MY friend and I chose this cruise because we didn't want to be alone over the holidays and in particular because she had never been to Belize and we both wanted to see the Mayan Ruins. The ship was kept very clean, and the staff, from the Captain on down were very friendly and had an uncanty way of remembering everyone's names. Our stateroom attendant, Putu, was great and was able to get me an extension cord when my Water Pic wouldn't fit the outlet in the bathroom. He kept our room spotless, always turned down our beds at night and left a chocolate on the pillow If we had a problem, no matter how big or small, you could count on Putu to fix it. The first night we were there, we ate in the main dining room, and our waiter, Clint, our assistant waiter, Antonio, and our sommalier, Yarme, were so professional, we decided to eat there every night around 6:30. When we arrived at our table, there was always a nice cold vodka tonic waiting on me, and Yarme was right there to help my friend sellect wine to go with her dinner. Our room was on the seventh deck, very near the elevators. Behind the elevators was a little place called the Hideaway. There was always fresh coffee in the Hideaway, and we would slip in there first thing in the morning and get coffee to drink while we got ready for the day.
Their were a lot of great sales on jewelry and watches and we had a good time shopping on board. Using the slot machines was kind of complicated, but after a few days, we finaly figured that out. The entertainment the first night was the Broadway Boys and they were very good All of them had beautiful voices. The comedian was very funny. The ship's singers and dancers worked hard and were very professional, but I would have liked them better if they had sang more broadway songs. In general the music was very loud, and would be better if they lowered the volumn on every thing. I have hearing aids and was able to tune them down, but my friend has excellent hearing and doesn't have that option.
I had filled out most of the paper work on my computer before we boarded, and boarding was a breeze. Since we live in Jacksonville, we drove to Fort Lauderdale the day before, and stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. I didn't realize there were two Holiday Inn Expresses and the one we stayed in was right off 95, which was nice, but the other one was right accross from the Renniance Hotel where we left out car while we were on the cruise.
We had a veranda cabin, number 7243. It was on the port side behind one of the bumps in the aft section and had a little bit larger veranda. Since it was on the back side of tthe hump, that cut down on the wind when we were moving, which is good. We had plenty of storage and I had gotten the collapseable boxes at Dollar Tree, which enabled us to use the storage over the top of the beds easier.