What a great cruise not so great with the Tampa port debarkation near customs though. Too many people in the customs area in different zones than were called on the ship. What was the hurry to leave such a great cruise. We were never rushed off the ship or out of our rooms like on our last ship.....the Dream. On the Dream they made you wait some where other than your room.
OK enough of the negative.
Getting on the ship was a breeze. We pulled our car as directed by police near the front door around 10:15 AM. A porter came and picked up our bags. I drove to the parking garage, paid $105 for the week, and parked on the ground floor of the garage. My wife and I walked into the terminal and checked for our cruise within 5 minutes. We waited about and hour to board around 11:30 and were eating lunch around 11:45. The rest if our time until our room was ready was spent exploring the ship. OUr rooms were ready sometime after 1 PM and our bags were in the hall around 2 PM. We un packed and watched the ship away from shore around the 4 PM. Oh and the drill was around 3:30 and lasted about 15 minutes.
The rest of the vacation was wonderful on and off of the ship. The food selection was plentiful and places to eat endless. The cafe was laid out with several stations to get you food. Seating was all over except on the first afternoon. It is like this on all the ships we have been on though. People just like to sit around with their bottles of water, soda, and large carry on bags. We walk on a ship with one small carry bag to carry cameras, sun screen, travel documents, and an Ipad. Check your bags people and buy drinks on the ship....you are on vacation and not on a budget.
The days at sea and in port had many things to see and do. We went into every port as we like to see other cultures. Cozumel is great for shopping and sight seeing. Belize was OK and a work in progress. Roatan had a great beach. Grand Cayman is kept quite well since it is in the middle of Hurricane alley.
Nigth time dining in the steak house was wonderful with those juicy and tender steaks for $30 extra per person.....worth it is all I can say. Dining room dress codes should be enforced as I saw many grown men dressed like slobs with flip flops at dinner. My wife and I love to dress nice with slacks, shirt/tie, dress for dinners on the ship.
The show about New Orleans "Big Easy" was full of culture from this great city and was well performed as it was a new show on this cruise.
The comedian Scotty was exceptionally funny. The adult area had the usual chaor hoggers, so get there around 8:30 AM or you won't get a chair until around 1 PM. I did witness the staff remove towels sitting in two chairs unattended over 30 minutes. Of course another passenger told the staff member they timed to lonely towels on the chairs.
The rest of our experience included many different conversations we had with other passengers from places like Indiana, Georgia, New York, Florida, and Colorado. Many couples traveling without families like us so we had many things in common already.
You will not be disappointed if you choose this ship.