Spent the good part of Sunday downloading photos, over 1,000, then categorizing them by embarkation, sail away, the ship, Labadee, Jamaica, and Cozumel.
The Beginning: We left Philadelphia on Friday morning June 22, arrived in Ft. Lauderdale about 10:30. Debbie, coming in from the Gulf, had decided to visit Florida also, dumping tons of rain for the upcoming week. It was looking questionable weatherwise.
Checked into the beach Sheraton. No complaints, nice place, but no balcony, which was somewhat disappointing, but, weather would not have really made a balcony useful, as it was raining off and on.
We did get a chance to get on the beach at about noon for a walk, but, Debbie was on the way, and by late afternoon, the rains had begun.
Luckily, we were headed East, Debbie went North, and we had absolutely perfect weather every day of the cruise. As for the cruise, everything was beyond perfect ...... well ...... except for my own stupidity. First thing I did was find the Solarium bar. At 1:00, went to our room, dropped off our carry ons, went back to the Solarium bar, knowing where it was, got off the elevator, went to Port side, exited, made a right hand turn, and ran right into a glass wall. Split my schnozolla open, went to the bar, got some towels and ice, and a Coors Light (not necessarily in that order), $6.04 for 16 ounce pounders. It would only get better.
We booked a Jr. Suite on Deck 8. Great location, as Central Park was right around the corner. It was open for breakfast and lunch (yes, the roast beef sandwiches were excellent). Incredibly convenient not having to use the elevators and go to Deck 16 or Deck 5 for coffee. As a matter of fact, Central Park, IMHO, was the most fantastic part of the ship. Restaurants, an outside bar, the Rising Tide bar (goes from Deck 5 to Deck 8), the Café, and other shops. We never did any of the restaurants or even entered any of the shops in Central Park, as the only place we visited was the Café and an outdoor bar. Just a beautiful part of the ship. I will post a lot of pictures in the next couple of days, provided I get my internet working.
Also, the Jr. Suite got us priority boarding with the Suite guests. We were on the ship at about 11:30.
As previously noted, the Solarium would be our hangout.
We had a pretty decent roll call, and Steve aka bajathree invited us to his Aqua Suite for sailaway. What an incredible suite. The balcony, without exaggeration could hold easily hold 50 people, as it is in the back on Deck 9, and wrapped around ocean side to the boardwalk. It even had a picnic table on it.
Hopefully, when I get home tonight, I will have internet, and can start beginning to put some pix up.
I will be happy to answer any questions throughout the review.