My husband and I (64 and 63 years young) traveled to Tampa Friday night, stayed at the Hampton Inn Avion Park. The hotel was nice and offered free breakfast. Request a room on the side opposite the airport and highway. We used Lyft to get to port and requested a stop at Target on Dale Mabry Hwy to buy wine and Pepsi. Note the Target in on the second level above Whole Foods. We arrived at port about 11 AM. We had purchased The Key so we're able to skip ahead of the line but it was not yet very busy. We dropped the carryon with the wine in the Edelweiss Dining Room and set off to explore a bit and then went back for lunch. About 1:15 PM they announced that our cabins were ready. We found our luggage quickly as well.
I chose this cruise mainly for Key West and it did not disappoint me. Grand Cayman was fantastic, the beach was beautiful. Costa Mayas port area was Claustrophbic with 4 ships in port so we took the trolley to Majahaul to shop and after a couple of hours headed back to the ship for lunch and Sun at the pool.
The only real fail for me was the tendering into Cozumel which was required as we were not given a spot to dock on a pier as there were 7 ships in port. They should have only loaded the tenders for 25 minutes and then departed with those that could make it on in that amount of time instead of loading for an hour and making everyone late for their excursions. There were 2-3 tenders waiting all the time to load and IMO this would have been more efficient. Cozumel itself was a huge disappointment with the traffic and commercialized Mall they forced everyone to walk through and Dolphin Experience at Chaukanab (sp) the only thing that saved the day was petting the manatees.
The food was good, but I wouldn't call it amazing and one night there was a hold up in the kitchen where we did not get our entrees in a timely manner and our Maitre D had to come to our table and explain the hold up.
The other thing that was strange is the app on my phone quit displaying the menus after the first day but my husband had them the entire cruise.
We had fun and enjoyed the shows, games, movies, dance parties and casino.
I found it easy to get around the ship and only got on an elevator when taken there by Men at Work during the 70s Disco Dance party and I may or may not have ridden the Indian like a horse.
The cabin was nice and the bed was comfortable. We liked the window as it made the cabin feel larger. I was amazed at the efficiency of design and the amount of storage space. Our one suitcase would not fit under the bed so on day 2 we had the beds split for more room and tucked it between the sofa and bed which worked out great. Our room attendant was very friendly and took great care of us.
The tour was good, but the one side of the island (on the way to the Southernmost Point) was a waste of time. I would reconfigure if at all possible to eliminate that stretch.View All 176 Trolley Tour Reviews
We originally were scheduled to do the Glassboro boat and island tour but it was cancelled. The beach was wonderful just wish we had had more time in port.
I found it to be overly commercialized and underwhelming. The dolphin handler catered to the three children in the group we were put in. The cost of the photos they took of you was $$$$$ for average quality. The only good part of the day was petting the manatees.View All 256 Chankanaab National Park Tour Reviews
The port area was claustrophobic with the amount of people off 4 ships. We headed into Majahaul which was better.