We sailed on the Oceania Regatta out of Miami for the Western Carribean. While we had been to several of these ports before, a few were new to us (Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan).
We like the smaller, R-class ships because there are fewer people, more staff-guest ratio and they can call at smaller ports. We have travelled on both the Regatta and Nautica before.
Embarkation was easy, no-waiting and efficient. We had arrived at MIA in the early am (after red-eye) and rented a car. We visited So Beach and Vizcaya and then turned in the rental downtown (AVIS). Avis then shuttled us to the cruise port. Since we arrived after the 1pm rush, we had no problem.
This cabin was oriented differently than we've had in the past. We thought it gave (the impression of) more room. We have previously sailed in interior, standard ocean and veranda cabins. For 10 days, this was fine. We were not bothered by having the lifeboats out our window as we spend most of our time on deck or in the public areas and just use the cabin to sleep. However, for a longer cruise or in the Mediterranean, I would have upgraded.
Awesome zipline and amazing cavetubing. My favorite excursion ever. Will come back and bring the kids!
Been to Cozumel before. Did an island tour to see a different part.
Rented taxi for the day and got a private boat tour in Oakridge
Jet skied to Stingray City, stopped at Starfish Beach, snorkeled briefly at another place