We had planned this vacation in May and were all looking forward to Christmas in the Carribean. It was my wife, myself and our teenagers. Arrived in Tampa at 4:00AM after a 19 hour car ride and it was 31 degrees! Found a hotel room at Holiday Inn Express where they had free breakfast and found out that for $30 we could park the car all week and they would give us round-trip transportation to the ship! Great start....
Getting on the ship was very easy and we were on-board within 10 minutes...much better experience than Miami. Kids got beverage card and we were offered the "adult" beverage card. All you can drink for $49 a day....now that's a deal!
We were all dressed for the pool so we did not need our luggage but luggage arrived very fast to our room. We had a mini-suite with a balcony which we were very happy with. Bathroom had tub/shower, vanity area and a toilet with its own door. There was lots of closet space and drawers for clothes.
The ports were very good too...
When in Roatan, Honduras we hooked up with Bodden Tours and the driver took us to a shopping village with amazing views, a zoo where we got to hold monkeys and then we chose a resort called Bananarama. The shopping village we could have done without since it was in opposite direction of everything else. I would not pass up going to the monkeys! They climb all over you...open your water bottles and stoe my wife's sunscreen from her bag. Bananarama is amazing. Charged us $10 each and that included a lounge chair on the beach but they were out of lounge chairs. The owner came up to us and gave us each 2 drinks at the bar for the inconvenience. Food cheap too! Two slices of pizza and soda for $5.00. $6.00 with a beer. It is a beautiful beach!
We did not realize there is no beach in Beize and did not want to spend up to one hour taking a boat to a beach. I grabbed us a cab and we went to Cucumber Beach which is only 5 miles from the port. It has a swimming lagoon, Tarzan rope swing, big water slide, volleyball, music and restaurant and plenty of lounge chairs. Cab driver asked what time we wanted to be picked up and he showed up. We did not pay him until he dropped us off at the port at end of the day. Charged $15 round-trip per person. NCL charged $49 per person!!
In Costa Mya we stayed on the port. Gave the teenagers their first taste of Senor Frogs!! Coo port...lots shopping, pool with swim up bar, beach with hammocks and lounge-chairs. All free of charge! Be sure to check out the artist who uses only spray paint to create his work.
In Cozumel,we grabbed a cab and headed to Paradise Beach. $12 gets you to use all facilities including pool, lounge chairs on beach, very cool water activities, kayaks, etc. Banana boating only $15 for a very long ride and para sailing for $45.
Do your homework and plan your own excursions. We were at every beach at least 45 minutes before ship passengers arrived and they left before us.
Service on ship was great and Kinan the bartender is amazing! He knew our names and our drinks by second day. He got us so pumped for the new ship Breakaway that we booked it for August. Make sure you see Impact...an incredible band and Second City Improv Group. Enjoy the rooster calls at the Garden Cafe in the morning...he is hilarious..
I do not know how anyone had a bad cruise that week. The lines at the free dining rooms were long if you didnt make a reservation. We would go there, they would give us a beeper and we would go to bar and when table was ready they notified us...big deal! Kids had great time and met many friends.