The itinerary was great, the crew was fantastic, and the ship was amazing. Our itinerary consisted of Aruba, Columbia, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and Grand Cayman. The seas cooperated for most of the trip providing a calm and relaxing cruise.
Our trip began with a delay during the embarkation process due to inspections and "super" cleaning due to an outbreak of the norovirus on the previous cruise. Once on-board, we enjoyed watching from our balcony a bottle-nosed dolphin frolic in the bay as we awaited departure.
The port was busy with five ships preparing to leave, we were number three. It was sad that the captain chose not to sound the traditional "send off" horn. I'm not sure if that is a noise pollution issue or just one more of the little things that we enjoy about a cruise that is going away.
We were a little disappointed to find out that Aruba was "closed" due to their national celebration of Flag Day. It worked out fine because we used the day for some extra R&R.
We chose to stay on-board during our stop in Columbia, but afterwards we wished we had wondered down to Old Town. Our dinner companions said it was absolutely magnificent.
Our next stop of course was the Panama Canal. We had been there in 2006 so we knew what to expect. We enjoyed a day-long adventure winding our way through the locks and soaking in a good deal of history (not to mention a torrential down-pour at the end of the tour).
On to Costa Rica. We took advantage of the pontoon boat ride excursion. The variety of wildlife and vegetation was incredible. We saw several monkeys bounding through the trees and were introduced to a species of fruit bats nestled in a petrified log. Afterwards we were treated to some native cuisine and then a short bus ride back to the ship.
And the big "shopping" day was saved for Grand Cayman. What a busy place. We found our treasures then wandered about the city to learn more about its history. Margaritaville is a must even if you don't drink!!
The remainder of the cruise was at sea, which is fine with us since we need the peace and quiet.
Our final destination was Miami. We decided to try one of the post-cruise excursions to the Everglades. What a fantastic watershed! We saw a good bit of wildlife, enjoyed a superb air-boat ride, and topped off the tour by holding an alligator!
Well my overall review is positive, we would certainly recommend the itinerary (just be sure Aruba is open!).