by Lesley Ashby
September 18, 2004
Embarkation: The best ever. We were on the ship within 45 minutes of arrival at port.
Due to hurricaine problems our ports were all changed, but that could not be helped.Many of the ports were damaged and the beaches were not so nice, once again could not be helped. The shopping was unaffected though! And we had a great time bargain hunting.
The ship was very colorful and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We dined in the Platinum dining room. The food was very good, and the service was very good as well. My only disappointment there was "attire protocols" were not enforced and many dined in very casual attire which I felt was inappropriate. Slacks and a collared shirt are acceptable, but not baseball caps and shorts! That was a bit of a turn off.
The entertainment was top notch! The comedians were hilarious! The music was great as were the entertainers. Our cruise director John Heald was very good, he kept us rolling in the aisles.
The captain did a wonderful job keeping us in the sunshine and away from hurricaine Jeanne! Even while in some very rough seas we felt very little movement!
Debarkation was smooth despite having to find an alternate port r/t hurricaine damage in our home port. The cruise line could have been more accomodating to those that booked their own air, by perhaps providing communication (telephones in port) but considering the situation it went fairly well.
Overall it was a nice cruise on a beautiful ship and the staff was exceptional despite some horrible circumstances.