This might seem odd but here is my pre-cruise review. Yes that's correct, we've not even sailed yet and I'm trying to guesstimate what my review will be like. The cruise is July 21 on the Glory.
As you may recall, in the very beginning I had asked on the forum about cost comparisons between a 7 day cruise and a 7 day land based vacation. I had mentioned that for years we have traveled the States, Mexico and the Caribbean usually always renting a beach front condo, rental car, air tickets and food for a week to be right around 4 grand for four people. This cruise has already cost me $6000 with everything paid for in advance except the sign and sail bill which I figure will be easily another $1500. So to me it's $4000 vs $7500. That's what I will be wanting to compare the most once I get aboard ship.
Next will be the crowdedness. Will I feel herded? My initial thought is yes, I can't see how you can not feel that way. But then again I could very possibly be wrong.
Entertainment. Honestly this is the least of my concerns. To me, being entertained is a lounge chair in the sun with a bottomless drink in hand on a non-crowded deck day after day. I'm a simple person and do not need these "Vegas" type shows at all. Nor the Casino.
The food will be interesting as well. Yes we like to eat but not continuously as some have mentioned they do.
It might sound as though I'm not looking forward to the cruise at all. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I have researched the cruise from head to toe for months. Matter of fact I have read about , viewed pictures and video's of the ship and researched the islands in so much detail that I honestly feel I've already been. I do not necessarily believe in reincarnation but if I did I truly deep down inside feel my former life would have had something to do with the Sea or Ocean. I have a very special tie to the Blue Water that is not easily explained.
So here's my marks in advance:
Ship - very nice, well laid out but crowded. Pools, very tiny and not nearly enough of them nor room to relax. Not enough nonsmoking areas and the areas that are designated nonsmoking are not enforced. Would love to see a full nonsmoking ship.
Food - Simply put, abundant. One should never go hungry. Loved the Chocolate melting cake.
Entertainment - Mediocre. Could have done without except for the steel pan music.
Ports of Call and Excursions - Wonderful. Love the islands, the island people, the food and the water.
Overall experience and grade - C plus. Just as I originally figured the cost is over inflated compared to what I have gotten in a land based vacation in the past. Other than the sea going. high seas experience of the ship it's self, I'll stick to the beach.