well, it was great! I wrote a review on the reader cruise reviews.
My honest suggestions would be the following:
If you are going on an Eastern itinerary, I cannot comment, but...
If you are going on a Western itinerary be prepared...
Labadee is beautiful, the beaches fill up quickly however so go on the tender early... Stay away from the crafts people... they will drive you crazy pushing you to buy something from them. Make sure that you go to the northern side of the island to see Dragon's Rock... 8)
(We renewed our wedding vows there...)
Go the farthest beach on the way to Dragon's rock...it is a lot better than the one's that you see when you first get off the tender.
It is a place called Columbus Beach..
The barbeque is nothing to write home about...
The cruise was fantastic with only one exception and I was correctly informed...the food is a major letdown which was fine with me (did not gain a pound). Do not miss Chop's Grille - book as soon as you get on the ship Deck 11 right next to the Windjammer as you come in...
Do not miss it..it is worth every penny!!!!! The cheesecake is to die for...
When in the dining room make certain that if your food is lukewarm the way ours was served, you send it back...!!! This came from a customer service rep from RCCL. Formal nights are Monday (at sea) and Thursday (Grand Cayman)
Unless you scuba dive or snorkel, trust me stay on the ship in Jamaica!
The shore excursion to Dunn's River Falls was a waste of time and money
especially if you are not going to climb the falls! 113 steps down to an ugly and horrid beach and another 113 steps back up to catch the bus.
Also, the jamaican people are very poor and are in your face for you to buy something!
If you go to Jamaica go rafting on the Martha Brae - some of the passengers said they loved it and did not meet up with any of the craft people! Just be prepared...Jamaica is well, Jamaica.
Cozumel the can give back...it is like Jamaica only Mexican...from the time you get off the ship...sale, sale, sale!
Their prices on liquor are very very high - buy the liquor on the Mariner - best prices!
Grand Cayman is not to be missed. 8)
Our cruise director was Dennis Sciortino and although he is very high energy, I just got the feeling that his real goal is a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Cruising is just secondary.
Wait to play Bingo until the last possible moment - very expensive and not worth it!
If you pass by cabin 8320, tell it that Bob and Diane miss it very much!
It is right off the elevator - it was amazing - small, but amazing!
Well, write me back at Dianeteach68@aol.com
and let me know how the cruise goes. Regards to the Cafe Promenade that has the best coffee this side of Central America - 24/7 and oh, those cookies and cheesecake.
Also, regards to the casino - I had a really profitable time there.
We are planning a southern Caribbean cruise in November 2008.