We have made it back from our Royal Caribbean cruise! Instead of writing a giant entry, I'm going to post a few notes:
We took the Freedom of the Seas, which is apparently the second largest ship in the world. It has everything from an ice skating rink to an indoor mall the size of a football field. Everything Vanessa and I tried to go somewhere, we got lost. It was pretty entertaining, at least, to us. We went ice skating, rock climbing, swimming, worked out at the gym, ate tons of food, watched different shows including magic, broadway reviews and acrobats. They had everything a cruise ship could need!
Our first stop was Haiti, which basically turned out to be Royal Caribbean’s personal idea. We were no where near real Haiti. It was all very plastic and organized. We got off the boat long enough to walk around and take some pictures before getting back on and finally getting a deck chair (with 4,000+ people on board, this was a challenge)
Our second stop was Jamaica. We got off the boat and walked around for a bit. We shopped at the Taj Mahal (no lie) in Jamaica and were offered many tours, being that we are such "pretty ladies." We were also offered weed, always fun. In the afternoon we went snorkeling, which was TOTALLY AWESOME! I had to take my glasses off, but the fish were so close that it didn't matter. Really cool and I would totally do it again.
Our third stop was Grand Cayman, where we decided not to take a tour. We walked around and ended up in the Cultural Museum. It was small, but they did a great job organizing it. The best part, was that it was run by a lady who lived in Farmingdale her whole life (we're still not sure how she ended up running the cultural museum in Grand Cayman) But, the island was full of shopping.
Our last stop was Mexico where we had a full day excursion to the Tulum ruins (Vanessa was so excited!) We got off the big boat and took a little boat to a bus. The bus ride was about an hour and then we were there (Every time we got on a moving vehicle I fell asleep!) The ruins were beautiful and they were the only Mayan ruins built on the coast. We spent about two hours there and headed to a nearby beach and Mexican restaurant. We ate local cuisine (or, looked at it because I like my stomach where it is) and then sat on the beach. It was a long day, but very enjoyable.
All our ports were HOT HOT HOT! But, we sweated it out and enjoyed it.
Overall the boat was very nice. The food was good and people were friendly, however it was very large and you felt like a number. Our cruise director was quite crude at times and they often picked fun at Carnival cruise lines. But, our room was nice and we spent a lot of time reading and sleeping (as we should!)