Arrived at the LaQuinta Inn Webster-Clearlake. Nice pre-cruise stop for the night. Good value for the money. Drive the next day to the ship at Bayport Cruise Terminal was easy. The terminal area was well thought out and easy to navigate(drop-off luggage, parking) and the fee of $75 a lot better than Ft. Lauderdale. As an opinion, the whole terminal complex is easier and nicer than Ft. Lauderdale.. Embarkation was flawless. Very quick. Nice Elite lounge. The first night was the best as far as dining goes. We have most of our meals at the Horizon Court. After the first night the type of entrees and quality went downhill. I use the salad bar a lot. Not once did they have any olives, tuna, beans (garbanzo, kidney, black) julienne sliced cheese, ham, turkey, egg, bacon, grape tomatoes. They used to have all that. No shrimp, not even cocktail shrimp. Good salad bar stuff to make a meal out of it.
On Mexican night, Beef Wellington was the carved meat. Go figure. No fajitas, tacos. They had these 4 inch long fat flour tortilla chim-chonga(their spelling). Not fried. They used to have on the line Strawberry's, Red and Green grapes. All missing. Caned peaches and pear halves. Your getting cheap Princess.. In the cabin there used to be a paper TV guide for programming. Not anymore. Spend 15 minutes and watch it scroll down on ch. 21. Shampoo and soap dispensers in the shower taking up precious room in that tiny space. Make a future cruise reservation, confirmation used to be sent to your cabin. Now, get home and print it out yourself.. Just little things, cost cutting.
On a positive note, the shows were great. Casino was fun and plenty of other shipboard activities. Loved the horse racing! We were walk-off group C and once we left the meeting area(Crown Grill), we were in the car 20 minutes later! Excellent! 21 completed cruises now with Princess. Will be back.
Nice clean cabin, E219. Fairly decent view for the money. In between lifeboats.