This was my first cruise and definitely will not be my last. We are planning an 11-day cruise around the Caribbean next year. This time we are going to upgrade to a room with a balcony.
THE GOOD: Getting on and off the ship at the different ports as well as disembarking at the end of our trip, was run like a well oiled machine.
The ports we visited were really wonderful. The best shopping for liquor, jewlery and perfume are DEFINITELY in St. Maarten. Don't let anyone tell you St. Thomas. That's what happened to me and I missed out on a great deal on a pair of South Sea Pearl earrings with a 1/2 carat diamond drop (with a guarantee from a New York based company). The same ones in St. Thomas were $700.00 more and they will not deal, as they know you just came from St. Maarten and are heading toward Nassau. The liquor in St. Maarten has the BEST prices. The perfume prices are really low too.
When you go to Nassau, look for a little restaurant off Fredericks St. called the "Bahamian Kitchen." If you like conch salad, conch chowder, conch fritters, cracked conch, this place is a must. The locals can direct you.
THE BAD: This was my only negative. I had to deal with the Pursor's Office on the ship 5 times during our cruise to help in answering questions and getting certain information. Out of the 5 encounters with the Pursor's Desk, 4 of them were a VERY BAD experience. These people (for the most part) were rude and unhelpful.
THE BEST: We met the most wonderful people who worked on the ship (excluding the Pursor's Office).
Our waitress in the My Fair Lady dining room was Carmen, a girl from Romania (Carmen). She had the best personality imaginable and made our dinners so very memorable. The Assistant Waitress was a girl from India (Rupali). She had the most bubbling personality and always a smile.
On the Windjammer Deck (Pool Deck), there was David, who served us the most delicious daquiris ever. If you go on this cruise, ask for David and get him to show you his balancing tricks with the tray. What a show!
Then in the Viking Crown Lounge there was Rosa and Bersedorf, who served us up the best Chocolate Martinis. They were both very friendly and couldn't do enough for us.
Last, but definitely not least, was Pat, our Cabin Attendant. She always had a smile on her face and kept our room emmaculate and was always making us some kind of animal in the evenings out of towels. And I can't forget the chocolate mint on our pillows every night.
We also met other wonderful passengers from all over the world that we will stay in touch with for years to come.
Can't wait until my next cruise. If you have any questions that I might be able to help you with, you can contact me at my email address: CRISCOMIA@AOL.COM