This was my 5th cruise, but my first cruise with Princess. I have sailed with Disney and with Carnival for my other cruises. I absolutely love cruising and being out on the ocean, and try to look at the brighter side of things when things happen because I believe it's what you make it. This cruise tested me and my attitude, that's for sure.
I took my niece for this cruise, this is her 3rd cruise, and it was quite the adventure we will never forget. She was turning 14 at the end of the cruise, so it was a celebration while on board, but I'll cover that in a bit.
We drove to Houston on Saturday, March 5th, and stayed at the Marriott by Courtyard at NASA. It was a nice hotel, and we enjoyed it. No complaints other than there was no "free" breakfast, but we knew that before we booked, and planned on eating lunch on the ship, so it wasn't a concern. Driving into the hotel was beautiful, there were structures of astronauts and planets and lovely palm trees. We stayed in an accessible room apparently, as we had a doorbell and none of our surrounding rooms did, but being a child of someone who requires accessible rooms, I wasn't impressed at anything else in that area, as the doorbell and light was the only thing I noticed that was really different than any other room. The room was clean and very spacious. There was a desk with a chair and also a sitting chair. There also was an iPod dock (something we read about in the advertisement when we booked the room), but it was for older apple devices, as the charging port was the larger style instead of the smaller newer ones. No biggie since we brought our own chargers for the cruise.
The cabin is much smaller in person than in pictures. The bathroom is TINY. The hair dryer is located by the bed (even they know there isn't enough room in that bathroom to do anything other than use the toilet and shower!) There was a mini fridge, and we did have plenty of room in the closets. The safe is not big enough to hold more than a wallet.
Would go here again in a heart beat, the beach was pristine and the water was amazing. The staff was friendly and I hope if we ever visit Freeport again, we can go here once more!
I guess I just don't understand why we just don't go on down to Galveston, we had to travel right by it to get into the Gulf. Parking was easy and sitting and waiting was easy. It's a big open room, what is there to complain about?