Sail Date - 01-02-00 Western Caribbean Cabin - U219 Dining - Early/Horizon 227 Waiter - Jose/Philippines Busboy - Ibrahim/Turkey Steward - Peldid Embarkation - This was a breeze. We arrived around 11:30(too early) and were onboard before 12:30. After unpacking (we chose to carry our luggage), we explored the ship and put in a request for seating change in the dining room from a table for 4 to a table for 2. A card informing us of the change was slipped under our door before 9pm. We did enjoy our tablemates Omar and Emma from Texas, and managed to stay in contact with them for the rest of the cruise, and also exchanged email addresses. Cabin - Our cabin was at the very back of the ship. We immediately pushed the twin beds together and the steward made them up that way after that. Robes and soap were provided. There is an almost constant vibration in this room, but we loved it. It put us to sleep every time we laid down. The engine noise is more noticeable while going down the Mississippi River. It actually woke us up once before we got out into the Gulf, but after that we never even noticed it. You cannot hear anything in the next rooms. Food - Dinner in the dining room was very good. The soups (lobster bisque, pepper pot, cream of spinach etc) were delicious. Lobster, steak (very tender), shrimp dishes, trout, and desserts were also delicious. Breakfast in the Wheelhouse was French toast, omelets, bacon, sausage, and oatmeal....and we ate there almost every day. The eggs were spongy though. Lunch was buffet style here and was ok, but nothing to rave about. We did make it to a couple of the midnight buffets and they were good also. The Gala Buffet was more beautiful than tasty, but not to be missed. Also, pizza on this ship is great!
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