We enjoyed the cruise overall. The embarkation and disembarkation was smooth. By 1pm we were in our cabin and we were out by 9:30am. The food was OK, the variety good. The service in the dining room was excellent, especially THOMAS he was our waiter. The gym at the boat was Ok, nice size with a lot of equipment. The treadmills could be better but there were plenty of them. If you want to take fitness class get ready to pay, most of them are $10 a class.
The Promenade cafe has the best sandwiches and pizza. The Windjammer is Ok for a quick meal. For breakfast try to go to the dinning room. The eggs benedict are excellent.
The Bingo was great, we won the owner's suite for the rest of our cruise. The casino Royale was fun, we lost most of our money but had fun. The concierge service was super, Josephi was awesome. With this service you get priority tender (you don't have to wait in big lines to get a ticket to board the tender to some islands), you also get drinks More
free from 5:30pm-8:30pm, also you get priority tickets to the shows and much more.
The kids program definitely needs improvement. The staff was rude and the ratio was 12 to 13 to one person. The staff needs a little customer service training. The compass (their schedule book of activities for each day) definitely needs improvement. They do not explain the activities for neither the adults or children, you have to use your imagination to figure out what do they mean by the title.
The rock climbing is a most excellent view from the top. The shows were very good. Make sure you attend the shopping presentation, it was very informative and very helpful in finding the best shopping.
Belize is dirty and small, we did the Coral Breeze all day excursion with the Caye Caulker snorkeling. We were not impressed at all. The boat was too full, we were 71 people on a 75 capacity boat. The staff was friendly and helpful. Costa Maya --excellent place to buy gold, silver and stones. In my opinion that place has the best prices, but you have to be ready to talk to them about getting it cheaper. Cozumel, we went to Paradise Beach, excellent. The Mango coladas very tasty and the octopus the best. Nassau, go to the shops outside the little welcome mall, Bay Street. Another place to buy stones and gold, but you have to have a little time to search.
The cruise is a great deal for the money. The overall cruise was fun and we are doing it again next year with Mariner of the Seas. Less
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