Mark M. Rubin
Occupation:Retired sales manager
Number of Cruises: 15
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Grand Princess
Sailing Date: June 15th, 2003
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
After an early flight from New York (JFK) on Jet Blue, that arrived early in Fort Lauderdale, it was a cheap and fast cab ride to the nearby ship terminal. Check in was already in progress although it was not yet noon. Lines were short and check in was better that expected. They check in by deck.
Lunch was in main dining room, not only available at the buffet. That's good.
Departing ten minutes late because of a tardy passenger, we had a smooth ride and a spacious cabin with a balcony. Our travel agent got us a significant upgrade and the balcony room was appreciated.
We found the ship clean and the crew trained and courteous. Food quite good, sometimes better than expected. Princess seems to be as good as Celebrity, who I have used many times. The terry cloth robes were provided, along with the slippers, quickly after my request.
Shows mostly good. I still can't understand why parents bring their kids to the late night comic show when they must know that the material will be adult. There are "adult' pools (two available). Why not have "adult" cruises?
land excursions were good and reasonable well run. Prehaps they could be a little more organized, but that's the price you pay for traveling with a group. One woman fell and needed medical attention. And that was at the pier before we even got on the bus to the submarine.
Ship services all professional. Even ships photographer was competant. Not many stupid and inaudible ship's P.A. announcements. Thanks, Captain Ahab.
No, there was no water skiing or gold coin bounty for whoever spotted the white whale first. We did win a bottle of champagne for a dance contest (everyone does) and I won the golf tournement while wearing flip-flops.
Overall. good food. Good entertainment. Good crew. Good service. Good organization. Good value. Great ship.
It's amazing how 2,800 passengers don't seem to be an unmanagable crowd.
Yes, I'd use Princess again.