Departure was easy; we drove to Ft. Laud. the day of the cruise. The ship looked great and appeared to be in excellent condition. The cleaning and constant maintenance was more than I've seen on any ship before. It really was beautiful and spotless and everything worked well.
The upgrade fairy visited and gave us a "wellness suite", which was a mini suite with a veranda. Quite spacious, even with DH's mobility scooter inside. Beds were VERY comfortable, though what possesses cruise lines to provide duvets in the Caribbean is beyond me. Easily and quickly fixed with a request to our excellent steward, who was never out of reach and always smiling. There was quite a lot of noise from walking and chair moving above this cabin (8138). It woke us in the morning and occasionally kept us up at night.
We never had any trouble finding seating anywhere and never had any problems with long lines or waiting for anything. Attendants of every kind were always available and More
willing. The buffet area is perhaps not the most sensible arrangement, but it worked just fine for us.
Signage throughout the ship is severely lacking.
The food was a BIG disappointment. We don't cruise for the food, but we DO expect to find SOMETHING edible every night. On this cruise we just ate whatever we could stand for the nourishment alone. What wasn't over cooked was under cooked. Nothing was just right. The variety was pathetic. The same 5 desserts were offered for the entire cruise. There was not a banana or a strawberry anywhere on the ship. It seemed as though there was ONE bottle of balsamic vinegar for the whole ship. The coffee was okay, but just. The big plastic coffee mugs were just too silly.
We don't do much when we cruise, but we do enjoy people watching. There were not many on board activities to watch, and what there was took place on the covered pool deck where smoking was not permitted and so not comfortable for us to sit and watch. That is also where the live music was, so we missed a lot of that too. I know that's a small thing, but it means a lot to us.
DH usually spends a lot of time in the casino. Not on this ship. It was small and boring, he says, and the Texas Hold"em did not have a living human dealer, which disappointed him a lot.
I spend time in trivia games, which in this case were too short and too Euro-centric for me. I also like Bingo. On this ship there were not enough games per session and not enough effort made to entertain during the games. $20.00 for one sheet of 3 cards is excessive.
The library was okay, though not large. The Internet service was extremely slow and 5 computers were just not enough.
Port times were too short, especially for someone with mobility issues. All we had time for was getting off the ship (on a tender) and visiting the usual crap that is in ALL the Caribbean ports AND available on the ship! Tortuga Rum cake indeed.
Disembarkation was easy. We left the car at Park & Go. Their shuttle is very convenient and their price very reasonable.
So, we won't cruise with Costa again, and we won't cruise the Caribbean again. Less