My wife and I flew into Fort Lauderdale from San Jose Calif, a week before our cruise. We rented a car and toured southern Florida before arriving in Cocoa Beach. My wife's mother and sister live only a few miles from Port Canaveral so we visited with them before our cruise. We had a very active roll call and had made plans to meet up with some of them at Rusty's on Friday night before our cruise. Four couples were there for drinks and we watched an RCCL ship depart.
Sat mourning we stopped by the Radisson and meet some more of our roll call for a little tailgate party. About 10:30 we dropped off our rental car at Budget and took there free shuttle to the port.
Port Canaveral has there act down to perfection. We were on the ship and relaxing by 11:30. We have sailed on ships as large in size as the Glory but with fewer passengers. We were a little worried about 3500+ verses 2200 as on the other large ship. It was not a problem. There were times it was a little More
crowded, but not enough to get upset about. It was a little hard finding our way around at first, but once we learned to use deck 5 as our main way to go from A to B we were fine.
The ship was clean and the service was great. We had requested 6 pm dinning time, large table . We were assigned to the Platinum dinning room lower level,6 pm, table for 4. Our table mates that first night were ah...ah...ah..lets just say not happy (and very vocal). They were with a large group and were very upset that they were not sitting with them. We were surrounded by there group at every table around us. Talk about being in a fish bowl. We made it thru dinner as painless as we could. The next mourning we meet up with a couple from our roll call and they had been seated with a large family group. So off the wifes went and we switched to late seating, Platinum upper level, table for 4. This turned out to be great as we hit it off with this couple and even did some ports with them (I love those roll calls). Our servers were Cecelia and Sanya. These two girls were the best. Always with a smile, asking about our day, lots of interaction. Called us by name every time we saw them on ship, learned our likes, and always had 2 Tiger Shrimp cocktails waiting for me. The food was good. We were always served quickly. We did dine at the Supper Club one night and it was really good. The service was excellent. Our room steward was a ghost. Seldom did we see him. But he was really good. Kept our ice chest full, room clean and towel animals every night. Less
Belize was our 2nd port. We had booked a tour called Captain your own Boat thru Coral Breeze. There were only two couples on this tour and they were our new dinner mates. One word AWSOME. We meet our guides in front of the Wet Lizard Bar just a few hundred feet from where the Tender dropped us off. A short 15 min boat ride thru town and we picked up our boats. There was a store near, so we picked up some drinks and snacks. Our guides, James and Tony showed us the controls on the boats and a quick checkout to get a feel for the boats, up river we went. The boats are powered by a very quite outboard motor and were fun to drive. We entered the Mangrove tunnels and made our way to the Wallace river. We saw Crocs, Monkeys, Iquanas, Bats, and all kids of birds. The scenery was fantastic. The tour lasted almost 5 hours. They would have let us stay longer but we wanted to have lunch and do a little shopping at the port. We had lunch at the Wet Lizard. We shopped at a few of the stores and then tendered back to the ship. This turned out to be one of the best tours we have ever taken.
Our first port was Cozumel. We had booked a private driver several months ago. We asked another couple from our roll call if they would like to join us. Our driver gave us a tour of the city, the ruins, a Tequila tasting, east side coast, lots of photo stops. He then dropped us at Mr Sanchos where we meet up with some more of our roll call group. We had lunch and drinks and just relaxed. We then took a Taxi back to the port area and stopped at Fat Tuesday's for drinks and meet up with more of our roll call. There was a tour from the ship that was late getting back so we were about 45 mins late leaving port.
Nassau was our last port. We had booked the Blackbeards Stingray swim thru the ship as we were in port for a shorter time. We took a boat out to Blackbeards Cay and the Stingray swim was fun. You could stay in the water with the Stingrays as long as you wanted. They give you some fish to feed them and also a chance to hold one and have your photo taken. The water was a little cold when you first entered. Lunch was included with this tour. But there was only one lady working and the line was long, so we did not eat here. We took the boat back to port area, walked thru the straw market and then went back to the ship.