I have sailed on this, and I cannot say there was anything bad about this ship. I loved it and want to sail on it again. I had the Personal Choice Dining and found it to be fantastic. I was a little bit skeptical to pick it but I was glad I did. I didn't experience any wait at all and went anytime from 5:30 to 7:30, I used the dining room in the aft of the ship, which is a little harder to find so maybe not as crowded?
Also I didn't notice it being anymore crowded than say the Coral with the additional 500 passengers. The comedians were great, the food was great, the service was great. We really like the Caribe cafe and on formal nights they have a seafood buffet. We did that on one of the formal nights and you can have unlimited lobster. It was delicious.
As for the mini-suites. I cannot answer that. We just had a standard balcony.
We had two connectiong bal. The rooms where a good size, the staff was wonderful. The ship....We found it not that easy to get from point A to point B. In the morning you could never find an empty table and the buffet lines where horrific, I found other ships had better deck lay-outs.
And no basketball court, was told they had one, they show one in their broucher, but they lie!!! Not a good thing when you have teenagers who play...Loved , loved.. the movie screen. alot of fun..Kids loved the pizza and hotdog/hambuger grill...Can say I'm looking forward to Freedom!!!!
All I can say is this ship is awesome......my wife and I sailed on it in October 2004. We did not experience any problems with long lines and not being able to get a table.....the ship was completely sold out. There definitely is a basketball court unless they have removed it since I sailed.
8) They had the paddle court but no basketball nets, they had the big chess game and pin pong. Maybe the basketball nets are portable?
If they are, alot of kids would have liked them out, being Feb vacation on the Eastcoast.
They are inside the paddle ball court and would rotate the times for each. As a matter of fact they had a basketball tournament everyday at 12:30.
I think you are right about them adding them later. I seem to remember reading about that happening.