Boyfriend selected it. My first cruise experience. Embarkation in New Orleans was a big mess......traffic, no signage or representatives to direct folks outside the terminal. Recommend taking a cab or ride share service, getting out near Mulate’s restaurant on Convention Center Blvd and simply crossing at Julia St with your luggage as opposed to sitting in traffic for a LONG time when approaching the terminal. If you’re looking for the ‘midnight buffet’ or the lobster dinner at the ‘complimentary’ restaurants, forget it! No such thing! If you select this cruise line and ship, check ahead of time to see if any ports will involve having to use a ‘tender’ boat to go ashore......we had to ‘tender’ at Grand Cayman and Roatan and if you get struck in any group other than A or B, there will be very little time to do much on shore. Shipboard internet ‘packages’ are insanely expensive but in all ports I was able to access limited Sprint cellular and internet on my cell phone (25 cents per minute for calls). A few cable TV stations are available on stateroom TVs but I didn’t find this out until Day 4! Many of the popular music offerings took place in the “Atrium” but the seats are HUGE so the venue cannot accommodate a lot of folks and many people had to stand during performances. For the most part, food was good (variety and taste) in both the Garden Cafe buffet and other ‘complimentary’ restaurants. Also, the vast majority of staff and crew were very friendly, courteous and helpful. Took only one shore excursion, the Bob Marley tour to 9 Miles, Jamaica. Really enjoyed it and it included lunch! Excellent beach day on Harvest Caye, Belize.....plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas and easy access from the ship. At Costa Maya, Mexico, you can catch a local shuttle to the beach for $4 (walk all the way to the far end of the shopping mall to the shuttle lot); return by taxi (share a cab for only $8). Relaxing, although there are many beach vendors and the local restaurants expect you to buy something to eat or drink in order to use their lounge chairs.
Would have loved to have a balcony but didn’t spend much time in the room anyway. Very comfortable bed, nice and quiet. Closet doors were a little awkward but plenty of storage space. Bathroom very functional. Our cabin attendant, I Made Vaso, was absolutely wonderful!
Live part time in New Orleans.....it’s all good!
Busy port with 3 other cruise ships anchored off shore. Had to take tender boat to get onshore. Not much to see in town unless you just want to shop.
Beautiful beach with swimming area, easy walk from the dock. Plenty of lounge chairs and beach umbrellas at no charge! Spent a heavenly 7 hours just hanging out at the beach and reading a book. Nice little wildlife display and small shopping mall (delicious organic chocolate!)
If you walk to the far end of the cruise ship shopping mall, you can catch a shuttle to the local beach ($4). Purchase something to eat or drink in order to use the lounge chairs in front of a restaurant. A lot of shops and beach vendors selling their wares but pretty relaxing and gorgeous setting.
Horrible experience getting off the ship. Had to use tender boat to come ashore. Was in Group C.....took 2 1/2 hours to get to shore so not much time to do anything else. $15 per person to take a 3 mile taxi ride to some beach resort which cost another $15 per person to use their beach chairs. Rip off.