Relaxing trip, and birhday cruise
stayed the night at embassy suits, got to the ship a little after noon. we were able to board early: short lines. took bags to pool and had lunch. unable to go to rooms until 1:30 i wish i had the kids in their swim suits because they could have swam while we were having lunch.
late seating dining. had a nice dinner every night. did not like the fact that they sell shots during dinner time.
we did not buy the alcohol card, too expensive you need to have at least 6 drinks a day to pay for it. we got a wine card instead. it was 130.00 for 5 bottles of wine.
we went off season so there were not too many kids on board, which was nice (we had 5 with us) some cruises in the past have a lot of kids and they run all over the ship, loud and obnoxious. that was not the case on this cruise.
getting of the ship was easy. it just took a while because there were a couple people that had to go through immigration before we could debark. we went to breakfast in the More
dining room at 0800 and then waited to get off the ship. we did not get off until 1030. then we had a 12 hour drive home. we parked in long term parking right across from the ship. the porter walked over with us and our bags. it was very easy.
this was a very easy ship to get around. just the right size. we were on the Dream last year and I found it too big and too crowded. water was great, we never felt the boat move. not rocky at all. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
raining today. they sell rain covers on the ship for 3$. i should have bought them! it wasn't too bad, just drizzly and misty.
we had to wait in the lounge before we could tender off the ship (5 in port today) we were almost an hour late getting started on our tour. we took the Mayan ruin river wallace tour. it was nice, the kids really enjoyed it. 90 min bus ride was fun, our tour guide was entertaining. we had about an hour at the ruins. some of our group climbed them (their legs were really sore the next day) there were local crafters there with beautiful wood carvings. i bought a very large bowl. i paid about 50 for it. i saw similar items in town at a store for much much more.
we then took the bus to a local resort and had lunch. it was 8.00 and very good. then we headed to a boat to ride the river back. this is where we needed the rain overs. they sold them on the boat for 2 but took cash only and she could not break a 50 so we went with out. the river ride was an hour. we saw iguanas, monkeys, many different birds, a dolphin and manatee. we did not have anytime to shop, we just made it back for the last tender.
there were 7 ships in port. we decided to avoid the crowds. we got a cab for 25/pp to an old resort at Buccano beach. it had a nice restaurant and clean bathrooms, a pool too. our fee included the pool. beach, snorkel equipment chairs and umbrellas. beer was $16 a bucket. nachos and tacos were good too.
it was very pretty here, sand was a bit on the rocky side. free tequila tasting too.
para sailing was available for 60/pp cash jet skis available
after our driver returned for us we went to the shops near port. there was Sr Frogs there, we had a drink and headed back to the ship
only 2 ships in today!! not too crowded. we took a taxi for 5/pp to 7 mile beach. our driver informed us that it is a public beach and they cannot charge you to use them!! so don't pay.
we were dropped off at an area that had a bar. we rented chairs for 5/each.
white sand, clear water, fish. very nice. we got buckets of beer.
too windy to para sail so we went on a banana boat. it was 15/pp it was a lot of fun.
driver came back and picked us up an took us back to port. did some shopping and tendered back to the ship.
raining again!! we shopped in the rain. shops were very crowded. at the top of the hill past the shops there were some local crafters. also a place you could zip line. it stayed cloudy but stopped raining. we walked down to the beach. kids played in the water. sand was nice! water not too cold. restaurants near. we had pina coladas chips and salsa.
you don't need to pay for this beach. its a 5 min walk from the ship. they do charge 10.00 for the chairs but no one every collected from us ;)
had to be back on the ship at 2pm
last time we were her e we did the dolphin encounter and it was awesome!!