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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. All of our dinners were presented well and the quantity and quality of food served left nothing to be desired. It's nice to see some new menu items. Arman and Francisco were a great wait staff team in the Coral Dining Room. They usually brought us a small sample of the evening pasta to go with our entree's and that was a nice touch. We enjoyed the International Café offerings for breakfast and lunch which we took up to our balcony and enjoyed the view while eating. Our cabin on the Caribe Deck amidships was wonderful and Henry our cabin steward was mighty nice and good at what he does. Port calls occurred in Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, and Cozumel. We walked to Mahogany Bay in Roatan strolling past the tourist trap gift shops and decided we should have gone snorkeling instead. We took a cave-tubing excursion in Belize that was wonderful and a great value. Eight ships (and about 30,000 passengers and crew) were in Cozumel on the day of our port visit so we pretty much steered clear of the town that day. The only sad part of the cruise was the post-cruise shore excursion to the Johnson Space Center. Advertised as a 2 hour 15 minute tour we had about 1 hour 20 minutes of time to tour JSC and the guide's direction to take a tram tour to the Orion Deep Space Mission Control Center and the astronaut training facility was a dud. We waited 20 minutes for the tram to depart and we got perhaps 15 minutes of content In an hour long period that was meaningful. Our guide was sub-standard and we were told we had to be back on the bus that would take us to the airport at noon. None of the 45+ people on our bus had a flight that departed before 3:30pm and we got to the airport in time to wait 90 minutes for the check-in counter to open. The Princess Shore Excursion office responded to my letter describing the poor excursion which they had contracted from a Houston vendor in a VERY satisfactory manner, well beyond what I expected them to do. Their conciliatory tone and desire to do what was right is commendable. JSC has great potential as a good excursion but you need to have a good guide and you need at least 2+hours to see the exhibits (forego the trams!). We are not very keen with the new structure of the boutiques. Now that EFFY has a stranglehold on jewelry we don't see the variety we used to like. There did not seem to be much in the way of reasonably priced clothing items and accessories and we did not see too many people in the shops which suggests Princess has a bit of a problem in this area. We thought the ship was in good shape and the ongoing maintenance effort continues to be a strength.

Another Fine Princess Experience!

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by boomerone

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
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.

All of our dinners were presented well and the quantity and quality of food served left nothing to be desired. It's nice to see some new menu items. Arman and Francisco were a great wait staff team in the Coral Dining Room. They usually brought us a small sample of the evening pasta to go with our entree's and that was a nice touch. We enjoyed the International Café offerings for breakfast and lunch which we took up to our balcony and enjoyed the view while eating.

Our cabin on the Caribe Deck amidships was wonderful and Henry our cabin steward was mighty nice and good at what he does.

Port calls occurred in Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, and Cozumel. We walked to Mahogany Bay in Roatan strolling past the tourist trap gift shops and decided we should have gone snorkeling instead. We took a cave-tubing excursion in Belize that was wonderful and a great value. Eight ships (and about 30,000 passengers and crew) were in Cozumel on the day of our port visit so we pretty much steered clear of the town that day.

The only sad part of the cruise was the post-cruise shore excursion to the Johnson Space Center. Advertised as a 2 hour 15 minute tour we had about 1 hour 20 minutes of time to tour JSC and the guide's direction to take a tram tour to the Orion Deep Space Mission Control Center and the astronaut training facility was a dud. We waited 20 minutes for the tram to depart and we got perhaps 15 minutes of content In an hour long period that was meaningful. Our guide was sub-standard and we were told we had to be back on the bus that would take us to the airport at noon. None of the 45+ people on our bus had a flight that departed before 3:30pm and we got to the airport in time to wait 90 minutes for the check-in counter to open. The Princess Shore Excursion office responded to my letter describing the poor excursion which they had contracted from a Houston vendor in a VERY satisfactory manner, well beyond what I expected them to do. Their conciliatory tone and desire to do what was right is commendable. JSC has great potential as a good excursion but you need to have a good guide and you need at least 2+hours to see the exhibits (forego the trams!).

We are not very keen with the new structure of the boutiques. Now that EFFY has a stranglehold on jewelry we don't see the variety we used to like. There did not seem to be much in the way of reasonably priced clothing items and accessories and we did not see too many people in the shops which suggests Princess has a bit of a problem in this area.

We thought the ship was in good shape and the ongoing maintenance effort continues to be a strength.
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Premium Balcony
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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.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Cave-Tubing
    Fabulous experience! Alert driver, Walter, knew where all the speed bumps were and slowly traversed them. Also served as one of two guides during the tubing. Roberto was a hoot! Grand sense of dry humor, very knowledgeable with the local area plants, animals, society, government, economy. 35 minutes frompier to the office where we paidfor the excursion. About 5 minutes from there to the start point of the hike to the "put-in" point. Tubes waiting for us at the "put-in" point (we saw other tubers lugging their tubes along the trail). Well over an hour on the float portion of the excursion. 14 tubes tied together for the underground river float seeing wonderful bits of scenery in the form of stalagmites. Each tuber had a helmet with a light on it and a lifejacket. Never had a claustrophobic feeling. Roberto was a great guide as we floated along. After the pull out of the river we were driven back to the office for a delicious chicken and rice lunch that was included in the price of the excursion. This is a nice family owned business and quite possibly the best excursion value we have ever experienced in many years of travel.
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  • Cozumel
    8 ships in port, likely 30,000+ passengers and crew in town, TOO CROWDED! We walked back to the ship and relaxed.
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  • Roatan
    The shopping area adjacent to the pier was uninspiring at best. Lots of cheap trinkets and a plethora of jewelry stores.
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