Hi FrogFuzz and everyone else,
- The day of embarcation was chilly..had to wear a coat, same as with Sunday. Few people used the hot tubs/pools during the cruise, I feel it wasn't hot enough...warm but not hot. However, there are a lot of activities inside that kept us occupied.
- There was one formal night. We actually bought the picture in our formal attire; the photographers paid a lot of attention to details and poses.
- The wait time at the two main dining rooms weren't an issue. We never had to wait longer than 5 minutes. Also, the larger dining room in the back...had a little more engine noise and vibration and little more movement than the smaller one midship. However, both had the same menu. We ate at the Pasta Cafe once, it was nice, reservations required and no extra charge. We didn't eat at Le Bistro, many people gave good reviews about it. We feel that the majority of meals in the main dining rooms were good and if we didn't get a chance to go to Le Bistro, that's OK.. For example, some of the foods in the main dining rooms were lobster tails (2), prime rib, escargot, (grilled steak on deck 10 was good), weiner snitzel (veal), and good deserts such as baked alaska, bananas foster... At the Latitudes Party, they had complementary drinks and hor doeuvres, some with caviar.
- Excursions - At Grand Cayman, we took the Stingray Observatory. That was fun. (It was similar to the Sea and See excursion we took in Nassau in 2003). Our excursion in Cozumel was cancelled since we didn't go there. We scheduled the Jeep eco tour. We almost booked the Tulin ruins, however, it was an all day tour and we were concerned it wouldn't allow much time afterwards to shop in San Miguel. In Key West, we took the conch train tour. It was our first time there and it gave an overview of what's there. Since it only took 90 minutes, we had a lot of time on our own. We walked to the Hemingway House (Whitehead St.) and went on that tour. There are a lot of bars on Duval St. such as Sloppy Joes, Jimmy Buffets Margaretaville, Hogs Breath Saloon...also, there are many souvenir shops along there too. Would you believe that the best prices for Key West teeshirts that I found were at Walgreens on Duval St. They were just as nice as the other shops.
Have a great time! I am thinking about where to go on our next cruise now!