Hi ArkansasFish!!! Yes, we did see you and actually, my husband and one of our friends played at the craps table with Heather for the better part of three days I think!!!! Small world!
Most of our lunches were by the pool and the bbq's were great. There were hot dogs/hamburgers/bbq chicken/ribs etc in addition to everything that was on the buffet. Yes, it is mass produced food but I really felt like they did a good job. We ate in the main dining room for lunch twice, but really liked being casual by the pool better.
Tuesday night (I think?) in the main dining room was lobster night. Our whole table ate the entree Beef Wellington as our appetizer and lobster for our entree. Almost every night we ordered more than one dessert
I didn't stay up for the chocolate buffet, but my sweet husband brought me wonderful chocolate cake back from the casino (apparently they have a mini version in the casino). He said it was the best dessert he ate all week, and we tried LOTS.
We had ice cream several afternoons from Lickety Splits and they had a good variety of flavors and the ice cream wasn't too soft, so it didn't melt to fast.
Everywhere you go on the ship there is a bar and someone waiting to get a drink for you. We bought the soda cards and felt like it was a good value for us. Just a tip, toward the end of the week we were sick of drinking fountain cokes, but they set up a kind of minibar to the side of the pool during the day that has all canned cokes. If you go over there and use your soda card, they'll give you canned coke over ice rather than fountain. They will NOT give you the whole can.
Ports of Call:
Cozumel-We got off the boat, headed to Los Cinco Soles and had a wonderful lunch and margaritas. The best guacamole I've had in my life! We did some shopping, bought souvenirs, stopped at Senor Frogs and headed back to the boat. We've been here several times, so we knew we just wanted to do a bit of shopping. It was really interesting to go up on the top deck to watch the captain dock the ship in the port. We did have cellular phone service in Cozumel and received several calls-we have Cingular.
Roatan,Honduras-BEAUTIFUL island. Hilly, green and lush. Gorgeous water. We chose not to do an excursion here and that was a BIG mistake. If you are not going to go on an excursion, I would not suggest leaving the gated port area. We did, and once you are outside the gates (which I commonly heard refered to as the gates of he--) people constantly hound you and won't leave you alone. We decided we would walk into town, but couldn't really tell when we got there. There isn't really anything to see and there really aren't even any shops, so my suggestion is to go on an excursion. We will next time. No cellular service, but there is a hut right by the dock that offers internet phone calls for $2 a minute, and they have internet service.
Belize-We wanted to stay on the ship and lay by the pool most of the day, so we just tendered into the port area (very fast) and did some shopping. We did go out of the gates and walk around the city for a while, but not for too long. You can do any shopping that you need while in the 'protected' port area. There is an internet cafe in the port area that offers internet service for $3 for 15 minutes and very reasonable phone calls. Also no cellular service here. One member of our party dove in Belize and was somewhat disappointed. He heard that the dive in Honduras was much better, but I guess it just depends on the day.
Cancun-We started into some windy seas Wednesday evening and I suspected that we would not make it into Cancun. So, I was not surprised when the captain announced that we would miss the port. The seas were choppy and there was a bit of wind, but still sunny. They quickly revised the daily program and it was fine. They gave away free rum punch from 4-5pm and that seemed to make people happier. They did credit around $12 in port charges back to our accounts. I heard lots of people griping that we had missed Cancun, but I knew that was a possibility and have been there before, so I was not disappointed. We did end up having rain on Friday all day while we were at sea
on the way home and I didn't get to tan the last day as I had planned, but we had a fun day anyway!
Casino/Bingo/Art Auction/Shows etc.
My husband and one of the other people we were traveling with spent most of their time in the casino each evening. They primarily play craps and blackjack. They were mildly successful. In another post, someone asked about Texas Hold'em and yes, they do have a table going most of the time. My husband did end up winning the slot tournament at the end of the week, so that was nice to come home with $500. We also played bingo and had a good time, but didn't win anything. The payouts were quite good though. We attended a couple of the art auctions and the prices were reasonable. They had lots of Thomas Kincade stuff, which I personally am not a fan of, but they sold a lot of it.
The shows were also very good. The first night, the show was FANTASTIC. They did a great job. The second night, the singer sounded as if he was off key, but the show was still enjoyable. The comedy/magic was funny and enjoyable. The lounge is a nice size, so that even in the back the view was good.
I think that is about it. I'm happy to answer any questions that I can. Would we cruise on the Sea
again? Absolutely. Had a great trip.