Saturday, December 21, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Cruise Review 12/7/2013Just the Facts:
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Captain: Girgio Pomata
Cruise Director: Brett Siborne
Ports: Houston, Cozumel, Roatan, Belize
I am sailing with the Dear Wife (DW) and a group of 9 good cruising friends. We all like Princess Cruise Line and are very happy that they are sailing again from Texas. This is my 21st Princess cruise, first time on the Caribbean Princess, and 83rd cruise overall.
Friday / Travel
North Texas was experiencing a major ice storm so we wanted to leave a day earlier than we would have, but didn’t leave soon enough. It took us more than an hour to get down our mountain and off our property as it was solid ice everywhere. We finally got to Clifton and once to State Highway 6 the roads where much improved. South of Waco it was fine and soon we were beyond the ice line and in a few hours at our friends house in Cypress. After some good Texas BBQ we were resting for the big day tomorrow.
Saturday / Embarkation / Houston / Day 1
|Piazza - Caribbean Princess|
Sunday / Fun Day at Sea / Day 2
|Caribbean Princess Aft Pool area - our HQ for the week|
Monday / Island of Cozumel / Day 3
|Chen Rio area on east side of Cozumel|
Tuesday / Island of Roatan / Day 4
|We snorkeled around these!|
Wednesday / Belize City / Day 5
|Entry to Skywalkers|
Thursday / Fun Day at Sea / Day 6
|Caribbean Princess - Main Dining Room|
Friday / Fun Day at Sea / Day 7
|MUTS - Movies Under the Stars|
Saturday / Debarkation / Houston
We arrive back at Houston ship channel early, but it was closed due to fog so we had to anchor outside the harbor The waves hitting the ship certainly could be felt and were loud while we were anchored so we were up fairly early. I finished packing my roll-on bag and the group had a final MDR breakfast in the MDR. We finally arrived at Bayport about 10:45 am so we had a long wait until most of us debarked. It was about 1:30 pm for us, and eight of us returned to Alvin in the motorhome. We left Alvin about 3:00 stopping at the new Waller mega Buc-ee’s on Highway 290 for fuel arriving home about 7:30 pm. A long interesting travel day.
She's a beautiful ship and until just a few months ago when the Royal Princess was launched the Caribbean Princess was the largest ship in the Princess fleet.Launched: April 2004
Tonnage: 112,894 GT
Length: 951 ft (290 m)
Decks: 17 total, 15 passenger
Power: 2 diesel-electric propellers (42,000kW each)
Capacity: 3,080 passengers
Crew: 1,200 crew
Our cabin is a BE category balcony on deck 14 aft. Good location near the exit to aft Lido pool. It is slightly smaller than a comparable balcony on Carnival, but the bed itself is larger. No couch, but two chairs and a table. The refrigerator was stocked with my Elite Bar set-up and we added the cokes we brought on board. Standard bathroom although DW would prefer a more adjustable shower head. We did loose hot water a few times during the week. Cabin Steward was good and kept us adequately supplied with ice.
DINING / FOOD / BARS / ENTERTAINMENT
MDR service was very good, Princess has more waiters per guest than most cruise lines and that is reflected in the service. Impressed that our MDR 10-top table was set for 9 the number in our party. Enjoyed Crooners Bar, the Wheelhouse Bar, and International Cafe very much. DW enjoyed the vegetarian choices on the menu, much better than most other cruise lines. I really enjoyed the MDR breakfasts.
Always great cruising with a group of friends. We always create our own fun on board ship. I enjoyed the Caribbean Princess very much and although I won’t be able to sail her again this year, I am already booked on the Emerald Princess out of Houston for next year.