Our first port was Belize. We booked the Rendezvous Caye snorkel and beach tour through the ship. We had a good time. The boat picked us up right at the ship, so we did not have to tender to shore first. The snorkeling was “good”, but we saw more in Cozumel. I previously read that this was a follow the leader type of snorkeling, but I didn’t feel like it was. The guide did take us from the boat over to the snorkeling area, but you could pretty much swim around at your own pace and in whatever direction you wanted to. If you got to close to the coral that was near the surface, the guides did ask you to back off a bit, but that was mainly for safety. Some of the guides were in kayaks patrolling around just in case someone needed assistance. When we got tired of snorkeling we swam (the water was shallow most of the way so you didn’t really have to swim that far) to the island. There was free rum punch and soft drinks available on the island. There was also a bathroom, but you had to wade out to it as it was not connected to the island. No big deal though, the water was about waist deep and I was already wet anyways. After the tour was over, the boat took us to the pier in Belize, serving rum punch and soft drinks on the way there.
Port #2 - Costa Maya. After reading about Majahual on these boards, we decided that’s what we were going to do. We made our way to the taxi stand to buy tickets, which fortunately we knew about ahead of time. There were people out there trying to get us to take a tour with them and telling us that they could get us to Majahual. Finally we saw the ticket “booth” and bought our tickets. We boarded a mini van right away, no waiting and off we went. Once in Majahual we started looking for Tapas bar, but when we got there we did not see any umbrellas on their tables (we were there fairly early in the morning). Almost as soon as we stopped walking, Juan from the bar next to Tapas (Mexicana something or other…forgot the name) came out and convinced us to come to his bar. He had umbrellas and was very eager for us to come to his place so we did. We had a nice table right on the edge of the water and Juan was very attentive. Later we saw the umbrellas being placed on the Tapas tables, but by then we were already happy and comfortable where we were. Several venders stopped by, but I found that once I said “no thanks”, I never had the same vender come back. They were still in the area, but never bothered us a second time. My husband had a massage on the beach and said he really enjoyed it. We wanted to explore the area a little bit so we asked Juan if we could leave our stuff at the table and he said “no problem” (we did take our valuables with us). Juan offered to book snorkeling, para-sailing, or any other excursion we wanted to do, but we passed on all that.
Port # 3 – Cozumel. We originally were going to go to Chakanaab, but decided that it would cost to much for just the couple of hours we wanted to snorkel. Taxi would have been $10 each way, plus $12 pp entry fee. We decided to go to Dzul Ha instead, for a $7 taxi ride each way and no entry fee. The snorkeling was great, and I think it was better than last year’s visit to Chakanaab. We had our own snorkeling gear, but I did see a place renting equipment if you needed it, but didn’t see the price. I also saw lockers over by the gear rental place. The beach area is not very big, but it worked out good for my mom who went with us but didn’t snorkel. We got there around 9:30 ship time (8:30 Cozumel time) and were the only ones there. There are lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas. There’s a bar there as well, but I’m not sure if they serve food or not. It didn’t start to get crowded until around 11:00 (ship time). By then we were ready to leave and a couple of tour groups showed up. No problem getting a taxi, one would pass by every few minutes or so. When we got back to the dock area, we stopped at Senor Frogs for something to drink and made our way back to the ship. Unfortunately for some, they never did make it back. We were on deck 4 watching the last few passengers stager to the ship. At one time the RC security people had a list of 9 people that were still missing. They sent one officer (I think he was an officer...dressed in the white uniform) walk up and down the dock asking people if they belonged on our ship. He eventually found 7 of them, but we left 2 behind.
Port # 4 – Grand Cayman. It was to windy and the water kind of choppy so we opted not to go snorkeling. We took the tender over to the dock and walked around. We passed by the Atlantis Submarine office so we stopped in and found a tour aboard the semi-submersible that went over the reef and 2 shipwrecks. It was pretty neat to see the shipwrecks and not even have to get wet. After seeing the size of some of those fish, I was kind of glad I wasn’t snorkeling . At one point a diver went down and fed the fish, bringing them right up to the windows. She even brought up a conch shell so that we could get a good look at the creature that lives inside. After that we went over to Eden Rock and had something to drink at the restaurant there. Then it was back to the ship.
Second Day at Sea and last day of the vacation we pretty much spent sitting around the pool. They were offering backstage tours of the theater so we did do that. As far as Entertainment onboard the ship, I only found 2 entertainers/groups that I liked. One was the Sting Rays, they performed at the pool party as well. They were really good. The other was Fred Potvin who played piano in the Schooner bar. Overall we had a really good cruise.
Century June 2003 - Eastern
Navigator May 2004 - Western
Explorer May 2005 - Western
Elation May 2006 - Eastern
Adventure May 2007 - Southern
Adventure June 2008 - Southern
Solstice February 2009 - Eastern
Mariner May 09 - Mexican turned North Pacific
Serenade May 2010 - Southern
Oasis 2012 - Eastern
Jewel May 2013 - Repo Tampa-San Juan
Silhouette April 2014 - Eastern
Allure March 2015 - Western
Brilliance Oct 2015 - New England
Liberty April 2016 Western