We selected a Carnival Valor cruise, because the New Orleans port was easy for all of us to get to and a five-night cruise seemed to be the right length for both the first-time cruisers and the "gold status" cruisers. The ship was packed, and you could really notice that on embarkation day and in between the end of early dinner and the beginning of late dinner, as well as at some of the bars in the evening. The promenade walkway often felt too small. First time I ever paid attention to the name of the cruise director, but Tyler was AWESOME, and so was the rest of his "fun squad" team. There were lots of activities to choose from, which kept our large multi-generational cruisers very entertained.
We found plenty to eat (and drink), but some in our group weren't really wowed by the dining room selections. No one tried the surcharge venues, though.
Our cabin attendant did a lovely job maintaining our cabin clean, and always left us a fun towel animal.
We had a balcony cabin on Deck 7. What a very convenient deck to be on.
The "3" rating is really based on the odd 1 p.m. arrival time and the maze of a man-made port.
Getting out of the man-made port area in Costa Maya is kind of annoying. It takes forever and there really isn't signage. However, once you are out, it is super easy to get a taxi and to head into Mahahual to sit at one of the many beach bars. We didn't stay for too long, because we wanted to get back on the ship for dinner. Some of the younger adults with us stuck around the man-made cruise port and hung out until later. I know that is what the vendors and cruise ships would prefer, so I don't know why the ship arrives so late in the day.
It's Cozumel. How many times can you port there? Basically, every single Western Caribbean sailing. It's fun. There's lots to see.