7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Sail Date: July 31, 2011 Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Singles/Friends Reviewed: 5 years ago
Overall, the cruise met my expectations and I felt it was a great value for what you got. As someone not traveling with children, I would probably book my next trip when they were back in school. I know it would be a great vacation for a family on a budget and there were a lot of small children running around.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The food in the main dining room was not very good and the service was not up to my expectations. I have cruised many times and this was the only part of the trip that I felt disappointed. The food on the Lido deck was much better. There was a pizza stand, a deli, a wok and burgers/fries stand. The lunch and dinner buffets were great. Each day was a different type of food (Italian, french etc) and the food was delicious. We choose to eat lunch every day there instead of the dining room.
5 out of 5
There were a wide variety of entertainment choices. My favorite was the comedy club. Each night there were three adult shows and the comics were very funny. The number of shows we saw would have cost a lot of money had we seen them at a club at home. The disco was large and played good music. The piano bar was nice. The nightly vegas style shows were good from what we heard but we chose to go to the comedy club instead.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Everyone was very friendly and were willing to help with whatever you needed.
5 out of 5
It was very clean, well maintained and designed well so you didn't feel crowded. The elevators were quick and it was a very nice ship.
We took a taxi to Paradise Beach. What a great value that was. It was like a resort with a beautiful pool and beach and it only cost $2.00 to use the facilities. I would have gladly paid $20.00 and not felt ripped off. The taxi ride was $5 each way per person and well worth it. The shopping at the pier was excellent. This is the one port where you really didn't need to do a shore excursion. It was very easy to get around on your own.
Don't Miss: Shopping and beaches.
The beaches on this island were so beautiful they didn't seem real. The shopping was great too. We went to the stingray sandbar and swam with the stingrays. What an amazing adventure that was. Afterwards we were taken to a private beach which was gorgeous and the food was delicious. We had plenty of time to shop and there were beautiful shopping centers right at the pier. I would love to go spend a week here. It was truly paradise.
Don't Miss: Swimming with the stingrays.
We took the Appleton Rum tour which lasted most of our time in port but it was worth it. We drove up into the mountains and away from the beach and got to see how the people really live outside the touristy beach areas. It was sad to see the poverty but the scenery was beautiful. The Appleton estate was gorgeous and the tour was fun. We had a delicious lunch and got to do a rum tasting. We didn't get to a beach but since we were going to see beaches the next two ports we were happy to have seen a different side of the island.
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