My husband and I experienced our very first cruise April 3-9th. We traveled on the Diamoand Princess with a group of 32 to Mexico for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. I have to admit that we didn't exactly think we would like "cruising". Boy were we wrong! We had an absolute fabulous time! The day we got off the ship to return home we were ready to book another cruise!
The accomodations were great....although the showers were small I was totally pleased with their great water pressure. We didn't have a room with a balcony or window (which I would have liked better) but for the amount of time we spent in our room...it really didn't matter. There were so many things to do aboard ship!
We especially liked the entertainment. There were several great dance productions in the Princess Theatre, funny comedians and a fantastic piano player (Chris Hamilton) from Wales. We enjoyed playing (and winning) many games of "Trivial Pursuit" and "Name That Tune". The prizes for winning were kind of cheap but what the heck...it was fun. I didn't care much for the casino (I'm not a gambler) but many of our fellow shipmates spent a lot of time there. I didn't hear of too many winners....of course most just "broke even" (ha ha).
Our cruise was during Easter Vacation, so there were a lot of kids on the ship. They were fun to watch and for the most part behaved themselves very well.
The food was very good, but since this was our first cruise, we didn't really have anything to compare it to. Others that sailed with us were a bit dissapointed with it. Hey, I didn't have to plan, shop or cook so it was great to me! And believe me.....you could never complain about being hungry. There was food available pretty much 24 hours a day! I was a little disappointed though that there was a "charge" for the ice cream in the ice cream parlor. Personally, I think it should have been included with the price of the cruise.
I enjoyed our stops at the different ports (Porto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas). However it was a bit disappointing to look out at our first port and see a big WalMart glaring us right in the face!! I didn't travel all that way and expect to see that! We were allowed about ten hours off ship at our first two ports. My favorite stop was in Cabo but the ship only stayed there for a little over five hours. Many of us thought they should have stayed there longer and spent less time at the other two.
If anyone out there reading these reviews is wondering whether or not they should go on a cruise...take my advice....go! It is one of the most relaxing vacations I have ever been on. It is definitely a treat. When I got home it was hard to get used to doing for myself. I was waiting for someone to come up and ask me if I'd like something from the bar. Ah...what a life!!