Posted April 13th, 2012, 06:14 AM
We requested room service breakfast be delivered around 7:00 a.m. We did this each day - a couple cups of coffee & danish. Be advised - if you want it at 7:00 - and you ask for 7:00 - - you will have it at 6:45
So we learned to ask for it later & we would get it just in time!
We have 2 small dogs at home so we are used to getting up bright & early to walk them.... Ok - Monday - St Croix. We had read on C.C. about different excursions and saw the Sandcastle Beach Break - $25. for 2 rum punches, 1 umbrella & 2 chairs! Perfect. We took a shuttle for $6. each roundtrip to the resort. Sandcastle has 22 rooms, right on the ocean. Very nice. Everything was great - talked to a lady from MA who comes down each year for the winter & buys a couple of months pass to the beach there.
Relaxing, quiet, beautiful. We stayed for several hours & then had lunch there at the resort - I had pulled pork plate & DH had fish tacos. Very good!
We had gotten to the resort around 10 or so & got back to the ship at 3:00. The shuttle runs every 1/2 hour back to the ship - so there were no problems. I would consider staying at Sandcastle if I were to give up cruising (lol).
When we returned - I ordered a cheese plate & chocolate chip cookies to keep us going until dinner! Great plate - grapes, crackers... I ordered it more than once!
This was formal night - so we got dolled up - - and we were able to eat all together - at My time dining with the rest of our friends - they worked on it - -while they were at dinner. Our time to dine was 8:30.... We had a standing reservation for 8 each night in Mozart dining room. Not sure what the point of "My time" when you have to come each night the same time - but i understand w/8 people - you need a reservation. My DH & I had the Duck. It was soooo good. Red cabbage, snow peas and a little potato log. The other couples liked their food also. 1 couple had the wine package & offered to share - though I declined... Its THEIR wine package. But very polite and sweet of them.
We took pictures at the table on formal night - but we could never find US... We found the rest of the table (they looked great....) So we bought no pictures.... During the later days of the cruise - I had a Photo employee try & help us find "us" - - but no sign of us. Strange - I know I posed w/my fair share of pirates, dolphins, etc... But no worries!
We changed into our 'regular' clothes & went to The Jackpot show - which was good- we enjoyed it.
So - we enjoyed everything - food, service, show - - Royal Caribbean was doing well with us. I should have mentioned this earlier Alicia was our Room attendant - whe was great - very nice - from Trinidad/Tobago. She was a put nervous about the "Cruise Critic" sign I had on my door - - she thought I was a critic.... No No - I told her-- seems she had been a kitchen worker on the ship for years - saw no future and decied to change to the Housekeeping Department.
She was very organized and friendly - the room was great and enjoyed her! We had 2 or 3 towel animals. No big deal -we are adults after all. I do remember on our last Carnival Cruise there was a towel animal each night.
Next up - St. Maarten