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This was my husband and I’s seventh cruise, we are in our mid thirties with three kids. It was a getaway for just the two of us to celebrate our 11th anniversary. We were in C223, a mini suite on the 10th deck. It was an excellent cabin with an excellent room steward named Reymond. He kept our ice bucket full, and never impeded on our private time. The water on the ship is almost unbearably hot. Even at the coldest setting our shower was almost too hot- that was our only major complaint regarding the room. We had a very nice large private balcony and spent an enormous amount of time out there. The elevator in the forward part of the ship is a bit of a pain since you can only go to level 7, and then have to walk down to the next bank of elevators to go lower. Not that big of a deal to us, but there was a lot of grumbling about it. We appreciated being only two levels below the buffet for our late night cravings. This is also the level with the not so secret employee break deck. Walk down your hallway toward the front of the ship and through the unmarked door. There is a deck there that is used by the crew. We never found it necessary to go out there except for Panama Canal day. It was completely empty and had a great view as you’re entering the locks. Thursday: Red eye from San Francisco on Jetblue, arrived at 9am- flight was a few hours late. Princess transfer doesn’t leave airport until 1130. We would just use a taxi next time, port is only a 15 min ride away. Smooth checkin and in room by 12. Lunch was being served in the Provence dining room. Called the dine line to be put in the list for chefs table. Muster drill was simple and in the theater. Friday: At sea, Signed up for Ultimate Ships Tour. Mani Pedi at spa was just ok- two hours long and included a hand and feett massage. For 200+ with tip I’ve had better gel manicures. Started chipping on the 9th day of the cruise but didn’t want to bother with a fix. Husband did "time for men", which was an ok shave- he bought a few of the products they were pushing but didn’t end up using them. They aren’t exactly pushy, but it’s annoying to have a relaxing time only to be pushed to buy something at the end (happened to me each time I went to spa). Since I frequent the spa’s at home I know this isn’t just unique to the cruise ships. We attended a Cruise critic get together with white elephant gift exchange- thought it was great to meet everyone in person. The gift exchange was filled with laughs and very fun. Picked up our scavenger hunt after and wish we had kept all our paperwork from first day since it’s included in the hunt. Attended the Port talks with Chris Roberts, which were all excellent and always replayed on television. Ate at the Bayou that night, very good. Had enough time to catch Guardians of the Galaxy (movies under the stars). This was the first Formal Night. Saturday: At sea, Had a couples massage that was seriously overpriced for what it was. Felt like our masseuses were just going through a routine, and they immediately tried to book us both for a follow up massage. Had a relaxing day as we were both feeling a little tired. Movies under the Stars was Edge of Tomorrow. The buffet was Asian Stir Fry (like Mongolian BBQ at home). Today was the gold level Captains Circle get together. Sunday: Aruba, Booked the Princess excursion Schooner Cruise. Thought it was very fun. The sea was a bit rough, but you get three scuba spots. My husband has a beard and mustache and didn’t realize he should have brought his own equipment with him, or shaved first. The snorkel mask can’t get a good seal and he was constantly dumping his mask out. Nose plugs and eye goggles would have been better. This is a great excursion for kids and we had several with us- there is an open bar so there was some heavy drinking going on by some of the younger clientele. Find the Starbucks in Aruba for free wifi. Good shopping but only a few stores open because it was Sunday. It was Indian Buffet night, we ate in the dining room. Sunday night football played all day on stateroom tvs and Movies under the Stars. Alexander the great was our magician for the night- heard he put on a good show although we didn't attend. He did two shows and up close magic on the last day. Monday: At sea, Made our Posters for Panama. Did the Chefs Table for dinner and it’s less expensive if you’re not drinking. There was only one on this cruise with only ten of us, so we were lucky enough to be chosen. 3 Appetizers, Pasta course, palate cleanse, surf and turf, cheese course, dessert, petit fours- all with a wine pairing (we did not indulge), all was delicious. I had a facial that was just ok- a little frustrated again at how expensive it was for what it was. No exfoliation and no extraction. The same facial went on half price special the next day. I’ll be unlikely to use a spa on board a princess ship again. Football for most of the day. Tuesday: Cartagena, We took a cab into town- negotiable. We ended up paying 15$ a person for a four hour cab tour. Our cabbie basically just took us where we wanted to go with brief explanations of the stops. Had to do a few kick back spots (places where we would go in and look around so the cab driver could get decent parking). This didn’t bother me since it’s pretty common in most countries. We never felt pressured to buy anything, just to go in and spend a few minutes looking around. I felt this was the best port of the cruise. The port itself is perfect for kids to look around- lots of animals and decent but overpriced shopping. We could not find free wifi. The buffet that night was also one of my favorites of the cruise- Tacos and fajita night, with chips and salsa! Wednesday: Panama, Got in very early- if you have a tour make sure you are listening to the correct channel to hear your tour departure time. We were outside sightseeing and almost missed our time. You won’t be able to hear the announcements from your own balcony if you don’t have the tv playing. We did the Princess excursion locks transfer on the smaller boat. We happened to go through very quickly (4 hours) although we’ve heard it can take several more hours. The lunch buffet is sad and you should bring your own snacks aboard if possible. If we had realized this we would have grabbed some fruit and things from breakfast. There is free water and sodas, which is nice since it’s very hot. It’s difficult to get a good seat on board this smaller boat, since there only a few really good seats and you can only get them if you’re lucky enough to be unloaded from you bus first. Otherwise you’ll be pushing for a good position to be able to see anything. Very annoying. The bus ride to and from this excursion is about one and a half to two hours and is narrated the whole time by a tour guide. We had perhaps the worst tour guide I’ve ever had- Lydia. If you take this excursion please try and avoid being on her bus. She would ask for questions and then proceed not to answer them, was very loud and quite obnoxious. Another of the tour guides did the narration on the boat and was such better (I don’t remember his name, but he was quite knowledgeable, and after learning we were Mormon pointed out the Temple to my husband and I). The buffet that night was a Panamanian feast and was delicious! This is the day to indulge in desserts! It was also 20$ laundry day, but you had to get your laundry to the Steward by noon. They did a good job of pressing all of our items and they were all returned the next morning. Thursday: Port Limon, We did the Princess Zipline/rainforest package tour. If we had known beforehand how long the day was going to be, we would have just booked the zipline through the company website and taken a taxi. Regardless this was a very fun tour. It was a small group which was much more personal. Our tour guide Josh stopped the van several times to explain the fruits and vegetation of Costa Rico, including picking fruit to show us up close. She was an excellent tour guide, but the tour dragged a bit, and was possibly a bit boring for the kids with us. This is a CASH only establishment, which was upsetting since there were several places we wanted to buy souvenirs. There was slow, but free wifi at the port. It was also Thanksgiving- there was a full thanksgiving dinner, and all the football games playing. Friday: At Sea, We did the Ultimate Ship tour today. It was 150 per person, and we received a beautiful robe, a framed photo and several good photographs taken at the various points, Chefs Apron, and customized note paper. It was an excellent tour and very interesting to see how the ship is run. Lots of walking, but they do provide you with water and lots of snacks along the way. Points of interest visited included, the Bridge, Mooring room, Engine room, laundry, galley including food storage areas, printing press, photography, and crew areas. Movies under the Stars was million dollar arm, which we thought was a great movie! It was our second formal night. Buffet was the excellent Asian Stiry Fry again. Saturday: Grand Cayman, our helmet dive was cancelled due to bad weather- several cruise ships had to skip the port all together so we felt very lucky to have Grand Cayman to ourselves. We ended up taking a taxi to Hell. Completely worth skipping- and would not do again if I knew how terrible and kitschy it was. Seven mile beach was worth a walk around but weather was very bad. Great shopping, but prices are comparable to home- didn’t feel we were getting any great deals. Excellent supermarket in town if you’re looking for some comfort foods- Kirks. We picked up a few treats and good chocolate! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was our movie for the night. It was Gourmet Burgers for dinner at the Buffet. Sunday: At Sea, Spent most of the day packing. This was the demo day on board including galley tour, vegetable carving, ice carving, etc. Almost all the performers had one last show on board and various times of day. Our comedian Scott Wyland(?) was very funny and most of his material we hadn't heard before. We also took advantage of the future cruise credit for 100$ a person. Monday: Disembarkation: We ended up canceling our Princess transfer to the airport and scheduling the first walk off. We were off the boat by 740 and through customs before 8. We payed 11$ per person to take a shuttle and arrived at the airport by 830am. Our favorite meals on board were the fettuccine in a parmesan basket in the dining room, the hamburgers/hot dogs at the grill, breakfast at the international cafe (only place to find donuts on board), and we really enjoyed the steaks at Bayou (we ate there three nights and tried all of them). The Chefs Table was a do not miss if you have the opportunity and pocket book. We watched a Movie under the Stars almost every night and it rained on us most of the time, but it was warm and they provided blankets, cookies, and popcorn. We usually wore our bathing suits and got into the hot tub if the rain got really bad. One last note, the laundry is 3$ for washer, 3$ for dryer, and 1.50$ for detergent, etc. Iron is free. The laundry is located on Deck 5 aft. I never saw anyone else using them- the whites cycle was the longest cycle for drying (perm press didn’t get my clothes dry).

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This was my husband and I’s seventh cruise, we are in our mid thirties with three kids. It was a getaway for just the two of us to celebrate our 11th anniversary. We were in C223, a mini suite on the 10th deck. It was an excellent cabin with an excellent room steward named Reymond. He kept our ice bucket full, and never impeded on our private time. The water on the ship is almost unbearably hot. Even at the coldest setting our shower was almost too hot- that was our only major complaint regarding the room. We had a very nice large private balcony and spent an enormous amount of time out there. The elevator in the forward part of the ship is a bit of a pain since you can only go to level 7, and then have to walk down to the next bank of elevators to go lower. Not that big of a deal to us, but there was a lot of grumbling about it. We appreciated being only two levels below the buffet for our late night cravings. This is also the level with the not so secret employee break deck. Walk down your hallway toward the front of the ship and through the unmarked door. There is a deck there that is used by the crew. We never found it necessary to go out there except for Panama Canal day. It was completely empty and had a great view as you’re entering the locks.
Thursday: Red eye from San Francisco on Jetblue, arrived at 9am- flight was a few hours late. Princess transfer doesn’t leave airport until 1130. We would just use a taxi next time, port is only a 15 min ride away. Smooth checkin and in room by 12. Lunch was being served in the Provence dining room. Called the dine line to be put in the list for chefs table. Muster drill was simple and in the theater.
Friday: At sea, Signed up for Ultimate Ships Tour. Mani Pedi at spa was just ok- two hours long and included a hand and feett massage. For 200+ with tip I’ve had better gel manicures. Started chipping on the 9th day of the cruise but didn’t want to bother with a fix. Husband did "time for men", which was an ok shave- he bought a few of the products they were pushing but didn’t end up using them. They aren’t exactly pushy, but it’s annoying to have a relaxing time only to be pushed to buy something at the end (happened to me each time I went to spa). Since I frequent the spa’s at home I know this isn’t just unique to the cruise ships. We attended a Cruise critic get together with white elephant gift exchange- thought it was great to meet everyone in person. The gift exchange was filled with laughs and very fun. Picked up our scavenger hunt after and wish we had kept all our paperwork from first day since it’s included in the hunt. Attended the Port talks with Chris Roberts, which were all excellent and always replayed on television. Ate at the Bayou that night, very good. Had enough time to catch Guardians of the Galaxy (movies under the stars). This was the first Formal Night.
Saturday: At sea, Had a couples massage that was seriously overpriced for what it was. Felt like our masseuses were just going through a routine, and they immediately tried to book us both for a follow up massage. Had a relaxing day as we were both feeling a little tired. Movies under the Stars was Edge of Tomorrow. The buffet was Asian Stir Fry (like Mongolian BBQ at home). Today was the gold level Captains Circle get together.
Sunday: Aruba, Booked the Princess excursion Schooner Cruise. Thought it was very fun. The sea was a bit rough, but you get three scuba spots. My husband has a beard and mustache and didn’t realize he should have brought his own equipment with him, or shaved first. The snorkel mask can’t get a good seal and he was constantly dumping his mask out. Nose plugs and eye goggles would have been better. This is a great excursion for kids and we had several with us- there is an open bar so there was some heavy drinking going on by some of the younger clientele. Find the Starbucks in Aruba for free wifi. Good shopping but only a few stores open because it was Sunday. It was Indian Buffet night, we ate in the dining room. Sunday night football played all day on stateroom tvs and Movies under the Stars. Alexander the great was our magician for the night- heard he put on a good show although we didn't attend. He did two shows and up close magic on the last day.
Monday: At sea, Made our Posters for Panama. Did the Chefs Table for dinner and it’s less expensive if you’re not drinking. There was only one on this cruise with only ten of us, so we were lucky enough to be chosen. 3 Appetizers, Pasta course, palate cleanse, surf and turf, cheese course, dessert, petit fours- all with a wine pairing (we did not indulge), all was delicious. I had a facial that was just ok- a little frustrated again at how expensive it was for what it was. No exfoliation and no extraction. The same facial went on half price special the next day. I’ll be unlikely to use a spa on board a princess ship again. Football for most of the day.
Tuesday: Cartagena, We took a cab into town- negotiable. We ended up paying 15$ a person for a four hour cab tour. Our cabbie basically just took us where we wanted to go with brief explanations of the stops. Had to do a few kick back spots (places where we would go in and look around so the cab driver could get decent parking). This didn’t bother me since it’s pretty common in most countries. We never felt pressured to buy anything, just to go in and spend a few minutes looking around. I felt this was the best port of the cruise. The port itself is perfect for kids to look around- lots of animals and decent but overpriced shopping. We could not find free wifi. The buffet that night was also one of my favorites of the cruise- Tacos and fajita night, with chips and salsa!
Wednesday: Panama, Got in very early- if you have a tour make sure you are listening to the correct channel to hear your tour departure time. We were outside sightseeing and almost missed our time. You won’t be able to hear the announcements from your own balcony if you don’t have the tv playing. We did the Princess excursion locks transfer on the smaller boat. We happened to go through very quickly (4 hours) although we’ve heard it can take several more hours. The lunch buffet is sad and you should bring your own snacks aboard if possible. If we had realized this we would have grabbed some fruit and things from breakfast. There is free water and sodas, which is nice since it’s very hot. It’s difficult to get a good seat on board this smaller boat, since there only a few really good seats and you can only get them if you’re lucky enough to be unloaded from you bus first. Otherwise you’ll be pushing for a good position to be able to see anything. Very annoying. The bus ride to and from this excursion is about one and a half to two hours and is narrated the whole time by a tour guide. We had perhaps the worst tour guide I’ve ever had- Lydia. If you take this excursion please try and avoid being on her bus. She would ask for questions and then proceed not to answer them, was very loud and quite obnoxious. Another of the tour guides did the narration on the boat and was such better (I don’t remember his name, but he was quite knowledgeable, and after learning we were Mormon pointed out the Temple to my husband and I). The buffet that night was a Panamanian feast and was delicious! This is the day to indulge in desserts! It was also 20$ laundry day, but you had to get your laundry to the Steward by noon. They did a good job of pressing all of our items and they were all returned the next morning.
Thursday: Port Limon, We did the Princess Zipline/rainforest package tour. If we had known beforehand how long the day was going to be, we would have just booked the zipline through the company website and taken a taxi. Regardless this was a very fun tour. It was a small group which was much more personal. Our tour guide Josh stopped the van several times to explain the fruits and vegetation of Costa Rico, including picking fruit to show us up close. She was an excellent tour guide, but the tour dragged a bit, and was possibly a bit boring for the kids with us. This is a CASH only establishment, which was upsetting since there were several places we wanted to buy souvenirs. There was slow, but free wifi at the port. It was also Thanksgiving- there was a full thanksgiving dinner, and all the football games playing.
Friday: At Sea, We did the Ultimate Ship tour today. It was 150 per person, and we received a beautiful robe, a framed photo and several good photographs taken at the various points, Chefs Apron, and customized note paper. It was an excellent tour and very interesting to see how the ship is run. Lots of walking, but they do provide you with water and lots of snacks along the way. Points of interest visited included, the Bridge, Mooring room, Engine room, laundry, galley including food storage areas, printing press, photography, and crew areas. Movies under the Stars was million dollar arm, which we thought was a great movie! It was our second formal night. Buffet was the excellent Asian Stiry Fry again.
Saturday: Grand Cayman, our helmet dive was cancelled due to bad weather- several cruise ships had to skip the port all together so we felt very lucky to have Grand Cayman to ourselves. We ended up taking a taxi to Hell. Completely worth skipping- and would not do again if I knew how terrible and kitschy it was. Seven mile beach was worth a walk around but weather was very bad. Great shopping, but prices are comparable to home- didn’t feel we were getting any great deals. Excellent supermarket in town if you’re looking for some comfort foods- Kirks. We picked up a few treats and good chocolate! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was our movie for the night. It was Gourmet Burgers for dinner at the Buffet.
Sunday: At Sea, Spent most of the day packing. This was the demo day on board including galley tour, vegetable carving, ice carving, etc. Almost all the performers had one last show on board and various times of day. Our comedian Scott Wyland(?) was very funny and most of his material we hadn't heard before. We also took advantage of the future cruise credit for 100$ a person.
Monday: Disembarkation: We ended up canceling our Princess transfer to the airport and scheduling the first walk off. We were off the boat by 740 and through customs before 8. We payed 11$ per person to take a shuttle and arrived at the airport by 830am.
Our favorite meals on board were the fettuccine in a parmesan basket in the dining room, the hamburgers/hot dogs at the grill, breakfast at the international cafe (only place to find donuts on board), and we really enjoyed the steaks at Bayou (we ate there three nights and tried all of them). The Chefs Table was a do not miss if you have the opportunity and pocket book. We watched a Movie under the Stars almost every night and it rained on us most of the time, but it was warm and they provided blankets, cookies, and popcorn. We usually wore our bathing suits and got into the hot tub if the rain got really bad.
One last note, the laundry is 3$ for washer, 3$ for dryer, and 1.50$ for detergent, etc. Iron is free. The laundry is located on Deck 5 aft. I never saw anyone else using them- the whites cycle was the longest cycle for drying (perm press didn’t get my clothes dry).
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Cabin c223
Wonderful cabin with a large private balcony.
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