I really loved the way the ship was laid out. Very easy to find everything by the first full day. Also, ship maps were very readable.
Cyber cafe was typical slow connection, nothing unusual. Side note, there is no @ sign on the keyboards. It made emailing very interesting.
We purchased two of the coke packages the very first day. (pay for 10, get 4 free. 14 for $22). In hindsight, we should have bought one bc on the last day we had 13 left to drink.
I loved the layout and storage space to the cabin. We even ended up with one completely empty drawer that we started filling with items bought in port. We only used our suitcases to put dirty laundry in.
San Juan- Loved it. Took the water taxi and then a shuttle to the Bacardi tour. Then walked up the hill near the pier to a fort and wandered in a few shops. (watch out for the pigeons. my DH got pooed on. heehee)
St Maarten- Did the mini-boats. Awesome. Going back to the pier we took the buses which were much cheaper. $25 vs. $6 one way.
Grenada- Whole city was shut down bc of good Friday. Wasted time for us. Oh well, lesson learned. Will post that on Grenada board.
Barbados- Taxi drivers talked us into going to Blue Monkey instead of Mannie's Suga Suga like we had originally planned. Beach was very rocky, rocks hitting people in the water as the waves came in. Food was good though. Hindsight, should have stuck to our plans I think.
St Lucia- One and only ship booked tour due to it being Easter Sunday. Did the land and sea to the volcano. Great trip, sailing was awesome and the volcano great, stinky though.
St Thomas- Private charter, us and one other couple. Highlight of the whole cruise. Ike Witt charters and Captain Pat. The best.
(will address immigrations issues, I spoke with a few officers)
Cayo Levantado- DH was pretty sunburned so had to avoid the sun. Hoped from shade tree to shade tree to try to buy a few paintings. Seemed like most other private islands to me, with the exception of not being private. You pay to use their chairs and umbrellas. If you aren't big on a beach day, you will probably only be in port about an hour or two.
St Thomas issues: I spoke to a few MSC employees along with a few of the immigration officials. Basically, MSC relayed what they were told was required. The concensus seems to be, since Opera was the ONLY ship in St Thomas that day it was a good time to require detailed checking.
part 4 coming soon......it will be the end, i promise