March 25, 2006
I just returned from my first cruise. We sailed from Port of Jacksonville to Key West then Nassau. Embarkation was very smooth and we were on the ship in no time at all. I had lurked on reviews prior to sailing and was a bit cautious of what my first cruise or the ship would be like, but I thought the ship was gorgeous. It was very clean, in fact the crew cleaned the entire five days. Everyone was very friendly and it was fun meeting each of the crew members who are from all over the world and learning about their countries.
The day we left was very chilly onboard. Once out to sea we proceeded to dinner in the Horizon dining room. The room was lovely, the food was really good and our waiters, Santiago and Lukacz were very attentative, and provided excellent service. Each night the dining staff put on a show to us, it was great. We ate breakfast and lunch in the wheelhouse and again, the food was great, the facility clean. Our stateroom was very roomy. The beds were comfortable and our room steward popped in often to remove/replace towels and clean the bathroom. He was charming, as were the towel animals they place on your bed each night.
I saw many jackpots being hit in the casino. I won about 80.00 on the nickle machine however I lost it back on another. I still had fun and some of the family members I traveled with won a few hundred dollars. The shows in the Astoria lounge were nice. We saw the Broadway and Country show which features the singing dancing. One night they had a magic act and a comedian. That one was ok, not to great. I would recommend this cruise.
Key West was beautiful. Nassau wasn't so pretty, I was a bit disappointed, Atlantis was a gorgeous huge hotel, but almost overdone. I'd have to say the best part was Key West.
We had a wonderful time. I didn't travel with my children, but after observing how much fun the kids had at camp carnival, I have already planned a trip next year with mine.