We were worried that the ship would feel either too big or too crowded, and were pleased that it felt neither! Everyone was very spread out and we rarely had to wait for anything. We spent a lot of time in the Solarium, which is the Adults only pool area. It was very tranquil and had comfy chairs with cushions. My only complaint was that it was a bit closed in and could have used either more ventilation or cooling misters. Our cabin was average sized for a cruise ship, but was well-laid out for 2 of us. There was just enough space to put things away, and we made sure to stay as organized as possible so we wouldn't lose space with clutter.
Overall, the food was good. Some of it was better than other. There were a couple of nights in the dining room when there was nothing on the menu that was appealing, so we tried to use those nights to eat at specialty restaurants. We loved My Time Dining, which allowed for flexibility based on timing of show reservations. We loved our dinners at Giovanni's Table and Chops Grille.
The ports were OK. Labadee was much nicer than we expected with tons of lounge chairs and a pretty beach. We only stayed for a few hours and went back to the ship for lunch. Speaking of lunch, mid-way through the cruise we discovered the Tutti Salad Bar in the main dining room, which was wonderful. You could choose from different lettuces, vegetable and protein toppings, and dressings. Then they would chop it all up with a pizza cutter. I highly recommend it, plus a great lunch menu each day. Much better than the Windjammer buffet.
Costa Maya doesn't have much to offer unless you do an excursion. There's almost nothing to do when you walk off the ship, except a few stores and a public pool. We did the Dune Buggy tour, which was good.
In Cozumel, we just took a taxi to the main shopping area. When we were done shopping, we sat down for a late lunch at Carlos & Charlies, which was such a fun place!!
The shows were great! Hairspray was every bit as good as when I saw it on Broadway. The ice show and water show were fun and different. We also enjoyed the comedy show. Never got to see "Come Fly With Me," though.
Check-in was a breeze, which was a great way to start of the trip. The ship was absolutely beautiful! From the flooring, to the art, to Central Park, the Boardwalk, the Promenade...just amazing! The layout was perfect. Plenty of room to spread out, yet we didn't feel like we had to walk that far to get anywhere. We look forward to trying the Allure to see how she compares.