Back on the 10th from the 4 day Holiday trip to Cozumel.
Had been looking forward to it for months as some may remember from my previous rambling posts on here!
Stayed in Mobile the night before departation - nice hotel, nice bar food and music at Veets...then, it all goes down hill...
took 45 min to find vehicle in parking deck next morning - never let the drinker of the group park the car alone (parked, drank, forgot)- our bad.
Breakfast up the road to kill time - hoping to board around 11:30.
Get to dock around 11:15 - computers down...can't enter until 12:00.
Killed time until noon, long line had formed by the time we returned.
Waited 30 min to park. Another 45 to check in (and we were up front) - computers still down...had to do manual check in...
A mere 2 people from clearing the a-pass machines - they, too, crash. Might have made it had they not kept advancing the vip's and others needing assistance in our line (rotate the advances please!)...
One hour later - still no apass - our friends had boarded prior to the crash.
Finally, decision made to scan sail aways on board - slow but we managed to bolt to the door once we overheard them talking and made it thru.
On to the cabin - surprisingly larger than I expected. Didn't care for the sewage smell nor the brown water but thanks to these boards, I was expecting that.
Best way I could describe the Holiday is to liken it to a floating casino - minus a few thousand slot machines.
Food - decent - fun to try things I wouldn't normally order.
Crew - friendly - language barrier but not insurmountable.
Service - excellent - slight demerits to the pursers desk/infirmary who really didn't care that my friend was going on her 20th hour of debilitating sea sickness (she has blame there too though - 3 dramamines on an empty stomach).
1st night - horrible - that's putting it mildly.
Went thru front that lasted 16 hrs - crew said it was the worst they'd ever seen. People tossing cookies at the food lines...walking at a constant 45 degree tilt...
I understand the weather can't be controlled but had we been given a heads up say, when we initially came upon the front, I know I would have taken meds then instead of after a sleepless night and a 10:30 am announcement that we are experiencing "rough" waters - no kidding.
Rained all day Friday - everyone too sick to enjoy anything.
All games/shows/events cancelled. No getting onto the Lido until late afternoon.
Port at Cozumel. Excursions cancelled - winds gusting up to 45mph.
Back on boat at 3:30. Decent evening - mainly caught up on sleep missed from night before.
Sunday at sea - cold but pool was open - kids on board liked that.
Got in some games and a show that evening along with a very good comedian.
Happy to dock on Monday.
Still feeling the effects of the rough waters - even as I type this. How long will this last?
I don't want to slam the crew as they worked hard to please us, but if asked right now if I would ever cruise again...NO WAY...too big of a chance to take. Even passengers on the larger boats in port said they had a rough go.
Maybe my expectations were too high.
It was nice not to do laundry for a few days though!
Salute to those who enjoy, caution to those who like a little more freedom with their schedule and space to roam.
I do appreciate all you all's help with my questions in the past!