7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: February 12, 2011 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
The cruise was very nice. My fiancee and I wanted a week off, away from it all and had both cruised before. We were warned that it would be an older crowd on the ship, and this was very true. I can't say that this was a bad thing, because I wasn't looking for a big party atmosphere (Carnival), or that I wanted this cruise to be especially social. However, do know the majority of the cruises are 55+. The food was overall very good. There was a decent variety of foods and restaurants available. The staff was superb! Very friendly and attentive.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Canaletto (separate Italian restaurant) was fabulous. And mind you, when else will you eat braised lamb one night, then filet and lobster, then crab legs, and then duck a l'orange? High end food, prepared well. If you regular major foodie cities (NorCal, Philly, NYC, Chicago) this may not completely live up to that...but you don't pay over $100 for dinner either. Put more simply: Better food than any chain restaurant, by far.
3 out of 5
The magician was truly amazing. Comedian quite funny. The song and dance shows were more geared for the older crowd. The movie "theater" was a nice spot for rainy days.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Fantastic staff (from Indonesia+Philippians) They were very friendly, courteous, and helpful (even when some customers were rude, which seemed to happen for no reason quite often on our cruise)
3 out of 5
A very nice ship, but no bells and whistles like on other cruise lines. (No putt-putt, water slide, etc.)
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Had a balcony, great room, decent enough room for a ship. Room very clean, but by the end of the cruise the toilet was quite smelly.
NOTE: this port is far from anything you would want to do. Plan early because you need transportation to downtown, the beaches, and other scenic areas. We didn't know this. We certainly made the most of the day, but more than any port I had ever been to, this one NEEDED advanced planning (you don't need to do things through the ship, but still plan on leaving the ship early to get to wherever you want to go)
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