Sorry it has taken me so long to write more.
First let me say that this was our platinum cruise and it was nice to hear "welcome home" when we boarded. We arrived early and walked the ship before it started to fill up. The design we found to be fairly easy to figure out. We thought the decor was nice and not too outlandish.
I had procrastinated about the vow renewal because we had originally thought about doing that on a beach. We went straight to guest services and a very nice lady from group specialist department met us and went over how things would go. The renewal took place on Monday, sea day, which was the actual date of our wedding. The captain led the service and was a bit late due to the poor weather and swells. He did a great job and I asked for a copy of the vows he used because they had a nautical theme to them.
The cost is $385 and it included a cake, champange with etched glasses and a rose for her and a rose for me. They also had a photographer who after the ceremony took us to different areas of the ship and had us pose in several different ways. Now we do not like having our pictures taken and were sort of embarressed by this experience. Later in the week we met the photographer and veiwed a dvd and coffee table book she composed and were blown away by the quality of both. (I bought the full package.
That night we attended the chef's table. This is the $75 per person table for twelve in the ships galley. The dress code was casual. The event took about four hours with wine flowing the whole time. I have to say this is the single most enjoyable dining experience I have ever had. You almost need rolled out after it is over. The service was impeccable!
The cove balcony is very private and there is no noise when you shut the door. On the downside the floor stays wet all the time and the chairs damp. It was exciting to feel the spray any time you leaned your head out. Being under the life boats however means that there is a considerable amount of light at night.
The food was wonderful across the board. The wok had a line and some folks get edgy, but we are used to having to wait at home so no big deal. The fumes in the line choked me up several times as the ventilation does not seem adequate. The burrito bar was okay, but I was a bit dissappointed in the quality. Pasta bar was good and it is nice to order and sit down and have it brought to you.
We only went to two shows and they were fine. The magician was very good. The comedy shows that are PG were at times not conducive for the 8:15 dinner. I do not care for the R rated shows as I have heard most curse words enough. Not complaining, it is just not our thing.
The pools were crazy crowded. It looked like people standing arm to arm. The jacuzzi's on deck five were great as they were not very crowded. We "joined" the spa and had access to the thalasso pool and the steam rooms which was terrific.
Like any cruise when you sail in the summer you get lots of kids. So, the elevators of course were always slow and crowded. We like taking the stairs so we did not have too many problems.
The one thing I missed was an open atrium. This one is not fully open and it seems odd.
Our waiter failed to get back on the ship after St. MArtin and the level of service went way down hill. The two assistants they gave us tried, but always seemed to mess up the orders.Bar service on the main decks was very slow. There are plenty of bars you can go up to however and most of them offer some type of sandwhich or salad.
If I think of more I will write more. If you have a question I will be glad to answer it.