MDAS experiences, how was yours?
I completed the Mission Day at Sea cruise & Ingress events.
I had an absolute blast on the trip. I was our first cruise ever. The travel agent & chats in telegram had a bunch of great advice.
The POC (DayoSteph) did an amazing job organizing things, securing the agent, organizing the chats in Telegram, dealing with all of the random questions from cruise newbies such as myself, securing rooms for board games, etc. Really would not have gone so well without the work of the POC.
First day was tlhectic trying to get aboard and get used to things on the ship, where things were located, etc. After that it was great
The food was fantastic. Plentiful buffets and the dining room service was incredible. After 1 day, they knew my allergy restrictions & drink preference. They were very easy going, when I wasn't sure between 2 main courses, I could just get both).
I had never been waited on so much in my life, it was an adjustment to get used to.
The excursions we had we're great. The Ingress excursion at the Sunset House in the Caymans was fantastic. Snorkeling was great, it helped going with a bunch of other agents & having our guide be an agent.
The RC excursions we're excellent as well. We went to the Mayan ruins at Chacchoben one day, then went to a tour of Cozumel next day (Mayan temple, the beach, & a chocolate factory).
On the last day at sea, we partaked in various ship activities. Did bar trivia, saw an ice show, swam in the pool. We also had a conference room secured to play board & card games. There was a great many activities on board ship to keep one occupied.
The missions themselves:
I didn't arrive in Ft Lauderdale until late Saturday, 11/2. I didn't attempt the Ft Lauderdale missions so can't comment on those.
The missions in Georgetown, Cayman Islands were well laid out in a straight path and was very quick & easy to walk those missions. Big thanks to agent Tryck7, who designed the missions.
The missions in Costa Maya were annoying as one portal was outside of the port terminal complex (which is a maze to get out of). There was quite a bit of wandering into the back of shops to get the drift to reach.
In Cozumel, there weren't enough portals in the Royal Caribbean port complex so one had to leave that and walk about a quarter mile to the Carnival complex. Once there it was easy to complete the missions.
Overall the missions didn't eat up too much time and left time free to do activities on shore.
Overall the missions were a small component of the trip. It was a wonderful X-fact event and great for non-Ingress players as well.
I'm eagerly looking forward to the next MDAS event.