I will try to be brief but there is so much I want to say about the ship. We got to the terminal around ll:30. Once my husband got finished parking the car at the Hilton (good parking rate), we were on the ship within 45 minutes. We went up to the Lido deck (9) for lunch. After lunch we checked out our rooms (6278 - balcony and 6290 -inside). My husband and I had the balcony and our girls had the inside room. Our room was nice. A little stain on the carpet but not bad at all.
We had the first seating in the dining room (Renoir). The ship didn't leave exactly at 6 p.m. because of some river traffic. Our waitress (Zuzanne) was a doll. We tipped her more than what was recommended. The dining room food was fine but they only give you small quantities. You can always go to the Lido cafeteria and get more food most of the time.
The first two days at sea was nothing but being lazy. If you happen to get a chair on the top of the pool area, you get a better breeze.
We had pictures taken every night. Most of the pictures were $20 each except for the pictures they took when you were coming on the ship or off the ship to a port. We bought quite a few.
On Wednesday we were at our first destination (Montego Bay). We took the Rosehall Mansion tour through the ship. If you take this tour, try to read the book "White Witch of Rosehall" before or after you go. If was interesting. After the mansion, they stop at two shopping areas. The first being a market type and the other a regular shopping area.
Thursday we were in Grand Cayman. We had book Soto's Stingray Tour (half the price of the cruise ship's tour) and we went to the same places at the tour from the ship went. We had quite a few less people on our boat. We went shopping after the tour.
Friday was Cozmuel. We didn't book any tours - we just shopped and shopped.
There were two formal nights. The Captain's Dinner was the first night. At the show at night, they introduced the "big whigs" on the ship.
The shows were pretty good. I can't say that the clothes that the dancers wore were family rated. They were pretty but they showed quite a bit of skin. The comic and magicians were also good except that I like dancing type shows better.
We were on level six and I could feel the movement of the boat more than I did last year on the Sovereign. I am not sure why. Our girls could feel more vibration in their room (didn't stop them from sleeping though).
Our sixteen year old daughter made friends the first night and we hardly saw her except for dinner and shore excursions.
I am trying to think what I may have left off. The cabin steward was nice and made the usual towel animals.
On the negative side, I think they needed to have more activities on the boat such as going away dances, more pool activities and such. They had a so called "Mardi Gras" parade. What a joke!!!! The cruise director said they would be throwing out gobs of beads. Well, the parade consisted of about six people and maybe twenty-five beads. Everyone was disappointed in this.
All in all it was a good cruise and wouldn't hesitate to take it again. I needed more time in each port.
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