Posted March 9th, 2014, 10:07 PM
A Great Getaway Review 3/1/12-3/8/14
A little background on us, we are a family of four, my parents (50’s), my sister (26) and I (just turned 30). This was the third annual birthday cruise for me, with last years being on the Epic, with the same itinerary, so we chose this cruise for the ship. I decided to write a review on this ship since I didn’t have very many to read before we went on our sailing with it being so new. Feel free to ask any questions
Day 1 - Miami
We arrived at the port around 9:30 and we’re close to being the first ones there. Around 10:30 they opened up security and let us through. Check-in was painless and we were assigned group one for boarding. We weren’t going for vibe passes but definitely could have gotten them if we wanted to. We boarded the ship around 11:30, and went to the buffet for lunch. I tried the pulled pork burger and it was very salty, I ended up eating the tuna croissant sandwich which was really good. After lunch DM went to sit out by the pool and DD, DS, and I went to look around the ship. We ended up in the atrium where we decided to try a lobster tail from Carlos Bakery, it was delicious! This was our first visit of many to the bakery. The chocolate cannolis were amazing as well. (a side note: we sometimes had to wait in line a long time just to get a pastry because they were very slow in making coffee drinks, this happened in the atrium and the actual bakery on deck 8)
After that they announced our rooms were ready so we went to check them out. We had two balcony rooms, one on deck 11 towards the aft and one on deck 13 towards the front of the ship. The set-up with the bed by the balcony is much better than the bed by the bathroom, it gives more room to get around and are able to use the closet better. The balconies are smaller than other ships but were fine for two people to use at once. We had pre-ordered the oreo buttercream cake from Carlos Bakery for my birthday and it was waiting for us in our room. It was one of the best cakes I’ve ever had. It was too much for four people but we managed to finish three-fourths of it by the end of the trip. We also had chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of red wine waiting for us from the casino staff since we were casino guests. We did our unpacking until the mandatory boat drill. There was plenty of space in the room for my DS and I and we both overpacked. There are drawers under the sofa that we used for shoes and shelving under the counter in the main room that was helpful for us.
After unpacking we went to check out the spa tour and sign up for the raffle. This was the first time I’ve looked at the spa on a ship and I probably shouldn’t have, now I know what I’ve been missing out on. We didn’t win anything in the raffle For sail-away we went to deck 16 by the pool and waved good-bye to Miami, we were officially on vacation!
We had made reservations online for Cagneys tonight for my birthday dinner. This ended up being the best dinner of the cruise. We had the shrimp cocktail and sliders for appetizers and the filet mignon for the main course, which was cooked perfectly and was nice and tender. For sides we tried the mac and cheese, onion rings, creamed corn, and the au gratin potatoes, all were very good, we even got two more servings of the creamed corn. The best desserts were the oreo cheesecake and raspberry creme brulee.
After dinner we went to Headliners for Howl at the Moon dueling pianos. This was my favorite activity on the Epic last year and couldn’t wait to go again. They were good but not as good as the group from the epic. Headliners has a better set-up though and was easy to see from just about anywhere in the room. My DS put in a request for my birthday and I had to go on stage for a song and they sang Happy Birthday to me. Around 11 DS and I went to the Bliss Lounge to check out the welcome dance party. The room was pretty full and we danced for a little before heading off to bed.
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