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We chose this cruise for two things , first that it covered Christmas and New year, secondly it was going to Cuba. Flight from Gatwick to Montego Bay was good no problems , arrival was chaotic , wrong forms for immigration given out so had to fill new ones while standing in a long line. Embarkation at port no problem. Cabin allocated was on deck 2 with a large window. Good size with a sofa lots of storage space, good size bathroom with a shower , just shower gel and soap in there. Lots of hangers in wardrobe and able to hold full length evening dresses so no creases. good size safe , though this one need ed you to use a credit card to open and close it which meant you had to keep card out at all times. Kettle and tea and coffee provided also carafe which meant you could fill this at water stations near lifts meaning that you did not have to buy water. Water is not included in the all inclusive product but is if you upgrade to premium at an extra 99 pounds per person per week. we did not do this as the normal package was adequate. Ate in main dining room for most breakfasts and dinner, food at night was a bit boring, steaks when offered were not good, best steak was on last night. short on vegetables Could do better. Gallery 47 (italian) was good but service hit and miss. Glass house tapas good , pizza good, service again hit and miss also a lot of vibration here. Buffet ok but hate looking for a table only had a couple of lunches here and 1 dinner. Snack shack good for quick breakfast and lunch. used Veranda on deck 9 most days as had comfortable sunbeams (adult only) nice and quiet. Noisy round pool . Indoor pool area good but a bit stuffy on a hot day. Entertainment was the best a different show every night with very good performers . Venue had a good variety of acts with 4 actor staff all good , Katie, Jenny,Josh and Adam kept us amused every night . Live bands every night in different places plus piano players, guitarists etc all good. Staff in bars excellent especially Boris and Dejen who looked after us on the Veranda deck Information desk staff were not the best could do with more training they did not know their product , learned more from other passengers. Destination desk handed out maps of ports which were useless had to wait to get off ship to find out more. Felt that they did not want us to know more so that we booked tours through the ship. Do not book and pay for internet as its not good and expensive for what you get. Most ports have a bar etc with wifi etc. We missed Havana completely as there was a storm and ship not allowed to dock . If we had managed to get into port Havana was under 4 feet of water and we may not have got out again. Costa Maya was excellent pool, bars , shops etc all at dock Dolphins Flamingos to watch for free. Guatemala was one of the best ports , we took a local river tour for 40 Dollars fantastic experience , good guide (Herman) Roatan , again problems so did not go into Mahogany bay instead went into old port took taxi to West bay , spent day at beach @ 20 dollars each to include beds , umbrellas and wifi good value. Belize , went to St Johns cathedral as had been before and wanted to revisit, also Governers house which was still not open to public, was not 12 years ago either. Cozumel just wandered the seafront Ochios Rios spent day at beach as had been before. Montego Beach shade on ship had been before. Over all do not think we will visit this side of the caribbean again. Would go on Discovery 2 again if price and Itinerary ok

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We chose this cruise for two things , first that it covered Christmas and New year, secondly it was going to Cuba.

Flight from Gatwick to Montego Bay was good no problems , arrival was chaotic , wrong forms for immigration given out so had to fill new ones while standing in a long line. Embarkation at port no problem.

Cabin allocated was on deck 2 with a large window. Good size with a sofa lots of storage space, good size bathroom with a shower , just shower gel and soap in there. Lots of hangers in wardrobe and able to hold full length evening dresses so no creases. good size safe , though this one need ed you to use a credit card to open and close it which meant you had to keep card out at all times. Kettle and tea and coffee provided also carafe which meant you could fill this at water stations near lifts meaning that you did not have to buy water. Water is not included in the all inclusive product but is if you upgrade to premium at an extra 99 pounds per person per week. we did not do this as the normal package was adequate.

Ate in main dining room for most breakfasts and dinner, food at night was a bit boring, steaks when offered were not good, best steak was on last night. short on vegetables

Could do better. Gallery 47 (italian) was good but service hit and miss. Glass house tapas good , pizza good, service again hit and miss also a lot of vibration here. Buffet ok but hate looking for a table only had a couple of lunches here and 1 dinner. Snack shack good for quick breakfast and lunch.

used Veranda on deck 9 most days as had comfortable sunbeams (adult only) nice and quiet. Noisy round pool . Indoor pool area good but a bit stuffy on a hot day.

Entertainment was the best a different show every night with very good performers . Venue had a good variety of acts with 4 actor staff all good , Katie, Jenny,Josh and Adam kept us amused every night . Live bands every night in different places plus piano players, guitarists etc all good.

Staff in bars excellent especially Boris and Dejen who looked after us on the Veranda deck

Information desk staff were not the best could do with more training they did not know their product , learned more from other passengers.

Destination desk handed out maps of ports which were useless had to wait to get off ship to find out more. Felt that they did not want us to know more so that we booked tours through the ship.

Do not book and pay for internet as its not good and expensive for what you get. Most ports have a bar etc with wifi etc.

We missed Havana completely as there was a storm and ship not allowed to dock . If we had managed to get into port Havana was under 4 feet of water and we may not have got out again.

Costa Maya was excellent pool, bars , shops etc all at dock Dolphins Flamingos to watch for free.

Guatemala was one of the best ports , we took a local river tour for 40 Dollars fantastic experience , good guide (Herman)

Roatan , again problems so did not go into Mahogany bay instead went into old port took taxi to West bay , spent day at beach @ 20 dollars each to include beds , umbrellas and wifi good value.

Belize , went to St Johns cathedral as had been before and wanted to revisit, also Governers house which was still not open to public, was not 12 years ago either.

Cozumel just wandered the seafront

Ochios Rios spent day at beach as had been before.

Montego Beach shade on ship had been before.

Over all do not think we will visit this side of the caribbean again. Would go on Discovery 2 again if price and Itinerary ok
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Cabin 2574
Good position near lifts, always kept clean. Jeanette looked after us well.
Lots of storage , bed was comfortable.

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