To highlight the categories listed below: Embarkation: Given a 6 only because as Platinum members, we did not have to wait in the cattle call that was for other cruisers.
Shore excursions: Belize offered a wonderful Barrier Reef Snorkel & Beach at Rendezvous Caye tour that began from the pier with a 45 minute ride with Island music to put you in the mood and included snorkeling around a very small (10 palm trees) island that took about 30 min. Free time for another 30-45 min. to kayak or lay on a float &/or drink all the rum punch you could handle. The ride back was directly to the ship included free flowing beverages and party music. Swimming with the Dolphins in Cozumel was worth it and as suggested by other critics, I booked directly with Dolphin Discovery and took a $10 taxi ride to the Chankanaab National Park. One of our party just enjoyed walking the park trails and beach while 3 of us did the $99 Dolphin Swim. We could have made a day of it there if we didn't More
have to leave to do some shopping before our ship left. Costa Maya offered a clear Kayak adventure and lobster taco lunch. The food was pretty good but the abundance of underwater sights was nowhere to be found, just a lot of grass and it was difficult to "follow the leader" in formation. Grand Cayman was enjoyable as we went to a hotel at the 7 mile beach until a short downpour prompted our departure to the shops where the bargains are among the best, especially for watches and liquor. I did spot a pair of sunglasses that were $100 more than I would have paid in PA even with tax!
Entertainment: They seemed to have stepped up the quality of headliners. We saw a very funny comedian who did a family show one night and an adult late show another. The Temptation-like group was extremely talented and the Ice show is not to be missed with many numbers done to songs from the Doors and Pink Floyd. Did not see their productions shows.
Fitness and Rec.: A couple of the scheduled classed were cancelled with no warning or explanation which was disappointing since I got up early just to attend and the compass schedule did not always match the gym schedule. Double check to be sure. They also seem to be pushing their agenda of de-tox therapies and analysis. It could be that they just really care about you, but maybe not. Less
Explorer of the Seas Cruises to the Western Caribbean