We were looking for a cruise to take my 83 year old mother-in-law on that would be something that she would enjoy. We chose the Western Caribbean because we always enjoy those ports and we were hopeful that she would too. We like the Dream class ships since they offer a good variety of eating venues and entertainment. We ended up having a total of 7 people in 3 rooms.
First - embarkation was the easiest we have ever experienced. Normally we try to get FTTF, but it was not available this trip plus we didn't think those traveling with us would be willing to pay the extra fee. We arrived at the port around 10:30 and were on the ship by 11:45. We got to the port early thinking we would have to deal with traffic, but that was not the case so they sent us through the line for early arrivals. Once they started boarding it didn't take more than 20 minutes for our zone to be called. Lugging around our carry-on was a bit of a pain, but not too bad. We had lunch and walked around for a little while to explore the ship. By the time we were able to get to the room around 1:30 our luggage was there, very easy!
Our room was a Spa Balcony and very nice. Loved the layout and the amount of storage space. We unpacked and stored our luggage under the bed and went off to explore some more and catch up with the others that were arriving a little later. We had dinner in the main dining room and did some more exploring and visiting before heading to bed.
Day 2 - This was a sea day and we spent some time in the Serenity area, visited the spa and did the Sky Course in addition to more visiting and exploring. Very relaxed day!
Day 3 - Cozumel We booked an excursion to Chankanaab Park from an outside vendor and spent the day on the beach and snorkeling. The snorkeling was pretty good and the time at the park was nice. We headed back to the port and walked through some shops before boarding the ship.
Day 4 - Belize This day looked a little stormy so we decided not to go ashore. We had considered booking Goff's Caye, but the forecast wasn't looking great so we opted to just hang around the ship.
Day 5 - Roatan We booked Little French Key through Carnival because we had some onboard credit to use. It was an OK excursion. They offered a snorkel excursion from shore that wasn't spectacular. The beach area was rocky (old coral) in some areas, but the water was beautiful. Lunch was OK. The bus trip to and from LFK was informative.
Day 6 - Costa Maya We walked around the shops in port with the older members of our party. It was hot and humid, so we didn't spend a lot of time ashore. This was our first time at this port because it was cancelled the last time we did this itinerary. I would like to go back to explore when we didn't have the older members of the party to consider.
Day 7 - Sea Day #2 was nice except for having to pack to return home. We went to the debarkation talk since this was the first time we have experienced the new process. We were kind of bummed that we got Zone 15 by the time we knew where to get the zone tags. Next time we will be able to get a lower number! I should have paid more attention to what others had posted on Cruise Critic!!
Debarkation - They stated that the expected time to begin debarkation was 8:15, but it happened earlier than that. I really didn't note the time. Since we had the luggage for my MIL we had to do the checked luggage since we couldn't carry off everything. It went pretty quickly and we were on the road by probably 9:00 AM. We got a porter to help us take the luggage to the car, which got us through the customs line in just a few minutes. It was a breeze!
Other thoughts - This was our second time cruising with Schwartz. In my opinion, he is the best cruise director we have ever had. He is personable and approachable as well as high-energy. We went to the Country Show, 88 Keys and Flick, which we have seen before. Once you have seen them, you've seen them, so nothing new there. Everyone in our group really enjoyed the food in the main dining room. We had Your Time Dining and never had to wait to get a seat. The other food venues were good as well. We did not eat in any of the extra fee restaurants. The seas were very calm and the weather was great. Another great cruise with Carnival!
We were originally booked in an interior cabin on deck 8, but we were offered an upgrade to a Spa Balcony at a good price, so we took it. The cabin was clean and quiet. It included a mini-fridge and we liked the spa colors. I thoroughly enjoyed the Elemis products that were in our room. The shampoo is wonderful and I have been shopping around for more of it! We did use the included thermal suites three times and enjoyed them - very relaxing!
Nice day at the beach snorkeling and exploring. Included lunch was good.View All 256 Chankanaab National Park Tour Reviews
We stayed on the ship since the weather didn't look great. We didn't want to be caught on a long tender ride if it got stormy.
A good beach day, but too short! Included lunch was OK.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Really enjoyed our time in port, but it was cut short due to having elderly family members with us. The heat and humidity was too much for them.