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This was a value for money proposition and we were not disappointed in the slightest. Booked our cruise through Sunwing from Toronto, and paid the extra $60 for the premium package. Well worth it, especially if you travel often: ... Read More
This was a value for money proposition and we were not disappointed in the slightest. Booked our cruise through Sunwing from Toronto, and paid the extra $60 for the premium package. Well worth it, especially if you travel often: priority check-in and boarding at both Pearson and Sangster, advance choice of seats, and a $5o future travel certificate. As only one of us really drinks alcohol, the drinks packages on other lines have never been worth it to us. But on the D2, beyond the booze, we were able to enjoy great espresso, cappuccino, and fancy mocktails galore. The all-inclusive drinks package was perfect for us, great beer selection (Peroni, Corona, Guinness etc), Cosmos, Raspberry Collins, Harvey Wallbangers, Stolichnaya vodka, Tanqueray gin...nice enough wines with supper. The food for us was fine, but nothing special. My Beef Wellington on Dress to Impress night was waaay under, and my dessert was forgotten. But the company at our shared table more than made up for it. We had a better experience at the Italian 47'. Another shared table, great conversation, and good food. Our waiter Jayson whipped out his guitar and serenaded our table and a few others nearby. He was spectacular. We also saw him in the crew show, and at breakfast in 47. You won't regret asking to be seated in his section. Islands buffet was busy but fine. Never went hungry. Indoors we chose a table for 2 near the bow windows. Outdoors we got a shady table with a breeze. Snack shack worked for a quick bite, especially when we had an early excursion. We booked Surf&Turf for our anniversary. Attentive service, wonderful ambience and good food/presentation. They did a special centerpiece and provided a surprise anniversary cake for us. Very nice. Glass house was ok but the vibrations got to me. We tried the late-night foods and also had lunch here once while we were sitting on the Verandah (do check out this space if not traveling with kids. Aft deck 9). We enjoyed the onboard entertainment. Paul Greenwood and his guitar were great. The showteam was pretty good, with the gentlemen being superior to the ladies. We saw all the shows and enjoyed. The actor hosts were fun. Katie and Adam were our favourites. We enjoyed playing archery, darts, indoor curling and carpet boules with them, even karaoke and name that tune. The bartenders did not neglect, especially Tijana and Moka in the live room! By day 3 they knew it was coffee time when we popped in mid-afternoon and made us excellent espressos and cappuccinos. And of course Phillip "beep beep no card no charge spread the love" up on deck! Also tried a few topshelf cocktails in Bar11, well worth their £2.50 upcharge. And we never went thirsty in the atrium nor on the Verandah. The deck party with the Caribbean band can't be beat, such a fun night. Dancing in the atrium, playing moonlit minigolf, bandjam, sunsets on the decks outside bar11... all great memories. At Santa Marta we took a cab to Taganga beach and ate at TaCo beach bar. Good food, ok beach, expensive cab (he waited for us so we paid by the hour, but did not negotiate well). Sailing away from Cartegena, keep an eye out for the island castle! Also take time to explore the wildlife area right at the port, lots of toucans and other birds. We did a private tour with Dora the Explorer, highly recommended. In Colon Panama we did a ship tour including a boat on Gatun Lake where we saw wildlife from afar, and the new locks. Also option to do a nature walk at locks, but we watched a huge cargo ship go through. In Costa Rica we just walked around near the Port and saw more wildlife at the park nearby than we did on our organized tours. A momma and baby sloth, three owls, monkeys etc. Nice market, less industrial than the other ports on itinerary. Sunwing guests note you need to transport your luggage between airport and cruiseport, unlike our UK friends. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves immensely and would sail on D2 again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Arriving at Montego Bay was by a beautiful low inflight over the water to land at the airport. The paperwork for transit via Jamaica to the ship took some time and the terminal was hot and sweaty - until the coaches showed up and started ... Read More
Arriving at Montego Bay was by a beautiful low inflight over the water to land at the airport. The paperwork for transit via Jamaica to the ship took some time and the terminal was hot and sweaty - until the coaches showed up and started transferring the passengers to the cruise ship. Be sure to bring a pen with you for when you are queuing! We had wondered if it would be possible to go out somewhere to a beach for a couple of hours before going to the ship for its departure at 8pm, but by the time we had arrived after the 10 hour flight we did not have the initial enthusiasm to go anywhere else than the ship! Plus we were unsure how safe it would be to go around the port area/find a beach with our hand luggage in tow... The room was really nice with adequate space for two. It was a little dusty on the surfaces but that was soon sorted out the following day - changeover day is always busy for the hardworking cabin attendants! Cuba was a fantastic stop for us - cruise terminal is right in old town, it takes minutes to disembark the ship and you can walk around freely and safely (but must take out your passport with you) and fill in a visa form. You can exchange money right in the terminal and there is another exchange place just outside the terminal in the big square. There are also the odd ATM that we spotted in the outskirts of old town. We thought we would walk on our own and then find some agency where we could book an American car tour, but that was not really the set up there because as we entered deeper into Havana, there was no sign of tourist agencies that you might think could be there....it seems that if you don't want to book something through Thomson you can probably negotiate for it right outside the terminal be it American car trips, cart and horse, or walking tours. So we walked all the way to Revolution Square, had a trip up the lift to the watch tower with amazing views over Havana - then took a little 3 seater to Hotel Nationale, where we booked tickets for the show Le Parisien. The ships tour also goes there, which includes transport but we decided to do it ourselves with taxis. We got one welcome drink included in the price, but I would say not to eat there.....My personal view of the show was this is was good to hear the music and see some of the costumes but it was not very professionally done, nor did it have much of a story to it ....I would probably recommend that you skip the two costume shows (the other one Tropicana is more expensive) and get tickets for the Bueno Vista Social Club instead....We managed to get a American car tour ourselves by catching a driver that had just dropped off some other passengers - so we got to see a little of the larger Havana area which was nice and by this time we were also tired from all the walking so it was great to see the town in style and rest our feet! Next stop was Cozumel, Mexico. Here we had decided to rent a car ourselves as there is only one road around the island. This was fine - we found a local agency that closed at 7pm (the larger car rental in the cruise terminal closed at 5pm) so we had plenty of time to drive around. We went to Punta Sur, an eco beach and nature reserve right at the tip of the island and had a great day out there...lovely water to swim in and not so many people on the beach...there is a watch tower for birds and crocs, a small Mayan ruin and a light house with amazing views of the area...you can also have al fresco massage there so be sure to bring your dollars! Lots of shops near the terminal area but they had mostly closed by the time we had showered and changed in the evening so make sure you do your shopping early if that is what you are interested in. There is a Starbucks coffee shop nearby with free internet if you purchase something. Grand Cayman Islands: I would recommend the Stingray City tour, we paid 20 dollars for the trip just walking off the ship (cheaper than Thomson) and had a great couple of hours trying to take photos of the stingrays .....buy a water tight pouch before you go (from Amazon) for your telephone and try and take pics under the water, great fun! Snorkelling was included, and although we did not see so much marine life the water was very clear and it was definitely enjoyable to try. Jamaica: We went on ships' tour Bob Marley's tour to Nine Miles. It was a long day with lots of driving but our guide kept everyone entertained. The roads up to the village are quite scary, with large water trucks meeting you at tight bends of the road so you may wish to sit further back in the mini bus and on the left just in case! I am not sure if the day was worth all the driving - but it gave some insight into the island and some of the themes to Bob Marley's song writing. Oh and yes, there was a kitchen with some unusual 'cooking' - should you wish to have a smoke in honour of Bob! Aruba: Great Island to visit - beaches and island tour for 20 dollars.....just walk off the ship and an island tour bus will take you around to the sights and then leave you a couple of hours on a beach of your choice (and pick you up and return you to ship) .....we nearly booked the private atoll island tour with Thomson's and glad we didn't .....we spoke to some people who went to snorkel there and it was very rocky and not so good waters, and we also noticed that it was very close to the ship ....don't let the beautiful pictures of the atoll fool you, do it your own way! St. Martha, Columbia: There are city walking tours available as you disembark the ship for 30 dollars or the nature reserve and beach for 70 dollars per person if you don't fancy to do the ship's tours .... however, we suggest to do it yourself....St. Martha is perfectly safe, you can walk with your map that they give you just outside the terminal and there is a fantastic museum with information translated into English in the Old town and you can also walk and see the cathedral...for a beach you will need a taxi.....Not so many people speaking English, but you can get by with maps and good humour! Much more relaxed atmosphere here than in Cartagena....very warm and humid here, 32 degrees. Cartagena, Columbia: There is a small zoo with some animals as you disembark the ship. Outside the terminal there are plenty of people selling 3 hour city tours - we paid 20 dollars for one - and ended up in a mini bus and guide and a walk around the old city. You can also negotiate a taxi into town. It is a little bit of a distance so walking would not be recommended. I think there was four cruise ships there so the hop on hop off bus was full - you had to take a taxi into town to buy a ticket for it (which seemed to a little silly) .... great shopping here if you go on your own ... more difficult to shop if you are on a tour....very insistent street sellers - good to bring a hat with you... Panama: I did a Panama City tour with the ship' excursion team ...and my friend the Panama Canal tour. We were both not impressed! My city tour was quite long....and not so much to see in Panama City...we walked with 50 people from the bus around the Old Town, and then there was one hour of free shopping ... but we had no maps, some people had not taken much money with them as Colon was not a very safe port of call ... although there was some renovation going on in the old city really not much to see or do...plus never go with such a large crowd for a city tour! And don't walk around on your own in Colon either .... very poor place. The tour guides that we encountered (except for one in Jamaica) could not speak much English nor did they know much about the places we visited .....the quality of the guides could be better....! Entertainment team talented and good selection of shows; band in Medusa Lounge really good ..... we had a really nice holiday and the selection of the cruise stops were really good. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017

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