As a somewhat experienced cruiser (I know many of you have sailed more than I have) we traveled to FL on Thursday to have extra time to relax before the cruise. We never received any correspondence from Princess regarding our cruise. My father called Friday at 1 pm and there was no change (they actually still told him we were going to Princess Cays??? ). We saw on the TV about 4pm that Port Everglades and Port of Miami will close at 3am Saturday. Called Princess again, they were having a meeting to determine what to do. Called again about 5pm and were told we would be leaving on Monday night at 10pm and going western, Costa Maya, Cozumel. They were offering a full refund or 30% refund and future cruise credit.
We spoke with the rest of our group in New York, who were suppossed to fly out Sat. morning. They were able to change their flight to Monday morning. Since we were already in FL we decided to go.
I have no problem with the fact the cruise had to be shortened to 5 days (even though I was very disappointed) it is not Princess' decision to close the port. BUT I find it very disappointing that they could make the decision as late as Friday afternoon and then not offer us the same thing the people who were delayed by Frances. I know this subject is getting old for some.... but maybe not for those of us involved.
We arrived at the pier at 12:45 pm, checkin was wonderful.. in less than 20 minutes we had dropped off our bags, filled out the health form, checked in, scanned our luggage (2 bottles of wine, 2 liter of soda, no problem) and were on the ship!!!
We had an inside room, D520, and was very pleased with the size. We even had a crib in the room, it was at the foot of one bed in front of the refrigerator. The shower was very small, reminded me of the Costa showers, but the closet was HUGE!!! Even with 4 of us in the room we had plenty of shelves, drawers, and hanger space. Our room steward Willy was very good.
We had traditional 1st sitting dining, at a table for 9, Luminata was our waitress and she was excellent!!!! She took excellent care of our 1 and 3 year old (had both the booster seat and high chair ready every night). Everybody enjoyed the food in the dining room, it was excellent!!! My personal favorite was the rack of lamb. Thank you everyone on the board for telling me about the Love Boat Dream, yum, yum....
My 3 year old was in the Princess Pelicans kids program and enjoyed the program. He colored a T-shirt, did finger painting, had his face painted, played on the bikes, loved Ice Cream time... I'm sure there was much more.
We spent most of our day times up on Deck 17 were there was a hot tub, small pool, and kids pools with a small slide. The only day this area was crowded was the last at sea day.
3 Carnival - Early 80's, Song of America 8/85, Song of Norway 10/86, Sitmar Fairwind 87, Sovereign of the Seas 6/88, Song of America 12/88, Costa Riviera 90, Celebrity Zenith 5/92, Costa Allegra 4/94, Costa Victoria 11/96, Celebrity Horizon 4/99, Splendor of the Seas 12/99, Norwegian Star 11/02, Caribbean Princess 9/04, Radiance of the Seas 12/04, Caribbean Princess 10/05, Voyager of the Seas 1/07, Costa Fortuna 12/07, Independence of the Seas 11/08, Costa Atlantica 12/09, Celebrity Mercury 3/10, Celebrity Mercury 11/10, MSC Poesia 12/11, Celebrity Summit 5/12, Grand Princess 11/12, Freedom of the Seas 4/13, Brilliance of the Seas 11/13, Celebrity Constellation 1/14, Celebrity Summit 6/14, Independence of the Seas 11/14, Enchantment of the Seas 5/15, Celebrity Silhouette 11/15, Celebrity Constellation 1/16, Navigator of the Seas 4/16, Regal Princess 11/16
265 days at sea....