Sailed on the Carnival Triumph out of New Orleans. My wife has sailed 8 times before and I have sailed 6 times. This was by far the lease enjoyed cruise. The ship was smaller than I expected. The only deck to take a walk around was the lido deck where all the parting was taking place and the moved being shown. I am use to taking a walk after dinner and we could only walk on deck 3, starboard or port only and for a length of 200feet or so.
The movement of the ship on deck was apparent when at sea. The constant movement likely due to the size of the ship. The captain had great difficulty anchoring in Belize. Apparently the seas were "rough". I have owned sailboats and have docked in worse weather. We lost a couple of hours of shore time because of "rough seas".
We never docked in Mahogany Bay, Honduras. Again apparently the seas were too rough to get to the new $54 million dock!. I could not believe it. But we got $9.82 each refund on the port fees (LOL) What a joke. More
And then we proceeded to Cozumel at approximately 6 knots. We cruised about 350 miles in 30 hours. And all the kids that were looking forward to a day ashore were lining the halls trying to make the best of it, but the noise was a bit much.
The first night at dinner we were seated at the very end of the dining room, at the exit and next to the small galley. The white wine was served before the appetizers arrived and was significantly warmer by the time the meal appeared. We were completely ignored by our server. It was not good. The next night we were about to shown back to the same table and I spoke up. The rest of the nights were much improved. All the servers knew our names and addressed us a "MR. or Mrs. XXXXX". I got the feeling the dining staff were made aware of our displeasure of the first night's meal.
The highlight of the cruise was attending the "Chef's Table". If you have not tried it, I recommend it. And on the positive side we did relax in the sun and read to our hearts content once we found spots out of the wind and the noise of the Lido Deck.
Stateroom was good. Tight on the shower, not like on the Norwegian Pearl. But the stewart and his helper were attentive. But with prepaid tips it was not exceptionsl.
Not much there. We like to go into town and visit the local shops, away from the "Diamonds International and the "preferred" shops. we usually stock up on spices and local crafts, but not much in Belize. You are better off taking an excursion.