Itinerary, excursions and service were wonderful. The cruise was worth every penny but there were some issues.
Cruises on carnival in the past featured high quality food and great social times in the main dining room. Post Covid, apparently very few people sit with other guests in the main dining room.
Best food, therefore, was being offered in the buffet, steakhouse, chefs table, blue iguana, guy’s burgers, pizza or seafood counter. Main dining room was mostly deserted with slow food service, small portions and strange options like stuffed mushrooms in marinara sauce and wafer thin prime rib or tiny sea day steak at brunch. There was, however, outstanding banana cream pie, broccoli cheese soup and crab cakes along with a few other really good dishes. Service staff were phenomenal as usual. Chris, Simba and the third server whose name escapes me at the moment were awesome.
Good cabin. Lots of storage. Extra hangers available on request. Convenient to elevator. Very, very quiet. No obstruction of view. Cabin 6236.
I don’t really recommend going into Belize city if you don’t have an excursion. I recommend getting in a boat at the port. We did the snorkel reef, rays and sharks experience and private island and it was awesome. Great people, great snorkeling and great food. Got the grilled fish and loved it. It’s muse sharks which are more like giant catfish but still fun to be out there when they’re being fed. You can stay on the boat if you would like to watch without being touched. Or just snorkel instead of stand and they won’t be touching you. Absolutely loved this excursion. Bring lots of money for tips because you will feel like they earned it. They did a great job making my dad not just feel safe but be safe getting in and out of the boat with two people helping him and one person trailing him in the water.
Went scuba diving with Pelagic Ventures. Cozumel is safe for just hopping in a taxi and doing whatever you want. But there are also a ton of great excursions on the island. Playa del Carmen is a short ferry ride away and is a really fun town with thousands of choices for a day trip. We’ve rented cars there without any problems. But if you’re a diver, there’s only one thing that Cozumel is on your itinerary for and that is spectacular reefs.
But beach clubs, chankanaab park, Tulum, xel ha, Xcaret and just spending the day in small little Mexican restaurants, all inclusive and beach bars in Cozumel and playa are all things worthy of a port day.
We got to Gumbalimba park to visit the monkeys and Tabyana beach for fabulous snorkeling every time we go to Roatan. Would love to dive there someday. Guide was so patient and kind. He swam around pulling a life preserver with my dad and a first time snorkeled holding onto it for probably 45 minutes so they could see the sights. Fabulous reef right off the shore. Food was good too! Used to be included buffet. Now it is a la carte. Food much better. Not pricey so we were fine with it. You do have to rent the snorkeling equipment so if you have your own, bring it. But it was as not pricey. There’s a cheap locker at gumbalimba or you can leave stuff in the van. You won’t have to carry it all day. There’s security at the beach to watch your stuff plenty of lounge chairs on the beach and shade but we were on a small ship. You can just take a taxi over to West End.