Hi a friend returned from the same cruise yesterday after arriving in Bayonne on Friday 5 March. They visited all islands as planned and had a great cruise. Felt that there were general cut backs and that the drinks prices had been raised but nothing that would stop you from having a great cruise.
She mentioned that the first two days were very cold and quite a lot of rocking of the boat so sea sickness pills are a good idea! The third day was very windy before arriving into Puerto Rico and people didnt realise how hot it was - so lots of very burnt and sore people later on that day.
There were three formal nights and most people did dress up for all three and everyone had a great time.
She didnt have great food in the DR but some of this is down to personal taste and also they didnt have the best waiter so kept getting cold food or reluctance to change menu at all eg leave a sauce of the dish - which most waiters arrange without any problem
Casino and entertainment were both good, especially the ice shows as everyone says
Little things that have changed have already been mentioned eg no chocolates on pillow, few towel animals, etc but this doesnt stop you having a great cruise.
See you onboard on Sunday yippeee