After 39 years of marriage, I finally got my husband on a cruise! We headed for Port Canaveral, a long 10 hour drive from NC. We got an excellent deal from LaQuinta for the Park & Cruise Package. The room was satisfactory, the complimentary breakfast was really good & all the staff was excellent. The Cocoa Beach Shuttle picked us up & we were on our way! We arrived at the Port about 12:00 pm & was on the ship in no time, & up on the Lido Deck having lunch by 12:30 pm. We had plenty of room in our room, & our room steward, Noli did an excellent job. I looked forward to my towel animals each night, along with the chocolates! Oh, the muster drill went fine; nothing anyone looks forward to, but necessary!
Dining. Food on the Lido Deck was OK if you like buffets, but we ate mostly in the dining room. We loved being pampered, the food was always excellent. We met allot of nice people from all over the world. The omelets in the dining room at breakfast were really good & hot; which we had most mornings for breakfast. We had dinner in the Platinum Dining Room, 5:45 pm. At night, Jeffrey & Oliver (both from India) took great care of us; had my husband's tea & my water with lemon ready before we even got there! They spoiled us & we enjoyed talking to them each night. Oliver even had some magic tricks up his sleeve! My husband loved the Chocolate Melting Cake, so they made sure he had some every night; even when he ordered something different! The hamburgers on the Lido Deck were really good & also enjoyed the Fish & Chips, & even had pizza one night really late! The Deli was also very good! The Gala Buffet was beautiful & we enjoyed the Chocolate Buffet.
Ports. Our schedule was supposed to be Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City, Belize; & Nassau, Bahamas. Costa Maya was cancelled, due to Hurricane Dean visiting them earlier; nothing anybody could do about that. We got a $25 credit on our "Sign & Sail" card.
Cozumel-we took a taxi cab (#515) ride around Cozumel & went to the Mayan Ruins. It was interesting. Our driver, Oswald Hernandez, was really nice & stopped at different kiosks to shop & stopped whenever we wanted to take pictures. He even took a close-up picture of an iguana for me. He took us to Mr. Sanchez's Beach to shop also. The water is absolutely beautiful there. We also shopped downtown when we got back to the port area.
Belize-Not allot to do or see except shop in the port area. It's a very poor country & allot of crime; kind of scary. We had to tender to the island & everything went really smooth, an exciting ride.
Nassau-Took an scary ride over to the Atlantis in a van; didn't know if we'd make it or not! They drive crazy--everybody seems to have the right of way! The Atlantis was beautiful, had to go through the Casino to get to the Aquarium, which had allot of fish! We took the water taxi back to the ship. We also shopped the straw market, always an interesting adventure; everyone wants to sell you something; to be their 1st customer of the day (even at 2:00 pm!) Even in December, it was hot!
Sea Days-Since Costa Maya was cancelled, we ended up with 3 sea days, which was kind of boring at times; since we don't drink or gamble. We did go to the towel-folding class, which was interesting. There was always Bingo available, but was a little costly. We also saw several trivia games, which were funny & the "twist & shout" contest was hilarious. We went to the shows every night, which we enjoyed for the most part. Our formal nights were Sunday & Thursday nights, which we had to dress-up for. We had allot of pictures taken; different backgrounds, & it was sort of fun! (Spent way too much on pictures, however.)
We chose to put our bags out the night before, so had a leisurely breakfast the last morning. We went back to our room, got our bags & decided to wait in the lobby until our number was called. When we got there, the lines were short, so we went through very quickly; surprisingly. Our luggage wasn't there, so a porter offered to go find it if we'd make it worth her while---so we did. Cocoa Beach Shuttle was there to pick us up, so we went back to the motel, got our car & headed home.
It was a great cruise, a wonderful experience---but as always, there's no place like home.