I could certainly write more than 500 words,so I will summarize a week of absolute pleasure and pampering. This was our first cruise for our 20th anniv. Doubt we would try another line. We are already thinking of where we want to go next. Let me go over the points than many of you seem to inquire about. Embarking. We were on the ship 20 minutes after we arrived at the pier and that was at 2pm. We were processed with easily 300 others, so can't understand the complaints of others. To the end, debarkation, yes you will have to be out of your cabins by 8:30 latest, and may not get off till 9:30am as we did, but you will also be checked out by the airlines if you fly out of the city you are docking in, as we did in Ft.L. Yes 2500 people are sitting on the floors and in the lounges, but as you leave your cabin at 8:30, they then have to clean 1000 rooms before people can get on again by 1pm,so understand what they have to do. Anyway, bags are color coded so within 5 min you really will be able to locate your baggage, though it is imposing when you see 4000 bags all in one building. Our waiter Francis was one of the reasons we never missed dinner. And we had wonderful tablemates. Truthfully the few couples that did have a table for 2 looked very bored. We enjoyed having people share their experiences of the day,and to learn first hand about other regions of the country. We had the second seating and enjoyed being able to come back from the tours, rest and shower and then have dinner instead of being rushed to dinner, and yes the first seating will have more urgency to getting you out. we never left before 10:30 for shows,etc.
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