Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Grand Princess
Sailing Date: March 26th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
My wife and two daughters (13, 10) recently returned from this week-long cruise. Overall, it was an excellent experience, and we had no complaints about any aspect of it. Here are some thoughts about the voyage:
Ship / Entertainment -- We took a Disney cruise about 2 years ago, and their boat was a little newer than the Grand Princess. So comparing them was a little bit of a let down, but overall, the appearance and functionality of the Grand Princess and our rooms were very good. One point in favor of the Grand Princess was that due to its larger size, we felt that the quality of the entertainment for adults was better on the Grand Princess than Disney. This was a pleasant surprise.
Food -- excellent, all the way around. We did anytime dining, and settled in at Michealangelo's after a couple of days with the same wait staff. The staff of the boat was completely excellent all the way around; they were very friendly and acccomodating.
Ports -- I did not care for Belize much due to its impoverished conditions but the other ports were quite good/fun. It was spring break week so there were a lot of people from other boats there that made things hectic at times (not a big deal). Recommended are Sting Ray City at the Caymans, snorkeling on Cozumel, and the Mayan Ruins at Costa Maya. Embarkation and disembarkation were not a problem at all.
About the only thing that could have been better is something that noone can control, which is that the weather was not good (overcast) the first two days and the last, but that did not prevent us from having a great time. Overall, we would rate this cruise a 8.5 out of ten, and would not hesitate to take a Princess cruise again. If you have any questions about it, feel free to contact me.