Left Galveston on Feb 19. It was C-O-L-D in Galveston and we were concerned..but for no reason. Woke up to 75+ at sea! We had a balcony room and it was awesome! We took many others advice and brought bungee cord to keep door open at night and sleep to the sound of the waves...cannot replicate that on land!
The first two days were at sea on the way to Jamaica. Had a great time. The cruise director Malcolm "in the Middle" was entertaining. Spent a lot of time on the deck. One problem was all the lounge chairs were taken by 7:00 am. Hey, can we all share a little??? Most were empty at any one time. Anyway, minor complaint.
The days all blur together now after a couple weeks. I planned to write immediately, but got caught up in mainland stuff..
The ship and crew were awesome. Our steward, Joseph, kept the room in good shape and had animal towel arrangements in our room every night. Quite nice.
Shows were OK. The comic "Phat Cat" was extremely funny (crude but hilarious...if you are easily offended, don't go). The Motown singer (can't remember his name) was very good. Lots of audience participation, and the band was good, as was the singer. The "broadway" show left a lot to be desired. The girls were very pretty, but the music was not too good and the male singers were worse. My wife and I left after about 45 minutes. The casino was fun, but I did not hear of anyone "winning". The captains cocktail party was a disappointment as well. It was hard to get a drink and all they had were manhattans, whiskey sour and lime daiquiris. They did have wine, but most servers dispensed the wine quickly and had trays of lime daiquiris... The newlywed game was very funny. There was a real newlywed couple that had married on the ship or right before embarking. Hope they survived!
First port was Jamaica. We had heard all the horror stories of being accosted by the locals, but ventured out anyway. Took a cab to Doctor's beach. It was not crowded and had a nice tiki bar. From there we walked to Margaritaville. There was a nice tourist shop that we bought some gifts at, but then were accosted during the short walk to Margaritaville. My advice--do not say anything but, "No Mon" and walk past. Margaritaville was fun...typical cruise destination bar. DJ playing music, a calypso band upstairs. The unique part was a slide from the top floor to the ocean. A fun ride, complete with all the salt water you can drink at the bottom!
Second port was Grand Cayman. We booked the Stingray City and snorkel trip from Captain Marvins. It was tremendous. Water was beautiful, the fish were colorful and the stingray city is something to be experienced!
Third port was Cozumel. We had booked a snorkel/catamaran trip through Carnival. The trip was delayed due to another ship, so the schedule would not allow us to make the trip and also go ashore to Cozumel. We asked and were given a refund for the trip! We spent the day in Cozumel shopping. My wife found many good gifts and I found some mexican beer. It was very warm and nice in Cozumel.
We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and are already planning the next trip!