VERY NICE...A BEST TIME FOR ME!!!: Crown Princess Cruise Review by BRIFRO
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VERY NICE...A BEST TIME FOR ME!!!
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
In GRAND CAYMAN: We did a walkup excursion purchase at the Cruise Dock with Soto Cruises to Stingray City for $40 each. They were very professional and they treated us like family friends. This was really all the excursion we could have possibly wanted. The Soto Family simply pioneered the water sport- diving here in 1956 and we enjoyed our conversations with the son. The CD of our experience was a wonderful souvenir for us to bring home. We shopped in the mini mall behind "Margaritaville" and again found Maxine at the Blackbeard Rum Cake stand. Maxine remembered us from our last meeting in GC . Her store gives you a free large Blackbeard Rum Cake with every 2 liter rum purchase. These made great gifts back home for my wife's our employees. We found that the commercial pricing is simply the same from store to store. We shopped in 19 stores running into Princess Guru "Freddie" several times making her PR rounds. We were amazed that the Princess ship prices with the 10% discount was less than the GC stores asking prices.
In ROATAN: The weather was cloudy,Humid, and misting rain most of the day. We opted to relax, enjoy Mahogany Bay and simply "chillout" on the beautiful scenic views. The new Mahogany Bay Resort Area is spectacular in appearance and very clean. The stores have the same fair as the other islands but in a new setting. The beach was simply perfect with food, drinks, clean bathrooms. Free lounge chairs, roaming security and spectacular ocean views. The ship backs Into the pier using GPS sending units on the narrow channel buoys. The island itself is beautiful but the economic issues of the locals makes the cruise ship tourist wearing the wrist band a begging target. We were relaxed and truly enjoyed the non begging inside Mahogany Bay.
In COZUMEL: Puerta Maya Pier was a perfect backdrop for the arrival to Cozumel. They have a live web cam infront of the fountain & you can be seen by the internet friends as you wave hello at this point. We went to the Cozumel Tourist kiosk out at the Taxi entrance to get our free T shirt voucher for Chankanaab Park. We split the $10 Taxicab fare to Chankanaab with the Princess Oriental Medicine Dr. Scott R. Chankaaab cost $19 each for entrance but we get the 2 free T-shirts from the gift shop. The gardens, the beach, the dolphin swim encounter and the courteous service made this a truly wonderful experience. Imagine sitting under a beachside thatched hut, lounging out... eating nachos & fresh grouper fish tacos enjoying a no salt margarita with this $ million view. Well that is what we were doing between snorkeling the statues & reef rocks (gear rental cost @ San Miguel Dive Hut is $8). The Goodmark Jewelry store is family owned and we have purchased items at great prices here the last 4 times in Cozumel. Surprising to find that Dufrey liquor was less expensive in Roatan than Cozumel. The manager stated that the extra cost involved is from theby boat shipping to Cozumel.
In PRINCESS CAYS: We simply did the beach side BBQ and swim. The rental prices here are very expensive ($24 for snorkel stuff). It appeared that a great time was had by all. The lifeguard named Jimmie under the red roof dock feeds the fish and there were literally hundreds waiting to eat. The Snorkeling at this dock yielded much attention. Overall the Crown Princess is a great venue for the best 7 days of your cruising vacation life. Like any other venue there will always be voids and under talented employees trying their best to bring about that "Cruise Experience". Our main goal was to simply relax & enjoy a wonderful 7 Days. Less