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2 Houston to Mexican Riviera Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews

Had one of the worst starts to cruise with over 90 minutes waiting in various line ups for embarkation. So slow that they had to delay lifeboat drill as the line up was still very long at 3pm when normally everyone is onboard. Appears ... Read More
Had one of the worst starts to cruise with over 90 minutes waiting in various line ups for embarkation. So slow that they had to delay lifeboat drill as the line up was still very long at 3pm when normally everyone is onboard. Appears staff were still in training mode. No Princess staff outside of building, only Port Police. Lots of older people with clear handicaps were waiting in long lines. We encouraged older couple in front of us to go to front of line up as she made notified them she would be needing assistance - she was carrying an oxygen machine with her. There needs to be Princess people outside managing crowds to help direct people to correct line up. As a Ruby member, no special line ups not non-US line up - both of which we have had on other cruise lines to help speed up getting on the ship. Once on, the ship was clean and in good condition. Atrium seem small for such a large ship. Had 6pm dinner seating after several cruises with anytime dining. We really enjoyed connecting with other travellers and felt this was one of our best decisions. We passed on the spa pass as the spa was small and only two steam rooms and 5 heated beds. Normally we take this but for 3 full days they wanted $120 for a couple. I travelled with my best friend and we decided to go outside to sun tan if sun came out. It was sunny only one of the three days unfortunately. Mexico day in Progresso was overcast, very humid and raining at times. Quite disappointing weather overall. We went to shows - dancing one was good. Comedy ones were 7/10. Staff seemed friendly and willing to help overall. Food was very good in dining room so we didn't really feel pushed to go to Specialty Restaurants which we normally do at least once. Again, no special treats or recognition for loyalty member - ie. cocktail reception, treats in rooms - has this on last Norwegian as a past passenger. We found the pool music very loud so we sat in the chairs nearest the Sanctuary. The spa pool below is open to all guest and not just to the Sanctuary people. This was not well known and this pool was lovely and quiet. Perfect for a snooze when it wasn't raining. Didn't care too much for Progresso - needs a real clean up and beach was ok. Water was very churned up and mostly grey/greenish colour. Many, many vendors on beach so no peace sitting watching waves. We had a group disembarkation which was very quick. We had booked a shore excursion to use up some times before our flights at 5pm from IAH. We asked several places which bus for the tour and was directly to a bank of buses. WE had our ticket in our hands and kept asking if this bus for IAH later on. As you can imagine, once we left the the pier we realized the bus was going straight to IAH and we had missed our tour. We are two ladies in our 40's and asked several times which bus was for the Houston tour and then IAH. I believe the staff should look at tickets before simply herding people onto buses and they seemed new and not totally confident in the process . Will try to get rebate on missed tour but not 100% confident. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We sailed on the Salute to Veterans cruise, Nov. 5-9, 2013 out of Houston, TX. This was the first cruise to sail from the Houston Bayport Terminal. We arrived in Houston two nights before embarkation, so we could see some of the sights of ... Read More
We sailed on the Salute to Veterans cruise, Nov. 5-9, 2013 out of Houston, TX. This was the first cruise to sail from the Houston Bayport Terminal. We arrived in Houston two nights before embarkation, so we could see some of the sights of Houston. We stayed at a Candlewood Suites, which was convenient to the port, and had shopping and restaurants within walking distance. We visited Kemah Boardwalk and the Houston Space Center, and enjoyed both. Embarkation was uneventful - there were some delays with the computer system, but not unexpected since it was the first sailing. We've sailed once before on Caribbean Princess, so were familiar with the ship. The theme and entertainment were wonderful - so many veterans enjoying meeting and talking about old times together. Our favorite entertainment was country singer Rockie Lynne - he performed twice during the cruise, and was always available to shake hands with the veterans and thank them for their service. We also enjoyed Joe Galloway and Col. Bruce Crandall's talk about their time in Vietnam. The service aboard the ship was fine; we had no complaints about the dining room service or the room service. The food was delicious! In Progresso, Mexico we took the ship tour to Dzibilchaltun Mayan ruins. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the ruins - he even spoke to us in the Mayan language! Disembarkation was extremely quick. We chose to carry our luggage off independently, and were off the ship a little earlier than assigned. Customs was quick, and we found a Super Shuttle van to take us back to Hobby Airport. We definitely enjoyed Caribbean Princess, and will plan another Princess cruise in the future! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Caribbean Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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