May 2015 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Elation
For a first ever cruise, I learned a lot. #1 - don't let them take your bags unless you pay the exorbitant insurance rates. They don't give claim checks and they just leave your bags in the hallway outside of your room so anyone can take. We had a laptop bag filled with electrical and phone cords disappear and we are just out of luck because we did not take the insurance. I think someone walked off with it because it was small and just laying in the hallway and someone might have thought it had a laptop in it.
Food was OK and entertainment was minimal. There were only 2 stops and 2 full days at sea. for my next cruise, i would like more stops. Cozumel was very nice and many excursions to pick from. Progreso was not very nice unless you wanted to visit ruins. it was NOT a place to just roam around in.
Our intent for this cruise was a family get together and that went very well so all in all, a successful first cruise. Almost every worker we encountered or walked past on the cruise gave a cheerful greeting every time.