Disclaimer: If you are easily offended or reside in the state of Louisiana you might not want to read this. If you do and are upset it is your own fault becuase you were warned.
Let me start from the begining. Traveling with a group of 4 coming from the Dallas, TX area. Drove to port of NO. It was the worst drive ever. There is nothing in the state of LA making the drive seem so long. Every time we drove over water(which was a lot) there was a smell of rotten eggs, shrimp, and sewage. We have done the drive to the port of Mobile before and even though it was a longer drive it seems to be easier and take less time just because there was things to look at and places to stop.
Once at the port there are not a lot of choices for parking other than the terminal or a hotel. In galveston we parked inside a secured and covered area for the week for only $45 and it was across the street from the terminal. In NO it cost over $100 to park for the week. After parking it just seemed like it was one line after another. A line to get in the building, and line to get upstairs, a line to get through security, a line to get our cards, a line to get one boat. At least by the time we got through the whole process our room was already ready for us and our bon voyage liquor had already made it there.
We went to have lunch. during the week we were never impressed with the buffets and the layout seemed so odd. there is a buffet on each side and they funnel everyone to the middle where there is a salad bar in the way. People seem to just stall there causing traffic jams while they looked for a table. there were always plenty of tables on the 2nd floor. Never had to hunt for a table. In general we were not impressed with the overall layout of the boat or the buffets for any meal.
We did find the good service and food was in the main dining rooms. we did the "your time dining" and it worked out great. After the first night our waiter knew us by name and we got the same table we wanted every night. The waitress from the bar was awesome. She also knew us and remembered what drinks we ordered and had them made as soon as we walked in the dining room. Our waiter offered the best dining room service I have ever had on any cruise. He knew we liked to try multiple entrees and would even bring us stuff we didn't order because he said it was good and we should try it. They got big tips from our group in the end.
Our room steward was also in the awesome category. At the begining of the week we requested that he keep the cooler full of ice and there was never an ice shortage in our room. He also learned our names and the other people in our group. He would talke to us in the hall and give our party updates if he saw the others leave he would let us know when they left and where they were going. It made it really easy to find our group rather than stalking there door or wandering the boat looking for them. He also always had a smile on his face. Its nice to talk to some who seems happy just to see you. He also got a big tip. Our room was average. it was our first time in an interior room. super dark always made me want to stay in bed. the first day we did notice a sewage type smell but after we started moving it never came back. We were also below the Rome Lounge so sometimes there was noise from the late shows but nothing disturbing or annoying.
Belize was ok. our cave tubing was canceled so we went exploring on our own(dont do that). We whatch a motorcycle cop get run over. and the actual city outside the cruise shopping area is dirty and unfriendly. Next time we will book a back up excursion because I know that place it pretty awesome, I just didn't see it. Also, alcohol was waaayy cheap and they didn't make turn it in when I got back on the boat. Actually they didn't even have the table set up for you to turn stuff into. I know it was way cheap because i took the price list from the shop on the boat with me to see who was cheaper. Belize won.
Didn't get to stop in Roaton.
Cozumel was awesome as always. we decided to walk the 3 miles to downtown. I kept stopping to take pictures so it took us 30mins to get there. Then we spent the entire day shopping and eating. before we got back on the boat we stopped at the grocery store to get more mix for drinks(pepsi, v8, etc..) and looked at some potential hotels for a week long stay next year.
Then we came home. We enjoyed our cruise because well it was a cruise, but we liked other boats better. It was a learning experience and got us a little closer to platinum.