Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by CAtravelers: Enjoyable cruise but first survive embarkation.
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Enjoyable cruise but first survive embarkation.
Destination: Western Caribbean
After a break from the big cruise ships we decided to return and try the Western Caribbean route on the Caribbean Princess. As some reviewers have commented boarding in Houston is a challenge. Our wait to board the ship was about 3.5 hours. The lines are long but move along. After checking in the waiting area is small for the number of arriving passengers and the overflow is a large tent that can get quite warm even with the large fan. The staff is friendly and constantly thank you for your patience, but patience does wear thin after 2+ hours of sitting in a folding chair. We were boarded in groups which basically ques you into another long line to have your picture taken (really a picture after sitting for 3.5 hrs.). Best tip for embarkation is pack your patience.
Overall the staff is friendly and professional, but there is no sense of personal service due to the number of passengers, it's just not possible.
A lot of precaution is taken to control any chance of More nirovirus, for the first few days the dinning personnel served the buffet food and beverages. By mid week with no reports of ship board illnesses the passengers we were allowed to serve ourselves in the Horizon Cafe. The ship's public areas and hallways are constantly being wiped down which was very reassuring.
The ports were fine, the food very good and the normal ship board activities were offered. Debarkation is very organized and efficient. Less
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Cabin review: A405
Cabin location was nice, but service quality was terrible. Hardly saw our cabin steward and had to contact the front desk several time to getting overlooked/missing towels and being given damp pool towels instead of the regular white bath towels. This is just one of the issues we had with cabin service quality. Needless to say the front desk apologized for the poor service and took care of the matter. But this is just one of the cabin service issues that we had.
Port and Shore Excursions
Lamanai Mayan Ruins
Enjoyable tour. The hour long boat ride to the ruins is it's own adventure. The Lamanai Mayan ruins were interesting and probably the best ruins to see on the ports of call. The walk to the ruins is rocky (tree roots & large rocks) but safe as long as your watch where you're going. Lunch was very good a local meal of stewed chicken, rice with beans, coleslaw and choice of beverages. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared inforamtion about the local area and culture.
This was our favorite tour and if you're interested in seeing the ruins this may be the best offering.
It is not an ATV "adventure" it is an ATV ride in a large circle through a thick jungle/wood area. The only stop is for water and brief talk about local plants. The guides do their best, but the route is flat and rocky with very little to see.
At the second stop at the beach area we had a nice lunch of fish tacos and a coconut beverage, the fish tacos were great. The time there is about an 1 hr, the beach was very crowded with loud offensive music. Not quite the place to hang out and relax, was just too crowded and loud.
Boss Underwater Adventure
The time on the underwater scooter is about 30 mins. the rest of the time you can snorkel (equipment provided). The boat staff is very friendly and attentive offering snacks, juice and provided detailed instructions on the underwater scooter. There are a number of divers with the scooter group to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable.
The scooters go down about 8 ft. and there were not a lot of fish to see, just a few tiny fish and a turtle that we actually saw from the boat. The adventure is riding the underwater scooter, which is something different, so for that reason you might want to give it a try.
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