Sail date: February 25th, 2006. Transfer service: "Coach USA", grade F! We had to wait 4 hours for bus to pick us up, we almost didn't make it. Not to mention, the bus driver swore like a sailor and drove like a bat out of hell. Horrible service!
Embarkation: Grade A. Transition was smooth and all Carnival staff were beyond helpful in this process. We got on the ship within 15 mins.
Cabin: Grade A. We stayed in M12, which is the cheapest/smallest cabin you can get and it was a lot bigger than we both expected! Beds were very comfortable, robes were provided when we asked the stewardess. Every night we had turn down service with little towel animals on our beds :) with chocolates and the next days Carnival Caper which tells you all there is to do either on the ship on in the port that you will be arriving into.
1st port Cozumel: Grade B. I wasn't really impressed with the island, it had a lot of damage from the hurricane and the beach was really ruined from it. We took the Buena Vista Ranch Horseback riding tour (Mayan Frontier by Horseback) excursion and had a blast. Staff were extremely friendly and everyone had a great time. At the end of the horseback riding, they provide free soda, corona, and water. Great times! After getting back from horseback riding, we had a few hours to spend there in cozumel. There wasn't much to see in Cozumel because Carnival was going on, so we stuck to the little tourist traps around the port. We weren't too impressed. We ordered drinks from one Cantina (bar) and they were 9 dollars US a piece! Cozumel isn't as cheap as one would expect. 2nd port Progreso, Yucatan: Grade A+. If you're looking for authentic Mexico, here ya go. We took a taxi for $6US to the local market and bought many things for next to nothing, most things hand made as well. It does help if you speak Spanish in order to barter with them in a friendly way, plus it's easier to get by there because most don't speak any English. After the market, we walked (very short distance) to the beach and it was beautiful! Teal water with little straw huts to shade you. We had lunch at a little covered table on the beach, it was wonderful. After getting served lunch, we were serenaded by a local man on his guitar......could this get any better? O yea, p.s.....the drinks were only $4 here for the same thing! Cheap food, cheap things to buy, great people, great port!
Days at sea: Grade A+. Never a dull moment. Carnival does a great job at keeping you as entertained as you would like. Onboard, we went to two great comedy shows, 2 vegas shows, they had a talent show, we also played a game called "in the bag" which was a hoot! I personally visited the spa and although a little more pricey than what I pay in the states, the service compensated any of that regret. I checked out the gym...state of the art! Everything onboard was very clean, people were very accommodating and hospitable.