Well, I wanted to report back to all of you about my first cruise. We did the 4 nighter to Key West and Cozumel on the Fascination.
Things I Loved:
- The ship was spotless, absolutely spotless.
- The food was better than any four star restaurant.
- The staff were some of the nicest people I've ever met.
- Our stateroom was immaculate, comfortable and big enough.
- The shore excursions were great. I parasailed and did the Sea Trek.
- I never got seasick, even in choppier seas.
The Best Advice From You All:
- Wear a towel around your neck for the life boat drill. That was excellent advice considering all the people that had the same life vest around their neck at one time or another.
What I Didn't Like So Much
- I never saw so many drunks in all my life.
- The music on the Lido deck was WAY too loud.
- The shows at night were also too loud. I wore earplugs.
- I didn't like not knowing what time it was. Clocks in the cabins would be so helpful. My cell phone clock was all messed up.
All in all, I had a really good time and would go again in a minute. Thanks for all the good advice.
doulabug, Have not been on Valor as Larry has. I have been on her sister ship Glory. And was very nice. Valor is approx. 1/3 bigger than Fascination. I always start planning right away too. It helps with the post cruise back to reality thing
Kellymo, that was another one of the things I liked. Getting on and off was pretty easy. There are lots of people of course, but I thought it went quickly. Immigration was even quick. In Cozumel, don't buy one of those handmade hats made from palm leaves - they don't let you bring them back to the U.S.
Watch out for Senor Frogs in Cozumel. Two teenagers in our group had shots of liquor literally poured down their throats. Apparently they blindfolded the kids, sat them down and forced their mouths open to pour it in. Maybe for some people it would be fun, but if you don't like that kind of thing, beware!
Welcome back doulabug, it sounds like all in all you enjoyed your cruise. The best thing for the disembarkation blues is planning your next one, which I see you're doing. Usually, the longer the itineraries, the less drunks there are. We normally do a 10-14 day itinerary. I think the main reason is the cost of getting drunk over 7 days is a good deal more than 4 days. Plus, you tend to get a little older clientelle. Don't let that scare you, the demographics are still a good mix, especially to the Caribbean or Mexico. One of your cruises, try Princess or Holland America, they tend to be less party oriented, but still a great cruise. Best wishes!