Young, blonde, energetic, Hungarian head waiter Kitty + her assistant Batman were the spark plugs that got this event engine up, running & eventually hilarious, not to be missed fine dining! Nothing on this ship tops this time of the day.
Next best feature were the workers - dedicated to serving, smiles, always making everything seem sunny - how refreshing!
Better dance floors & clientele than Carnival's Conquest but entertainment was just OK. Serious Sounds judged the best for dancing but needs more music tuned for ballroom, fewer fast beats.
All the bars judged good, Explorers the best but still needs a bit more searching for orders from those seated.
Water is $3.50/large container, bars/dining can serve tap water for free BUT will not fill your bottles ?!?!?!?!? Another "for sale" hitch added to your $11.50/day "tips" hole in the pocket.
Foot Traffic is horrible, made worse by walkers/wheelchairs, exacerbated by photo shoots and photo displays, then let's march some sales on tables out there = butt-butt traffic moving real slow.
The Captain seems to drive this boat like there were no dance floors to consider, only to arrive early into a Galveston fog that delayed going home 8 hours. In fact, with no weather channel, we were dependent on his daily forecasts = always wrong.
8 hours delay due to fog after being told firmly to be out of cabins by 8am, dining closing shortly thereafter. Some smart enough to keep their rooms took naps & even got unprecedented room service (not announced); others stormed the dining areas anyway and got steak lunches (not announced). Word came (not announced) that a cash bar (with few one dollar bills) was open near the pizza place serving as well. What WAS announced were movies (rent for $1 at home), daycare, etc.
Gambling - win going out, lose bigger coming back, suspicious bad luck stories ..
After using your carry on bottle, simply order 1/2 bottle from room service (have to be present to sign for it - ugh). Tip well on first drink @ bars, following orders will be very satisfying.
Find another port - ANY port!
Jan 2010 - bathroom frozen after looong lines
Jan 2013 - 8 hour fog delay (really?) wide entry, turn left - simple
Always get a porter for your bags - saves time, backache & luggage - they find your room going in and the van/bus going out pronto. $2/bag seems cheap for the stress relief.
Oceanview window - always fogged up or wet but could make out waves, ships, etc.
Queen bed configuration not suited for overhanging flanking bunk beds folded against wall that serve to beat the heck out of your head & back when trying to use the walk spaces. This designer gets an "F". Motor home bathroom, shower so tight, difficult to wash back - better be under 200# of might get stuck. Step down/up bathroom not fun when ship's rocking = potential accident. Good idea to have closet/dressing privacy. TV has only $1 movies or something to sell you, very limited but somewhat informative (NO WEATHER!?!?!?!)so when the Captain invaded our space with the bed overhead speaker, he always gave the wrong weather forecast. Even on rocky seas days, this forward room on Deck 5 was nice, even helped to sleep. Cracked sink & toilet seat. Odd to walk through art gallery (for sale again) to get to rooms.
Self booked excursion: Little French Key OOOHLALA ! (Google it & search Trip Adviser .com)
The other Princess excursions held no interest for us BUT Mahogany Beach was NOT crowded as we feared, reportedly - so might be the easiest & fun to do.
Nice shops, good prices.
Stay safe from high crime rate.
South of town tours cancelled due to gangland deaths
Princess booked excursion: 400hp Air boat running at 1/2 speed was worth the price, since "city tour" route gave a taste of poverty to take home.
The ONLY shopping that produced AA camera batteries WHOOP!
Without our young gal MC, this could have turned into a salsa mess getting drunk, then frustration with the dance lesson. She made it happen on the second floor with nice vistas. Staff all intense on good service. Very nice resort if you want to stay longer. Shopping at port so-so.View All 111 Salsa & Salsa Reviews