We are from Tampa and did this cruise last year and had a great time. Thought it was so crowded because a popular local "oldies" radio DJ was going to be on board. Never saw or heard anyone talking about the group and didn't advertise any activities.
Unfortunately, I agree with one of the other reviewers--average age was 70+. Took forever, to get on the elevators due to all the scooters! We went to the disco the first night, no one showed up until after 11 pm. DJ was awful!
Cabin steward, Thomas, was terrific, kept refilling the ice bucket for us. We had an interior on deck 2, we love sleeping in "the cave." Downside is you don't realize it is windy and rainy until you go up for breakfast (day 2.)
Cozumel was the same, we always go to La Mission for lunch-best margaritas, ever and do some shopping. Glad we weren't there earlier in the week, had 7 ships in port.
Food was unremarkable, soups are usually one of the highlights but they were More
awful--bland. Maybe they were catering to the "low sodium" tastes of the passengers. Beef tenderloin was the best dinner, my DH liked the Strip Steak. Escargot offered every night, was never hot. The service was pretty good in anytime dining, didn't have to wait very long for a table. We ordered the wine package and it took a long time to get our wine. Last day at sea was relaxing, of course the Solarium was packed with card players.
Getting off the ship was fairly quick, had to wait about 30 minutes for our luggage in the terminal.
Going to try the 5 night Brilliance of the Seas trip out of Tampa next December. Less
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