This Cruise was a celebration of my wife's battle of overcoming Cancer. We left Kansas City the night before and arrived in Houston almost two hours late due to air delays. We stayed at the LaQuinta on NASA Parkway, and basically just slept, ate breakfast and left. The taxi ride to the hotel and cruise terminal was fine, and the driver was great about telling us bits of information. Upon arrival to the cruise terminal, we gave out bags to the gentlemen outside, and that was the last time that we saw them until they ended up at our stateroom door later on.
The Embarkation process was easy, as we were given a boarding group number, and once that was called we proceeded onto the ship where we had lunch at O'Sheehan's Bar and Grill on Deck 8 Mid. I will say that most of the food on board is pretty bland and flavorless, but overall very good- More on that later.
We were allowed into our staterooms a little before 1PM, and upon entering the room, the congratulations package that I had ordered for my wife was there with streamers and a large cake. The cake was vanilla with Lemon and Strawberry- WHAT?! What celebration cake is lemon and strawberry? Where is the chocolate?? :)
Basic Inside Cabin in the middle of the ship. This room has a bunk bed and can sleep three- If you don't have three people, don't choose it, as the bunk bed takes up room on the one wall.
The room was what you would picture, two twin beds separate or apart depending on your preference, a desk, TV, and bathroom equipped with one of the most powerful toilets in the history of mankind. No complaints about the features, but do not pick this room unless you don't mind the smell of cigarette smoke every afternoon/evening coming in from the HVAC. The room was quiet and dark and easy to sleep in, except for the last night when the crew was handling baggage and making all kinds of noise all night long.
Overall, a nice room, especially for someone that may be prone to seasickness, as it is low and middle- we hardly ever felt any rocking that was bad.
Very Easy to Embark and Disembark. No problem at all getting through the line at customs, etc. Also very easy to get onto the ship and situated. Very ugly water and skyline for a cruise though.
Very poor and blighted area. The shops were small and all had the same thing- (typical of cruise ports.) I was not impressed with Belize, and would have preferred to stay on the ship.