Honeymoon SPE-TAC-U-LAR 03/31/13-04/07/13: Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Turpentine
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Honeymoon SPE-TAC-U-LAR 03/31/13-04/07/13
Destination: Western Caribbean
Sea day - breakfast Cagney's where we met Natieza the most wonderful hostess that took us under-her-wing and told the shortcuts and best things to do and see on the ship. Best advice ever. I'm not a very shy person, and found it very easy meeting people and getting along from the very first shake or hug. Our Meet & Greet (do not miss these) set-up by our wonderful host from Cruise Critic was at 1030am and fast and sweet and a lot of fun, we joined a slot pull where about 18 of the 60 or so M&G cruisers and it was a blast, but the big money eluded us this trip. This was a Spring break trip and there was a lot of under 18 youths on board (not a complaint just an observation) observing some of the college pool side goers was a perk.
Roatan - Hired an independant taxi & guide and did sightseeing and picture taking all over the island, took us to where ever we wanted to go and do. Cost $100 for private aircondition taxi (we left the windows down the whole time) and tipped the guide $20.00 at the end. Saw everything that you can see and do in 8 hours all the while drinking beer bought from the grocery store at plaza del mar for $9 (12pack on ice).
Belize - Rough weather, 1st tender off (suite perk). Stayed at the port, shopping. (do not miss the wood carvers out back by the immagration office, this is where you get your passport stamped) I mention this only, because most locales do not stamp passports anymore, but you can get it done by local government offices and it is like a treasure hunt finding where to have them stamped and you'll find some of the best shopping around these areas. Therefore I will not give these sites away, oops already did above, have fun and bargain for your one of a kind hand carved souveniers.
Costa Maya - Only excursion booked, through "Native Choice" private tours, did the Choccoben Extreme Tour $80 per. Well worth fantastic all the fancy adjectives. Small group, great guide, Ruins, private resort - all the pina-coladas and food you can want. (I'll write a different review elsewhere on this company. Research it, I cannot brag enough about this group.
Cozumel - More rough weather, High priced tourist trap area, pushy sales people all around the waterfront strip. Get off the main drag and venture into the back streets, beatiful houses restaurants, stores, sites for pictures. All except US$$, but will get change in pesos. If you don't want pesos for souvenirs exchange for US money at bank window in Punta Longosta Mall before boarding back on ship.
Do not miss the shows on board, take time and review your daily guides, in your room and plan your day. Make reservations at the main dining halls, only way to avoid long lines. The Up charge restuarants, are all worth the money, the food is fantastic, if your expecting (5 star quality food) and paying cut rate prices for your cabin (you have a room card - they know) it most likely won't happen. I myself found this trip (My Honeymoon) to be most affordable friendly enjoyable relaxing romantic trip of a life time. Less
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