maryannb -- I am pleased to read your review. As you know, we returned on Holiday the same day you embarked upon her. It rained the first two days, but that didn't stop us from having fun. The weather was beautiful in Cozumel. We spent the first part of the day at an all-inclusive resort where we dined, drank pina coladas, snorkeled, and lazed in the sun around the pool along the shoreline. The last 3 hours we spent shopping in San Miguel. We bought several things at Los Cinco Soles where we got a discount on everything...standard if your're a cruise passenger. They have the best price around on Kahlua. We also bought several carved wood and clay masks from street vendors. We found everything we had hoped to find. We were very pleased.
The couple that we dined with was delightful. We had so much in common it was uncanny. They live in Orlando. He's an air traffic controller and she is a trainer with the FAA. And thay had been looking into transferring to B'ham where we live. It was interesting that the more we talked, the more we revealed the similarities in our views and lifestyle. We're planning to cruise together in the near future. They want us to visit them when we go to Orlando after our Halloween cruise on Inspiration out of Tampa. They also have annual passes to DisneyWorld that expire the same date as ours. That's wierd.
Did you go to Reflections on the ship? During the teen hour before it switches over to adult time, I liked the music. We relaxed on a sofa while we loosened-up on alcohol. When the adult time began (when I finally felt like dancing), they played nothing but Rap and Hip-Hop music for 4-hours straight. I liked our waitress so much I didn't want to leave. I can't figure out how their market research determined that Rap/HipHop was the only thing people wanted to hear. I guess I'm turning into a old fuddy-duddy, but I do enjoy dancing to techno-rock, and the first 3 songs on Madonna's most recent album for which she received a Grammy Nomination only to lose out to Kelly Clarkson. I told the DJ I had the CD in my cabin, but he said he was only allowed to play the CDs he had in his binder. I understood that concept and did not argue.
Anyway, one of the comedians, Brad Tassel, was hilarious. Better than most comedians I've seen on TV. And Steve Cassell, cruise director, is perfect in his position. He keeps the positive attitude going, never skipping a beat. I enjoyed Don in the piano lounge. I asked him to play an Italian song. He played five Italian songs for me. He was delightful.
Holiday is like the little sister you want to protect, and you love her no matter what her shortcomings. She is perfect for a quickie, last minute cruise. It's close to B'ham and very inexpensive. We'll cruise her again. Who knows, may we'll slam into each other on the Promenade Deck when the ship lists to one side.
To cure the after cruise blues, we booked a cruise 3 days after returning home for this October. It will be on the Inspiration. We are very excited! It's nice to have something to look forward to.