Our group of 4 drove to Tampa from New Orleans. Looking back we should have flown but we still enjoyed the drive over. Finding the terminal was a bit challenging. For some strange reason Terminal 2 has quite a large sign. So here we are looking for a similar sign for Terminal 3- none exists (at least that we could find). After a second wrap, I spotted a smaller green sign pointing out Terminal 3. Unloading was a breeze and we opted for the valet parking. It was only $15 more and during departure,(which it was pouring rain) we were glad we did.
We walked into the terminal with our paperwork and passports in hand. The lines were non-existent and were signed in by an older gentlemen. He could've been more cordial but we let it go since he was elderly and maybe was having a bad day. Other than that, embarking flowed smoothly and R.C.I. definitely has it figured out well; it took us less than 10 minutes from vehicle drop to boarding.
Entering the Radiance was a bit of a different experience for us. There was no hoopla over you while boarding, no music, and no one pushing drinks. Looking back I do miss the announcement of the "Robichaux" family, as it makes you feel special and like your vacation is actually beginning and it was kinda lame to not even have tropical music being played. It was more like entering the lobby of a hotel. However, I did not miss being hassled to buy a souvenir drink every two seconds! After reading the board on this ship I was a bit concerned at its age. I have to say that being the age it is, it is well kept and hard to find many wear and tear.
Quiet location, very near elevators, window room, four beds.
n our Cozumel day, we did the Fury Catamaran and beach break. We were picked up at 9am at the end of the pier. The ride aboard the catamaran to the snorkeling location was only about 5 minutes. We we arrived at the snorkel site, we donned all our equipment and we could either walk into the water off the catamaran or jump. The area was beautiful and full of fish and coral. We stayed in the water for about 45 minutes. There was free "purified" water, Sprite, Pepsi, Margaritas, and Dos Equis beer once we finished snorkeling. We then took a 10 mile ride over to the private beach. The beach was clean and beautiful. There were hammocks, lounge chairs, beach beds, a changing hut, restrooms, kiyaks, surf boards, 2 water slides, water trampoline, and other various water toys - all free to use while there. We stayed there for about an hour or so and then headed back to the ship for lunch.
We had no excursion planned. We walked into the main area right off the pier and shopped a bit. We had a few drinks at a small local lounge, which I can't recall the name of. Everyone was polite and not as pushy as I've experienced at other ports. Beach side massages were only $30 and well worth it.
Costa Maya is beautiful and has the feeling of a sleepy, tiny town. We laid around in hammocks for hours and watched the dolphins play. The feeling of nature was all around you if you get off the beaten path a bit. We saw some huge wild iguanas walking along the wooded edge and parrots up in the trees. The surf was rough that day and Costa Maya has a huge rocky beach, so we did not venture out into the water. There wasn't a ton of things to do, but if you want to relax and just take in the sea air, Costa Maya is the place to do it.