We cruised on June 20, 2005. This was our first cruise -- my mom, my dad, (both 43), my brother (18) and me. We left Virginia on Sunday, June 19, 2005, to drive to Atlanta. Next Friday and Saturday, we planned to go to two Atlanta Braves ... Read More
We cruised on June 20, 2005. This was our first cruise -- my mom, my dad, (both 43), my brother (18) and me. We left Virginia on Sunday, June 19, 2005, to drive to Atlanta. Next Friday and Saturday, we planned to go to two Atlanta Braves games for my brother, the Braves fan, and this seemed to be the most efficient way to travel. We arrived in Atlanta and spent the night at a Best Western. The next morning, we had to fly from Atlanta to Miami. The flight was delayed and we ended up in Fort Myers (as it was stormy and too dangerous to land in Miami...and the airport ended up closing down). The plane needed to refuel and time was ticking away. Eventually, we landed in Miami-at 5:00, the time the ship was to leave. But, the ship wasn't planning to leave until 5:45 since so many people were in the same situation as us. So, we were told to take a taxi to the pier and not to wait for our checked luggage to come out, that it would be sent to Nassau. Well, turns out it ended up getting lost, and we still don't have it. But anyway, the cruise...
Despite not having ANY of my clothes, besides the ones I was wearing, I thought the cruise was great. The people at the Purser's Desk were so great, doing everything in their power to get our luggage to us (even though it never showed up). Here's a day by day report.
Day 1/Embarkation -- Well, there was no line at the embarkation station, so lucky for us, no waiting! We boarded the ship and saw the Centrum. It was so awesome! I loved the glass elevators! My parents headed to the Purser's Desk to tell them about our luggage. That gave us some toiletries and clean shirts that said "Shipshape." My brother and I watched the ship leaving Miami from the windows in the lobby. So, afterward, we walked to our cabin (5035) and opened the door. My mom was not happy that it was soooo tiny. Imagine four of us, in this tiny room! But with two Pullman beds along with the twin beds, we managed. I actually didn't mind the small space as we were only in there to sleep and shower.
So, that night, we explored the ship. We had the second seating in the Maytime dining room. I thought the food was delicious! Our waiter, Neil, and our assistant waiter, Alfred, saw that we were all completely satisfied with our meal. So, we checked out the casino, though I wasn't allowed to play, being under 18. So, afterward, we went to bed.
Day 2/Nassau -- We ate breakfast in the Windjammer -- yum! There was a lot of choices on the buffet like fruit, eggs, cold-cuts, eggs, sausage, pancakes, bacon, waffles, French toast, omelettes and so much more). Nassau was really fun. We took a tour of all of Nassau with a trip to Paradise Island. Our guide was very informative and I learned a lot. After the tour, my mom and I went shopping while my dad and brother went back to the ship. We bought a few clothes and toiletries to get by for the next few days. We also went to the Straw Market. I bought a Louis Vuitton belt for $18.00! The trick is to haggle with the people. It's a lot like Chinatown shopping in New York, I thought. Tonight was formal night and we had no clothes. Luckily, the people at the Purser's desk loaned my mom and I some dresses and shoes. My dad and brother received free tux rentals. I didn't feel as glamorous as I would have, but it was still fun.
Day 3/Coco Cay -- Again we ate breakfast in the Windjammer. We took our ferry to the island. Once we got there, we bought bathing suits (since ours got lost). Then, we went to our kayak excursion. This was very fun, but be sure to put sunscreen on your thighs-mine got burned! After kayaking, we ate our barbecue lunch. There were little hut-like structures set up like a buffet. I ate ribs and macaroni and cheese. Then, my mom and I went snorkeling. There were lots of little jellyfish swimming around. I didn't think I'd get stung, since they were so small, but one got me anyway. It felt exactly like a bee sting...ouch! We swam to the shipwreck, where there were lots of fish! I swam down to the bottom and looking inside the ship where lots of fish were. Then, we swam back and went back to the ship. We showered and got dressed. Tonight, we decided to go to the entertainment before dinner. It was pretty good. I ordered a virgin Pina Colada -- yummy! Tonight was Italian night -- my favorite!! Chocolate cake for dessert-DELICIOUS!!! After dinner, we went shopping on the ship.
Day 4/Key West -- I've been to Key West once before and loved it. But this time, it wasn't as fun. It seemed like everyone there smoked. I hate smoking -- it smells bad. So, that drove me nuts. But, I still enjoyed the day. My mom and I shopped for the entire day. I finally got new clothes!! I bought the cutest sundress at some store (Fast Freddie's or something like that) and it was only $45.00! Not bad! At some shops, there were pairs of simple flip-flops for $30!! I bought mine (that got lost with my luggage) for $5 at Target! But, the day was great. That night, we went to the entertainment again. There were two comedians-very funny! I ordered a virgin peach daiquiri -- yum! Dinner was great, as usual. It was nice to finally look good for dinner. =P
Day 5/Disembarkation -- I was sad to leave the ship. It was fun!! But, we ate breakfast in the dining room (food not as good as the Windjammer's) And we got to get off the ship without any trouble. We got a taxi and drove to the Miami airport. It was very interesting because our driver didn't speak English. So, we arrive at the airport and wait in the terminal. Then, we are told that our flight to Atlanta was cancelled! Can you believe our luck?! We had a game to go to! So, we had to fly to Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. and we ended up arriving in Atlanta when the Braves were in the 6th inning. Too late to go. So, we just go to the game the next day, where Andruw Jones leads the team to victory over the Orioles in the bottom of the ninth.
Overall, I thought the trip was great! It would have been the best vacation ever if we'd had our luggage. But, I made the best of it and had so much fun! I highly recommend this cruise for anyone who wants to take a first cruise. It was fun! I hope we'll see Royal Caribbean again soon-if I can convince my mom to take another cruise! =) Read Less