7 Night Southern Caribbean Explorer (San Juan Roundtrip) Sail Date: November 10, 2007 Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 9 years ago
The ship is very classy, not too gaudy or glitzy. There are plenty of outside pools and ample deck chairs. We never had to search long for a set next to eachother, even during the day at sea. All of the dining rooms were very nice and clean. We chose the Anytime Dining option and as long as you don't mind sharing a table with other couples, this is a great option. We absolutely loved the freedom of being able to plan our meals around what we wanted to do that night, not the other way around. The pizza and grills poolside are good for a quick mid-day meal to take back to your room or while you're at the pool. There were ample work-out facilities (I went in the morning, and it wasn't crowded) and the equipment was in good shape.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The food was good, but not outstanding. It was along the lines of food you would get at a nice non-chain restaurant back home. They had a different theme every night, with a few good options every night. Two nights I had meals from the always-offered menu, but that was my own choice. I highly recommend the Princess Loveboat dessert if you like chocolate mousse. It is offered every night, and my husband and I had it twice, even though we aren't really big dessert people. We loved the Anytime Dining option and the freedom that comes with this. We sat with 2-4 other couples when we had to share tables (3 nights) and really enjoyed our conversations at each dinner. The Vines sushi and wine specialty restaurant was excellent. The sushi is only $1 each, and they kept brining out more food (a plate of cheese and crackers, a plate of prosciutto). This is a good option for an early or light dinner.
5 out of 5
The stand-up comedians were all very funny. We are still quoting thier one-liners. There were a few physical-comedy comedians who weren't as good. The shows in the main theatre are Broadway-style musical theatre shows, not Vegas style shows. Some of the performers shine, others not. There were movies every night, a few deck parties, and a champagne toast that all seemed very popular. We participated in the Married Game Show as the couple married 0-5 years and had a blast. This was held in the smaller theatre, which always had a comedian or some other show going on as well. Our only problem was that it was hard to find people under 40 at night.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Though the staff works really hard, they are always courteous and willing to help for the most part. We loved our waiter the first night, but since we did the Anytime Dining we couldn't have him every night. The only downer was that my husband left his Oakley sunglasses on one of the deck chairs and when he came back less than 5 minutes later they were gone. Our drinks had been taken away, but none of the waitstaff had seen them or turned them in. We asked at Passenger Services all week and they never showed up and the staff at Passenger services didn't seem very sympathetic or willing to help.
3 out of 5
The ship layout is somewhat confusing and in order to get from one place to another you sometimes have to change floors. I couldn't imagine being handicapped on this ship, as it would take you forever to get from one end of the ship to another. There weren't many elevators near the places where you get on and off the ship at ports, so we usually just walked up the four flights of stairs to the Emerald Deck. The public areas were all very clean and well kept. Again, the ship is very classy and not too glitzy. Though there were probably about 3000 people on the ship, it was never too crowded in one place and we did very little waiting in line. The worst line was to disembark in Bonaire because we arrived there later in the morning.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Our room stewart was very polite, always said hi and asked how our day was, and of course kept our room in wonderful condition. I wasn't expecting a large room, but I thought it was well laid out. There was ample closet space and enough hangers even though we over-packed. The shower was small, but my husband and I could share the bathroom mirror while he shaved and I put on make up before formal nights. Our room was on the port side and had a lifeboat blocking only the bottom half of our picture window, so we had a BEAUTIFUL view each morning as we were in a different port every day.
We did the Nevis Island Sail & Snorkel with Lunch. The snorkeling was sub-par but the rest of the catamaran sail was excellent. The crew was friendly and funny and kept the rum punch coming. There were lots of people trying to sell us things on Nevis Island, which was not appreciated.
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