I had high expectations for my first cruise. My mind had visualized a giant boat where I could breath the fresh ocean air from the railing overlooking the endless sea while feeling and smelling the cool breeze of the mighty ocean. With that said, it didn’t quite end up like that. We took a bus from the Orlando airport which drove us to Port Canaveral where we went into boarding our might ship. The entry wait wasn’t bad at all, similar to going through airport security the port security was quick and painless leaving us antsy to get a look at the insides of our home for the next 4 days.
Once inside I was surprise at the size. It wasn’t as big as I had imagined. Visions from the Titanic were far off from the small lobby and motel looking hallways. The first encounter after boarding was a booth where passes were sold for alcohol. They charged about $225 per person for 15 drinks per day for 4 days. However, they required everyone in the same room to get the pass. We went for it and made sure we made our moneys worth. We had tried to stash some bottles of wine in our checked bags however once our bags arrived they came with a note from port security saying they had confiscated our bottles until the end of our cruise. They did however allow 1 bottle of wine in your carry on bag.
The food was buffet style for breakfast and lunch and dinner was served at a specific time everyday and where you were seated at a large round table with the same group of people for the duration of your cruise. The breakfast food was pretty bad.. don’t get me wrong I still made the best of it with custom made omelettes and all of the breakfast additions and unlimited coffee. Lunch had choices of your typical American food such as burgers, hot dogs, fries, with an Asian wok station, pizza, desserts and other random foods all at a very mediocre buffet quality. For dinner you would choose from a short menu what you were to eat and of course you can choose one of everything if you want to. Out of the steak, lobster, soups, salads and desserts only a few of the dishes were actually memorable. Overall I would call it disappointing.
Thankfully there were plenty of other amenities to keep us busy. We played a round of mini golf, hit the Jacuzzi, comedy club, bars and of course the casino. Our first stop at Freeport was okay. They took us to a semi private beach where we were able to lay out, snorkel, kayak, paddle board.. I went snorkeling but there wasn’t much to see. They sponsored activities like flip cup and sand volleyball which were fun.
Our other stop was Nassau where we were able to buy souvenirs and I also went to scuba in the morning. We went to 2 sunken ships sites, one which was accompanied to 10 ft reef sharks which were awesome to see. That alone made the trip.
I would definitely do another cruise but definitely a different, larger ship and another destination.