopping after the 5 bars on the crawl and then back on the ship.
Don't Miss: If you like to have a couple of drinks and like a good time.....do the Pub Crawl. We loved it and there were 11 of us ranging in age from40 - 55
Pros: The staff, food, rooms.....so many things
Cons: Too many smokers allowed to smoke wherever they want
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