This was a father/son trip, and we were not disappointed on this one, my 25th cruise. Imagine my fatherly satisfaction when I found my son behaving when I spied on him on the pool deck because I knew exactly where he was 24/7 thanks to the free ship app! He didn't know that. Or at least I don't think he knew that. In the meantime, I got to enjoy a good book accompanied by the endless soft serve and delicious pizza by the pool. Paradise found! The Rock Opera was very good, as was the comedian the following evening. It helped that I didn't have my son by my side badgering me to leave the shows early so he could be with his new buddies. Nevertheless, I did require my teen to put on real clothes for dinner at 6 every night. Based upon my experience I knew to request shared seating for dinner, and we very much enjoyed our dinner companions at Estrella. Confirming once again that I am the worst parent ever, this time for refusing to buy my teen WiFi on this trip, my son actually had no other choice but to converse with the other guests at the dinner table. Imagine this novel idea! Who knew he had so much personality, wit and humor hidden by those disgraceful electronic devices! My teen son and I so enjoyed one elderly couple that we laughed through dinner with them 3 nights, and we look forward to enjoying dinner with his "new grandparents" again even though they live 1000 miles away. Can all of us agree that delicious meals with good company are just one of the great pleasures still available while cruising?
I also chose this cruise so my son could experience cave tubing in Belize. Never seen anything quite like it! Even though I've been to Tulum and Chichén Itzá, the Mayan ruins(an hour bus ride from Costa Maya) were also impressive, as there are 3 pyramids, plus other historic features. The large monkeys swinging in the trees above heading to breakfast that morning were an unexpected bonus!
Has anyone ever experienced a taxi driver or company that was this honest? TaxiTours is the taxi vendor at the Cozumel port, and guess what I did. I didn't immediately notice that my cell phone fell out of my pocket as I slid across the back seat to exit. Shortly after our taxi left, I discovered my loss, and returned to the cruise port hoping to talk to their representative. She was professional and immediately tried to help me. It was also my fault for not remembering their taxi number boldly painted on the side of their cars. Later in the day I returned to the port taxi area, and my driver, Jose Vera, was sitting there waiting for me. I was very appreciative of his 1st class service and tipped this honest driver well for his very good deed.
Cabin was quiet, comfortable (bed) and a little larger than other balcony's I've had on other lines. Closet was too long for us- I'm not complaining but when do you ever have too much room in a cruise ship cabin? Bath is standard size. Loved the refrigerator, and the desk for my laptop. Only two 110 volt plugs though above the desk. 3 European plugs there too. Obstructed balcony still provided decent views above the railing, and I enjoyed sitting there.
I also chose this cruise so my son could experience cave tubing in Belize. It's a hour drive but worth the unique experience! I've never seen anything quite like this in the world. It's a gentle stream but I wish it were rapids! But then you would miss the bats on the ceiling, and the flora growing next to the cave darkness at a place where the roof caved in. The hike to the starting point is easy, and unlike last time, the inner tubes are all tied together so no one gets lost. You can do this folks!
Even though I've been to Tulum and Chichén Itzá, the Mayan ruins(an hour bus ride from Costa Maya) were also impressive, as there are 3 pyramids, plus other historic features. You start off seeing the first pyramid, and then you follow wide pathways through the jungled site. The area is mostly shaded, and although the ground can be uneven, it's worth the small effort to walk up to the walled area to see the other 2 pyramids. The large monkeys swinging in the trees above heading to breakfast that morning were an unexpected bonus!