Ten years ago we went on this trip with our family at Christmas and the weather was not very good but we liked the ports and thought it would be fun to try it again and hoped the weather would be better. The weather was great so that was really nice.
Embarkation was easy because the day before we left I sprained my ankle and it was really swollen so the provided a wheel chair and we went right through. We were on the ship by noon and our room was ready. We had a room on the Dolphin deck and it was totally exposed. We didn't mind it. We asked for robes to be delivered to the room and they were old spa robes I would not use them. On Holland they were in the room and they were fluffy and like new.
The food was not like we remember it. My husband had said that Princess always had the best food. After this he no longer says this. Best food is Holland and service was better. Because you now pay a $11.00 service fee they know that are going to get their money they do not seem to really care. If you like tea or coffee with dinner you will get one cup and that will be all they never come back. We had every time dinning so you can go to four different restaurants. We had to wait every night for a table, they give you a beeper and you walk around. I am sorry to keep comparing to Holland but we never had to wait. The Horizon cafe is ridiculous. Who ever designed it must have never been on a cruise ship. It is built in a circle and it is just a big cluster of people. If you just want a salad you have to wait in this huge line. The food is just average. One really nice thing about the ship is the number of pools. I spent the first day at the main pool. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never did. I have been on twelve cruises and this is the first time that there was nothing happening. I saw the cruise director one time the entire cruise when she introduced herself and that was it.
Speaking of activities during the day there were none. Well, I guess there were a few if you like napkin folding, bible study, frame making and ball room dancing. We did spend a lot of time the casino. They are really strict about looking at each other cards and where you sit. At first I thought oh boy this going to be fun. But, if you spend enough time there they are a lot of fun. Best dealers, Angel, Monica and Gracie. They are really sweet and know how to have a good time. If you do go to the casino tell them Cindy sent you.
Ports: PV we swam with the dolphin. It is very expensive but it was worth it. It is once in a life time encounter. Mazatlan we took a water taxi over to Stone Island. At first I thought I had mad a bad call but it was fun. It is very primitive not fancy at all. I went to Victors it is down the beach. I ordered a margarita and only drank one third and I was done. So, I started drinking water and ordered some shrimp and it was great. We rented ATV's $25.00 for an hour. We went down to the end of the beach it was a great ride. Cabo: we went on the premier yacht experience. It really is not a premier but it was a nice boat and only 25 people. We saw whales, went snorkeling and saw sea lions. The stop in Cabo is very short and it needs to be longer. There was a lot to see but we didn't have enough time.
We liked to try different cruise lines and I guess people are looking for certain things. So far the best ship we have gone on is Holland. I think that the newer ships are the way to go. Once you have been on a new ship you really notice what is wrong with the others.