First of all, this was our 1st cruise ever. Went with great attitudes, left just ok with the whole experience. I myself am a 29 yr old female, traveled with 31 yr old husband, and 7 & 10 yr old girls.
We have heard alot of past crusiers talk, and in comparison, we both agree that we were either on the wrong ship, or maybe we're not "cruisers".
The lines to get onto ship were LONG, took us about 2 hours from dropping luggage, until officially stepping onto boat. Our room service was nice, our girls loved the animals made nightly. Staff constantly comes by to offer you to buy drinks, but when you want a drink, it seemed as if noone acknowledged us. Same as while eatign buffet, it took them forever to clear our used plates off the table! I personally didnt realize how much more money you can spend on the ship! The shows they had that were free were not for us! We left a few of them before they were over. Beware of bar tabs, they add up QUICK!! On the other hand, our girls enjoyed the camp for kids! They had a blast and kept begging to go back.
Pool area (Lido deck) stayed quite crowded. We only got ourselves 2 loungechairs twice while being on ship. (once was while ship was docked in our 1st destination, (Progresso, UGH)) Food was not all that! We tried dining room as well as buffet lines, it was just ok. Lido deck buffet was open for breakfast daily (typical bagels, muffins, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, bread, milk, cereal, pancakes) Dining room breakfast we did not enjoy, they didn't get any of our orders correct, so it was buffet for breakfast after that! Dining room for dinner was just ok, we didnt think they had a lot of options to choose from, out MAitre'd was good to us. Food was just ok, nothing amazing at all! As for buffet area for lunch and dinner...OMG! The lines, and people were not fun! Sandwich line inside Tiffanys was terrible and only had 1 guy making the sandwiches. Our girls loved gettting pizza & ice cream any time, though! As for ship being cleaned, workers were cleaning all the time it seemed, so I can't complain there!
Because we traveled with children, we did not experience much of the adult night life in bars/club areas. We heard fun/funny stories about those places though. We did gamble in casino area a bit. Lost, so unfortunatly we dont have any bragging stories there!
MAybe it was the time of year, but it seemed like most of the other people were a bit older than us (seemed to have more fun than we did) LOL
Weather was a bit windy throughout cruise. Very chilly the day we left Mobile, but of course got warmer as trip went) All in all, weather cooporated great for us!
All said and done, the cruise ship itself was just ok.
We were already forwarned about the smallness of room, so I can't complain! We had king size bed & twin in room and still had some floor space. Bathroom was good enough to do what you needed to do. Closet space was ok, being that we had 4 people and the weather being cool when we left & warm on trip...we could've used more space for sure! Noise..Can't complain. We weren't in our room often enough. No view for us, we were interior with a fake window!
Progresso: Day 3...
We only got off ship and went to the "tourist trap" shops. You can see it all from ship. CAlled bank ahead of time to let thme know we would be traveling, but every store we went into would'nt read our card :( People were everywhere trying to get you to come into their store. Items were MUCH cheaper than in US, (we only purchased small souveniers, shirts, alcohol) We were going to take taxi into town, but since we spent our cash shopping, it made for a quick "port" trip.
Only 1 other ship was docked here as far as I know, unless there was another pier out of site.
Afterwards, talking to many others, we never heard anything positive about Progresso. They said the town was very dirty, powerlines hanging so low you had to duck, police had machine like guns as security.
This was the day we got back on ship early and enjoyed the Lido deck!
Cozumel: Day 4....
We booked online before leaving our house a place to go. We narrowed it down from 2 options (NOT through Carnival) Paradise Beach & Uvas. Taxi cost us $10, HOLD ON TIGHT! LOL They zoom throuh the streets! We ended up going with the Uvas. Taxi driver told us it was the rocky side, vs. if we went to the Paradise Beach, it was more "beach like". We paid $70 which covered the 4 of us to go on a guided snorkeling tour, lasted about 35 minutes. (all of our 1st time) So we enjoyed that! And all our drinks, (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) The place is rather small, looks kind of dumpy. I was not happy once seeing the place. It does have a small square pool off to the side (we never touched it) covered seating & table area, locker rental, louge chairs (could use some replacing) Watched an older man bust his butt trying to walk into water because of all the rocks. Our girls weren't too happy either. It's not the typical beach scene they are used to. My husband & I did drink And ended up meeting another couple which definetly helped make our stay more enjoyable. If it weren't for the other couple, we had all plans to leave and go to other side of island after we snorkeled. The staff there did wait on us often, so that was nice. Others would come back every so often trying to get you to buy bracelets, tattoos, massages. We stayed until we had to get back onto ship, so we didn't see any other part. All in all, we enjoyed our day in Cozumel (probably thanks to quite a few drinks and great company!) Also, made us think we may juts be more "Destination type people" instead of cruisers