One of the best cruises ever, and believe me, I've been on most of the mega ships and this is up for competition. Honestly, I've read some negative reviews online, and I have no idea what they are talking about. The dining options are great. We would eat at 3 different restaurants a night and not get tired of any of them. All of our waiters were really nice and fast (took nine minutes average for our meal to come). I had never been to any of the ports (Roatan, Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya, and Cozumel) except for Cozumel. The cruise seemed longer because there were four ports instead of the regular three. Every port was really easy to embark and disembark the ship. In Cozumel, we docked at a different port (Punta Maya) then normal, but you could still easily walk to all the shops with free stuff. The entertainment was wonderful. There was this hypnotist, who was absolutely hilarious, and hypnotized the cruise director. There were crazy acrobats and hilarious comedians. Since it wasn't a mega ship, it didn't have all the bumper cars, ice rinks, and ropes courses, but the water slides were fit for everyone, including an 80 year old grandma. The ship seemed huge, even though it was the smallest ship I've ever been on. I found it easier to navigate the Allure of the Seas than the Norwegian Star. Overall, for a small ship, it was a pretty great experience.
We went to this beach where you could snorkel. Lots of fishies!
We went on a Stressless tour. It was the best tour ever. We took a water taxi to another island, Caye Caulker, and then took a boat out to the Ho Chan Marine Reserve. We swam with sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays. There were many different types of coral and fish. We saw 2 types of stingrays and 2 different sea turtles. Don't be afraid to touch the sharks! If you take this tour you have to get off the ship right after you anchor out at sea and take the 1 or 2 tender boat into the port. Then you have to walk fast to the water taxi station and take the water taxi to Caye Caulker. You might be rushed a little, but it's totally worth it. The water currents aren't hard to swim in and underwater it's very peaceful. The tender back to the ship wasn't too long.
We went to the Krazy Lobster, a beach where you could see the ship. It was beautiful and they offered great and cheap food. You could rent a canoe and canoe around the water. The sand was very smooth and not rocky. The water was blue and clear with many fish.
We went to Mr. Sanchos beach, as we have been doing for the past four years. I have to say, much has changed about that beach. That day, the water was cold and murky, when usually it is teal and clear. The sand was rockier than last time. Although we did have a fun time playing in the sand, it wasn't the best experience in the water. Afterwards, we went to the port where we collected all the free items. We got a lot of free jewelry, and fans, which we needed because it was very hot. Sailing out of Punta Maya was fun because we passed all the mega ships when they were sailing out too. We were that tiny speedy cruise ship, sailing on the high seas.