by Malissa Neiswonger
April 21, 2000
This was my first cruise. I traveled with 4 other people, all of us staying in one room.
The room itself was great. We had a balcony which turned out to be lovely. We had a queen size bed, a couch bed and a pull down bed. We also had to bring in a cot but even with all this it was still quite comfortable. The bathroom was large with a big mirror and medicine cabinet. We also got 2 bathrobes and a basket full of goodies from starbursts to razors to soaps. It was great. We always had hot water and great pressure.
Lunch was pretty good too. The ceasar salad from the pizza place was great and so was the pizza. The chicken sandwich from coney island was yummy and the chinese from the Noodle Factory was so good. (As you can tell, I love food). I really can't say anything bad about the food except that breakfast wasn't the greatest. I don't eat much for breakfast anyway so I wasn't very disappointed. I was told that the made to order omelets were very good though.
The best part of this trip was even after all the food I ate, I still lost between 5-10 pounds. (I tried to stay pretty active)
Schedule of events:
Our first port was Cozumel. My friend and I did the horseback riding tour and had a great time. Our tour guide Charlie was very informative and very funny. After that we went back to the ship to lay out and wait for the other people in our group to get back from their tour. This was a good time to lay out because there was no one on board. We relaxed for a while and picked up some dinner from the coney island before heading into town. We shopped a little and found some pretty good deals on silver and other trinkets (not gold). We also stopped at Carlos n' Charlies for yards of Margarita's. These were tasty but very strong. If your not a drinker, I don't suggest this drink. We grabbed a taxi back to the ship ($5) and headed for our room.
The third day was at sea and was the Captain's Cocktail party (free drinks and food). Again we spent the day in the sun. Our second port was Grand Cayman. We shopped in the morning and did the Stingray City tour in the afternoon. This was the best tour I went on. We had so much fun that we can't wait to go back and do it again. On our way back from the sandbar we spotted a funnel cloud. This was neat. When we got back to the ship it rained for about 15 minutes and the sun stayed shining through it all. We spent the rest of the day relaxing in the sun. It was a good day.
Our last port was Ocho Rios. We did not have a great experience here. We wanted our hair braided and somehow we ended up getting completely ripped off. They try charging $3 per braid and trust me it adds up. I think I spent $40 for just the front part of my head to be braided. My friend got her whole head done in small braids (110 braids) and they tried charging her $2 a braid. They wanted $200 for that. She only gave them $50 plus a $10 tip. Yes they ask for tips too, even after they rip you off. That kind of ruined our day so we shopped for about an hour and went right back to the ship. This was the second formal night.
Our last day was at sea. We just relaxed the entire day. We went back to our rooms early this night to start packing and getting things together. We had to have our luggage outside of our cabin by midnight (ours was out 15 minutes before midnight). The final morning we ate our breakfast and spent about 1 hour waiting for our tag to be called. We were one of the last groups called. We got off the ship pretty quick and were at the airport by 11:30.
I hope this review helps you in any way. It's not the most informative because I didn't do too much. Sorry about that. I'll make sure that I do more things on my next cruise in March on the Ecstasy.