EMBARKATION: We live in S. FL so we took the TriRail down to Miami for $8 roundtrip then a cab from TriRail. We got to the ship around 12:30 and walked right on. There were a few small lines but nothing big. We went up to the Lido deck and had a beer and lunch right away. By the time we got there it was packed and there was a live band. Once we finished our lunch we went to check out our rooms. We had an inside room on the first floor. It was fine. Clean and nice. I have traveled Carnival before and most of the cabins are the same. Our luggage was to our room by the time we left the port. The life boat drill was not as long as it used to be. It took all of 10 min. Dinning: Overall I would give the food a 6.5 out of 10. I thought the breakfast on the Lido deck was the worst. It was greasy and poor quality. The food in the dining room was a little better. Some nights were better then others. Our headwaiter was the worst. He wasn't very nice and treated us as a bother. I loved the pizza bar. We ate there often. We did eat at Scarlets one night. They treat you so well and the food is top notch. Make sure to stop in there at least once; it's worth the $30pp.
PORTS: We missed Grand Cayman since it was too rough to tender. Carnival credits your sign and sail card $25, which is very nice since they cant control the weather. There was however nothing to do on the ship that day since the weather was nasty and you couldn't lay by the pool. Roatan was our favorite port. Once we got out of the gate we hired a driver (Jose) for the day ($100) and he took us all over. He took us to the best little shops and restaurants. The island is so beautiful and untouched. We loved this port and had the best time shopping, drinking and eating even though it rained all day and was cold. Costa Maya: We book Tequila Beach day for $25 (all you can eat and drink). We met some people from our ship that live local and had a great time talking to them. It was a beautiful place but it got very busy and was very hard to get a drink or food. You had to stalk the waiter and beg him not to forget you. It was kind of a hassle. We walked to the shops (less then 2 blocks) and did some shopping. We got massages on the beach for $20 for 45 min and that was the best. WE really enjoyed this port and the people were very nice. It costs $3 per person for a cab to and from Tequila beach. Belize: We did the cave tubing booked through Carnival-DONT DO IT. It was so unorganized and such a mess. Our guide left us in the cave and we wound up having lunch at some little place in the middle of nowhere, not at Cheers like they tell you. You do need to have something planned to do here. The city is not very safe and you don't want to be there without a plan.
Debarkation: This was a breeze. We signed up for room service the night before and had it in our room by 6:30 am so we could eat before we left. We took our own luggage and with a small wait walked off the ship at 7:30 ish. There was a line in the lobby but it went fast. I recommend getting off the ship as soon as you can to avoid the lines. Don’t wait till they start calling tag colors or you will be there all morning. Customs was a joke we walked right through with a 2 second stop.
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