Just read Susan's report and it is almost identical to my report .... here are a few highlights from our trip: St. Maarten is not a very pretty island... We did the Pinel Snorkel excursion and I wouldn't recommend it.. the water was cloudy and rough and the kids did not like it at all. We had lunch on the ship and then returned to St. Maarten for some shopping.. Liquor is VERY cheap so if you don't mind carrying it home it is well worth it. Also have lots of jewelry stores where we bought a tanzanite ring.. DD got her hair braided - we paid 2 dollars a braid . she only got the front braided - it turned out very pretty our island woman took us to a shaded area and was very nice ... we were glad it was done early in the trip!!! St Thomas/St. John We went to St. John on our own and it was definitely the highlight of our trip.. Trunk Bay was the most beautiful beach we had ever been to. It looked like a paradise!! It was very easy to get to . We took a cab (open air thing) that was waiting right outside the ship to the ferry in Charlotte Amalie.. I believe the ferry runs every hour . The ride takes about 45 minutes to St. John. Once in St. John we took a cab (once again an open air thing that was waiting right outside the ferry ) to Trunk Bay. We spent the whole day there snorkeling swimming and sunbathing!! They have clean restrooms there, showers to rinse off the salt water and places to get snacks/beverages... It was great!! We then took a cab back to the ferry to catch a 2:15 ferry back.. (we almost didn't make it due to the fact that I bought 2 rum runners for the ride back on the ferry!!! They did taste ooh soooo good though!!! We got a cab from Charlotte Amalie back to the ship after that .. It was definitely easy to do and the best day of the trip! Kids Clubs My 8 yr old dd loved the LAB .. the couselors were great...My 5 yr old tolerated the club for brief periods of time.. Both of them only went when activities were planned and they always had meals with us except when we went to Palos. My only wish would be that some of the Lab/club activities would be scheduled at the same time -- that way dd and I could have tried the adult pool etc.. (we usually had at least one of our kids with us) I understand that this may be hard to do logistically though. Food The food was better than we expected. We loved Palos brunch and dinner.. Our server Jerry was GREAT!!! Our regular servers were ok... Our assistant server told us on the last morning that it was his last cruise and he couldn't wait to get off the ship... that explained his attitude during the cruise.. Dinner Rotation We changed to early seating and I'm glad we did.. our ds barely could stay awake at the early seating.. he would have never made it to the 8:30 seating. Shows/ Entertainment: The Shows were great! least favorite - Hercules Favorite by Far - Disney Dreams! One wish -- that the Tropical Party would have started earlier... it looked like so much fun but our kids were too tired to enjoy it... I wish most of the evening activities would have started earlier.... Castaway Cay By now you have heard we couldn't dock there... I think Disney needs to come up with an alternative way to get everyone to the Island since it seems that this happens often...and is billed as the "highlight of the trip" We made the best of the day by hanging out at the pools and the cast members did do their best to make it fun for us... we had fun but I feel that we missed a special part of this cruise. All in all ... we had a great time...but would like to try something different next time... I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.