Thanks for the kind words Trip. Unfortunately our travel dates won't allow us to get away from Carnival or RCI I guess and it's safe to say we're going to go with RCI for quality sake. We were originally going to do a 3-4 night cruise and spend some time before and after near the main port but we're now talking about dedicating the whole vacation to a cruise around a week long.
One question I do have is how to people usually get themselves to and from the boat to the airport or hotel? Taxi, public transport, or are there dedicated shuttles?