The title implies that I wasn't expecting it to be all that great - which I wasn't, after reading some of the reviews - but I'm so glad we picked this cruise.
First, the Tampa port was easily the best and quickest service we've had. The ship was at capacity, but we waited for maybe five minutes before receiving our sea pass cards and were on the ship.
The ship was clean and from what I could see, in good shape. Cosmetically, there were no torn up carpets or drink holders ripped from the chairs in the theatre - all of which we saw on other ships.
It's perfect for two people. My wife and I have stayed on these size cabins four of our six cruises and we know what to expect. We know what and how much to bring, so storage is not an issue. We aren't bothered by any outside noises or from above - my estimate is that we were stage left of the theater.
Being near the bow, you will notice a bit more movement and hear the crash of the ship on the water, but it's nothing to avoid.
Great cabin steward in Arthur.
Easily the best port we've used. Our flight wasn't until late the day we returned, so we went across the street to the aquarium, the held our luggage and we enjoyed the aquarium for 3 hours time.
This was our first time doing zip line and we can't wait to do it again.
Roy Lion was a great tour guide on the bus. Enjoyed the cave tubing and loved the zipline! The facility has a few shops, a place to eat and a bar to get a nice cold Belekin beer. I would suggest that you wear hard bottom water shoes or crocs when you walk to the cave, the walk was not difficult, but the rocks can be hard on your feet.
lazy day, walked to "Fort Consolation", grabbed a few beers and some conch fritters and watched to boats go in and out of the harbour
Took a cab to Mahahual Beach. Sat on the Krazy Lobster beach. Enjoyed the table and hammock under the palms, cool breeze, $1 beers, tasty guac and pico de gallo. The vendors are everywhere, but a polite 'no thanks' is all that's needed.
The downtown Cozumel experience was average at best. Take a shuttle with multiple people and negotiate the price - it shouldn't cost a couple more than $6 to get there. Cheaper if there's 6-8 in your group. The vendors there can be a little annoying, but most places offer free beer to the husbands, as the wives shop. What made this a very good experience was the time at Senor Frogs on the dock (as we were heading back to the ship). The spring breakers had that place rocking and we all joined in the fun.