Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by morrisretired: First Princess Cruise
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First Princess Cruise
Destination: Western Caribbean
This was our first cruise with Princess, and probably be our last with them. Our ninth cruise overall. Picked it over the Norwegian Jewel out of New Orleans, because Bayport was closer and we got a mini suite here, cheaper than a balcony there. A lot shorter drive for us, too. The service on CB was very good. Our cabin attendant Ryan was ok. Remember to put the DO NOT DISTURB in your key slot. They can still come into your room, even if the lower dead bolt is locked. They knock first, but come in shortly after knocking.
We had late seating, table 109 in the Palm Dining Room. Our waiter Michaela was GREAT along with her assistant. She was always bringing us extra stuff to try. But the evening dining menu was heavy towards Italian entrees, which is not my favorite. Mostly same deserts every night. The coffee after dinner was terrible. It was like they wanted you to buy a latte or cappuccino, after your meal. We did celebrate two birthdays (son & daughter-in law) and our More 38th wedding, 3 different nights while dining in the Palm Dining Room. Michaela brought the "special little cakes" out each time with candle lit, and she got all her tables around us to join in signing to us. The CB also puts balloons and a big card on your cabin door, on your special day. That was the first time that has happened to us on a cruise. It was very nice of them to do this! Also, I got a $100 onboard credit for just being a Veteran from Princess Cruise lines. THANK YOU!!! You have to go to their web site and sign up before your cruise. Another thing worth mentioning, Disabled Veterans get to park free in the official Port Of Houston parking lots, both Galveston and Bayport. I just show them my Disabled VA card. Thanks POH.
The buffets are laid out badly having to go around in a circle. The omelets served at breakfast were very dry. The lunches in the dining room were good. The shows were ok. No late night adult comedy. Except for one the last night in an over crowded bar. The pizza was very greasy. After 11:00 pm it seemed like nothing there was nothing going on. If you wanted any thing you had to go to the 5th floor, to the coffee bar. You had to pay for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lattes, fraps, etc. The deserts and sandwiches were free. We did the ATV in Cozumel thru CB, private tour and extreme zip line with Steve Bush (Roatan Trips & Tours), and river boat and Altun Ha ruins thru CB. The ATV was very rough riding over the rocks, zip line was great, the boat ride was boring and we only got to spend 1 hour at the ruins. We would like to have had more time at Altun Ha after the long and bumpy bus ride to and back to ship. Embarkation and debarkation were good. Less
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