April 1, 2006
Just returned yesterday from the Grand Princess and can certainly say we had a GRAND time! Embarkation: We landed in Houston (IAH) the day before and stayed at a LaQuinta with free shuttle to and from the airport. (not all the LaQuinta's offer this, so be sure yours does!) Ate free waffles and fruit the next morning and met our Princess Shuttle($66.00 round trip per person) at 10:00 back at the airport. The Princess reps were friendly and efficient and we were on the bus 10 minutes after arriving! 75 minutes later we were at the ship, and 45 minutes later we were in our room!!
We had cabin L303 category CC deck 14 and it was Wonderful! Plenty of space, and one whole wall was a window. Floor to ceiling. We were upgraded from an obstructed ocean view. About 15 steps from the burger and pizza grills! Our room was quiet and in such a convenient location to the pools, the buffet, etc.
Playa del Carmen--we did intro to scuba with the ship. My husband enjoyed it, but my mask kept filling up and I didn't have the right bouyancy, I floated near the top. Actually the next day in Cozumel we did a 3 reef snorkel with Mayan Paradise Tours for 37.00 that was fantastic. We saw such a huge variety of fish. Our guides were great. I highly recommend this company, and again we saved at least $25 each from the ship's tour. They even provided perscription goggles for me! We loved our 5th cruise, and will cruise on Caribbean Princess in June with a party of 8. Can't wait!