We stayed at the Quaility Inn across the River, was kind of a pain to ferry over dragging our luggage but they took us to the boat the next day so turned out ok. Driver Lenny was great, very informative and entertaining (give him a raise). Ate at Emrils, wonderful food, waiter very knowledgeable about the food, took his recommendations. Won $100 at Harrahs on the way back, so Emrils was on the house. :) Took a airboat ride on the Louisiana Swamp Boat Tour, tour was fantastic (take the smaller boat, they can get back in places the big ones cant) but they told us we would leave at 8 and they didn't show up till 10 after 9, then took us clear down town and dropped everyone else off after driving RIGHT by our hotel (made us late to the boat).
Kind of felt like cattle in the feed lot being checked in but didn't take as long as I figured it would. Luggage was delivered promptly. 1st day on the balcony w/ coffee be warned, the tinted glass is VERY reflective and your neighbors CAN see you....nothing like seeing your neighbors nekid over coffee! HOOWWWWDEEEE! We never saw them again. Neighbors to the right wore clothes and we got to be good friends. Ate in the dining room all but one night. Food was good but hot food could have been hotter and cold food could have been colder. I understand that with that many people to feed it is probably impossible. Our main waiter Stephen (baby Shack) was awesome and we enjoyed joking with him all week. The Chinese buffet was very good, omlet bar fantastic but line to long to eat there every day. Our evening dining companions were very enjoyable. Drinks are VERY expensive probably to prohibit drunken-ness?? Main complaint would have been the reggae band over the swimming pool, they could have fallen overboard and we would have cheered. Can you say "windsock" for your microphone?? When you are on an open deck like that wind blows in your microphone, so in between the jamacian words we can't understand we hear WIND, very loud WIND. Who would have thought expecting to hear Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton, Lynard Skynard would be to much to ask, but it is. We did get to hear SOME country music that was danceable in the main lounge with an Asian girl singing that was pretty decent. The best one we heard was a girl named Lisa, wish she would have sang some older tunes and less Taylor Swift but she was still good.
As for the 3 stops, Cozumel, loved it, esp the ppl painted like statues, thought one lady was going to have a heart attack, good jewelry store (should have bought my silver there), dive was good but not long enough, saw a 5' iguana, and discovered to late the guy giving massages by the lagoon.
Grand Cayman, don't care if I never see that place again, taxes are 17.5%, prices are high, people are rude, girl informed me at Margaritaville that "the Queen runs this country" your dollar is worth less (after spending $130), went to the restaurant on the beach w/ the green roof (Paradise ??), a plate of pasta was $24.95 ISLAND money so would have been $32.?? American, we walked out. Also you have to be "tendered" off the boat, which we did not care for, took FOREVER for the smaller boats to come get us, make them build a dock or don't stop there!
Jamacia was good, wish we'd had longer there, dive was awesome as was the foot rub by the boat boys but not near long enough and don't need to be dumped off at another Margaritaville (esp after the last experience). Water was not near as deep so you could REALLY see things up close, brain coral was so neat!! Saw a big blue baracuda. Friend of ours said she saw an eagle ray! Port has an awesome jewelry store, probably would have bought a ring but did not know enough about Tanzanite to know if they were blowing smoke or not. Do your homework, they have beautiful jewelry reasonably priced. Band played as we left, thought that was neat. We will also buy our OWN snorkel gear before going next time. First dive the masks didn't fit right, 2nd dive they kept fogging up.
Ship is huge, took us till day 5 to not get lost going to the dining room. Spa treatments are way over priced to begin with, I think they would have better luck with reasonable prices all thru the cruise, not HIGH to begin with then drop them as the cruise goes on. This just encourages people to find them on shore.
All in all I would definitely do it again, didn't have to cook or clean up.