Everyone one is entitled to their own opinion and while we were on the ship we got to talk to some great people and overheard some comments of other passengers. Yes, there are a few quirks (the converter situation) but if you do your research ahead of time, you will be prepared.
Yes the ship is not large but it is in good condition. I got on there expecting it to be falling apart and its far from it. There were crew members constantly vacuuming/walking around with red buckets wiping/shining at various times of the day. Our cabin steward was excellent and VERY friendly. We had a few maintenance issues and they were right on it. Even when we needed a few items ironed, housekeeping was at our door in minutes! There were lots of hand sanitizer stations around the ship. Yes the pool is small but that didn’t stop people from hopping in there to cool off! The DJ by the pool played a good selection of Caribbean music along with other party music. The ship was not full of young frat brothers. There was a wide mixture of older to younger couples/families/single people. Everyone we encountered in the hallway/elevators was friendly. There were planned activities each day. The shows were good. The DJ at the club needs some improvement but he did play something for everyone. The food selection was good. If you couldn’t find something to eat then there is something wrong with you. Also if you didn’t like something, get back up and get something else! We had a smooth ride, no rocking back and forth that was commented on here. We had beautiful weather so that might have helped. Only felt the ship vibrating when we were leaving W Palm Beach and the next time was around 1:00am Sunday morning at the club (or it could’ve been everyone on the dance floor LOL). We stayed on the 7th floor and our room (7309) was very spacious. Even the shower was roomy (and I’m a plus sized gal). We had two upper and two lower and while I was worried about sleeping on the top bunk, it was so comfortable. Pillows were nice and soft. All linens were clean, no blood stains and stated in one of the reviews. Clean towels were always provided.
Here are a few answers to the questions I had before I left:
I was only charged for the tips and not for the fuel surcharge. Gift shop prices were decent. Bought liquor for $9.50-12.50 (there were more items that cost a lot more). You can get ice from the pool deck (there is an ice bucket in the room). I was able to bring water(they have 2 water bottles in the room with a price tag of $3.50 on it, you drink it, you’ve bought it)/soda and small wine bottles on board without any problems (I made gift bags for the ladies I traveled with). Never tried room service. Picture prices started at approx $20 depending on the size. Got to the port around 12:15 and was on board around 1:00pm. Started exiting the ship around 9:15 and was in our car and on the road at 10:00am (there were people who did not have their passports/ID/forms filled out and that is what held up the line a few times). DO NOT MISS THE ICE CREAM!!!! The best rum raisin I’ve tasted in a long time. The chocolate was good too . Ate dinner in the Rio the first night and loved it. We did have to ask when they were coming around with the meat selection but boy did they bring the meat! I liked everything except the pork. The passion fruit cake was to die for!!!!!!!!(everyone at our table agreed). The second night we ate at the Crystal dining room and it was excellent! No need to pay to eat at the upscale restaurant unless you were celebrating something special. And the majority of the people dressed up (us included)!
That’s all I can think of right now. Any questions feel free to ask.