We chose this cruise because it left from our home port of Tampa and had stops at four ports.
First impression was not good as we had to wait to check on to boat for two hours. Once on board the first thing I noticed when getting to the cabin areas was the strong smell of stale smoke. We got to our room and one of the first things we noticed was the tiny T.V. The room itself was decent sized, had a large window, was airy, bright and the housekeeping staff did an excellent job. Through out the course of the day we discovered the soap dispenser in the shower did not work, the safe couldn't be locked, and the beds were little more than camping mattresses. Most uncomfortable bed on any cruise I have been on. When we left the room to explore the ship we noticed areas where the carpet had worn through and could not find any comfortable seating though there were many types of seating and on deck found there to be many deck chairs placed from bow to stern. After exploring the ship we went to the Red Lion pub to watch a football game but due to loud feedback from wall mounted speakers we opted to go elsewhere.
Continuing on to dinner in the Aqua dining room the food was satisfactory but the service was indifferent. In fact, we went to the Blue Lagoon restaurant one evening and ordered a hamburger with lettuce, Tomato, and grilled onions. What was delivered was a plate with three slices of tomato and a small serving of grilled onions, and nothing else. This was the case throughout the trip. The food in the dining rooms and buffet areas did not vary much from day to day. If you wanted any variety you had to go to a specialty restaurant and pay an additional fee.
We also went to several shows which were satisfactory with my favorite shows done by Second City. The other on board activities were about what you would expect.Finally, our trip was interfered with by a hurricane so consequently we got an additional day at sea and missed going to Cozumel. That is understandable but what bothered me was the lack of communication from the Captain about the storm and what course of action the ship would be taking. In Roatan we were notified our shore excursion was cancelled as we were leaving the boat to go ashore. In Costa Maya our shore time changed from 9-5 to 7-3 and the explanation was they needed the time to get back to Tampa. But cruising to Tampa the ship was traveling at 14 knots yet when they left Tampa they cruised at 19 knots so I did not understand why the change in Costa Maya.