share some of our experiences on the Caribbean Princess last week.
Since this was our first cruise I don't have any reference points to make any type of comparisons to other ships or ports, but just plan on paying back the members on this board with some of our trip highlights.
Pre-cruise: We ( wife and myself, and 15 yr. old daughter, 9 yr. old son) flew into FLL on Thurs. afternoon for 2 nights at the Marriott Marina. We used Priceline for this hotel and would recommend it highly. I was offered a choice of rooms and asked for a port view which we had on the 9th floor with a great view of Port Everglades, 17th St. bridge, and the inter-coastal waterway. We also rented a car for 1 day to do a bit of sightseeing. This was also through Priceline (a new Cadillac for 34 bucks!).
We took a water-bus tour through Ft. Lauderdale with a coupon that I found here on-line and marvelled at the beautiful properties. We really enjoyed Lauderdale and especially the Marriott, great way to start our vacation.
At the port we learned of the change in itineray to the western caribbean. Some people were upset, but most seemed to take it in stride. In hindsight, this move should be applauded and hopefully will be remembered by future cruise passengers who have their plans changed.
Quickly through the non-US line (we are Canadians), no problem at the desk (we didn't get passports) and on to this magnificent ship. It didn't disappoint even with all the overkill we did in advance in checking various boards and websites. We all went for a swim while the band started to play to get us in the mood. Our first night my wife and I did our dinner with 7 others in the Coral dining room. I sat next to Mel, who has been in Florida for 30 years after moving from NYC. What a great storyteller, obviously wealthy (they had just returned from a 60 day cruise), but so down to earth and made us feel so comfortable. We really enjoyed meeting others at both the afternoon tea (which was great), and the personal choice dining. It was a nice sense of community, and that would play a big part later in the week when our plans changed dramatically. Again I cannot compare the food to other ships, but for us it was top notch. We really hit the wall early on Saturday after our busy days in Fort Lauderdale (and my wife filming the CB coming in at 5:45 from the 17th St. causeway!), so we skipped any of the shows and had a relatively early night.
Ugh end of Part 1, work is getting in the way...