First Experience at Sea!
Due to a delay at Exeter we flew direct to Barbados which was a plus, we arrived at the due time despite the delay, it was nice to just get off the plane and be taken direct to the port at Bridgetown. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised by how quickly the check in was, and we were shown to our cabin directly. We had an outside cabin on deck 7 which exceeded our expectations, it was very spacious with enough drawer space and wardrobes. As we were tired we did not get off the boat when it docked the next day in Grenada.
We liked the ship, we ate mostly in the Orion in the evening, we had lovely waiters Jeff and Lawrence who looked after us very well. We always headed for their corner of the dining room. We enjoyed the food very much, especially when we had the lobster at the gala evening meal. Ben our wine waiter was never far away, to top up our glasses when necessary.
We did go to some of the shows, but we found them a bit loud, we did see two comedians, which More
we enjoyed. The best night by far was the Crew Show well worth going to, the dancers are brilliant, Hazel had the most amazing voice, but the star of the show for us was WILMAR! he has such a talent, we were in stitches, and even when we saw him at breakfast, he always had time to talk and make us laugh.
The only downside for us was that we had to move cabin as ours had a leak, and we had no choice but to move out so that it could be repaired. We ended up on Deck 6 right at the back of the ship which was extremely noisy, our steward did manage to get the air conditioning turned down, but it was engine noise really that was overpowering especially when docking. We were determined not to let this spoil our holiday.
We met some lovely people on our cruise, and we would not hesitate to cruise again, even on the Dream, we really enjoyed it.
On disembarkation at Havana we were astonished to see the police outriders escorting us to the airport, quite amazing, we were going at some considerable speed throughout the journey and all the coaches were in convoy. Quite a sight. Less
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Cabin review: OU7185
Cabin 7185 was lovely, it needed an extractor fan that worked in the bathroom, other than that it exceeded our expectations.
Cabin 6222 very noisy, especially when docking, would not choose this cabin for us again.
Port and Shore Excursions
Another really lovely place, very pretty, colours of the buildings amazing, we walked around the town, lovely shopping mall all very clean. Designer shops loads of them. A nice place to explore,
There was traditional dancing here, and we saw some dolphins at the port, quite a few shops and local traders, they love you to go in and look at all they are selling in the hope that you will make a purchase, friendly people and very proud of their traditions.
Really liked it here, loads of people about as there were about six cruise ships in port, so very very busy. We took a taxi to a private beach, it was fantastic, white sands, blue sea, we weren't hassled at all, it included in our fare, a sunbed, the use of a freshwater swimming pool, showers, there was also a restaurant there as well, and if you wanted there was waiter service on the beach. It was lovely, could have spent the day here easily, the taxi driver waited there and took us back to the ship after about 4 hours, we were in a group of 14 people. Cozumel is lovely, people again very friendly.
We really enjoyed this port of call, we took a Beach Break excursion well worth doing, it was a nice boat ride to this private lagoon, through the floating bridge out to sea, it was very pretty we had 4 hours here, the sea was so blue, we had our own sunbeds and a drink was included in the price, it was not over crowded, lovely swimming some people also did some snorkeling which they said was great. When we got back to the ship we had lunch and then we walked around Curacao, such lovely people, jewellery shops galore, really stunning place and we would love to go back.
We got off the boat here, and walked around the town, it was nice enough, again lots of shops and malls, designer and local. Have never seen so much jewellery as on this cruise! Amazing diamonds in lots of different colours and they love you to try them on.
Roatan we did not get off the ship as it was pouring with rain, and most if not all of the excursions were cancelled, this was beyond any one's control, so the staff and crew were doing all that they could to keep us amused. Not easy!
Coming into port at Havana is breathtaking, very picturesque, lots of people out waving to the ship, amazing experience. We took the Havana Highlights tour, which we thought at the end was not worth the money, there is some lovely architecture to see, but there is also a lot of poverty. On our route to the first stop of the cigar shop, you see how poor the place is, crumbling buildings, old vehicles rusting away. The rum factory is a sight to behold, no sign of health and safety there! We did not feel safe when off the coach to take photographs, inundated with begging people and children, and women dressed up for photos demanding money if you take one of them even with your own camera, all this is rather off putting. Revolution Square is like being in a car park, not much to see other than a statue.
We went river rafting on the Martha Brae excursion, we enjoyed being on the river, so peaceful, we had a lovely raft captain Murphy, who gave us all the information on the wildlife that was needed. On the down side, we did not like the unexpected stop before we got to the river, to a church in the middle of a shanty town, and the stop back from the river to as flea market, we seemed to be killing time, for whatever reason best known to the guide. We did hassled in the market which is not very pleasant.