Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cruizin the Caribbean on Princess

We had 3 Princess future cruises to burn, and Princess was offering a great sale.....soooooo , someone twisted our arms, and we booked 3 Back2back cruises!  2, 4day cruises, and added on a 3 day cruise at the end.....
Will we do it that way again.....Probably not, did we have fun.....Is the Pope catholic? Of course we did!!! It was an awesome 11 days!! We left on May 15th which happens to be our Anniversary. The next cruise was May 19, which is my birthday! and the last cruise was ...well....just because we could!

The Caribbean Princess is a large ship, with all the amenities you could expect or want!
950 feet long
118 feet wide
112,894 gross tons!
18 decks! 

We boarded the ship in Ft. Lauderdale, and this was the view from our room!
Our cabin was awesome, it had plenty of room to walk about , and lots of storage, and closet space.
It was also a great place to take naps! zzzzzzzzz
Michael made quick use of the balcony, and the down time, before the dreaded lifeboat drill....
I found plenty of room to amuse myself with my watercolors! We had great weather, and cool breezes for the whole trip, so our balcony became our home away from home!!
The ship is beautiful, and in good repair. All the rugs were replaced in the dry dock last week, new window suites were added, and the whole ship spiffed up!
We loved the back pool area, It is adult only, and with the hoards of kids and family's on this cruise, it was a peaceful place to relax and cool off!
Besides, the view from the aft of the ship is pretty awesome!

The Caribe café is just above the pool area, so we could duck in and get something to nibble on while we were sunbathing!  There is also a pool bar for those frosty frozen drinks that are soooooooo necessary on a Caribbean cruise!

The casino was pretty lively, but I stayed clear as it was very smoky......Why, oh why, do they allow people to smoke while gambling.....

The promenade was  pretty busy during the day for all those walkers and exercisers. One of those I met, said, she walks for wine!  Hmmmmm....

This is one of the family pool areas....I took this on a turn around day, when there was only us Back to backers on the ship.....Before the new cruisers boarded.....Ahhhhh the quiet was deafening...


The Piazza was a hot spot for dancing, eating, and just enjoying the people watching...

A view from the next floor

Vines Bar, where you could get sushi, tapas, and upscale wines. Always very crowded every night!

The international café area, coffee bar, and a place to relax for pre dinner drinks.
We had a great server named Mirium...If you see her, tell her Michael and Karan said Hi!!!
The desserts were fabulous, and they served a selection of  Cheeses, fruits, and sandwiches at night.
In the morning you get to select lovely pastries, yogurts, and a breakfast was so good we had our coffee here each morning!

The piazza is a great place to party as you can see from the awaiting balloon drop on formal night! By the way, they served free Champagne, and mimosas as well....yummy!
We only had 3 ports on this 11 day Jaunt, but boy did we enjoy each and every one!
This was our first trip to Grand Turk, I was amazed at the numbers of wild donkeys, and horses, that roam freely throughout the island....We drove thru Cockburn town on our tour around this tropical paradise!.
We visited the Grand Turk lighthouse, built by the British in 1852.
Princess Cays is a beautiful beach resort, with any number of water sports, beaches, and beach bars! There is something for everyone to do!

We had to tender in from the ship, which was difficult. Some people waited over 2 hours to get ashore. Lucky me, I'm an elite level, and one of the perks, is not waiting for tenders. I only had to walk down to the tender, and get one. WHEW! ( does not apply when going back!  sad face...)

I loved this pink rocking chair...what a great place to relax and just watch the bathing suits go by! Michael! Get up! Someone else needs a turn! haha
Cozumel Mexico was our next port, and we have been there so many times, we elected to stay in the port area. It is very built up, with swimming areas, bars and shops.  

It was just enough for this gunslinger and his Senior-rita  ( get it)  feeling silly today!
I loved the Mexican flag flying over the Mayan inspired fountain!
( it was so hot that day, that I was tempted to dive in!)

The beach bar was so cute, and the drinks were soooo cold and frosty!
My review of the ship
Embarkation..... Is usually more difficult than the other lines.  After a wait, we were on the ship and having our welcome aboard drink by 1230                                      
Ship.......had just been in dry dock, and was in good repair. Cabins were clean and in good order     
Service .....was excellent throughout the ship                                                                                        
Dining areas. We had anytime dining, and the service was excellent. I was unhappy that they had so few tables for 2, that the wait for a table could be up to 45 min. This should be corrected.  
Food........Was excellent throughout the ship! We loved the Pizza ( the best pizza on the high seas!) We enjoyed the Trident grill, and the international café! The meals in the dining room were wonderful!
Entertainment....Was fair. The singers and dancers were very good on two of the shows, the comediennes were funny. They showed movies in the Theater in the afternoon, and the selection was awesome! Gravity, Hunger games, Las Vegas. We're not pool entertainment people, so didn't see much of that!
All in all, I give this Ship an A....I would highly recommend this ship for seniors, families, and young adults!  

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Liberty for all! Part 2

As you probably know by now.....We love to cruise! Last week we returned from a 5 day cruise with our granddaughters! So different than travelling by ourselves! I wrote about that adventure last week,

Today is part 2, A review of this great ship!

The Liberty was the only ship in port when we arrived...We had sailed on her before, and we were happy to see that she was still in tip top shape!

Our first stop after boarding was the Winjammer. As usual on boarding day it was mobbed, but as we were Diamond +. we were able to find a seat easily in our reserved room. 

Our rooms were waiting for us after lunch, and the girls quickly changed into bathing suits...

and headed to the H20 zone, a wonderful water park for kids!

I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids did!

The cantilevered hot tubs was a fun stop for the girls. It is usually adults only, but I let them hop in for a minute, just for the experience! Note the ice cream in the girls hands....The free soft serve ice cream was sooooo good!

 After the Lifeboat drill and a stop in the concierge  for a cocktail,

We were off to dinner!

we had a wonderful table near the window on the second level! 
The desserts were so good, the girls each had 2!

Swimming after the evening show.....was not crowded at all, and of course there was the outdoor movie to watch as well...

We had to race to get to the 1030 parade ( by then, Pops, and gone to bed, and Grandma was glassy eyed...)

                                          On sea days
We Karaoked


Rode the wave rider

Shopped till we dropped

and relaxed in our very messy girls room ( thats another story in part one....a giggly girls cruise!)

We were off to Labadee for our first port...for a day of sun and fun!

A great area for Kids

and the shopping here was much better than in Jamaica!!

Pops didn't seem any worse for wear, as we waited in line to board the ship.......

There are lots of things to do on the ship, if you aren't into fun                                               and sun! 

After golfing up on the top deck, you could stop for a gourmet cupcake in the cupcake cupboard

 Or take in a Ice skating show

Imagine performing on ice, while the ship is sailing!

Or you could just wile away the time in the wine bar! A great place to sit outside and sip on great wine!

The Library had lots of books.....although who wants to read on a sun and fun cruise!

And the grand promenade was so fun just to sit and people watch! Not to mention the wine bar, the british Pub, Sorrentos, and the coffee bar!  I'm surprised that we found time to shop!

And of course who could resist sitting up in the Viking Crown lounge for the awesome views....and a cocktail or 2 ( or 3, hehe)

My Review of the Liberty of the seas....

Embarkation....No one beats Royal for ease of embarkation! We were on the ship in less than 15 minutes after arrival!

Ship.....This ship is in beautiful shape. We saw no signs of wear and tear, and the public areas are beautifully maintained.

Service...... The service was excellent. Our room attendant had lots to contend with, and he managed beautifully, and kept our room in tip top shape. Dining room service was wonderful, the food served hot, and in a timely manner.

Dining.....The Promenade cafe and Sorrentos Pizza were adequate, I wish they would change the menus up a bit....Pizza was only fair. Windjammer buffet was very good, food was fresh and hot. The girls loved the buffet, so we ate there a lot! The food in the Dining room was wonderful!

Rooms....We had been upgraded to Balcony rooms, so we had very little to complain about! Rooms were kept clean and orderly, and in good repair.

Entertainment.... was awesome! Saturday night fever was spectacular, and the aerial show was one of the best I have ever seen! We loved the ice skating show so much, we went twice!

Disembarkation...We carried our bags off the ship, and it took about 30 minutes to navigate the lines, and get on the road. Easy Peasy!

I would give this ship an A+ and highly recommend it for families, singles, and Seniors. We had a ball!