We chose this cruise as a special one for new years eve. We love sailing RC but this is the first time we had a not so great cruise port. We took a tour of Costa Maya which ended up being a drive through the slums which ended at Blue Key. At Blue Key they had a beach with recliners and very thin mats that were not comfortable. They gave us chips and salsa and two soda/water or juice drinks each. They offered up tequila samples that weren't that great. This was our first time in Costa Maya and honestly I don't think I'll go back. The port looked like it had some activities and lots of shops but everything outside of there was dumpy.
My only complaint on the ship was the casino. I am a Texas Holdem player and love sitting with a few folks and playing poker. The casino offered a tournament on the first sea day but told no one. The only way to find out was to ask at the cashier's cage. They told me know one had signed up. Well of course no one has because there was no advertising of it. Nothing in the daily cruise schedules, announcements, NOTHING! This is the second time I've found this and it really irritating because I look forward to playing cards on the cruise.
Besides that watching the ball drop in times square on the pool deck was cool and then watching Tampa Bay beat the Carolina Panthers was good too.