Departed Ft. Worth at 0630 and arrived Galveston at 1230. We went to our offsite parking, Lighthouse parking, and were told we could actually begin the embarkation process. Lighthouse was 55.00/week, or 50.00 if booked online. They took us and our luggage to the terminal.
Embarkation was a very long line. We got in line at 1:00 and we were on the boat at 3:00. This was also a very busy travel week, 3600 passengers. I have since learned the process is shorter if you arrive later vs. earlier.
We went to our room, which was on the upper deck, 6th floor. We had a balcony, one of the best parts of the trip. The room was small, but no smaller than that of a hotel room. It was very nice. Would not recommend the 6th floor, it is right above the bars. Music until 2am, very loud. We ate a quick lunch, provided until 4pm. After our drill we were free.
Our favorite part of the day would have to be our "formal" dinner each evening. We had a wonderful server, he brought us as much food as we requested. The food was wonderful, great quality.
In our party we had a 7yr old, 16yr old, 19yr old, 43yr old x3, and 76yr old x2. Our 7 year old never went to Camp Carnival, she was having a great time at the 4 pools. There is a teen club for the 15-17 range, but nothing for the 18-21 range. Maybe it is assumed they are too old? However, our teens had a great time.
We reached Montego Bay on Tuesday morning, my husband and kids did the canopy excursion, and loved it. We then caught a cab, 2.00/person, and went to Sunset beach, an all-inclusive resort. 40.00 adults, 20.00 kids. It was nice , but the best was yet to come.
Grand Cayman was on Wednesday. Unbelievable! We did the Sea Grape Beach with transport excursion. Clear water, sugar sand. The public beach, it's all public, was absolutely gorgeous. Out transport picked us up an hour late, though. Don't book excursions through Carnival. We paid 43.00/pp, and a cab would have been 5.00/pp. The island is so nice. We did swim with the stingrays that afternoon. A must, and we are not wild animal people. It is such an experience. Again, we paid 79.00/pp, onsite tours are 35.00/pp. MUST,MUST,MUST.
Cozumel, snorkeling. The water was so clear and fish, starfish, octopus... entertained us all. We ate lunch at a great local spot, La Choza. The food was great and the atmosphere as well. Christian waited on and took good care of us. Highly recommend. Then on to Paradise beach, via cab. Prices are negotiable , but very reasonable. It had all the water toys needed. Back to the boat to head home. We weren't ready.
It was a wonderful trip. Our first cruise, but hopefully not our last.