Easy, expedited boarding from Galveston at 12pm. We were guided to 9th deck for relaxation and drinks while embarkation was underway. Waiters were hustling trays of pre-made Mai Tais as soon as we sat down. The drinks were watery and only a select few drinks could be purchased without an extra sales tax until we left port. Did not purchase drink package. Thought the $900 fee (3 in our room) was outrageous. Everyone in cabin has to purchase or no one can. 20% gratuity is added to every single drink. Ridiculous. Our room steward was friendly and attentive for the whole cruise. Ship is indeed in need of updating. New paint and furnishings would be nice. I didn’t mind the smaller ship tho. Easy to navigate. Our room was comfortable, cool and quiet.
The food in MDR was abysmal. Sit-down dinner service for hospital-type food. Very bland.
We found the windjammer cafe to be our saving grace. Only 3 restaurants are onboard unless you pay extra for Chops Grille. We did not.