Caribbean Princess Review - Western Itinerary - 7/31/04-8/7/04
Let me start by saying that several Cruise Critic members helped make our cruise so much more because of all the great advice, tips etc. So those who have not cruised before, or even those who have cruised before and want to know more - keep reading these boards and ask any questions you want because there is always someone here with answers galore!
The day before and Embarkation - July 30 and 31 - Ft. Lauderdale - Port Everglades
We flew into Miami and rented a car to FLL as we got a free flight due to the pile up of air miles, as well as we were coming from Seattle and it is the only direct flight we could get close to FLL. We flew on the same flight with our new friends from this Board - Marlinmike and Wife! We also managed to get a paid upgrade to First Class for our 5 hour and 45 minute RED EYE trip!
We all arrived blurry-eyed in Miami. There was a princess rep who met us at the gate. He helped us find baggage claim and was generally helpful with directions for us to the Budget Rental Car location. Marlinmike and Wife took a shuttle to their Hotel and we collected our luggage and were off to our Budget Rental location near the Miami Airport. We parted ways knowing we would meet up again the next morning at the ship. It was nice to have instant new friends even before boarding the ship!
We were off in our rental car to FLL. We stayed at the Airport Sheraton Hotel. I got it for $55 on Priceline and I can say it served its purpose. The rooms are very clean and the bed was very comfortable. We took a five hour nap to catch up on some missed sleep. We got a complimentary Buffet Breakfast in the morning before leaving for the ship because our room was not ready when we arrived and we had to wait about and hour.
The night before leaving for the ship we went to find the Budget 17th Street drop off location (that we so kindly got directions to from Chris and Sydney - thanks again!) It was in a weird little location and would be very easily missed if you'd never been there before. We also took Chris and Sydney's advice on shopping at the Publix Grocery Store nearby as well as the liquor stores. We bought 24 diet cokes, 12 large water, Crystal Light lemonade mix, Instant Margarita Mix, 2 bottles of wine, Green Olives, cocktail napkins & 24 Negro Modelo Beers (one very good Mexican beer). Now you are wondering how we got all of this on the ship, right? Well... We took Chris's advice again and wrapped up our beer in beautiful white and silver anniversary wrapping paper (I brought from home) with a beautiful wired ribbon. I even put a card on top and wrote it ourselves as an Anniversary Gift! We fit the rest of the beverage items into a medium sized roller suitcase and we checked all our other luggage (except our documents, passports etc.) and rolled this "BAR ON WHEELS" right through the x-ray line and onto the ship! No one said a word except what a beautiful Gift we had!!!! Thanks for the idea Chris - You are a legend now!!!! This preparation probably saved us at least $3 to $400 easily! We didn't have to buy the soda cards and Our cabin was so great, we usually enjoyed cocktails there most of the time. We did order a few drinks from the bars, but usually we mixed the drinks up in our cabin. I also pre-ordered a bottle of Grey Goose that was delivered to our stateroom after calling room service when we arrived on-board.
Morning of Embarkation went great, except for the fact we may have arrived about 30 minutes too early. We got there at approx 10:15 am and were with the 1st 50 people in line in very HOT, HUMID, SWEATY weather. They opened the doors about 11:25 or so and soon we forgot that we were hot as inside the building they had great air conditioning. We continued to the counter for the Baja Deck and got checked in, showing our cruise documents and Passports. We were issued our cruise cards and advised to go aboard the ship. Just a quick trip through the x-ray line an then up the escalator and you get your Embarkation picture taken and then on-board you go! Oh, one quick note and I know it has been mentioned before, when you get in the lines to check in - just go to the shortest line, no need to go to Express as it will probably be longer since most of us use the Princess Cruise Personlizer beforehand. Total Embarkation time 10-15 minutes tops!
After on board we went straight to our Stateroom - Baja - 749/Starboard - It was everything we imagined. The balcony was huge and very private. (A table & four chairs and 1 lounger fit with room to move around too - I think it was 11' x9'). I immediately picked up the phone and made reservations for 7pm for the Palm dining room for the first night, 2nd night and 4th nights and then I called room service and made reservations for our Balcony dinner on Tuesday night for our anniversary. It was easy to get through as I am sure I was one of the first on-board to be calling. Don't wait because it gets busy and reservations will be hard to come by. Although, I must say - the rest of the week we made no reservations and had no problems getting into the dinning room at 7-7:30. We only went to the Palm dining room because others we had talked to had been to Coral and Island and told us they thought Palm was much more organized and better service. I'm sure it depends on a lot, but we felt very comfortable going to the same dining room each evening and looked forward to the great service we received. The food was great, lot's to choose from or you can order it all, like my good Cruise Critic Friend LunaMoon did. She was an order-a-holic and very hilarious when she got one of each desert one evening. What was it again???? Baked Alaska, the Love Boat Dream and 3 different kinds of ice-cream?
We met with our room Steward (ess) Rose and gave her a few $$ to make sure we always had ice and 4 beach towels. She was very sweet and very accomodating! Throughout the cruise she was pretty invisible and made us great towel animals!!!
After reservations were made and meeting with Rose, we had some time before our meeting with our Roll Call at Morgan's Bar at 3pm, so we went exploring. One stop we made proved to be a big image changer for me. We went to the Lotus Spa to confirm our Spa appointments for the next afternoon and I entered the "If they could SEA me now" makeover contest. Of course as easy as 1,2,3 - I won! (you know when you just have a feeling you are going to win?) When we returned to our stateroom later there was a letter in our mailbox indicating to contact Claire Lovely (yes, it really is her name and she is lovely). I contacted Claire and we set up a time to meet at the spa in the morning. I had below shoulder length - fairly long curly hair and let's just say that I don't anymore. They cut my hair a little above shoulder length and gave me a manicure and did my make-up. We shot a video of it all - you know, the before and after thing. It was a great experience and I was a little shocked at the haircut after having long hair for so long (thanks to Lotus Spa, especially Michelle for such a great haircut), but the reaction I got from people was so positive and nice I thought - I should have done this a long time ago. Anyway the next day they had a show in Club Fusion with the man who won and another lady who won a make-up makeover. It was very fun and I also got Champagne and flowers! The entire Cruise Critic friends were there to support me it was very fun and funny at the same time! Needless to say they entire rest of the cruise I was known as the Makeover lady!
Meeting the Roll Callers!!!!!! - 4 of the couples on the roll call met at Morgan's Bar - Deck 17? Aft overlooking the Terrace Pool and on top of Outrigger's bar & Horizon Court/Cafe Caribe. It's a small bar, but a very cool place to meet! Upon our meeting (and mind you this only added to the fun) it started to sprinkle rain, the rain got a little heavier, no problem, we took cover under the bar. THEN, it came.... A HUGE DOWNPOUR of SIDEWAYS, BLOWING WIND AND RAIN. We all had to make a run for it to the inside elevator lobby - Which was only about 30 feet away from the bar. All eight of us counted to 3 and with cocktails in hand RAN (laughing all the way inside) We got inside by the elevators WE WERE ABSOLUTELY SOAKED and laughing so hard about how wet we all were - it was great! We continued our meeting right there. So if any of you are looking for a great place to meet your Roll call members, try the elevator lobby aft on floor 17 - It works just fine! People from Cruise Critic we met were: Marlinmike/Wife, LunaMoon/Husband, Julie &David. (We all met Poetrylady and Friends later)
First night at Dinner was in the Palm Dinning room where we got a table for two. Dinner was great, I think we had Prime Rib, Fettuccini, Caesar Salad, Shrimp Cocktail and The Love Boat Dream for desert. We had the shrimp cocktail every night, as well as the Caesar salad. Half way through our meal the maitre'd sat another couple next to us who proceeded to tell us that the Caribbean Princess was one of the worst ships they had ever been on. Mind you, it has only been 7 hours into the trip and we (first time cruisers) were being told by the sourpuss trolls that this magnificent vessel with all the amenities anyone could ever imagine or ask for, was the reason they wanted to turn around and go home immediately. Let me see, the husband said he wanted to turn around and go home immediately and his wife said "It broke my heart what I saw when I first boarded" You would have thought they boarded the SS Minow and were headed for Gilligan's Island! What the h*ll were they talking about? Thank god we were almost done with our meal, we just had to get away! I kindly stated "Oh, come on...You've got to be kidding?" and advised them we did not want to listen to anything bad and that we were on one of the most beautiful ships and going to most beautiful places, how could they beat this? And, that was it - no more was said and we got away....and I mean we got away and didn't say goodbye or anything - we were almost running!
Woke-up on Sunday morning to room service delivering our eggs benedict for two out on our balcony, as well as some tomato juice to doctor up into Bloody Mary's - Let's get this parted started! YES YOU CAN order anything you want to room service, even if it's not on the room service menu. For instance to get the eggs benedict that we had each morning all you need to do is write it down on the breakfast order form and hang it on your door, just make sure you are very specific, or you will not get what you what. For instance, if you want ketchup, write it down, if you want half -n- half, write it down, if you want large, small, medium, write it down - you get the picture. Also, make sure you check a time on the bottom and realize they will probably deliver it 10-15 minutes before the earliest time.
The first Day was our Princess Cay day, but I had to get my makeover first. I spent a couple hours getting my hair done and makeup and nails all pretty, shooting a video of it all and then my husband and I boarded the tender for Princess Cays only to sweat all my make-up off on Princesses lovely blue and white striped beach towels! Princess Cays was a nice beach day. We pre-rented floats on the Cruise Personalizer and it was great to just float in the beautiful water. We were only there for a little over two hours, but we enjoyed the BBQ, floating, Mr. Suncat smoking a cigar relaxing on his lounge chair in the shade and drinking the four ice cold beers we brought over in our small folding cooler (thanks to Rose for the all the ice)! We got off the tender and went over the bridge to the right and found plenty of chairs and someone nice let us share the shade under one of the little palm tree leaf huts. The BBQ consisted of hamburgers, chicken burgers, ribs, sausages, hot dogs, great salads, cookies, brownies, and all the fresh fruit you can imagine. It was a nice day, but we had to head back at 3:30 to get ready for our 4:30 spa treatments.
The Spa was very relaxing and we used the tile, heated lounge chairs prior to and after our treatments. I had pre-booked our treatments on the Cruise Personalizer, The Sea Essence Duet was for me and my husband had a Deep Tissue Massage, both treatments were good and we were charged less as it was considered a port day.
Dinner this night was in the Palm dining room again, but this time we met two great ladies, mom and daughter, Jan and Karen. We sat next to their table for 2 and viola it became a table for 4. We had a great time at dinner and told them we had the same 7pm reservations for tomorrow, so they changed their reservations so we could dine together! - This night we had swordfish and the usual staples, Shrimp Cocktail, Caesar, etc... YOU WILL NOT GO HUNGRY. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO EAT EVERYTHING! Yes, try it, but have a little self control, otherwise you will be miserable!
You'll have to forgive me on the entertainment end of things, we did a lot, but I cannot tell in what order, what night, but here's what we did on any given night....
We saw comedians - Sarge, Scott Wyler, James, the kid Michael - We unfortunately missed Mike Wilson.
We went to a couple rounds of horse racing. Graham says "and the crowd goes wild" just a few times!!!!
We spent a few dollars in the casino and entered the Black Jack tournament
We saw some of Princess Idol
We went and most of our party of CC members participated in "Island Night" (ask LunaMoon aka BL/Banana Lady and Julie and her husband David what their part in the show was?) LunaMoon aka BL, had to be the star of this whole show, lip syncing to RESPECT while suggestively pealing her banana microphone and taking a bite! Graham's eyes were popping out at this point and so were Mr. Moon's! I think she was the overall winner of this competition - She had all our votes - I almost lost it here... It was so damn funny!
Here's Marlinmike's video showing Banana lady in action! http://www.marlinmike.com/caribbean%20index.htm - You need Windows Media 9
We spent a few late, late evenings at Skywalker's - the people watching up there was great!!! All of the cruise employees seem to end up there after their shifts to relax a little. It was nice to see them not having to entertain 24 hours a day! They have extremely grueling jobs and they are all great at them!
FYI - Drinks of the day per Graham's "Be Very Afraid" Morning show were:
Ja'Maican Me Crazy Rum Punch - Orange & Pineapple Juices and Grenadine w/a dark rum float.
Fun on the Beach - Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Orange and Cranberry Juice
Ocean Breeze - Vodka w/Blue Curaco, Pinapple Juice, sweet & sour topped w/sprite. or "Windex" as Graham would say...
Mai Tai - light rum with amaretto, pineapple juice and sweet & sour.
Starwberry Daiquiri - White rum with Strawberries and lime juice.
Margarita - Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime and Lemon Juice poured over cracked ice.
Homeward Bound - White rum, Peach Schnapps, Orange Juice and Cranberry Juice.
PART 3 - First Formal Night and First Sea Day
Let's see - where did I leave off. Oh yah...Day 3 was the first formal night a Sea Day and my day to make my "makeover" appearance in Club Fusion in the "If they could see me now" show.
Day 3 was a great Sunny Sea Day - We got up late today - 8am... - Had our regular room service breakfast, Bloody Mary's, Coffee and Egg's Benedict and headed out to the Terrace Pool by 9am. We found 2 lounge chairs just outside Cafe Caribe and settled in the shade for a couple hours. It's beautiful back there watching and listening to the wake! I left and went up to the top deck to catch some sun and then we had a Sushi and Chinese Food Lunch from Horizon Court. We saw our CC group out there around 12 and that's when I told them I would be in the Club Fusion show at 3:15. I went to get my hair and make-up done again for the show at 1:30 and they all came to see me at the show. It was pretty embarrassing as they show the video of before and then a bunch of film shot running around the ship and then the final product. It was a great time though. I appreciate the great haircut and make-up, especially as it was formal night and I was all ready to go... They also gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a bottle of champagne.
After the makeover show we played the horse races with Graham (yes Graham is really as great a CD as they all say he is). He can make any kind of snide comment he wants and it's all ok in the end because of his English accent! It's quite something to behold. He is a comedian, actor, dancer, singer, "know it all" kind of guy that there is no way you can dislike - He is Crazy! The horse races are also in Club Fusion and they are fun, plus you get freebies like Princess Playing Cards (WOW) Well...they make great souvenirs!
Went to Dinner at the Palm dinning room again in our formalwear and planned to meet our new friends Jan and Karen at 7pm. We met Jan and Karen and low and behold down the aft stairway walks Luna & Mr. Moon - they joined us for dinner as well. We all had 7pm reservations so they put us altogether. Very accommodating! Hmmh - I think tonight we ate....Halibut? My god it's all running together. I do remember Luna ordering to her hearts content though, especially the deserts and at one point she was going to have the entire left side of the menu which consisted of 5 or 6 entrEe's and 2 salads and 3 appetizers! (She is not a large women so I don't know where she planned on putting all this food!) Crazy!
After dinner we went to Scott Wyler in the Explorer's lounge. Earlier in the cruise - I think the first day, we meet a couple on the promenade deck who knew Scott Wyler personally, that's why they chose to come on the ship. Scott has over 250 punch lines and is very good. We caught his R rated show on Cozumel/Thursday night and everyone was so tired at midnight I think it would have been better to do the show earlier in order to follow his act better. He even admitted this night was tough as everyone has a really long hot, margarita infested day and they may not even be awake!
I think it was the same night - we went to the Midnight James "the kid" Michael Show in Club Fusion? Like I said before - it's all running together now! Anyway our whole (all 8 of us) group meet there and sat in the front row. You know what happens when you sit in the front row at an adult comedy show - I am sure my good friend Julie will not tell you, so....I will. This poor helpless, Julie, very innocent, beautiful, little gal was picked by James Michael to come be his assistant on stage. Note...This guy is crazy, sweating profusely - out of his mind, very quick witted, potty mouth comedian, magician. He was telling dirty jokes and doing magic at the same time. All of his jokes had very adult content to them and they were pretty gross, but still funny. Anyway, Mr. Michael has little Julie up on a stool in her beautiful black full length sexy beaded formal gown, sitting up on a stool. He hand her a wrapped condom (she just about looses her mind here, as she is so innocent, you know and now she is known as CL - Condom Lady) He asks her to open it and she really doesn't want to, but there's the peer pressure you know and the crowd is cheering and clapping and she really has no choice, so she does, all the while making a face as though this is a very foreign thing to her...???? At this Point Mr. Michael blind folds her and indicates he is pouring vodka into a cup. She is holding the cup and he stretches the condom over the opening of the cup and then asks "CL" to think dirty thoughts. He keeps saying this and as he is saying it the condom start to get bigger and bigger. She of course can't see this as she is blind folded, and of course everyone else is laughing. It was very funny to watch. Julie/CL was a very good sport!
PART 4 - Jamaica, Marlinmike's Suite Party and the Balcony Dinner Experience!
We woke up and we are mysteriously docked in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We decided not to jump right up this morning, and took our time deciding what we were going to do. Our main mission was to go procure some Rum, Coffee and visit Margaritiville and we had all day to do it, so we order our breakfast again and left the ship around 10:30am. We just walked off, if was nice not having to tender. We caught a cab/bus to town for $6. Went shopping and were harangued by the locals, "You make deal with me, YOU BUY, lady you BUY NOW!" That was enough, thank you! We ended up buying only 1 bottle of Appleton's Rum as we thought it to be too high of a price, boy were we right. We got back to the port and you could buy Duty free in the liter size for $11 and we paid $15 (after bargaining with them forever) for a 5th. So do not buy in town, buy Duty free or on the Ship, it's a much better deal! Also, beware; all the Cuban cigars in the little town area they drop you off at are NOT REAL!! (No big surprise). We know as my husband is a cigar distributor. OVERALL - THIS WAS THE DOWNFALL OF THE TRIP - I SEE NO NEED TO STOP HERE AND WOULD HAVE RATHER HAD ANOTHER SEA DAY!
While shopping we ran into Marlinmike and Wife and we all decided to catch a cab to Margaritiville together. Margaritiville is Wild!!! It's mostly younger, of course, but a very rowdy, drunk atmosphere. I thought it was fine and the Margarita's were great! I bought several souvenirs here for my Margarita loving friends and we took a bunch of pictures of the slide, trampolines in the water etc. and decided to head back to the ship so Marlinmike and Wife could get back to prepare for the Cocktail party they were throwing in their San Juan Penthouse Suite!!!!!!!!
We got back to the ship, took a quick dip to cool down in the main pool (met with BL and Mr. Moon, by chance) (met with Karen and Jan, by chance) shared a pice of Pizza and then got ready for our evening of cocktailing and the balcony dinner and then island night ( I think I made a reference that Island Night was on Cozumel night before, but I was wrong - this was the night!!!!)
We met the best people off this board and we had a great time at Marlinmike's & Wife's cocktail party. They are great people and we are lucky we live only a few miles away from each other near Seattle. We were still in port (Montego Bay) and their San Juan Suite was port side Mid Ship on the Riviera deck (correct Mike?). The Suite is Magnificent, Huge Jetted soaking Tub, Full shower, 2 TV's sitting area, wet bar w/sink granite coutertops! It's literally a small condo! Our party was great. We all ended up out on their balcony, literally yelling at all the late comers running back to the ship. We noticed we should have already been underway and started yelling (I should say BL did most of the yelling and the rest of us did most of the ducking out of site!) "LATE, LATE, LATE you're late". (or something to that effect) Nobody took us seriously, in fact we got most of the people on the Port side out on their balconies and we had quite a large party going now. Everybody started talking to each other from balcony to balcony and we even got a wave from all those on the Bridge! Everybody wanted to see what we were yelling at and it became quite a funny scene!
We left the cocktail party and headed for our stateroom - Cabin B-749 "The 10 year Anniversary" Room! We had our Ultimate Balcony Dinner scheduled for 7pm. The Room Service arrived precisely at 7pm. They put white linen table cloth on the outdoor table and took the small end table from our room to place the bucket holding the ½ bottle of Moet Chandon. There were candles, flowers, fine linens, silverware, water glasses, wine glasses, champagne glasses and our own 6 foot inflatable palm tree as the back drop! I called to make the reservation and pre-ordered cocktails, a Martini for Mr. and a Cosmopolitan for myself. These drinks were included. They also ask if you want Steak - Filet Mignon or Lobster or both, and what do you think we did? - Both of course! First the Room Service manager for the entire ship comes in to introduce himself and to advise he would like to know exactly how we enjoy our services and to please let him know personally if there is anything he can do further. (Very Nice Touch - he came back again at the end of the meal to make sure everything was satisfactory).
1st course - CanapE's 10 per person and the Cocktails
2nd course - Very Very Very Very Large Crab cake baked in a Puff Pastry type shell (we ate the whole thing and regretted it later and we were too stuffed to even come close to finishing the main course)
3rd Course - Beautiful Butter/Bib lettuce salad with tomatoes, pears sugared walnuts, fried goat cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. This was a perfect salad, but way too large!
4th Course - Main Course - A HUGE FULL Lobster tail and the biggest cut of filet mignon I have ever had! Cooked to perfection. The side dishes were new potatoes, carrots broccoli and they were all cut into almond shapes. (I"LL POST PICTURES SOON)
5th Course - Desert - we could not eat it, we could only taste it. It was 4 different kinds of Mouse, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut and Vanilla with a presentation like no other, edible crepe fan laced in chocolate with a small edible crepe dish of strawberries with a mint sprig! It's hard to image all of this - I know. All I can say is: DO THIS - especially for a special occasion. It is the best $100 dinner you will ever have!
After all this food we went to Island Night at the Terrace Pool - See my previous post for Island Night events!!!! - It's not to be missed!
Day 4 Grand Cayman
We got up early today as we had made arrangements to go with Captain Marvin's to Sting Ray City and the snorkel of the Barrier Reef. We tendered to shore at 8:45 am and walked to the left of the pier a couple of blocks to the Captain Marvin Location. This was a great Snorkeling experience and the Sting Rays are very Cool! This is not to be missed for a first timer to Grand Cayman. I just wish we had more time in this beautiful port. It is so clean here. We had the tour guide drop us off at Seven Mile Beach on the way back into town and we ate at a small burger place on the beach and downed a few Sting Ray beers. You know - I don't usually drink beer, but when it's hot, I don't think there's a better beverage of choice! These beers went down too easy! After lunch of Swordfish burger and Cheeseburger - we decided to walk as far down the beach as possible towards the town. With beer in hand we walked and took more self photos of us two on the beautiful white sand beach! THEN - it started to rain, and you know...when it rains, it pours. We sought cover under a bar on the beach and caught a cab the rest of the way into town. We did approximately 15 minutes of shopping and caught the very last tender back to the ship - What a great Day we had.
Tonight was the second Formal and we again made it to the Palm at 7pm without reservations - no problem - I think they knew us by now! We ate dinner and went to Sarge in the Princess Theatre. It was a great Evening. I think we ended up in the Casino - and yes we lost - but it has never been so fun loosing!
As for employees on the ship. We met quite o few very accommodating all around nice people. I think we did see Sydney's Devonish at Skywalker's, but we did not speak. The people we got to know the best were Scott and Claire, Donna (Senior Assistant CD) and Graham from going to the horse races) oh and Rose our cabin stewardess extraordinaire - of course! Scott is the Deputy Cruise director - He helped Graham with the Horse races and also was MC for anything Graham or Donna weren't MCing. These people do a great job on this ship and they have such a long working period - some up to 11 months, then with 2 months off and then back on a new ship! I know Claire and the woman who sis my make-up will be on the Sapphire in a few weeks as it starts it's Mexican Rivera trips!
PART 5 - Cozumel and the last Sea Day
I bet all of you thought "she's never going to finish this"!!!!
Well, Thursday morning we woke up at our leisure and we had no plans in Cozumel but to go shop and have a few Margaritas'!! After watching all the excursion boats and the Cozumel Ferry pass us by we had our usual breakfast, (by the way, room service breakfast was the way to go for us, we never went to the dining room - we ordered very specifically and were not disappointed) - There's nothing like making the most out of your balcony stateroom and getting that great breakfast delivered. After our breakfast and our morning ritual of the "BE VERY AFRAID SHOW" by our favorite CD, Graham Seymour we got ourselves together and headed to catch a taxi to town. 3 words about Graham's show "DON'T MISS IT". It's very entertaining and actually quite helpful for shopping, events etc. It's a verbal format of the Princess Patters, WITH AN ENGLISH ACCENT! When you disembark at Cozumel, it is the only port that required picture ID to get back onto the Pier, so don't forget those passports! (or certified B-certificates & picture id).
Walking off the ship onto the dock, we of course see our CC friends Julie & David. It was weird out of 3500 people we always seemed to run into each other. We made our way through the tunnel of liquor, as I like to call it. I think others call it "Duty Free", but I think they should at least consider calling it, "The Duty Free Tunnel of Liquor". (Yes, I am loosing my mind a little). We caught a cab to town for $6. They will take up to 4 people for $6. We were dropped off in the center of the town in the shopping area. We shopped for souvenirs; I bought some Vanilla and little wooden Fish and turtles for the gals at work. Other than that we didn't do much more shopping. We did stop in a very nice Cigar shop in Cozumel, very close to Carlos and Charlie's. Darling husband was able to purchase a few Cuban cigars to enjoy back on the ship! While we were shopping we became quite hot! It must have been the hottest day of the week, so we grabbed a couple beers to quench our thirst and DH was offered a free shot of tequila (of course we ended up liking the tequila and purchased a bottle).
After our shopping and beer adventure we visited both, Senor Frog's and Carlos & Charlie's. These establishments are directly next to each other. I think Senor Frog's is almost directly above Carlos & Charlies'. Anyway - what a party we encountered here! It was a little older crowd than we witnessed at Margaritaville earlier in the week. Both of these places had great Margaritas and very fun atmosphere's with really attentive service. Unlike Margaritaville were you had to wait at the bar forever before some decided to serve you (at least that's how we felt when we were there). We took quite a few pictures here. Soon it was time to head back to the ship to get ready for our CC Cocktail party in our Stateroom!
We caught a taxi back and grabbed two more beers (yes we were in no pain at this time) I quickly picked out a silver bracelet and a silver necklace for myself. (I have a name for this kind of shopping; it's SWI "Shopping While Intoxicated - It works well, especially when you are in a hurry) We made it back to the pier and boarded the ship without incident! We had time for a cool swim and then headed to our stateroom to greet our guests!
The stateroom parties were fun. I think we had 10 people in our room and on the balcony and at one point we took a balcony picture with all 10 of us out there and still had room for more! We ordered cheese and crackers and guacamole and chips from room service. This is the day they were showing the "Makeover Show" on the Ship's television network, so we had that playing for everyone to laugh at.
After the party we went to dinner AGAIN in the PALM DINING ROOM. After dinner we were in the Black-Jack tournament and lost in the first round! Oh well, easy come, easy go. After we lost, we actually went and TOOK A NAP for a couple hours then caught the midnight Scott Wyler adult Comedy show. After Scott Wyler we headed for the Horizon court for a late feeding of the worlds largest sandwiches! We took the sandwiches back to our room and then I do not remember anything except that I woke up and it was the last day of our cruise. Whew! YES WE JUST NOW BEGAN TO REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH WE PACKED INTO THE WEEK!
We spent the morning as we usually do and then headed for the Terrace pool. I got two chairs in the shade and one in the sun so we could catch a few rays and then sleep comfortably in the shade. We ate lunch of Pizza and headed back to our cabin at 4pm to pack up everything. This was a nightmare as I think we brought everything including the kitchen sink! It took us 2 ½ hours! Yuck! We finished packing all the while listening to Graham's instruction show on packing up and disembarking (It was sad - I was ready to stay at least a couple more days). We went to the Palm around 7:30 and again, we run into CC Friends Luna and Mr. Moon! They have a table for 2 right next to us and BL is ordering up a storm again while Mr. Moon looks on...
Our whole group agreed to meet later in the evening and we ended up at the Wheelhouse Bar to say our Tearful goodbye......
We met and talked about how wonderful it was to meet such nice people and how much we'd miss each other. You would never expect such a bond could be made in such a short period of time, especially because what we are all thinking before we meet other CC members is: "If they're weird, we can just meet and move on!" This didn't happen...Quite the opposite....
As Bob Hope would Say "Thanks for the Memories" We love all our CruiseCritic Friends and hope to meet again someday!
Our last moments were spent walking the promenade, DH smoking his Cuban and thinking about what a wonderful week we'd had! There was a visit to Churchill's lounge, a visit to the Casino (Where we saw Julie & David AGAIN!) and then we walked around and took a few photos. We ended our time at Skywalkers and then called it a night.
Congratulations if you picked this ship to sail - YOU'LL HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE.
We were off the ship about 9:30 the next morning and out into the Street to wait for the Budget Van to pick us up. AGAIN, We run into Julie and David and Luna and Mr. Moon!!! Read Less