I had fun with various activities on the ship which I will give tips and examples!
When you get on board, most people only have their carry on with them. The ship brings all luggage to the staterooms so you don't have to! The luggage comes very quickly! Our 2ND luggage took a little bit longer, but it wasn't a big deal. As soon as you get on board, you can start eating! I definitely recommend exploring the ship on the first day!
You use a SeaPass card for everything! Including entering and leaving from the ports of call!
For breakfast, I only went to the Windjammer located on Deck 16. I would've tried other places but this place was complimentary and delicious! The buffet had so many choices! Everyone, no matter what their pallet, will find something to enjoy. It was clean, the waiters were nice and the view was gorgeous! I definitely recommend you try a little bit of everything if you are the type of person to experiment and try new things.
For Lunch, there are many great places! The Park Cafe was my favorite! There was a delicious "make-your-own-salad" bar, soups of the day and tasty desserts!This was located in Central Park, Deck 8. On Deck 15, there is the glorious Wipe Out Cafe. You can pour your own frozen yogurt and get french fries, hot dogs, burgers and more! But hurry, get there before 5PM, which they close for dinner and don't open until the next day.
One thing all these restaurants have on the ship are complementary drink machines. There is mango, lemon lime and strawberry-kiwi. They are refreshing and not overwhelming!
Sorrentos has delicious pizza! There are many nice dessert places on the Royal Promenade, Deck 5.
For dinner, my family always went to the Opus, located at the end of Deck 5, opposite of the Opal Theatre. The food was just to die for. Everyday there was a new menu! The portions were the perfect size to avoid sickening. You get an appetizer, main course and dessert! Wanna know the best part? It's complimentary! I would definitely request the waitress REYNA when you get there. Sometimes you can call ahead for the reservations, sometimes you can't. I don't know why this is. But, 7-9PM the Opus is at its busiest. To assure quick seating and getting Reyna, I would go between 5 and 7 PM. Reyna was just amazing! Her assistants and the maitre D were also very kind and welcoming! They talk to you and treat you like they've known you! But, WARNING: Try to stay away from the back of the restaurant and try to stay within the waiter's eye. We got stuck in a secluded area once and received not so good service. I was with my parents and we stayed at table 701,near the front, great table! Reyna never disappointed! And don't be afraid to try new things! I tried escargot! It wasn't my favorite but it was bearable. It was like a salty mushroom. Be adventurous! Also, bring formal clothes! There are 2 formal nights on the ship.
The ships have different shows so you might not see what I saw. I saw Hairspray at the Opal Theatre. I recommend you go see a show there, it was just amazing! I also saw an ice show at Studio B. It was beautiful. Now, the water show at the AquaTheater books up quickly. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO GET A SEAT. You can enjoy this magnificent show on Deck 15. It's near the Zip Line. You get an aerial view and it's still amazing! There's a table and chairs next to the glass wall so you can enjoy a drink while watching this nice show!
One fun thing to do is hit the Solarium Jacuzzi when the ship is leaving port. It's so nice to relax when you are watching the ship leave!
Activities wise, you'll never get bored!
Definitely try the Zip Line. Even if you're an adult! It's extremely nerve wrecking when you're getting ready, but once your on, it's one of the greatest feelings!
Rock climbing was also fun! It's not as easy as it looks though!
For these activities you will need sneakers and socks. If you don't want to pack bulky sneakers in your suitcase, you will be provided sneakers. You just need socks!
I am all for recommending karaoke! It was my favorite club on the ship! They start at all different times but family karaoke is first and adult karaoke is later. Come in 10 minutes to 10 PM to get a good seat! It is also a bar so you can enjoy a drink while watching people make fools out of themselves! It was just hilarious! Me and my father still laugh about it! Makes a funny story to tell your friends! If your a good singer, you should go sing! If you mess up, you won't be seeing these people after the cruise is over!
There is mini golf and it usually isn't crowded! I do recommend doing it at night to beat the sun burning on you.
Don't be like me and try the flow rider! I never got the chance but it looks fun!
There is a chapel and hospital.
One big thing to watch out for is sitting through boring seminars that aren't for you! There is a shopping seminar that promises free stuff but there is nothing complimentary. Unless you plan to do lots of shopping, don't go! Boring and a waste of time!
The pools were fun to swim in! There are a lot of people in them though. What I recommend is for you to go in the pool with the least amount of people. Eventually it'll clear up. A good time to go swimming is after breakfast. The pools aren't too deep!
The pictures the cruise takes are very pricey. A CD costs about $300. Individual pictures are $20 for a large and $10 for a small. I have a way to get around this with the workers so just ask me on twitter. My twitter is lovecloudnine. Or email me at email@example.com
There are lots of game rooms other fun attractions. There is a basketball court and specialty restaurants! I only went to Johnny Rockets.
Many people wonder this, so I'll confirm it right now. You feel LITTLE to NO movement on the ship. You feel a little bit in the bathroom but that is about it. It isn't enough to make you sick. I took Boniev in case, but I didn't need it.
There are lots of little places on the ship to go to, so like I said, spend the first day exploring!
As for departure, if you have to fly, here's what I did.
We exited the ship about 8AM. Our flight was booked for 1:30PM. This is a huge gap and there is really nothing to do at Ft. Lauderdale Airport once you are checked in. I would try to get a flight for no earlier than 11AM. The bus ride from the ship to the airport is no more than 10 minutes.
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I will be describing the ports of call next.
I liked Cozumel a lot, but everywhere you go, you are offered something! It can be very annoying. The best thing to do is keep walking. There are many shops by the port and nice stuff to buy. There were so many activities!
I chose to go swimming with the dolphins. My parents chose to watch, but they still had to pay. The drive to wear you go is about five to ten minutes. When you get there, a guy will give a very LONG AND BORING explanation of what to do. This is very unneeded. He takes forever to explain and it is very hot. You are just dying to go in the water. They pretty much give you a quick explanation of what to do when you are in the water already. You can watch others to! What I suggest is staying in the shade and watching a little bit. If you want to know what to do without watching, just email me. Swimming with the dolphins was such a fun and sweet experience! Such cute creatures! I loved playing with them! I also got to pet a manatee!
You are not allowed to take any pictures. The company takes them. They are ridiculously priced! It is $25 for a single photo. I don't remember the price for a CD but it was expensive! I suggest only buying one photo. It's nice to have!
Swimming with the dolphins was just amazing. Cozumel is the best place to do it! It's so much fun and definitely worth it!
Try brushing up on your Spanish! You'll be respected more in the shops if they know you know a little bit!
On the main drag, I definitely recommend trying ceviche! Ceviche is shrimp with onions and tomatoes cooked by acid. The acid is from a lime or lemon. It is delicious and a great lunch!