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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by MTdreaming

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Caribbean Princess
Caribbean Princess
Member Name: MTdreaming
Cruise Date: February 2014
Embarkation: Houston
Destination: Western Caribbean
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Cabin Number: A427
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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Fortune smiled on our cruise from Houston

We sailed out of Houston without delay or disruption. We made all of our ports without any issues. So we were very fortunate.

Embarkation at Houston was very quick and efficient, we showed up at the requested time by Princess - for us 2pm, parked in a very close spot just across the drop off lanes, pulled our luggage to the quite short line and were onboard in no time - maybe 20 minutes max. I will note that when we disembarked at the end of the cruise folks showing up early for the following cruise were being made to park further away, not bad but not as close as we were allowed to do, probably to avoid cross traffic of those leaving and arriving.

This cruise had 3 ports and 3 full sea days, would prefer perhaps 4 ports and 2 sea days but it was fine, plenty to do. There were lots of activities on sea days, although I would have enjoyed some talks/videos pertinent to the ports themselves (NOT shopping at the ports). Suggested topics would be Mayan history, current archeological work, and perhaps Caribbean piracy history etc. We did enjoy the trivia games, mad gab , ice carving demo, art talk (well one of them was good, one was awful). Movies under the Stars is fun, but this cruise it was always very crowded and you had to be quite early to get a spot. The special entertainer Zack W was one of the best I have seen on a cruise, the magician was entertaining, the dancers - yikes, possibly talented but the sexualized dancing really put us off, would not recommend them. It is too bad as especially the Born to be Wild show was a great set and concept, but the songs for the most part were obscure and the dancing had nothing to do with period depicted. Noticed several folks walking out of the show, we probably would have but didn't want to crawl over others during the show.

I would take this cruise again just to relax during the doldrums of February in a warm sunny climate. The ship's crew were friendly, accommodating and helpful. I would like to study up some more on the history of these ports, and try other excursions next time. I can see me doing this again.

 


Publication Date: 02/27/14
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