We took the three night (Fri.-Sun.) trip with stops at Coco Cay and Nassau. This was a 40th birthday surprise for DH without the kids! We have been on two prior cruises in the Caribbean (7 night Carnival and 4 night Norwegian). This was a great quick trip overall so any negatives noted below should not be taken as reservations-- we would recommend the trip for sure.
Embarkation: Easily the best of our 3 cruises. We arrived a bit before 11 a.m. and were on the ship at 11:15.
Cabin: We had a porthole (nice view) on the 3rd deck, right below the internet cafe and very near the dining room. It was extremely quiet with virtually no traffic in the hall. The room was fine- not great, not bad. It showed its age a bit but not in any overly noticeable way.
Service: Housekeeper was very friendly and more attentive than expected on a cruise like this. Similarly, the wait staff in the dining room was solid. The excursion desk was very friendly and we put them through More
the ringer (see below)! The waiter "shows" and "songs" were embarrassingly bad.
Food: The Windjammer was decent, not spectacular. The dining room ranged from a few excellent dishes (scallop risotto, chocolate desserts, raspberry dessert) to some very good (chicken marsala, fish dishes) to many solidly ok dishes to only one really bad (clam chowder- waiter replaced for two people at our table that could only down one bite each). People at our table said the food definitely was a notch or two below Princess Alaska cruise (which we are taking this summer). Lattes in the dining room were pretty good and we didn't get charged for them.
Spa: Awesome. We had facial/massage embarkation package and the hot rock massage, both at reduced price for embarkation day. Prices are significantly higher than land prices but definitely set the mood for the entire trip. One pushy person, one not on selling products afterwards.
CoCo Cay. It was a windy day. Let me repeat: WINDY. That makes many of the excursions a bit more challenging. Still we did it all! Sea kayaking started us off, followed immediately by wave runner tour, then (after lunch) snorkeling out to the plane wreck, hiking to the far end of the island, and lounging in one of the many hammocks. The market had cheap (in both sense of the word- we bought several!) shirts, hair braiding, etc. This island is great. It is big enough to get away from people and small enough to pack in the activities. The food was great, although we were ready to eat our sandals so this isn't an objective review. The only word of warning: we are adventurous/outdoors people but the double waverunner tour in through the open water whitecaps with a lunatic guide at insane speeds was nearly too much for us. On a calmer day the speed would be no problem but in heavy waves it was......challenging. Nassau. Our snorkeling tour was cancelled. We picked another. We were exhausted (see Coco Cay). We cancelled. We picked the slow boat to Blackbeard Cay. It was fine for us to lay down and relax but I wouldn't recommend it particularly--very small beach area and lots of people coming and going on various tours. The boat ride to and from was very nice.
Shows: We saw only the Boogieland show, a 70's review. How can you not like the campy production? It was great.
Pools, etc.: The pools, hot tub and surrounding area were great. The rock wall looked fun but we never quite made it there.
Disembarkation: We nearly took the carry your own off option and would recommend it if you want to get off early. As it was, we were in the very early group and other than slow luggage at baggage claim had no problems.
Post cruise: We rented a car (the car companies pick up at the dock and deliver you to the airport location) and headed out to Shark Valley in the Everglades. It was great-- hundreds of gators and birds. We took a back road beyond it that was recommended by the park people and it also was great.
Overall experience: This was a great mini-vacation. The crowd was a solid mix of 30s to 60s. Less
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