Embarkation was easy, We spent the night in New Orleans and went to the ship about noon and were on board by 1;30. We toured the ship and had a snack by the pool. Went to our room to unpack, lots of storage and could store luggage under the bed. We loved the balcony and our room location 10th deck mid ship forward. Our room steward war Harod and was fantastic. We watched the ship leave New Orleans and the sun set in the Bier Garden on the top deck. We had purchased the 3 special restaurant package and the first one was the Italian restaurant La Cucina. We played black jack at the casino and then went to dinner. I had Osso bucco with pasta that was great, others were not as happy with their food. The pasta with lobster had very little lobster. Next day at sea we had lunch in Versailles, food was good but service was slow. Toured the ship some more and went to the art show. We also played in the slot tournament and the black jack tournament. Every night we went to the bier garden to have a drink and watch the sun set, this was a perfect way to end each day at sea. We ate at Aqua and were very pleased with the food and service.
Tuesday we took the ship sponsored tour of Chacchoben Mayan Ruins just an hour outside of Costa Maya. We were pleased that it was better than we expected. A large site with several structures and one that is still covered with trees and vegetation.
That night was Cagneys and it was very good. I had the small steak and lobster that was delicious. Others had steak that was perfectly cooked. That night we saw second city and it was funny and entertaining. Back to the casino for black jack before bed.
Next day was Belize. We took the tender in mid morning and shopped. Good bargains and nice shops.
Ate at Aqua and again were pleased.
In Roatan Honduras we had a private tour guide, George, though Victor Bouden tours. We were very pleased. He took us to a zip line that was scary but I began to trust the staff. They were sure to keep us safe and make sure we had a good time. We saw the monkeys and birds. Next We went to the beach to have lunch we had the best fish of the trip. It was grilled sea bass. We snorkled right off the beach in clear water with lots of fish. We were back on the boat by 3:00.
That night was LeBistro, our favorite of the specialty restaurants. I had seafood in puff pastry that was perfectly prepared.
Friday was Cozumel and I did the ship sponsored swim and ride with the dolphins. It was one of the highlights of my trip. The guide at the Dolphinarias was professional and seemed to really care for the dolphins. We ate at Versailles that night and were really troubled by the rocking of the ship. Three of us had trouble with motion sickness and that end of the ship seemed to be rougher than any other place.
Debarkation was slow and unorganized. next time we will pack lighter and take our own luggage and walk off with the first group.
We loved the free style cruising and will definitely use Norwegian the next time we cruise.