We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale at 11:00 am and used Park and Go to park our car. It came highly recommended by CC cruisers and we too will add our recommendations. Good price, good service and we received two bottles of water when we went out the gate.
We were in the terminal checked in and seated by 11:35. We were onboard and in our cabin by 12:15. We booked a cabin on Baja deck, B629, for the first time because Caribe was booked. This was also the farthest aft we ever had a cabin. We generally book Caribe or Dolphin mid-ship cabins on Grand class ships, but booking last minute means the prime choices are gone. The cabin was comfortable and familiar with a standard size balcony, smaller than the Caribe and Dolphin balconies and comparable to the standard size balconies on the Royal/Regal ships.
We noticed the shower was smaller than on Royal class and I missed the lights on the sides of the mirrors. They are great for makeup. The toilet paper roll was in a handy position however so that made my day Princess, you need to upgrade the mattresses on CB. This one was only slightly better than the one we had on CB in the British Isles three years ago. Have you ever read "The Princess and the Pea"?
The TV is small with not much of a selection, but this did not matter to us as we didn't have time to watch it. Perhaps on a longer cruise, the big screen HD TVs that are on Royal/Regal would be missed.
Back to the balcony, I had forgotten that they had blue mats on the floor, something I do not care for on the Grand Class ships.I prefer the smooth decking on the Royal Class ships. The new furniture was on each deck and each cabin, no matter the size of the balcony, had 2 chairs and a round table. The tables were taller on Caribe and Dolphin and shorter on the other decks. There were foot stools on Caribe and Dolphin. While in port in Costa Maya, we were docked next to the Emerald Princess. She still has some old furniture on her balconies. The Caribe decks still had 4 chairs and a table. The Dolphin deck had the new furniture and only 2 chairs and a table. This is surprising since the Caribe deck cabin sleeps 2 and the Dolphin min-suites can sleep more. You would think the Dolphin deck would have the 4 chairs too.
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Home Lines, Doric (7 days)
HAL, Noordam,(7 days)
Coral Princess (10 days)
Emerald Princess(42 days)
Crown Princess, (21days)
Star Princess,(48 days)
Caribbean Princess, (17 days)
Royal Princess (7 days)
Regal Princess (21)
Future- Regal Princess Dec. 10, 2017