We were so excited to be going on our FIRST cruise together and what better time than our Honeymoon!! I immediately jumped on Carnival's site and Pinterest, I just knew this trip would be EPIC! Then I made the mistake of reading some reviews, fortunately that was a good thing because then my disappointment was as bad as it would have been if I didn't ...
First of all each cruise is different and I don't want to discourage you. Ours was unique in that there was a dance competition going on, so there were a lot of kids on board!!! Not the worse thing in the world but the last thing you want on your honeymoon is to be bombarded by a group of RUDE TEENAGE BOYS!
You will have to set up your Sail and Sign card - this can be done with a credit card (make sure you have at least $400- $500 on it because that's the hold that gets put on your card at first swipe) this card is used to purchase items on the ship. Don't fret, only the ACTUAL amount get's charged to your card on the last day. For your convenience, there are Sail & Sign ATM's on the ship where you can check your account to see how much you've spent and keep up with it. You can also opt for loading cash on your S&S instead of using a credit card. You can also change options, and add money to it as you go along. If you go over, you will have to pay the balance before leaving the ship.
The room was bigger than we expected. We had a stateroom with a window and two twins that converted into a king ... that was really nice!- Our housekeeper was super sweet! - The overall staff was really friendly. - The TV selections are LIMITED - There are mostly kiddie channels, and standard CBS, ABC that plays older recordings, oh! and they have one channel that plays 1 movie a day ... the same movie every 3 hours! I watched "The Help" and "Grown Ups" a few times on this trip!
Cozumel is a beautiful port!!! We opted out of doing an excursion because they are so expensive , but if you have the cash by all means try one! We wanted to hit the beach and that's what we did! We made our way through the shops to the end of the shopping area where we were able to get a cab. The cab ride was $15. We asked him to take us to a free beach! The beach was free but they did ask if we would like to pay $12/person for the rental of a chair and umbrella. There was a pool, club house area, bar, restaurant and beach. The beach offered the usual water activities such as banana boating, jet ski's, para sailing etc. There were also blow up water slides and a trampoline provided for extra water fun! The only complaint I have is that you don't have enough time there! It would have been great to be able to be there the whole day.
Wasn't sure what to expect here, so many people said that with this being a new port there wasn't much to do, but we found something! Just like the day before we took it upon ourselves to try and find a beach! At this port, when you make your way through the initial shops, which is more flea market-ish than Cozumel, there is a free bus that will take you to the city. Once in the city you can opt to walk 2 blocks to the free beach or (of course) there will be offers for you to go to a resort. We opted for a $35/each day pass to one of the all inclusive resorts, it included the 30 minute bus ride, food, drinks, beach and access to the pools. We then took another bus to this resort "Saibenito Beach". It was a really nice resort but once again you have little time there before having to make your way back to the cruise ship.