First off this was my first cruise - but the new wife has been on many. This review will be from a Man's point of view. From the very beginning arriving at Tampa cruise port at scheduled time of 11am. This trip could not have been any better, curb side luggage drop off, quick cigarette, and in to the check in process, oh my god look at the line, fill out a simple health questionaire, proceed to check-in window, and over to VIP waiting area in all of about 10 minutes. Virginia our concierge greets us and gives us her card and makes you feel like your absolutely at home. about 10 minutes later Lazaro our butler arrives and takes us on board, quick photo op with the Easter Bunny, and a quick ship tour of the important areas for suite guests, and to our room to drop off carry-on baggage. Then it's off to Cagney's Steak House for lunch. Suite guests get breakfast and lunch at Cagney's. This alone is almost worth the price of our AFT Facing Suite on deck 9 (9736). At Cagney's I "Feasted" on sesame crusted swordfish burger with fries, with my 1st Rum and coke of many on the cruise. about 1pm our rooms were ready where we found a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberrys and hors'de'vers, our bar set-up purchased before the cruise through NCL (a most in my opinion). Around 330pm mandatory life saving drill in the venetion dining room (without vest), is like listening to a stewardess on an airplane, just remember where your suppose to go, that simple. Did a simple walk around the boat getting familiar with the areas and partaking of the Rum at Pearly kings Pub. Dinner that night at Venetion main dining room was outstanding. had a bungee cord and kept the sliding door open for the night and pleasantly slept with the sound of the wake and the fresh sea air. woke early on the sea day to the smell of fresh baked goods coming from the bakery on a deck below us. was able to get wonderful pictures of the sunrise that morn.
Sea day - breakfast Cagney's where we met Natieza the most wonderful hostess that took us under-her-wing and told the shortcuts and best things to do and see on the ship. Best advice ever. I'm not a very shy person, and found it very easy meeting people and getting along from the very first shake or hug. Our Meet & Greet (do not miss these) set-up by our wonderful host from Cruise Critic was at 1030am and fast and sweet and a lot of fun, we joined a slot pull where about 18 of the 60 or so M&G cruisers and it was a blast, but the big money eluded us this trip. This was a Spring break trip and there was a lot of under 18 youths on board (not a complaint just an observation) observing some of the college pool side goers was a perk.
Roatan - Hired an independant taxi & guide and did sightseeing and picture taking all over the island, took us to where ever we wanted to go and do. Cost $100 for private aircondition taxi (we left the windows down the whole time) and tipped the guide $20.00 at the end. Saw everything that you can see and do in 8 hours all the while drinking beer bought from the grocery store at plaza del mar for $9 (12pack on ice).
Belize - Rough weather, 1st tender off (suite perk). Stayed at the port, shopping. (do not miss the wood carvers out back by the immagration office, this is where you get your passport stamped) I mention this only, because most locales do not stamp passports anymore, but you can get it done by local government offices and it is like a treasure hunt finding where to have them stamped and you'll find some of the best shopping around these areas. Therefore I will not give these sites away, oops already did above, have fun and bargain for your one of a kind hand carved souveniers.
Costa Maya - Only excursion booked, through "Native Choice" private tours, did the Choccoben Extreme Tour $80 per. Well worth fantastic all the fancy adjectives. Small group, great guide, Ruins, private resort - all the pina-coladas and food you can want. (I'll write a different review elsewhere on this company. Research it, I cannot brag enough about this group.
Cozumel - More rough weather, High priced tourist trap area, pushy sales people all around the waterfront strip. Get off the main drag and venture into the back streets, beatiful houses restaurants, stores, sites for pictures. All except US$$, but will get change in pesos. If you don't want pesos for souvenirs exchange for US money at bank window in Punta Longosta Mall before boarding back on ship.
Do not miss the shows on board, take time and review your daily guides, in your room and plan your day. Make reservations at the main dining halls, only way to avoid long lines. The Up charge restuarants, are all worth the money, the food is fantastic, if your expecting (5 star quality food) and paying cut rate prices for your cabin (you have a room card - they know) it most likely won't happen. I myself found this trip (My Honeymoon) to be most affordable friendly enjoyable relaxing romantic trip of a life time.