April is the time to cruise the Caribbean.
Embarkation on Sat. at 11:30am to our room to drop off carry on luggage was 45 min. Excellent.
Just roaming the ship on Sat. restaurants are open so you can eat. First day and all activities and mandatory meetings went well. Everything is spotlessly clean.
Sun. at sea just lounging and the calypso band (Flare) by the pool was good. Also, music by in the Atrium most of the day. This was piano and violin. Very good.
On sea days all food was easy to get to. No waiting in a variety of food stops on board. While at sea and if you want it noisy and jamming go to the pool decks. Sometimes we went to the back of deck 5, sat in lounge chairs and just enjoyed the total quiet. The only people on this deck are the walkers. This deck wraps around the entire ship but few people go here so, enjoy. And you can stand at the back of deck five and look up to deck 11 as people torture themselves on the rock climbing wall!Boogaly! Woogaly!
Mon. spent the day in Cozumel. Took a taxi to Dzul-Ha. This is a local hangout with a little bar and grill, a nice deck hanging over the water. One step and your are snorkeling in you own aquarium. Total cost $21.00 2-way taxi. Then back to town for a little jewelry shopping.
Tue. Grand Cayman. Tender boat was quick and easy even with so many people. Stingray City was canceled as all snorkeling due to winds. So we found an English Bakery, sat with the locals, ate pastries, drank coffee and had to fight somme baby chickens. They wanted pastries too. We walked down to Eden's Rock for some serious snorkeling. From here they will take you scuba diving from shore or you can pay for your locker and just go snorkeling off their pier. Instant aquarium, nothing like it. Then to a local restaurant for some local food. This place is clean enough you can eat any food and drink the water.
Wed. Costa Maya. this is true culture shock! I truly enjoyed this place. Talk about barren. Someone built a pier in the middle of nowhere. Beautiful water and great snorkeling anywhere. Be sure to walk to Maharuel the town a few miles south. No need for the taxi. The beach road is sand and primitive. On the east side you have the surf crashing and on the west side you have jungle and very noisy tropical birds. A fantastic walk and many Kodak (digital) moments.
thu. and Fri. at sea. The ship is big enough that you can be in the crowd or you can be totally alone, yes even with 2,000 people. There are many place to be on board. the library, atrium, observation deck (deck 5!)
Sat. Back home for another culture shock. I have to wait on myself, cook my own food and make my own towel animals. First time cruisers might want to use the ship's shore excursions. But everywhere this cruise goes is a safe place so you can explore on your own.
The cruise, food, activities, cabin, entertainment, staff get a thumbs up! Good value. I'm ready to go again. If I can help anyone please feel free to e-mail us.