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Crown Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Review for Crown Princess to the Western Caribbean
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Wahnsinn
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Mar 2013
Cabin: Balcony
Traveled with children

This was our first time on Princess and we had a nice time. From reading previous reviews, there were complaints about smells and the food, both of which I'll get into. Overall though, we had a nice time.

Embarkation - we didn't end up making it down to Galveston until almost 3pm because of heavy traffic in Houston. Once we got there though, the lines went by quickly and painlessly (except for those that don't understand removing metal prior to walking through metal detectors). Once on the ship, the rooms were ready of course, so we went directly there first as we walked on our luggage. All the restaurants were open for dinner, not just the buffet, so that was a nice surprise.

Cabin - we had a balcony cabin (BD category), I'm pretty sure we will be getting a balcony every time from now on. Having the ability to step out into the fresh air and have a view anytime you want, definitely worth it. Plus depending what deck you're on, it's pretty private ;) Luckily the only way you were seeing us on the balcony was if I was up against the rail or you were peeking around the wall from an adjacent balcony. Inside was a normal size from what I recall of other cabins. TV was nice enough, mini fridge worked out well, bed was comfy enough, bathroom...it's a regular cruise ship bathroom :) but it was functional. The closet was a decent size surprisingly, along with a cupboard with shelves to store more items.

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Balcony

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Cabin - we had a balcony cabin (BD category), I'm pretty sure we will be getting a balcony every time from now on. Having the ability to step out into the fresh air and have a view anytime you want, definitely worth it. Plus depending what deck you're on, it's pretty private ;) Luckily the only way you were seeing us on the balcony was if I was up against the rail or you were peeking around the wall from an adjacent balcony. Inside was a normal size from what I recall of other cabins. TV was nice enough, mini fridge worked out well, bed was comfy enough, bathroom...it's a regular cruise ship bathroom :) but it was functional. The closet was a decent size surprisingly, along with a cupboard with shelves to store more items.

Port Reviews

Roatan

We docked in Mahogany Bay, so we got off the boat and walked right to the beach. Don't pay for the chairlift, it's literally a 5-10 minute walk to the beach from the boat. Prices on the beach for some equipment are high, so bring your own goggles/snorkel if you want. Water is fairly shallow all the way out to the "limit" of the swimming area, saw lots of fish and such (don't forget under the pier on the other end of the beach). Shops are ok here, plenty of the same ones you see everywhere in the Caribbean. Next time maybe we'll try something else, but the beach is always nice.

Belize City

Weather was chilly and windy, we didn't end up doing anything in Belize City, went back to the boat and enjoyed the quiet and empty boat. The city itself is not great, shops aren't anything special. If you don't book an excursion, get a water taxi to one of the cayes and spend time on the beach or in the water.

Cozumel

Previously we've taken a taxi to Paradise Beach and also a Jeep excursion touring the island. Forget those. This time we rented a car (right there in the terminal), it was $56 for the whole day (including tax and insurance), about what it might cost you for a taxi to/from some of the beaches. We drove around the whole island, stopped at several beaches/shops/etc. You can go to all the same spots that several excursions go to, Mayan ruins, crocodile area, lighthouse, beaches, but for a lot less. The island is super easy to get around, there's really only one road. Had a good time with it, get a convertible :)

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