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Age: 40


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Zuiderdam

Sailing Date: June 26th, 2004

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Just returned from a wonderful cruise. This was our first cruise. We loved the ship. There was plenty of activities we thought we might get bored, not a chance. We left Fort Lauderdale after a nice lunch on the Lido Deck. Had dinner in the Pinnacle Grill - what a wonderful experience, great food and great service. Well work the money. Arrived at Key West the next am. Decided not to take any prebooked shore excursion mostly due to cost and we like to explore on our own. Shopped for a while mostly tourist beach wear and t-shirts. Then rented scooters - what fun. Toured the island in less than 2 hours - if there is more than one of you get 2 scooters they are not big enough for 2 comfortably. Well the heat was getting to us so we shopped as we walked back to ship. Had the barbeque on the Lido deck that night – it was ok. The tri tip was very good. There were several low carb/sugar free options available throughout the cruise. Sailed to Cozumel next. Cozumel was in the process of repairing/upgrading it sewer system – not very pleasant to say the least. We choose to shop vs. the shore excursions. We enjoy seeing the town and the culture vs. the tourist activities. You have to bargain otherwise you will pay retail and you could save yourself 40%. Got some great deals on jewelry. There were some nice shops, clothes, boots, tequila, and nice tourist stuff. Check out the shop that had the metal work – some really nice stuff. Shopped for 6 hours –the Engineer husband was very tired, but he was a trouper! Had dinner in the dining room that night. The food was good not great but good. (we are food snobs and really enjoy great quality food). The service was very rushed. We choose not to eat there again and ate in the Pinnacle Grill for dinner the rest of the week. Which was wonderful. Service and food was great. Visited Georgetown, Grand Cayman snokereled at Cemetery Beach – with some very friendly fish! Saw lobster and a fair amount of coral for it being as shallow as it wad. Next we went Half Moon Cay. Wonderful beach, the barbeque was good. Snorkeling was very poor. On the way out we found that back side of the beach inland a little bit had some great looking reef’s and we heard later on that the snorkeling was really good there. All in it was well worth it. Have fun sailing.

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