Hello everybody, my family was back on Sunday night. Thought that I would just let you all know that we did had a wonderful time!
We flew in the day before and stayed at Renaissance hotel, it is a very nice place to stay,we saw couple of ships from our window. We took a short taxi ride to port around 11:30 and was on the ship around noon. The first thing we did was go to check out our table in King Lear dining room, we had a table for six near window as requested. Then, we started to roam the ship, no word can describe the feeling, this ship so huge, beautiful and smelled good too
We went to Windjammer to have lunch then checked out our D1 cabins. We had 2 very nice cabins mid ship. We had Elwin from Philippines and Dany from India for first seating dinner. They are nice and my kids loved them. Though there was a table next to us, that came to eat almost every night and on the last night after dessert, they waited for the waiters to walk away, they then stood up and left without tipping.
Our waiters got so upset, we felt bad for them so gave them extra big tips.
The first sea day was a little bit bumpy, I had to take some ginger pills, but by the time we reached Puerto Rico I felt wonderful since we had a beautiful day. We went to Trunk bay and it was a little bit windy, but my kids had a blast. I don't swim much so I got knocked under a couple times under the big waves, but I was so happy to be on a vacation I didn't mind that much
We had a tour with Bernard in St.Maarten, it was good,did some shopping in Marigot and I was suprised by the local vendor's behavior.They were rude, and acted like they didn't need to sell their merchandise. My daughter tried to buy some t-shirts and the lady yelled at her for touching them too many times. It is a shame they treat tourist this way.We had a better shopping experience last time. Went to Orient beach, Maho beach and had a great time.
Again at Labadee, it was windy, but we had a lot of fun. We did have a lot of kids on this cruise,they yelled and ran in the hall way at night but the bed was too comfy for me to get upset over these small things, in fact I slept very good every single night. On the second formal night, we went to Chops. The food and service was excellent. After the desert, they even brought out some complimentary chocolate covered strawberries!
We went to ice show, it wasn't good as on Mariner last time, but it was still very entertaining.My husband and I went to the see Battle of the sexes and had some good laughs. On the last night, the farewell show was great. I almost cried when I thought about leaving the ship the next day. We loved IOS so much, and it was a wonderful time for us.
Just one negative thing is that after the cruise,it was a nightmare when we were debarking. It got even worse when we went to Fll airport. I hated this airport. We were delayed for 4 hours and the airport was so crowded! They had no place to sit all the passengers, no decent places to eat, the bathrooms were super dirty, and the custodian people were rude to some of the women trying to wash their hands. We will cruise again, but will never return to this airport