The Houston Bayport cruise terminal was new to us but we decided to give it a go for a Thanksgiving family cruise with 4 new cruisers in our group of 8.
We arrived around 10:30-11:00 AM on embarkation day and were surprised by the sheer cold weather we were having. It was surprising that the terminal enforced a rule wherein only passengers in the same cabin as platinum / elite cruisers had preferred boarding privileges with them. Prior to this port, we were all able to board with our Platinum members.
We were onboard by 12:30pm and after eating a nice lunch and attending the muster drill, we were informed by the captain that we would be getting underway in approximately 2 hours due to needing tugboats to guide us out due to high winds which were two hours away. A 6pm departure turned into a 10:30pm departure, which turned into a ??? departure. Eventually we went to bed and awoke in the morning still looking at the Bayport parking lot, which meant we had not left yet! 18 hours later we finally pulled away from the pier, but were informed that we would for sure miss out on Roatan as that was the furthest port from Houston. Instead of heading to Cozumel we headed to Costa Maya for our first port on Tuesday. Due to not having any advance notice for this port we opted to not book any tours, and were sorely disappointed with the port.
We left Costa Maya en route to Belize and after waking up and heading to our meeting place onboard at 7am we were given tender tickets and while waiting the captain came on the intercom and stated that since approximately 4:30am he had the pilot onboard and had been trying to get into the shipping channel without success. Shortly thereafter he stated that the call to Belize had been cancelled and a sea day would ensue. We were now en route to Cozumel.
We arrived in Cozumel and docked without issue. Shortly before we debarked a broadcast was made stating that all excursions that were sea related were cancelled. We had booked a Scoot Coupe personal vehicle excursion which was not immediately cancelled, but upon meeting our tour onshore we were told that due to high winds the tour was cancelled. We ended up going into town and eating a great lunch at Las Palmas which was excellent!
We had a great week on the Caribbean Princess, but we missed two out of three scheduled ports and had to endure the inane alcohol rules of the State of Texas during our initial misadventure. Princess offered nothing in the way of future cruise credit or on board credit due to the missed opportunities on this cruise, and due to this we will most probably not cruise out of Houston again.
There are many more embarkation points that do not have built in issues like the Port of Houston, and we will make the most of those on our future Princess cruises!