From embarkation on this was one of the best cruises we've been on. Don't know if people actually showed up when they were told to, but our embarkation time was 1200. We showed up about 1130 and had no line through security or check in. We were on our way up the gangway around 1215. Cabins were ready so we dropped off our hand carry bags.
Have always liked assigned dining and our waiters Sid and Jubily in the Palm dining room were the best. Between them and the kitchen staff, special requests were handled with no issue or problem. Menu was varied enough that there was no real reason to go to either of the specialty restaurants. I do wish though that Princess would go back to crab leg night.
Was kind of worried going in that our cabin, directly under the fitness center would be noisy but we didn't hear anything from they gym. Cabin steward was excellent in keeping room clean and meeting special requests.
Just like every cruise if you want a chair on the deck you need to get out early. Was spring break week and had over 800 kids on board. Best was to get out early and then come in and take advantage of onboard activities when it started to get packed with people on the sun and lido deck.
I liked the fact that if you were unable to catch the Movie Under the Stars at night, they replayed the next day in the Princess Theater. Production shows were very good. Cast seemed to be enjoying what they were doing. (Have been on cruises where they just went through the motions.) Guest entertainers were good. Wish though they would have had a comedy club in one of the lounges nightly.
Arrival time in Houston was 0700. We got up at 0530 and we were already docked. Disembarkation seemed to go smooth. Our assigned time was 0840 and I think they called us about 0835. Luggage claim area was large and well marked to find your bags. Customs and Immigration had many lanes open so the process went quickly. We were packed in the car and leaving the parking lot by 0915.
Altun Ha ruins were a lot better than the ruins we've seen before on Cozumel. Tour guide was very knowledgeable of history of what we were seeing. She made her stories interesting and didn't repeat the same story over and over like I've had on other tours. She pointed out points of interest along the way and facts about Belize City. Don't know if the bus was suppose to be part of the adventure but the ride was a little rough and the A/C didn't work really well.
Third trim to Cozumel. Took taxi to main downtown area $8.00 one way for four of us. Knew the shops I wanted to go back to so was dropped off by the big Mexican Flag and just walked around. Kids wanted to go to Margaretville so we walked back that direction. Sit on the deck in the shade good stop for a drink. From there back to the pier next time I'll grab a cab. Walk back was a little farther then I thought.
Mahogany Beach is a good place to catch some sun and relax. Swimming area is only about five feet deep. They say that just outside of the swimming area is a reef, but looked pretty bare. Don't rent a clam shell. If you want to get out of the sun for a while they have a bar restaurant with plenty of covered seating. Water was clear and warm. Just right to cool off from the sun. Chair lift gives a good view and is nice ride. $10 and you can ride back and forth all day.