I was born in Texas. My dad was in the Air Force so I have lived in several different places. I now live in Georgia. When on a cruise I love sightseeing in the different ports or like to go snorkeling. My two favorite things in life are cruising & Celtic Woman concerts. When I am at home, I like reading and watching soccer & football. I also like trying new kinds of foods. One thing I like about cruises is the wide variety of international type foods.
April 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas
November 2017 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest
May 2017 - 14 Night Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Divina
I loved the international atmosphere on the ship. I met people from several different countries. All of the crew members were very friendly and the ship was clean. The food was very good for the most part. A lot of Italian/Mediterranean cuisine. The entertainment was the best out of any ship I have been on.
November 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape
Awesome cruise, awesome ship
This was my first cruise on a large ship, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to see that embarkation & debarkation went very smoothly. It only took about 15 minutes to check in. The only time the line was a little bit long was getting back on in Nassau. The buffet was arranged in a rectangular pattern with different stations so the lines were never that long. The food for the most part was delicious. We had great service in all three main dining rooms. The ship was kept very clean. They had the "washy washy" people that would spray hand sanitizer on you before they would let anyone in the buffet area. The entertainment was wonderful. I especially liked the Brat Pack 80's show.
May 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Dream
It was one of the best cruises I have ever been on. The Dream was kept very clean. The dining room staff was great. Good food.
The only disappointment was that they cut the port stay in Cozumel by two hours for some reason so they did not run the mainland shore excursions. I still enjoyed the Mayan ruins at San Gervaiso. They were smaller than the ones at Tulum, but still worth seeing.
Belize for me was the best stop of the tour. Xunantunch Mayan ruins are spectacular. The tallest building is 130 feet high. Because of my fear of heights, I couldn't make myself climb more than halfway up, but still got a great view of the surrounding area.
On Isla Roatan, we took an island & glass-bottom boat tour. It was very interesting to see the coral reef & sea life. We didn't see any super-huge fish, but an interesting variety. One of the stops was at a cameo factory. It was some really detailed artwork.
November 2015 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest
November 2014 - 8 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty
December 2013 - 4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Disney Dream
April 2013 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Dream
September 2012 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom
May 2011 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom
May 2010 - 7 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty
May 2008 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Glory
May 2007 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Glory
We took the Green Grotto Cave tour. They took us through two different caves. A lot of beautiful underground rock formations as well as a small underground lake. We saw some bats flying around but they didn't bother anybody. The second cave does have 65 steps so if you have problems climbing stairs you would not want to take this tour. Some of the vendors outside the ports can be aggressive but just tell them no thanks.
We took the panoramic city tour. They took us over to Atlantis where we could walk around a little bit. The second stop was Fort Fincastle where you could get some great views of the city. Then it was on to the John Watling's Rum Distillery. They handed out some great pina colada samples. If you did want to sample some of the rums, you did have to pay extra. The last stop was a beach that had great views of the port & Atlantis. The tour bus did go by quite a few historic sights & the bus stopped several times for people to take pictures from inside the bus.
We took the amphibious bus tour. It took us over some coral reefs & shipwrecks. The video moniters were sometimes hard to see because of the glare from the sun. They did take us to an area where they gave us bread to feed the fish. A lot of them came up. There was also about a half hour stop at Seven Mile Beach.
We took the Cozumel Highlights & Shopping tour. The first stop was the Discover Mexico Park. It featured models of some of Mexico's historic sights as well as a small art museum. Next up was the chocolate factory. They gave a demonstration of how the Mayans made chocolate. They had samples in the gift shop. The third stop was the Tequila Museum. We were allowed to try about 9 types of tequila. After that they took us around the island. They made a stop by the shore where you can have a picture taken or get some snacks/drinks. Of course, there were shopping opportunities at each stop.
A lot of traffic but all we did was get on & off the ship.
There are two different sections of the buffet. When you get to the area where the hamburgers & salad bar are, make sure you go around the corner for more choices.
We went on the train ride that goes around the island. It's a railroad that was built to haul sugar from the plantations to the port. There was a lot of nice scenery. It's a good way to see the island. They also had complimentary drinks and singers that went from car to car singing island songs.
We took the Tortola by Land & Sea Tour. The bus ride was very scenic but also a little scary. The roads were very steep, narrow & curvy. Not much room between the bus & oncoming traffic. He actually had to go around two cows that were in the road. I loved the boat part of the tour. They took us past several of the islands nearby & gave us a brief history of each one. They also had complimentary rum punches.
We went to Coral World which is like a small aquarium. They had several displays featuring local marine animals. The highlight was the underwater observation area where you could see the coral reefs & fish.
We've been to Nassau so many times so we just walked around the downtown shopping area & straw market. The vendors in the straw market can be a bit pushy but it's still a nice thing to see.
We just got on & off the ship there.
Use the interactive TV in your cabin to make reservations for the shows, especially the comedy shows. The stand-by line is very long & the comedy club is small so you might not get in. You can make some reservations for the main theatre online starting 90 days before your cruise.
If you like aviation, take a taxi at the end of the pier & go out to Maho Beach. It was $ 9 a person one way. It is a great place to go to a beach & watch airplanes at the same time. Plus there are some bars & restaurants if you get tired of watching planes. The Sunset Bar & Macho Taco are both good
Isla Roatan does have a very nice beach. Other than that & the glass-bottom boat tour, there is not much to see there. It's more of a relaxing stop.
I have been to both the Mayan ruins at Xunantunch & Altun Ha. Xunantunch does involve a lot more walking than Altun Ha, The Altun Ha & River Wallace boat tour is really nice. Once the tour boat gets going, you do get a bit of relief from the heat. Belize is definitely very hot & humid in May.
We went to the small Mayan ruins at San Gervaiso. Very interesting to see. If you get out of the city, most of the island has been left undeveloped. If your cruise stops long enough to take a mainland tour, the Mayan city of Tulum is a lot bigger & more to see than San Gervaiso.
We drove in the night before the cruise, so we didn't have a lot of time to sightsee. I did go to Café Du Monde & tried the beignets. They are very good. If you want to avoid the crowds, go to the one in Kenner, near the airport.