Departure: Normally we cruise on Celebrity out of Florida (we live in Florida) but with friends from Texas, we sailed out of Galveston. Poor signage to the port parking but we found it by following the other cars (Sunday cruises park in Lot B, Saturday and other days use Lot A per our shuttle bus driver). Found our parking and buses came right away. Easy drop off of luggage. Check in lines moved fast (Diamond status helped with that), only slow part was before security. We could not get to our cabin till 1p.m. Our luggage did not show up till after 5:30 so plan accordingly. We heard some people had to go downstairs to find their luggage. Easy life boat drill with some passengers in dining room and theater with others out on deck. No need to take or wear life vests, no video just a short announcement. Ports: Roatan: Took the Maya Key private island tour through the cruise line. Quick boat ride over to the island, you don't even exit the port gates to get on the boat. Rented snorkel equipment and followed their underwater trails. Very easy snorkeling as the water is not deep at all, watch out for shallow coral though. Lots of fish to see. Plenty of chairs under the trees give shade. Got bit by sand fleas or sand flies, don't know which but had red spots and itching for a few days after. Lunch included but be prepared for a huge line, one small buffet for hundreds of folks. Fun to see the animals on the island. Belize: Did cave tubing with the .bz website tour group. Booked this on our own, much cheaper than ship excursion and not on a huge bus. Vitalino's staff did an amazing job, very organized, informative, nice new vans (14 passengers) and they carry your tubes to the beginning for you. Passed out water in the van. Highly recommended. Caves were longer and larger than expected. Don't expect rapids or excitement on the water, it is a slow relaxed ride. Water cooler than expected and you will get wet. Some of us ate the termites and held the tarantula on the jungle walk. Cozumel: Salsa, salsa excursion. Fun except for the fact with 5 ships in port including the Allure, everything in town was busy including this excursion which they moved from a beachside room with windows into a large windowless ballroom to accomodate the hoardes. Food on Board: Nice variety in the Windjammer. Don't understand why there is no outdoor seating, which would be nice. Don't listen to other negative reviews, it was fine. Sometimes Indian and Asian choices. Sabor: Went the first night and enjoyed the guac and appetizers. Did not like the main entrees (perhaps we ordered the wrong things). Dessert is a variety of things on a tray, nice selection and not too sweet. Chops: Excellent as always but we were in a corner that was VERY dark. They need to increase the lighting in some parts. Excellent steak. Red velvet cake was the best I ever had. 3 hour meal. Johnny Rockets: Undercooked fries and cold onion rings brought out first. Good burger, yum. Excellent oreo sundae (had to ask, not on the menu) Ship: I am not a fan of the huge jumbotron by the pool. The movies at night were either ancient (Ghostbusters?) or obscure. Football was popular but why not just create a real sports bar. And on my morning walk or sitting by the pool on vacation, I do not want to see CNN Headline News blaring over the pool with bad news. Too bad the solarium pool is not really covered, as on cooler windy days, this could have been a nice refuge. Still nice to have a ship with a real promenade deck. I DID NOT LIKE the cluttering up of the Grand Promenade (indoor mall) with permanent sales kiosks and the daily display and sale of dollar store items (cheap scarves, jewelry, etc.) which adds to the traffic congestion. Bad move. And with the removal of the theater, they should have free movies on your cabin TV, but no, they charge $11.99 for a recent DVD release. The ship is in good shape, maintained well. Elevator wait can be long sometimes during the week. Departure day elevators are completely overloaded. Many folks wanting to walk off with their luggage just overwhelm the capacity. The other passengers are mostly Texans, very friendly and polite. More kids on board than I would think for the first week in November but were never unruly or annoying. Lots of repeat passengers, one couple had been on for 7 weeks in a row. Found nothing but friendly staff on board. I had read some negative reviews, did not see any of that. Departure: We walked our luggage off in Group A. Huge line down the exterior promenade deck and then inside. Moved quickly once it began moving. Short lines at Passport Control. From cabin to car in 45 min, most of that waiting in line on deck till they started letting people off.
Nice size cabin. Large couch. Bed near the window. Cabin in good shape, lots of storage. The only way you can detect the age of the ship is the rust spots and dings on the balcony and the balcony sliding door that needs some repair to work a little smoother. Near elevator and no noise. Only noise is your neighbors flushing toilet.