Well, we entered the Port of Galveston on Sunday, April 7, 2013 to an episode of what can only be defined as CHAOS. Disorganized, people scrambling, long lines, no sense of any real organization (foot traffic or vehicle traffic) other than a lot of people barking orders and no one really knowing what the heck was going on. Our luggage was taken quickly, but as we were waiting in what seemed like line after line, a delay occurs in line. That line did NOT move for almost 45 minutes. No one communicated that there were computer problems, instead, everyone was stuck to wait and wonder. Screening to get on board, another saga. Check in was interesting, if you were not a "gold member" or holding a room for a suite, you were routed into a line that ended somewhere in Odessa, Texas. If you had a suite, things were quick. We got to the terminal about 12:30pm and got onboard the ship by approximately 3:00pm. We went to our suite (9294) and it was nice, it was clean, and headed immediately to the Windjammer Cafe. The food there was good, but not exactly spectacular, but offered a wide variety of choices.
Dinner was good in the dining room, we met some folks from Virginia and Florida that were VERY nice, extremely gracious, fun and had sailed on like 19 prior cruises, so we figured we got paired up with a good group of folks. The food at the dining room was good, good selections, and nothing had to be sent back. (We're not foodies or anything, but we're mindful of what tastes good) no negatives to speak of. Royal's drink policy (sodas, water, wine, or cocktails) were seriously monitored and watched. Anything you wanted, went straight to your room card. Bottom line, your money pays for room and food, liquids of any sort were routed to your seapass card for billing. NO JOKE.
We sailed for two days to Roatan, Honduras. It was nice. The crowd was primarily over 50 years old (about 50% +) and the rest were in our age bracket (lower than 50) with kids in tow. The kids were for the most part well behaved but the parents left some things to be desired. The population of the attendees were MOSTLY from Texas. (What? Did RCL drop pamphlets on Texas or what?? OMG!!!) Where ya from? Texas... Texas... Texas... I think I only saw or heard of a FEW people from California. Please remember to keep your Seapass card with you EVERYWHERE you go. Need a towel, hand em your card, need a soda, card please. hot dog, card please... You get the point right? Also... BIG FYI... When you check out a pool towel, bring it back and have them clear your card OTHERWISE, they will charge you $25 USD PER TOWEL. Be aware of that.
Room 9294 was very nice. A good sized closet, nice balcony, decent sized bathroom for ONE at a time. Electrical outlets a little hard to come by... Consider bringing a surge protector. The room was quiet, not much up / down motion problems (it is midship) but the pitch and roll on the 9th floor can be a slight bit noticeable during rough seas. I loved the location and the room, quite honestly we both did.
Got to Roatan, docked and went Scuba diving with Anthony Key Resort's package (provided by RCL). AKR was a good group to dive with. Knowledgable but somewhat lazy, didn't really do much to assist their divers, just pretty much took our money, provided us water to drink (no food) and got us in and out pretty quick. I'd rate them on a scale of 1-10 (10 being outstanding) as a 5. The port of Roatan, not much to buy, but decent none the less. It's quaint, go to the interior of the city (hence, leave the gated area) and it can be a little overwhelming... Merchants and villagers looking like their ready to pounce on you for the Gringo dollar pretty quick. It was nice to get on the boat again and relax.
The next day we got to Belize. We were had to be tendered in and out via boats. I went Scuba diving with Hugh Parkey's dive adventures. These guys R-O-C-K. The crew, to die for. Fun, wise, great to work with, they pampered us, LOVED the crew of Hugh Parkey's Dive shop (Royal did WELL to use them) and I highly recommend them to you. They fed us, helped us, helped us clean our gear afterwards, what can I say... AMAZING. Loved them, I'd fly to Belize to dive with them ANY DAY of the week... My fiance' went into Belize City, wasn't very impressed and the tendering between the boat and the land was not good for her. Quite displeased about Belize, but different experiences happen to different people. I would rate Hugh Parkey's group (10+) with MADD love to Captain Biggie and the General as well as Marvin and Martin our dive masters. Got back on board the board, life was good...