I had promised several folks I would write a brief review as soon as I got back...so I have been home for 2 1/2 hours and here it goes...
The trip was lots of fun, we REALLY enjoyed the cruise. Several things made it very special, and first and foremost was the service. EVERYONE on this ship is wonderful...the crew should be very proud...I think it was the BEST overall service we have had on a cruise (this was #9) to date.
The cruise down to Mexico/Belize from Galveston was a little rough...much choppier than I have experienced that time of year on that route in the past, but not bad for those of us who DON'T suffer from seasickness. Saw plenty of patches, and folks seems to be doing well on the Bonine tablets provided onboard as well.
LOVED Cozumel (as always)...never enough time there. Progresso was fun, we went to Chichentiza and that was REALLY worth the 2 hour drive down there, so please don't be frightened by the long drive. The view from the pyramid was FANTASTIC and I feel that it was along the same level of excitement that I would have enjoyed seeing Stonehedge or the Great Pyramids in Gaza. VERY nice busses that take you in total comfort for the drive.
We did the Shark/Sting Ray snorkel tour with the Coral Breeze. We booked independently of the ship, and we had a GREAT time....only 18 of us on this tour, and I would HIGHLY recommend it. The water was rough, but they did a wonderful job of keeping an eye on everyone and EVERYONE felt it was well worth the trouble of booking independently. Guides were MOST informative, patient and very friendly. We learned things on the way out and the way back. Had a fine little lunch that is included with the price of the trip, and the Burritos were HUGE!!!!! Our son Robert had one and loved it.
The ship was clean, very busy and PACKED! This cruise was sold out, but things moved very well after the embarktion delays. For some reason (and I am sure it makes sense to them) the moved the sign and sail card picture machine into a long, narrow hallway leading to the gangplank. THAT PART SUCKED! It was very narrow, and with wheelchairs trying to get down the middle between the two lines they had formed, it was a mess. I sure hope that this is not the norm, as last year it was in the main building where there is more room (and air flow) that you waited. Once past this part, things were great.
The ONLY thing that was a little off as far as I am concerned was the quality of the food...just kinda average for the most part. The service, staff and EVERYTHING else was most enjoyable, but the food just lacked much excitement for me this time out. Not bad, just not the GREAT quality we have come to love and expect.
Well, hope that covers it for you guys...any questions that I did not cover, please feel free to email direct and I will try to help you out. Sure know I was reading and re-reading everything I could find before we left, so sure that there are those that have a question I would be happy to help with.
When on the Elation, be sure to hit the Martini specials at the Sushi bar in the afternoons. They have a GREAT selection up there for only 1/2 price until 3pm...and they are YUMMMMMMMMMMMMY!!!!!! I think they were better than those at the regular bars for full price!
Be sure to have a Cosmopoliton.......MOST SPECIAL!!!!