This was a really fun, nice cruise. Of course, it helped that we had great weather and very calm seas. I have done this cruise two times previously in the month of April, and the weather this time was much better.
There is so much to do on the Crown Princess, or you can just relax with plenty of lounge chairs, both in the sun and in the shade. They also now have a 15 minute rule for saving deck chairs and loungers. I really didn't see any chairs being saved on this trip. We had three days at sea, and there was still plenty of space for everyone.
The Sanctuary is a very nice option as well. $10 per person for 4 hours.
We enjoyed the entertainment options each evening. On the main stage in the Princess Theater there were three shows nightly. There were also entertainers one or two times nightly in other venues, all scheduled so that there was plenty of time to dine and still see each show.
There were Zumba classes, line dancing lessons and ballroom dancing lessons, all free. There were even classes for a Mob Flash on the last evening.
The dining options are endless, with the original assigned dining, open seating and the option to make a reservation in one of the three dining rooms. There were lines waiting a few times for the "anytime" dining, but people were given beepers. That allowed them to visit other venues while waiting.
The dining experience was excellent. Our cabin steward was great. We especially appreciated the fact that Princess expects ALL staff members to greet ALL guests ALL the time. It gives off a feeling that the staff enjoys their work.
The entertainment was exceptional. The singers and dancers were amazing, with tremendous set designs, costumes and music.
One of the highlights for us was enjoying some of the cruise director staff, especially Dan, Mark and Nicole. What talent!
Princess ships do a very good job in the cabin layouts. I actually chose the same stateroom as the one we had 10 months ago. Even though it was an obstructed ocean view, the window is large and it located above a storage container, not a lifeboat. There is quite a view from this cabin.
I especially like the closet/dressing area right off the bathroom. It gives a person plenty of privacy, while allowing for access to shelves and closet.
Appreciate that the safe uses a password instead of a credit card, etc. It was much faster and easier to use.
I am one of those people who really appreciates the ports that the Cruise Lines have built. This one is no exception. There is a beautiful beach within walking distance, or you can take the chairlift there. Either way, it is just a few minutes from the ship. Plenty of shopping and restaurant/bar choices as well.
One time we did the Tabyana Beach and Lunch Excursion and highly recommend it. One is able to snorkel from either area, which is really nice. I heard that the ziplining was great also, although it wasn't offered by Princess.
I gave this port a three because you do have to tender. Love the one restaurant on the water. They always have great entertainment. There is plenty of shopping in this port, and if you step beyond the walled area,there are local merchants along the street selling products made in Belize.
We took the Trolley Tour of the city and really enjoyed it. It would be tough to do this tour if it had been any hotter out, but we learned so much about Belize and Belize City that it was very enjoyable.
This was my umpteenth time to Cozumel and I love the new port that has been built by Carnival. It is very well done with a number of stores and restaurants/bars. There is even an Internet cafe and an excellent local arts and crafts market with great shopping for locally made/grown items.
Really, the only negative is that there is only a very small beach set up. They did the best that they could within the space, but one still has to take a taxi ride to reach a really large beach. On the positive side, there are massages offered on the small beach in port.