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Old 01-28-2008, 12:49 PM
RichC RichC is offline
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Cape Coral, Fl.
Posts: 1,329
Since the Grand Princess was launched a while back they've take fairly good care of the ship with the typical ware & tare that I've seen on most ships. The crew (as on all the Princess ships) couldn't do enough for the pax. The food was great. (we're not specialty restaurant people). My thinking is that if they can't provide a good meal in the standard restaurants the line would be out of business in a short time. As you know, the ship has a similar layout as the Diamond P. The Horizon court wasn't as crowded as on the Diamond but the drink area was a little confined which caused a backup at times. The crew was always trying to provide drinks for the people to avoid the congestion problem.
The average age of the pax was younger that the Diamond being around 55 or so (my estimate). There were about 30 kids aboard which at first I though were going to be a headache but as it turned out Princess keep them entertained through the week plus the fact that they were all well behaved to begin with. I brought a set of earplugs which came in handy in the show lounge as some of the seats are located right in front of the speakers & it's to loud for my liking. It reverberates in my ears but I'm beginning to think it's my hearing that's the problem. I'd advise anyone to bring a light jacket or a sweat **** for the show lounge. There are some seats that get blasted with the AC & there were lots of people complaining about the problem.
We tendered at two locations & they handled it efficiently & even hired an extra tender at one island.
Embarkation at Ft Lauderdale went very quickly with no hang-ups. It took about 30 minutes- we arrived at 11:30 AM.
We use a bus service but I did hear that the parking rate is up to $15 per day.
Disembarkation went very fast- to fast for me. Customs didn't board the ship but checked out the people on the pier. We tried to lay low & not get off the ship until the last minute since our bus doesn't arrive before 10 AM but they came around with a list of names of people who didn't scan out at 9:30 AM - There's nowhere to hide. The up side of waiting is there are NO LINES anywhere.