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Loving your review so far. Very detailed! We will be on the same cruise in March in cabin 10088. 

Any chance you can post some of the bar menus when given the chance? Also, was the Opera show the one titled Paz?

Keep the details coming, and have  a great cruise.

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8 hours ago, FIREFIGHTERCRUISER said:

Loving your review so far. Very detailed! We will be on the same cruise in March in cabin 10088. 

Any chance you can post some of the bar menus when given the chance? Also, was the Opera show the one titled Paz?

Keep the details coming, and have  a great cruise.

 Paz was a Flamenco dance themed show.  It was on the schedule today.  Phenomenal!

 

The operatic show was Come il Mare. They only had it on the schedule once in the daytime. 

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Here are some photos of the Flamenco themed show today called Paz.  
 

Wow what a show!  The dancers were phenomenal.  
 

Honestly, Pam and I were just in Barcelona this past June and saw some flamenco shows there and this was much better than even some of those!  We spoke with some other passengers after the show who commented the exact same thing!  
 


 

 

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This evening we attended the Cirque du Soleil performance called Sonor with our triple specialty dining package. Photos were not allowed during the actual performance but I did get some other photos beforehand.

 

The show was amazing!  It began rather slowly with a string trio followed by an extended violin solo performance. Personally,  I like classical violin so I was entertained but some other members of our party were having difficulty staying awake during this part.
 

Once the actual Cirque performance began the show was high energy with some amazing acts.  They make use of the entire space in some very unique ways.  The beatboxer was my favorite act and an unexpected surprise to me.  

 

Earlier in the day there was a major hiccup as we had all received a notice in our staterooms requesting that we place our dinner selection orders between 9-11AM either by phone or in person at the Carousel theatre.  Unfortunately the Meraviglia Safety Officer decided to schedule a multi hour ship wide safety drill for all crew members during that time.  So nobody was available to answer the phone or attend to the Cirque reservations until the afternoon.   We ended up calling at 6pm after we were back onboard.   We placed our requests with the Cirque attendant but when we got to the show the servers had not been notified at all.   We actually had to tell them two times during the dinner to two different people.   Luckily they had prepared extras of everything and there was plenty to go around.   The food itself was fantastic.   We enjoyed the lobster and mango salad and the lamb shank was massive and so tender and full of flavor.  Our friends ordered the Sea Bass and despite a few bones they said they really enjoyed it.   The chocolate dessert was great but unfortunately with my clumsiness I got some on my white party outfit.  If any of you eat like I do I recommend bringing a Tide to Go pen! LOL!

 

Please excuse some of the food photos.  The lighting in the theater is dim and we were surrounded by black lights.
 

Overall, we’ve been to multiple Cirque performances over the years in Orlando, Las Vegas, and elsewhere I’d say this was just as entertaining but on a smaller scale.   

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FYI there is a time change between Costa Maya and Belize.  The Cruise Director, Gene Young, told everyone to set our clocks 1 hour back.

 

 

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Great review so far ... thank you.

 

Can you please mention if tissues provided in the stateroom? I've read about issues with the tissues. 😉

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Did your group do any shore excursions in port? I'm especially curious about how the Marta Stewart ones are!

 

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14 hours ago, mikelan6 said:

Great review so far ... thank you.

 

Can you please mention if tissues provided in the stateroom? I've read about issues with the tissues. 😉


The stories are correct.  There is still a slot for tissues in the bathroom but none are provided. Not sure why.  Maybe people were flushing them down the toilet and they were clogging the plumbing system? Just a thought based on where they used to be located.E09E4110-EDA1-434C-95AC-096EAD78FE32.thumb.jpeg.908e0360edc359ba6d326094939e0987.jpeg

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Tonight we did the second of our specialty dinner package at the onboard seafood restaurant, Ocean Cay (how confusing is that?).

 

Here is the menu and some photos of the food.
 

With the dining package one is allowed to order one appetizer, one entree, and one desert from a preselected list. imageproxy.php?img=&key=6ee4bfcebcfde1cb 
 

Our group ordered the following:

Prawn Carpaccio - Delicious.  Great prawn flavor

Crab Cake - Well seasoned.  Moist.

Tartare - Fresh.  Clean. 
Bottarga - Our friends seemed to enjoy it.

Black Cod - This is what I ordered.  The cod was prepared perfectly and absolutely melts in your mouth.  It was as good as the Black Cod we had at Nobu a few months ago.  

Tiramisu - served in a cup.  It had the typical flavor but the consistency was different.  

Cheesecake

Creme Brullee
 

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Yesterday’s excursion we booked on our own with Butts Up Cave Tubing.  After we rendered ashore they picked us up port side in a large motor coach.  The entire adventure with lunch was $35 Cash per person.  
 

It was a bucket list item for us as it had been cancelled the last time we were in Belize four years ago due to high water levels inside the caves.  

So what did we think?  We loved it!  The guides were funny and informative.  The tubes were delivered to us by to the river (most of the others require you to carry them up yourselves).  And we were on the river much longer than the others. I think it was one of the best excursions we’ve done in the Caribbean in recent memory.

 

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The Cave Tubing lunch was a beliean chicken tamale.  Much different from a Mexican tamale.  It was so tasty I wanted another one! 

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The theater show last night was called “WAY” and was a montage of musical hits over the years.  It included everything from rock/pop to opera to Sinatra.  

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17 hours ago, Shera1028 said:

Did your group do any shore excursions in port? I'm especially curious about how the Marta Stewart ones are!

 


We haven’t done a Martha Stewart excursion but have seen the promotional videos about them.  
 

Our friends booked the Chacchoben excursion through MSC for Costa Maya.   
 

For Belize we booked on our own with Butts Up Cave Tubing (see review and photos above).

 

For Roatan we are going to Little French Key and we pre-booked on our own. 

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Daily Program for 12/12

Roatan

 

Highlights 

Arrival 9:00 AM

All aboard 4:30 PM

 

Show: Life is Magic

 

Theme: Italian Night


Late Party: Tropical

 

 

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I love how organized your review is!  Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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14 hours ago, MrsFops&FopsC5 said:

Quick question, with the dining package were you allowed to pick the night and time of dining or did they pick for you?  Thanks!!!  Love your review..


Yes we picked all of our dates and times when we booked it online.
 

The only issue we had was with our reservation for the Cirque du Soleil dinner.  Each show plays on alternating nights.  They had switched the days for Sonor and Viaggio so we were forced to select another date after we were onboard.  The line for Cirque reservations desk was quite long when we got onboard.  

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Daily Program for Dec 15, 2019

Sea Day!

 

Highlights:

Elegant Night

Time change +1 hour

MasterChef competition at sea
 

Show: Meravilgioso Amor

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for the fabulous posts and pictures. My wife and I are doing this same itinerary in February. Would it be possible to post the Daily from Wednesday? Thanks again and enjoy Ocean Cay tomorrow. Regards, Jim

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14 hours ago, Greenhopster said:

Thank you for the fabulous posts and pictures. My wife and I are doing this same itinerary in February. Would it be possible to post the Daily from Wednesday? Thanks again and enjoy Ocean Cay tomorrow. Regards, Jim

 

Sorry.  I thought I had posted it.   Something must’ve happened with the transmission of the post over the ship’s wifi.

 

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Sorry had a bit of an issue with my internet package.   It was my own fault but I got it straightened out. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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