After about a 20 minute wait we boarded an air conditioned bus and were driven to Playa Mia. From there we were taken to our cooking stations. Our chef instructor, Luis, was energetic, personable and really ought to have his own show on the Food Network.
Most of the prep work, slicing, dicing and julienning, was done by the Playa's sous chefs (One of my friends later remarked on learning this, "I wish I had a sous chef. I'd cook a lot more than I do now"). All we really had to do was assemble and cook the ingredients. Our best success was with the chicken and fish Vera Cruz which we plan to try to make at home. The excursion offered an "all you can drink" deal during your stay. The cooking and eating what you cooked portion of the excursion lasted for three hours and the plan was to spend the last hour on the beach. Unfortunately, a shower disrupted those plans, but, of course, neither Norwegian or the excursion operators can be held responsible for that .
Overall, we would have to rate this excursion the highlight of our cruise and if we could be assured that we can learn a new entree, dessert and appetizer the next time, we would book this excursion again without hesitation.
The Jolley Trolley was cancelled the night before our arrival due to the illness of the operator.
The Reef and Wreck excursion was excellent. Tendering took perhaps 30 minutes from standing in line on the ship waiting to board the tender until arrival onshore. Finding the group was a bit of a challenge. The only signage was a staffer holding up a clipboard. I had to ask around before I found the group. I think Carnival did a better job in this regard. You couldn't miss their tours.
This was a first time snorkeling experience for me and the crew did a great job. If you don't want to get near sting rays, this is a great alternative. The water was crystal clear and there was plenty to see. I would definitely recommend this for a first time snorkeler or for someone looking for an alternative to Sting Ray City.