Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Grand Princess
Sailing Date: January 21st, 2006
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Overall the cruise was good but not memorable. Three days before leaving we received an e-mail saying that grand Cayman had been removed from a port for our cruise and would be replaced with Playa Del Carman which is still suffering from hurricand damage and requires tenders to get to shore. Talking with others, Princess is doing this same change on all of the Grand Princess cruises instead of changing their itennary. Staff was nice for the cruise and shows were average at best. Food was good but most lacked flavor and spice.
The first 2 ports it was raining in the morning and all tours were cancelled. In Belize they did not tell us until we had tendered to shore and were told by the tour guide. Made out own tour with one of the tour guides and saw the zoo. Small but interesting.
At the third port, Playa Del Carmen, the tenders were very unorganized and we were 2 hours late getting to shore. They had to cut our tour of Tulum short with only a brief walk and talk.
The last stop was Cozumel. Went on a snorkel trip after tendering to shore. Good operators and beautiful fish. Coral was severely damanged though. Town still needs much rebuilding to be back to quality with many things still under construction. No sign of reconstruction on the docks for the cruise ships so expect tendering for the next several months. Happy I was not on the Grand last week. Ship made a quick turn leaving Galveston with a LOT of list. Several people injured and lots of "stuff" damaged or broken. Think before using this shiop in the near future.