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Our October Dream
Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We stayed at the Cocoa Beach Courtyard and had our transportation to and from the airport thru Travelynx. It was great to get up on Saturday morning and take a walk on the beach before heading to the port. Travelynx was great transportation. If you use this company make sure you read the fine print. We had an extra charge because the couple we shared a room with came in on a different flight.
VIP check-in was a breeze and we were in group 1 to board the ship. Our friends who did not have VIP check-in were in group 5, but were on board within 20 minutes of us and said their check-in was great also.
Once on board, we were in room 2264, a cove balcony. What a great addition to cruising! We loved this room and will always have a cove balcony when we cruise on ships where they are available.
Dinner was in the Scarlet Dining room and had Alexandar and Ayu for our servers. They were fantastic, probably the best service we have ever had. Food selections More
were good. We missed the shrimp cocktail every evening, but there were lots of other fun things to try! We did enjoy the steakhouse one evening. Always a treat!
We enjoyed the hot tubs on deck 5. Also being able to walk all the way around the ship helped us work off some of that chocolate melting cake! We did have the BBQ lunch on deck 5 on the two sea days. They also make salads at the sushi bar during lunch on sea days.
The area with the big screen and music is not our cup of tea, so we didn't spend time there, but did take in a laser light show one night.
The comedy club became a favorite place for us to spend part of the evening. The family shows were good as well as the adult only ones.
The week always come to an end quicker than we hope. We did purchase the future cruise certificate so we have the next one to look forward to. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
We took the River Wallace/Altun Ha excursion here. After taking the tender to shore, we were directed to the boats we would take for the first part of the excursion. These boats held 20-25 people. You have to wear a life vest until you actually reach the River. I was a bit squeamish about putting on a life vest that has been worn by lots and lots and lots of people. . . . they didn't really look like they had been cleaned - ever. But I survived. When we were at the mouth of the river we saw a dolphin jumping and playing with a huge fish. We weren't sure if the fish kept getting away and the dolphin was trying to catch it, or if they were just playing, anyway it was fascinating to watch. We saw monkeys, iguana, birds, etc on this part of the trip. We stopped at the point where we would meet with the bus to take us to the ruins. We had a lunch of rice and beans that was optional. . . not included in the price. They had nice restrooms to use here also. After we boarded the bus to the ruins, the guide talked most of the way there. It was probably 30-45 minute drive to the ruins. The ruins were really interesting. Our guide was very informative and gave us time to take pictures. Then we climbed to the top of one of the structures. This was optional, several people did not do the climb. On top the view was wonderful looking around and over the plaza, you could almost imagine the area as it had once been. After another 45 minute bus ride back to the pier area, we had no time to shop here, just enough time to grab a margarita for the tender ride back to the ship.
After checking this port out before arriving we had arranged to have beach loungers waiting for us at Tropicante and they were. In fact, as we walked up to the place, they were looking at us and saying my name. We were all amazed! Steve and his crew here (especially Jorge) were great. We just lazed on the beach as they brought us drinks and food. Geocaching here for anyone looking for that. The water here is protected by a reef and is very calm and clear. It was just a perfect place to spend a perfect day.
Our party of 6 took a taxi to Dzul Ha (Money Bar) for snorkeling. This is a small rocky beach. The water was choppy the day we were there, so I personally did not snorkel, but others in our group did. Those remaining sat on shore under an umbrella part of the time and in the sun part of the time. The folks at the Money Bar took good care of us with drinks and food. Taxis run here constantly, so it was not a problem getting one to take us back to port where we shopped a bit and then headed back to the ship.
Downpouring rain here made our day a bit disappointing. Once we finally got docked, they said it was not safe for us to leave the ship. Even though we were not able to go on our scheduled excursion, I appreciate them knowing what is best for passengers. Extra hot tub time until we were able to leave the ship around noon, then we just spent a few hours walking around the port area. I realize you don't really get a feel for a place if you don't leave the port area. I guess that means we will just have to come back! We were able to locate 2 geocaches right in the port area, so the day did have some benefits.