Overall, this was a fantastic cruise. To give you a little background, this was a honeymoon cruise. It was my first cruise and my DH’s second.
Pre-Trip: We were booked for a D1 balcony stateroom (9216), but three days before the trip, we were upgraded to a Grand Suite (1248)!
Embarkation and Debarkation: Both were rather painless. We had priority embarkation because of the suite status. Love those perks!
The Ship: Sure, there were some signs of wear and tear. But, for carrying 3000 passengers every week for the past 5 years, I think it looks pretty darn good.
Our Room: Fabulous! Wonderful! Amazing! Huge balcony. Large bathroom with a tub and double sinks.
Stateroom Attendant: Kerrel from Jamaica. He was great. We didn’t see him much during the week, but there was always evidence that he had been by. Ice bucket was always full.
Concierge Lounge: Martin from Argentina is the Concierge. He was really nice. We loved being able to go there for breakfast, and for drinks and apps before dinner.
Dinners in the Dining Room: Waiter was Marek and assistant was Tamara, from Yugoslavia and Slovakia, respectively (I think!). I do not know what everyone is talking about on here, saying the food has gone down hill. I thought it was wonderful. I definitely appreciate fine dining, and thought the food ranked highly. If you have a chance to try the Tuscan Tomato Soup, try it. That was one of the best things I ate all week. (And if anyone has the recipe, please pass it on to me!)
Lunch in the Dining Room: We ate lunch in the dining room once. Food was good. Service was horrible. Water glasses sat empty for long periods of time, and about 20 minutes elapsed between the time we finished lunch and dessert was brought out.
Portofino’s: The best $40 we’ve ever spent. Really. The food was amazing and the service was superb. I’ve never been so full in my life as I was when I left there. But, it was worth a little discomfort!
Windjammer and Island Grill: Always very crowded. The food was decent. Nothing spectacular.
Café Promenade: Great for an afternoon snack. Pizza was like upscale frozen pizza. Definitely edible.
Planet Ice Show: Horrible. We left early. I normally love ice skating, but I found the show to be very disappointing. Didn't seem to have a plot. Skating was decent.
Gizmo Guys: The best jugglers I’ve ever seen. They were spectacular. Let’s put it this way: one of the guys juggled 5 balls – from his mouth!
Love & Marriage Game: Very funny to watch.
Belize City: We booked a snorkeling excursion through Coral Breeze. It was very well run and the guides were informative and funny. We got to snorkel around the reef, then with nurse sharks and stingrays. The town itself was unimpressive.
Costa Maya: We took a $3 pp bus ride to Mahajual, and spent the day at a beach-side restaurant (Guero?). We ordered lunch and drinks and were waited on the rest of the day since we sat in their beach chairs. Very nice, relaxing time. We shopped a little in Costa Maya at the end of the day. You definitely have to bargain with these guys, but we got some great gifts.
Grand Cayman: We took the Rays, Reef and Rum tour through Native Way. It included a stop in Stingray City, snorkeling at the reef, and lunch and relaxation at Rum Point. Our guides were great, wrangling stingrays for us, and coaxing an eel out of his hiding place for us to see while snorkeling. Rum Point was the most relaxing beach I’ve ever been to, with tons of trees providing shade from the very intense Cayman sun. We definitely want to go back there.
I think that’s it. We had a great time!