11th cruise.2nd w/ Princess on same ship/itinerary as 2008.Arrived Ft.Lauderdale 1 day early.Heavy rains that night and steady drizzle day of embarkation.Arrived port 11 am and took about 1 hr to board w/ no problems.Ship recently refurbished in Dec so carpets etc looked great.
Cabin: tiniest shower ever but great amt of storage.Requested eggcrate already on bed.Deck 10 forward and cabin was quiet and comfortable.
Dining: food good in general.Chose anytime dining.Slow service most nights as we ate early (5:30) nightly.We were unable to obtain a window seat as EVERY 2 person table w/ window was RESERVED?? by back to back cruisers in the ANYTIME dining room.We did not eat in any surcharge restaurants but did eat in Horizon court and Caribe for breakfast/lunch (very disorganized) but good variety and generally good quality.Princess offers sushi/tappas but only if alcoholic beverage is purchased?Great pizza and grill items.
Inside cabin deck 10 forward C237.Tiniest shower ever.Very small bathroom in general.Huge amt of storage for clothing.Decent t.v. w/ adequate stations.No in room ability to check menu's or billing info like on many other ships. Nice quiet area w/ easy access to elevators/stairs.Requested eggcrate mattress was on bed when we arrived.
No food service and very limited bar service this day. Little to do unless paying for water toys.
Took water taxi to Water Island.Spent day at the beach swimming/snorkeling.Purchased beer and pop that were allowed back on board after discovering this when we asked the front desk staff though Princess did not advertise this.With beer on board $5.95-$6.95 per 12 oz bottle + 15% gratuity, we felt forced to drink mostly off ship until we found this out.
Few beaches here but the black sand beach (mero) was nice and had great time at Champagne reef.Shop around for cab/bus rates.
Took cab to Great Anse beach, $10 pp w/ 4 people sharing.Better to wait until 8:30 for $4 pp water taxi that we did take back to port.Bought spices here for gifts.
This island is main reason I chose this cruise. We spent the day at Klein Bonaire for incredible snorkeling.Water taxi $20 pp rnd trip. Then back to port for drinks and shopping.
Our least favorite island of all cruises.Still upset by Natalie Holloway episode. Beaches seem dirty w/ so-so snorkeling. Took local bus (cheapest transportation) to beach area past resorts. Decent shopping at port.