I am NEVER able to relax before we get to Couples and we have been going for 5 years, so I totally understand how you feel! We are CSS regulars and had our first trip to CTI this past February. I am not going to sugar-coat it, yes, the beach when the resort is full the beach may likely feel a little congested, but I highly recommend the moving of your lounger or heading out to the pier if the Island is not your thing.
With the restaurants, you are there long enough to get into the places you want eventually, again perhaps needing to be a little flexible with the time of your dinner. You'll need your dinner ticket and reservations for dining and the Cat Cruise were made in the Lobby at the Guest Services Desk. I hope the weather is lovely for you! We went on the Cat Cruise in the rain and it was still fun, so don't worry too much about it.
You will encounter ALL of these same issues at other AI resorts in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean. No one is immune to it, however, I will say that Couples does a GREAT job of keeping service up, exceeding your expectations and making you fall in love with each other and the resort all at the same time. Breathe easy, it WILL feel better soon!
Feel free to email me if you have any other questions, I would be happy to reply! kksnyder23 at yahoo.
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