We booked this cruise about 8 weeks before sailing to get away from the rainy Pacific Northwest and once again Princess delivered a great holiday. We got lucky and did not have to deal with fog or high winds in the Houston port area so our embarkation and disembarkation went like clockwork.
Princess gets high grades for overall service from the friendly crew, excellent dining, and superb entertainment. The single person acts from comedians Carl Strong and Steve Moris were lots of fun and left us wanting to see them again. The "Piano Man" and "Do You Wanna Dance" production shows are old Princess staples but with new voices, dancers, and costuming they continue to be fresh and very enjoyable. The new production show "Bravo" was absolutely brilliant and I hope we get to see it again. The voices of the 4 primary singers were showcased in several genres of music and the show was thrilling.
Activities run by the Cruise Director's staff were excellent with a particular nod to the game shows and trivia contests. The adagio dancers and the violin duo did a fine job with their acts in the piazza.
Great location, clean, well supplied, everything worked as advertised, and the bed was comfortable. The paper TV schedule is no longer in the cabin and that impedes efficient navigation of TV channels and planning on when we wanted to view a movie.
The shopping area adjacent to the pier was uninspiring at best. Lots of cheap trinkets and a plethora of jewelry stores.
8 ships in port, likely 30,000+ passengers and crew in town, TOO CROWDED! We walked back to the ship and relaxed.