||11-17-2012 06:35 PM
Just back from Wonder Mexican Riviera
First Disney Cruise was a blast! Great service, good fun. What a great ship. We stayed at the Red Lion Anaheim for 3 nights prior to the cruise, was a nice hotel, great rate, super close to Disneyland. While there we used the ART buses to get to and from Disney which was super cheap. We had a great time at Disney, even saw some of the Christmas parade. As for getting to and from the port I used limos.com as our ground transportation, this worked out great as you can plug in all your trip info to their website and then you get companies bidding for your business. Certainly was nice to be picked up in a nice car.
Got to the port at 12:30 and were directed almost immediately on to the ship. We brought our own beer and wine on in our carry on with no worries at all. Had a nice lunch at Beach Blanket on the deck overlooking the port. I bought the beer stein for $14 which was good to have for filling up with draft at bar for $6 or putting my own beer in, plus I have a great souvenir.
We stayed in stateroom 2090 which was a free upgrade from an inside stateroom. Great room, midship close to elevators, laundry. Some noise outside port hole at night but we got used to this. Room service was great, my little girl loved all the free milk and cookies, bring cash for tips to room service people.
Entertainment was great! Good movies always in rooms and in theatre. My daughter loves the club and lab, she couldn't get enough of it. We didn't go to the shows, maybe next cruise. Pirate night was a blast! Always had lots of fun by the pools.
Dining in the main dining rooms was ok, food could have been better, but I am a chef so I am a little critical. Our table mates were great, think we made some new friend there. We bought the 7 night classic wine package, which I though was a good buy. Dining at Palo was great, service was outstanding, food delicious. We had both dinner and brunch here which are not to be missed.
My wife and I had great treatments at the spa. We also got the best hair cuts ever! Can't wait to go back here again!
As for photos...I see a lot of debate on here about shutter. We didn't go for it, I know some say it is a good deal because you are getting photos by pros, I would say not as the person who kept trying to take our photos at dinner kept having trouble working his camera. If you want photos at dinner, just take turns with your table mates, at Palo you can ask your server. If you really want photos of the whole family with characters there is always a CM nearby. The shutters packages are a little steep in my opinion.
Only went on one prearranged excursion, we did some snorkeling. Loved exploring the ports and beaches on our own. Had a great lunch in Cabo on the beach.
We can't wait for our next cruise!
We can't wait to go on our next cruise!