7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: March 12, 2006 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Singles/Friends Reviewed: 11 years ago
The ship was amazing. It was very clean and very well staffed. Boarding the boat was an easy, relatively quick process.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The food that was out during the day was good but nothing too special. At night on the other hand, the food was absolutely amazing. Dinner's were excellent and we had two waiters just for our table (there were 7 of us). Our waiters were excellent and we tipped them very well at the end of the trip on top of the included gratuity. The seafood was excellent as well as the steak and other dishes. If you like to eat, cruising is for you.
3 out of 5
Alot of the entertainment was geared towards younger children and/or older adults. This was fine and expected because the group I was with was in the 21-25 year old range and spent most the time in one of the bars, the casino, or during the day on the top deck. The reggae bands during the day were nice and one of the comedy shows at night was funny. You have to get up to the pool early in the morning if you want to get a fold out chair in a good spot, but it was a great way to spend the day.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Everyone that worked on the boat I talked to seemed very friendly and willing to help.
5 out of 5
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We originally paid for an interior room under the condition that we would be moved up if there were better rooms availiable. We ended up in a room with a balcony overlooking the ocean which was magnificent. The room was small, but we all expected that on a cruise ship. It was very clean and the amenities were fine. Our steward/room cleaner was excellent and came in multiple times a day to clean our room and would even go the extra distance by folding our clothes, turning back our beds, etc. We were all very gracious to have such good room service, and once again tipped him very well at the end of the cruise on top of the included gratuity. Compared to a regular hotel, the room service on this cruise was incomparable.
When you dock in Costa Maya and get off the boat, you walk into a large, pink plaza that is full of stores and has a pool in the middle. It was over priced, and you could tell the only reason it was there was because of the cruise ships. We left there quickly and took a cab (5 minutes) into the actual town. This was much more fun than the initial docking point and we walked around for awhile and drank on the beach.
Don't Miss: I didn't see anything that you really "can't miss."
Grand Cayman was pretty 'Americanized' and very very expensive. 7 mile beach was really cool and we all wanted to go snorkeling but didnt sign up early enough. So whatever activity you want to do there, sign up in advance.
Don't Miss: 7 mile beach
By far the best stop we made. Dunn's River Falls is amazing but loaded with tourists. We made an excellent choice though: pay a trust worthy cab driver to hang out with you the whole time and take you places, very well worth it. After the falls, we went to a reggae bar on the beach and ate their famous jerk chicken and drank Red Stripes. We even went up into the Blue Mountains which was very scenic and great because we were the only tourists up there. My biggest complaint: everyone there is VERY VERY pushy and will literally grab your hands and pull you into their shop. Be stern with them and don't buy anything you don't want or you'll go broke in about 20 minutes.
Don't Miss: Dunn's River Falls
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