Where to start ?? First I would say that we had an absolute blast. Bags are picked up curbside and delivered to your room later. I suggest you carry only a small folder our someting to hold your travel docs in and let the porters handle everything else. You'll want to be light while in the sign in cue. Waiting in the cue to sign in was no big deal. Thank god for A/C. It was very hot and and early arrival to the port is advised in order to avoid having to stand outside in the heat. We were some of the first to board the ship. We had heard that the shore excursions would fill up fast so we went to the excursion window before going to our room. No need for this. There is in-room sign up available via interactive tv and plenty of openings for anything we wanted to do (and we did lots). Don't wait forever but no real rush. We had cabin 871 and our room steward was Essara.He was great at taking care of our room and making us feel pampered as well. He called us by name from the first day and that earned him an extra $50 from us. It was a nice personal touch. The room was freshly cleaned at all times. It was roomy enough and we had no problem storing our bags and clothes. We enjoyed our private balcony very much and got lots of use out of it. We suggest you get one as well. Just before the ship sails you will have about a half an hour safety drill to go through that will show the route to the life boats and how to board them. Piece-a-cake.Our first night was spent mainly exploring the ship and what a beautiful ship it is. Be sure to find the trouphy cabinet and see the awards this ship has won.We found everyone onboard to be in good spirits and why not.Its a time for fun.Our first day trip was Key West. We had a lot of fun sight seeing but it was extreamly hot. We're from the desert in Southern Cal. and survived the heat okay. Prepare to drink a lot of something in Key West to keep cool.Our first excursion was the rain forest and cave tubing tour.Our guides had an easy way for us to learn there names.We had Elvis the pelvis as our guide for the road trip and information on Belize. This kid was a book full of knowledge and I milked his brain for everything he had. Beam me up Scotty was our bus driver. Our buses on all the trips were very nice with a/c and the stories you may have heard about how bad the rides would be are just that. Stories. Jake and the fat man were our guides through the rain forest and cave tubing. Be sure to buy at least one of the water proof cameras offered onboard the ship. They can be found by the door as you leave the ship.No need to panic looking for the photo booth.Getting on and off the ship for shore excursions and day trips should be planned well in advance. Either be the first at the door or the last. Waiting in the large groups that can form at the doors was no fun. We only had to experience it once to devise a new plan that worked well for us the rest of the trip.Our second excursion was the buggy tour and snorkel experience in Cozumel.At the time we went, the tour was very new and still had lots of things to be desired. Although fun, we didn't find it very informative as to the culture of the people or the area.The current was very strong and there wasn't much to see either. All in all I'd say pass on this one for awhile and let them work out the problems. Our last excursion was the Mayan ruins at Chichen-itchu. The bus ride was 2 hours each way but the busses were very nice and the ride went fast enough.The bus will make one stop in order for you to buy things from the area.
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