Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Star Princess
Sailing Date: April 1st, 2007
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
First Cruise Won't Be Our Last -
My wife and I enjoyed our first cruise on the Star Princess. Needing to get far away from Seattle winter weather we opted for spending Spring Break in more tropical conditions. Princess Cruises provided the atmosphere and climate that met our desired plans to perfection.
Travel arrangements to Port Everglades were flawless. We arrived in plenty of time to board the ship by 1:00 PM and enjoy the deck activities already underway before departure at 5:30 PM.
Our balcony cabin was on Carib deck, room C 102, the foremost cabin on the starboard side on the deck level. The spacious accommodations were excellent and included an oversized balcony deck perfect for picture taking. This balcony actually had an access door to the crew's deck, expanding our picture taking experience. Our cabin steward was excellent and went out of his way to pamper us.
Our first stop was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We were excited to do the Dunns River Falls climb, but were anxious about holding hands together with other cruise members to make this 600 ft climb. So, we cancelled the shipboard excursion ($89 each), grabbed a cab (ask for Earl), and beat the ship crowd to the falls. We paid the $15 entrance fee and had the falls almost to ourselves. The climb was tricky in spots. I was so glad not to be holding onto someone's hand as both hands and feet were needed to traverse the slippery rocks (we took the thrill seeker approach up). The water was warm, the air temperature was hot, and we enjoyed every second of this adventure. The money we saved went to buy celebratory drinks later that evening. I'd definitely do this again.
On to Grand Cayman. The excursion trip to the Stingray Bar was the highlight of the entire trip. We spent an hour with the many stingrays that were swarming in between and around us in the shallow waters. We held stingrays and were given stingray backrubs too! The boat trip out was worth the wait, though the combined snorkeling wasn't as interesting as we'd hoped. The stingray adventure made up for that. You have to do this. We'll do it again.
Cozumel was our next stop. We docked opposite a Royal Caribbean ship, never believing that two sips could be that close together without bumping bridge decks. We shopped all day and had a fun time at Margaritaville (be ready for the free shot). Great shopping day. From there we sailed to the Bahamas and Princess Cays. The weather here was cooler, and we had some rain. We also had a fun time snorkeling in the shallow areas at the beach. Even here a buffet was provided, you can't ask for more than that. The return ride back by tender provided even more excitement than we anticipated. We hit high swells that felt like we were riding an express rollercoaster to Davy Jones's locker. We were glad to be below decks on that ride. Those on the upper viewing area were soaked and seasick by the time we got back to the ship. Onboard parties and a never ending buffet helped calm nerves and settle stomachs.
This first cruise of ours had everything we wanted in a real vacation. Onboard
entertainment was as excellent as it was varied. Ship personnel were extremely
polite, efficient, and friendly. We stayed up late, got up early (you don't want
to sleep through this opportunity), and had a ball. We're already making plans
for our next adventure with Princess Cruises.