Day 1 - Sat Embarkation/First night
We arrived at Ft Lauderdale and our limo driver picked us up. Very uneventful today (Yesterday was so stressful getting to NYC from Boston). I thought we were done with the travel problems, but up comes embarkation. We arrived at the Port of Miami and checked in just fine (11AM) and were ready to board. But, then were informed that the Navigator had not YET cleared immigration and we would have to wait to board. OK, small glitch, no problem. We finally were able to board at 1:15PM. YOWZA!!! But, we are on vacation so it's all good. We went to the stateroom (Cat C 7392) to drop off our carryons and Katy took Connor to the pool and I went to the Royal Promenade and the Pub for a drink (or 4). Tonight we ate in the Dining room and Rolando and Lionel were our waiters. What a wonderful pair. We were sat with a Minister and his wife (from NC) and a very religious family from MA. Was god trying to tell us something? lol The food was good, but not up to the standards that we have come to enjoy with RCCL. But, it was definately very good. (NOTE: I had not seen the Ranch steak anywhere except the Windjammer, in the dining room the alternate steak was always a sirloin). After dinner Connor went to the Adventure Ocean Club and Katy and I went to the Ixtapa loung for Karaoke and met up with Pan and Teresa (HI LADIES). Also, there we met with Kevin, Sandy and Chuck (you 2 were GREAT singing), these folks are some of the CC'ers in the roll call thread.
Day 2 Sunday Nassau
Since Katy and Connor are going back here in July we had no driving need to get off the ship and do anything so Connor spent the day in AO and swimming and Katy and I spent time in the Spa. Ate today at JR's for lunch using our C&A coupons (Looks like this may be permanent as it DID control the crowd but did not eliminate the use of it by anyone).
Day 3 Day at sea
What can I say about this? Since we stayed on board yesterday we used this day to just relax and do NOTHING. Spent a little time at the pool, got a Latte in the Promenade, etc. BTW, the Royal Promenade, nothing can describe this place, you just have to see it. Ice Cream at sprinkles has become a habit for Connor and I.
Day 4 Ocho Rios
Our first port. Katy and I had been there on our honeymoon 4 years ago and were stunned at the changes here. We actually felt safe thought that it was actually turning into a place to have a nice vacation at. We did the Swim with the Dolphins and Dunns River Falls (skipped Dunn's). Connor LOVED this. It was so cool, apparently the Dolphins knew he was a child and kept swimming around him to make sure he was ok. Or taht is what we were told. And, since he was the only child (10y/o) in the group it was a plausible explanation.
Day 5 George Town
Woke up and ate in the dining room as I wanted eggs benedict much to Connors disappointment. Breakfast with RCCL has sufferred in the DR as well. Back to the Windjammer for the rest of the week. Got off the ship early and did some shopping. Ordered some Tortuga Rum and Bailey's Irish Cream to take home and bought Katy a new Omega necklace and Connor a 2000 y/o treasure coin. We booked the Stingray City Tours through Captain Marvin's for the 12:15PM Ships time (11:15 local) tour. This was done since they said that we wouldn't have the time to get out for the first one. It was a 2 hour tour (or scheduled to be) and we should be back at approx 2:15. Plenty of time to make the last 3:30 tender back to the ship. Well another bump. We didn't get back to Captain Marvin's office until *3:20* because of spending more than the allotted time at both locations and some delays by other people on the tour. We ran the distance to the pier, with me continuing to pick up Katy's necklace past the Hard Rock. Apparently (lucky us) there was a problem with the tenders and none had run for 20 minutes or so. This made for a long line and a sigh of relief from us.
Day 6 Cozumel
Another beautiful morning. Katy and Connor today has a Scuba Dive scheduled so I went back to Tulum. (Katy's details are in her review which will be combined with mine on our website SOON)
Tulum, I love this place it is beautiful and relaxing. We were instructed to assemble in the Metropolis Theater at 9:45. Ships clearance was delayed until 10:20, no problem. At 10:30 we were informed that the ferry that was picking us up blew an engine, and they had to send another one, but it wouldn't be there until about 11. So, the folks that were on the Tulum/Xel-ha tour had a choice, either cancel the whole thing (with a full refund of course) or just do the Tulum Express with a refund of the difference. Since I was already on the express, it was only a departure delay for me. No problem. A few people were expreely upset, but I think they just need to relax, you are on vacation.
Tulum, was the same wonderful pace that I had seen 4 years ago. The bus ride was uneventful, with a talk from the tour guide. Jeff, Janet and their kids (CC'ers from the roll call thread). Josh (their son) is apparently very much into history. So, when the guide talked about the Mayan Calendars Josh was very interested. Since Katy and I purchased one 4 years ago I could give him some information on it (I hope he liked the calendar). I took over 150 pictures and while I was there (they will be posted in the next couple of days), I had noticed so many more ruins that we had not seen 4 years ago. Apparently Tulum is the second largest Mayan Ruins site on the Yucatan (second only to Chichen-Itza). Next time, Chichen-Itza. Tonight I revisit another love of mine, BLACKJACK! Katy and I started with 10.00 each at the slots, she went through hers fast, I hit 7's a few times so I was up 100.00 and took that to the tables. I was up some 300.00 at one point and should have stopped but was having so much fun that I kept on going. Finished with 50.00, oh well I spent 2 hours playing and I still was up a total of 30.00, so no loss.
Day 7 Day at sea
Last day saddness. Spent time at the pool, relaxing in the room, etc. Connor took part in the Family Talent Contest. Katy and I went to the Art auction (had to resist this all week since we purchased 16 pieces on the Nordic Empress in Oct.), Katy bought another Bellet for her office. I went to the tables with my 50.00 from last night and another 100.00, finished at 4 to pack with 100.00 so I played last night and today for only the cose of the slots. Not bad in my book. Had our last night in the DR and made our goodby's. I went back to the tables and in 2 hours and didn't do as well, but was a cheap 8 hours or so of entertainment. Katy and I was to meet back in the room at 11PM to call it a night, but I had heard about the last night karaoke contest and thought Chuck and Sandy would be singing so I wanted to go. I went looking for Katy in Vintages and our room. Not there, so I went searching all over the ship for her, no go, couldn't even find the contest. Apparently we were 2 ships passing in the night because Katy was looking for me as well. Of course, I didn't look in Studio B for it, so I missed it (Sorry Sandy, I heard you did a GREAT job, congrats).
We retrieved Connor from AO and said our goodby's there as well and went to bed.
Day 8 Disembarkation
Well the saddest time of any vacation, the day to go home. Woke up at 6AM to shower and get coffee. Came back and woke Katy and Connor. We got all put together and had breakfast in the Windjammer. Our color (orange) was called at 7:15 (Thank you Pam and Teresa for not holding us up at immigration lol). So we got off at 7:30 and our limo to the airport met us at 8:45.
And, that brings this NOT SO mini review to where I am now. Sitting in the airport waiting for our departure at 1PM to take us to JFK then to drive back to Boston.
If you have read this long, and have any questions, I will do my best to answer any that I can. Please remember this is from a Mans point of view. Katys review (along with this one) will be on our website (link below) RSN (RSN and Real Soon Now is not a copyright of anyone I know).
Feel free to check out our past cruise pics at http://www.ournuthut.net
Enchantment of the Seas 6/2000
Sovereign of the Seas 3/2001
Disney Magic 7/2001
Majesty of the Seas 4/2002
Carnival Legend 10/2002
Carnival Victory 6/21/2003
Nordic Empress 10/2003
Navigator of the Seas 4/2004
Carnival Destiny 2/20/2005
Until the Carnival Destiny