7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 15, 2010 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
There is so much to do on this ship and for the most part the crowd is not overwhelming. Even though there are about 6000 people on the boat, it doesn't seem to get any more crowded than a normal cruise ship. The choices for everything are great. The specialty restaurants, especially Giovanni's Table are very good and you really feel like you are in a little city, not on a cruise ship. Shows are mostly less campy than regular cruise ship shows and reservation system helps to plan your time.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The only frustration with the food is understanding what is fee and what is included. At some points there were very few food options if it was an off time. Also, would like more access to the free drinks (water, tea, etc)
5 out of 5
Far exceeds a regular cruise ship
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
This is the friendliest crew I have ever experienced.
Skip the excursions and rent a jeep. So much fun to tour the island on your own... On the outer road around the island there are crabs that stand in the middle of the road and run off the road sideways when you drive by. They're pretty cute. There are some store stops on the road, but downtown is pretty huge for shopping.
Don't Miss: all of it, it was great
Haiti is underrated. Labadee is a manufactured town for the cruise ships so lots of it feels fake/resorty, but not really in a bad way. There is a part in the center of town where you can buy souvenirs but after a while it gets old having people ask you to look at their little store. All are very nice though. We had a great time in Labadee but felt guilty about having fun when so many people there are still suffering. This part is about 4 hours from where the earthquake happened so you don't see anything but a beautiful environment. If you are going to zipline, do it here, not on the ship.
Snorkeling was tons of fun here- huge starfish, keep your eyes open!
Don't Miss: Snorkeling
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