Myself and my two daughters (age 7 and 13) got on the boat and started my steady weight gain! Burritos and ice cream, yummy! We had an inside room on the verandah deck. The room was a little small but a perfect spot. Only a hop and a skip from food and sun. There was very little noise from the upstairs activities. We meet four of our friends for the late dinning dinner. Our assistant waiters (Arie & Erry) were fantastic! Every night was a culinary treat! The food was delicious (besides getting a good medium steak!) but the waiters are what kept us coming back. They entertained the kids by putting on magic shows, making animal napkins, and spoiling them by cutting all their food. The kids talked about them all day and looked forward to them at night!
Our first day at sea was learning the boat. Once your figure out that deck five and nine can take you all around, you're set for finding the way around. The girls went to their kids clubs (7 year old loved hers, 13 not so much). The boat was colorful and clean. All the lounge chairs were taken by nineish, so we ate breakfast and got two outside chairs. My teenager was pretty disappointed to not have a lounger, so she spent a couple hours hoping to find one with no luck. So we enjoyed our day hanging out and getting ready for formal night.
Our next day was Cozumel. We had a fabulous day. We took the twister boat to Passion Island. The boat ride was the most exciting trip ever. Our captains were entertaining and even stopped for us to see dolphins. Passion Island was nice and relaxing. Wished the drinks were a little better, but overall defiantly worth it.
Next stop was Belize, we didn't have an excursion, and so we took our time getting off the ship and shopped at the local stores. We ate lunch at the Wet Lizard which is a bar owned by a fellow Atlantan! The conch fritters were tasty, the owner was very hospitable, and the kids got to write all over the table which they thought was pretty cool.
Now to my favorite country...Honduras.
Honduras was beautiful and filled with rolling green hills and crystal clear waters. We had an excursion with Maya Key (also called Anthony's Key and Fins and Flippers). We walked to short walk to a boat that took us about 15 minutes to a private island. The island was absolutely beautiful. I can't even think of enough adjectives to help describe the beauty! We watched them feed the animals and rake up all the excess leaves. We have snorkeled numerous times, but the water was choppy, so the guide led us out. We saw schools of fish, lobster, tiger fish, and different types of coral. We missed the feeding of the sea lions, but our friends said it was awesome. They also enjoyed the pool. The food was delicious and the prices of Gatorade and beer were very affordable. I didn't want to leave and can't wait to go back.
Our last destination was the Cayman Islands. We just hung out at the beach and shopped.
I got up at 7am to do laundry and get good lounge chairs so my teen wasn't disappointed again. I saved two chairs, enjoyed breakfast and cnn on the big screen. Here is were my only true grip comes in...I apparently saved the seats on the smoking side (yes, an entire smoking side called the starboard) and the man next to me was smoking the entire time I was trying to relax. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! There were no chairs left to switch to ?. Now I realized they smoked at certain spots, but had no idea they were allowed on the loungers. Smoke is all over this boat. Even our dinner table would reek of smoke because of a bar outside of the doors by our table. I was going to put a deposit down on another cruise but the sales lady said she thinks they all have smoking like that??. The rest of the day was spent enjoying our last day of vacation.
Our cruise director was Jorge and he was hilarious! We laughed at his jokes like he was the comedian. He even sent us lots of goodies for calling into his live morning show! We missed all the free drink parties, some of the comedians, and a couple more shows. It is hard to get everything in! We enjoyed the juggler and the magician. The picture people did a great job and I could of bought all of them. We have cruised with Carnival before and definitely will cruise again (when I make sure that they all don't allow smoking all over the boat!!)