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Joe Botti

Age: 44

Occupation:public sector

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Dream

Sailing Date: 2011-08-25

Itinerary: Western Carribbean Cruise

The food was adequate. The activities for the kids did interest them (ages 18, 13,12). The swiming pools were always overcrowded.

The food was average at best. Nothing to write home about. Pizza and Burgers etc. For dinner the food was a little better but not much to choose from.

Stateroom was sleepable and kept clean by housekeeping who worked very hard.

Onboard acvitites did not interest any of us. We found more entertainment just sitting on the top deck watching the water and sunset.

We went on four excursions two with cruise two with Island Marketing, I will rate them in order of best to worst.
1) Excaret in Cozumel(with cruise line) Beautiful Place, food was oustanding, tour guide Carlos was very informative and loves his country. Water was gorgeous and kids loved water cave. I could spend a month there.
2) Snorkel and Beach Break with Sam Wesley in Roatan (with Island Marleting). Another nice excursion away from the crowds. Snorkeling views were okay but the isolation from everyone made it worthwhile. For lunch they took us to Palmetto Bay another oasis with very good food. Relaxing and fun day. The kids loved it. The Wesley family gave some nice touches such as helping kids snorkel some empty beautiful conch shells which we have an display at home and they stopped to pick us fresh mangos on ride back to boat. Nice touch.
3) Cave Tubing in Belize (with Island Marketing) The kids loved this one two as did I. The views under the natural cave and the mountains outside were spectacular. The main tour guids Mike was very funny. Its a little hike (about 30 minutes ) to the starting point. The kids loved jumping off of the cliffs into water. Another nice excursions. Mike took us for some local food but Caution- Dont walk in Belize City alone it is very dangerous.
4) Dolphin meet in Costa Maya (with cruise line). The worst excursion. Was supposed to be hour and a half was only one hour. right at dock by cruise ship. Felt very commercial. I took pictures of the kids and they enjoyed touching and petting the dolphin but the dolphin looked beat up and had only one eye. Don't recommend this. In Roatan we saw a dolphin excursion that looked much better as they looked happy and lively and were in there natural habitat. Actually we saw dolphins that were trying to get inside the pen to eat! Good photo op but nothing much else.

Overall vacation was good mainly because of excursions and cruise ship was definitely overpacked. Pools were always elbow to elbow. The dinning room was so packed that we were forced to sit in a side room that felt like a funeral parlor with the colors on the wall. Very dissappointing. Actually by third night half of the diners did not eat dinner in that room but opted for fastfood. Also very dissappointed in tender method on ship. We arrived an hour early for tender tickets but there was no organized line in the room. When cruise employees came in with tickets (they were late) if you were on side of room they went to you got on first tenders. Very unorganized and frustrating. People that came in room 45 minutes after us got tender tickets first.

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