We flew from Boston to Fort Lauderdale, and was at the cruise terminal by 1230. Since we had just been upgraded to Platinum (!!!), we had priority check in and didn't have to wait in that awfully long line we saw. We were onboard by 1 oclock. We immediately were able to go and put our stuff in our room. For some reason I always remember there being more storage space. There was three of us in an inside cabin and it seemed awfully small...but we made the best of it.
Being platinum certainly had its perks. We had robes for on board use which came in handy when there are three of you trying to get ready for dinner at once and don't have to hold up others by getting ready in the bathroom. Also, the Platinum and Diamond reception was pretty awesome. There was only maybe 15-20 people there, and I think this was because it was at noon on the last day at sea. We took a break from enjoying the last day in the sun and wandered up to the Viking Crown Lounge for some tasty food. I would recommend that if you are at this level and get invited to definitely check it out. Plus, it was open bar, what more could you possibly want!!
I was slightly disappointed in RCCL entertainment on the ship. We had cruised on the Explorer last April and for some reason, the Ice Show and singers and dancers were the same as the previous year. I figured after a year, they would have changed. However, the group Mosasic was AMAZING. If anyone wants to check them out, their website is www.notanotherboyband.com
I was also disappointed that there was only one parade on the first night, and they didn't let you know in advance there was only going to be one. Also, I still wonder why they don't do the horse racing anymore. No one seemed to know the answer.
I'm not so sure why Royal Caribbean stops at Belize. We did an excursion, the City Tour and Zoo, and well it was ok, I wouldn't necessarily do it again. The country seems poor and under developed. From what I heard from other pax, next time they just won't get off. The tendering seemed horribly slow on the way back, we even got stuck on the tender for 45 minutes because they couldn't figure out how to line it up with the ship.
Costa Maya was a lot better than what I had heard. So many people complained about it, but even if you just stay right near the pier there is plenty of shopping, places to eat, and a huge pool for your enjoyment. We took an excursion called the Jungle Beach Break and although the beach wasn't that pretty and the water had a lot of seaweed, it was still enjoyable.
Cozumel was crowded the day we were there. It was the explorer, a princess ship and 3 other carnival ships. However, it wasn't crowded when we were at the beach. We had a crazy cab driver on the way back to the ship, who decided to drive no less than 80 mph (120 kph) and we were all convinced he was not going to stop for anyone. But we made it back just fine.
I have been to Grand Caymen 3 times now, and always though that if I'm going to have to miss one island, it might as well be Grand Caymen. However, we were the only ship in port that day, and I am happy we didn't miss it. The beach we went to was not crowded at all, maybe 20-30 people on the entire beach. The day was beautiful and we were able to spend some relaxing time just walking around the town. What a difference being the only ship in port. The tenders went quickly, 3 minute tender at the most, as we were able to anchor as close as possible to the island.
Embarkment went a little slower than normal, since there was quite a few non-US pax on board. We were called off at 7 (white) but decided to hang out for a while since we didn't have a plane to catch until 1230. Got in line around 8 and was off and had our bags by 930.
I will be happy to answer any questions.
4/98 - Enchantment
4/00 - Grandeur
4/01 - Grand Princess
4/02 - Voyager
6/02 - NCL Majesty
4/03 - Grandeur
4/04 - Explorer
5/05 - Explorer again
5/06-6/06 - Enchantment B2B
...I hope you understand...
I just had to go back to the island