7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Sail Date: March 17, 2007 Ship: Grand Princess Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 11 years ago
The ship is nearly 10 years old, but it is still beautiful. Very big, lots of mini-suites and very well kept. A lot of fun to explore, sail on, and see sitting at anchor!
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Some of the special things I enjoyed in the dining room when I sailed in 1998 are gone - like caviar! Portion sizes seem smaller than I remember, but the quality of the food is excellent. The dining room we were in was kinda noisy, and it's more casual than cruising used to be, but it was still a treat. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants on board.
3 out of 5
We don't like Vegas-type shows, so we didn't see those much. There was a variety of types of shows, though, so we were able to enjoy comedians and magic.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The ship's staff is very nice for the most part. Occasionally, some of the food wait staff seemed too busy to really be friendly, but no one was rude or dismissive. Our stateroom steward was incredible, however. He kept that room well-stocked and beautiful.
5 out of 5
This ship holds over 2000 passengers, and we had a bit of trouble finding things for a few days, but the public areas are very pretty and kept clean. There is artwork and polished wood throughout the ship.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Our stateroom showed it's age a little. The mirror on the closet was broken and had been patched over, the exhaust fan in the bathroom didn't work, and there was some slight staining on the tub and sink. Overall, however, it was very nice. We felt comfortable there. We had a mini-suite with balcony and it was arranged very nicely. Loved that balcony!
Have a nice little shopping area and a couple restaurants. It was Spring Break month when we went, so it was loud and partying, but all in good fun. We did the power snorkel - the drive was long, but it was fun in the water! Only drawback was being hurried a lot.
Don't Miss: Don't know.
We took a tour to see a botanical garden, butterfly and bird sanctuary, and a stop at a cameo factory. The cameo factory was interesting and the resident Italian artist has produced some incredible works of art. Spent money there!
Don't Miss: The cameo factory
Saw Mayan ruins and cruised a river. The Mayan ruins are quite interesting and our tour guide very knowledgable. The river cruise was fun, too - saw small crocodiles, birds, howler monkeys, manatees snouts in the water. But the trip back to the ship over the open water was jarring for us in front of the boat. Still, was a great tour!
Don't Miss: Mayan ruins
Did a ride on a Segway and snorkeling here. The Segway was fun, but the snorkeling was a little too physical for our level of fitness! Still, this was one of the best places I have snorkeled -- so many beautiful fish to see! And then there was the shopping. We went along the entire waterfront and saw many interesting and beautiful items (some of which we bought!)
Don't Miss: Shopping is the most popular activity here, although I strongly recommend the snorkeling!
Pros: The whole experience
Cons: Initial embarkation and disembarkation at the first port
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