Cruise started late because Nora virus from previous week. They "deep-cleaned" ship. Good thing, no complaints here.
But since we left late, we arrived late in 1st port of Cozumel, then we left even later than planned to wait for late shore excursions that didn't finish on time.
So this caused us to arrive at 2nd port, Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras in time for heavy winds that the Cpt. was not comfortable with trying to back the ship into the dock area. By the time he decided to go and anchor off at the other pier, Coxen Hole, and get all the tender boats ready to take all ashore, it was 11am. Needless to say a lot of the excursions was canceled or cut short.
Funny thing is the Carnival ship got to Mahogany Bay at 4:30am and got into the docking area with no problem. Those folks got to enjoy the private beach all to themselves.
There was no beach at the town area of Coxen Hole. We still wanted to see the beach, so we paid a local tour/shuttle vendor to drive us to the other side of the island to west beach area.
Belize City was our last target port, which should only take about 6 hours to reach at 20 knots. I say target, our Captain says winds too high too navigate through the narrow 15 mile strait. So we spent the day sailing northbound, back toward Houston.
Then on last day of sailing, we were told that the ship would be coming in early and the casinos, half the bars, all the shops would close down at 6 pm Saturday. So we wouldn't have much to do all night, till disembarkation time at 7:30am the next morning. The ship came in to dock at around 9pm and we spent our last night cruising tied up to the dock Port of Houston, among the stink of the refineries of Pasadena, TX.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention the stink. Septic smell was in a lot of places around the ship. The Explorer's lounge was the worst. It almost made you puke walking thru to look at the photos or the art work. Staff says they were doing maintenance, no other explanation given.
1. Our room steward was great. Room was kept spotless, fresh towels, etc.
2. Movies shown was current and entertaining.
3. Food was ok, there was some good and not so good. The Flank steak was great, Prime Rib was awesome, lobster was ok (one plate cooked perfect, other rubbery overcooked), New York Strip was tough as leather, shrimp/prawns were excellent. Desserts was lackluster, nothing extraordinary.
4. Staff mot too pushy on selling the extra stuff (bottle water, wine/alcohol), art auction, jewelry, etc.
5. Being a large ship, it had plenty of areas to be private. The extra paid dining rooms (steak grill and Italian restaurant) was great place to play boar games with our family during the day, they were empty, quiet, and large tables.
6. Lots of pools and hot tubs.
7. Someone posted that the staff wasn't friendly, I think they were ok under the circumstances, 20% had gotten the Nora virus and had to stay in Houston to get better. Even the entertainers were seen to help at the photos area helping customers.
8. The poolside pizza, burger grill, and soft serve & milkshake was great.
1. Already said most of it above.
2. I'm used to seeing ice sculptures everywhere on the ships public areas on other cruise lines I've been on. Didn't see any until last day during the poolside ice carving demo.
3. No midnight Chocolate Extravaganza on this cruise, all the other cruises I've been on before had some kind of special event like this.
4. Anytime dining meant waiting for a table to open at the dining room, unless you get in line at 5pm. The wait one night was 1 hour and 15 minutes. We brought a deck of cards every night to wait for dinner.
5. Dressing for "a nice restaurant" was never enforced at the dining rooms, people wore shorts and t-shirts, just like the buffet line dining. So much for looking nice, people have no respect to guidelines.
6. No bridge or ship tours, cancelled, even though it was touted and advertised.
7. Entertainment was average, guest Magician was good, ship's singers was below avg to bad (one night was nothing but Milly Vanilly style lip sinc that was badly done). Christmas night special was ad-lib by Bob, the cruise director, and sidekick, the whole show was not that special. It's bad when my family's best time was to watch the "egg drop" contest at the main Atrium on the last day at sea.
8. No bathrobes, had reserved prior to cruise, and even asked steward, he said they were short of them since the last week's sick cruise, they left most in Houston to be laundered.
Roomy, very quiet, not close to elevators (so no noise of door chimes or people)
Bathroom was roomy.
Lots of hanging clothing area.
Parking was close to boarding area.
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