Has anybody been on the Mediterranea and found the cabins or the Nightclub areas too cold or too warm?
I was once on a cruise where everybody complained about how cold the ship was and people wore jackets in both the Nightclubs and in their cabins as a result.
The Staff explained that it kept mold from growing and viruses from spreading.
Any comments welcome.
My husband and I are considering the Mediterranea in April,2005. Would someone please tell us your recent opinion? Regarding the ports, are they far away from where the ship docks? Any assistance would be appreciated! Thank you
Just got off the Mediterranea. The only place we found too cool was the top section of seats in the theater for the evening shows. Air conditioning in the cabins is completely adjustable so you can have it as cool-or not-as you like.
Just off the Mediterranea and the whole week was lovely.
The docks in St Thomas, Nassau, San Juan are all right in the middle of town, so you just get off and walk to wherever you want to go. The only exception is at La Romana where you do need to take a cab or bus. Also, they do not tell you, until you are docking for that stop, that the only way to NOT spend the entire day at Catalina Island is to purchase an excursion from the ship. There is no other way to get to La Romana for part of the day or do anything on your own otherwise. We spent the morning at Catalina Island then took the sugar track safari for the afternoon and it was WONDERFUL! However we were frustrated that it was not made clear ahead of time that we could really not venture out on our own at that stop. So we had a last minute scramble trying to get on a tour so we could get off Catalina Island for at least part of the day. (Catalina was fine, we are just not "lay on the beach all day" types). So book your excursion for Dom. Repub. earlier than we did!
One other thing-the brochures all said we would dock in San Juan at 0400-4 a.m.-but in reality it was 1600-4 p.m. We had anticipated a whole day and night in San Juan and really had very little (too little) time there. Hire a cab and go up to the fort right away before it closes-or if you are going to Bacardi Factory, get on the ferry right away because it closes too around 5 or 6.
Since we will arrive at 8:00 AM at Catalina Isle, if we take the sugar track (whatever that is) over to La Romana, what kinds of activities are there to do and can you remain there until 11:00 PM when the cruise ship arrives at Casa de Campo?
Must you book the excursion through the cruise line?
Also, is that area safe to travel?
I prefer, like you, not to just lay on a hot beach and burn.
Thanks for your notes.
I believe if you take a morning tour, they bring you back to Catalina Island and then you take the cruise ship to La Romana at 5. However I'm not sure on this and believe it would be worth trying to figure out some way to stay in LaRomana once the tour is over. There are quite a few tours that leave in the morning, so perhaps with some effort you could figure something out. Our gripe was that the cruise line didn't really inform us that the only way to avoid the day at Catalina was to purchase a tour--we just assumed we'd be able to get to the mainland and do our own thing, then found out in the nightly bulletin the night before that this was not possible. So we grabbed the afternoon tour at the last minute. (AND we really enjoyed it!-we were in jeeps driving through the sugar cane fields, watching the harvest, stopping for rum and coke, visiting a private home etc) We went over to the island in the a.m.--it's just a quick 5 min. tender ride there, and the tender boats run constantly. We actually enjoyed strolling around the island and shopping for oil paintings and other "junk", then ate lunch and left on tour right after our lunch. The tour ended in La Romana and the ship was just pulling in there when we got back. Casa de Campo is sort of close to the pier, but not walking distance. The town didn't really seem walking distance either. The cabs wait right there at the pier though, and there is tourist info right there too. Apparently there are some safety questions, however we didn't really see/feel any problem. We took a cab to dinner in the town of La Romana and our cab driver waited outside for us though...........all in all we felt a little shorted by our time there and wish it had been longer.
Also FYI the brochure says dock in Puerto Rico at 4 a.m. (0400) but it is actually 4 p.m., so you don't have too much time there either.
But it was still a GREAT week!!
Not sure if I understand your comment about staying on Catalina Island. If you get off the ship and go on the island..can you go back and forth to the ship anytime you want or are you stuck on the island all day?