Wednesday / Belize City / Day 5
Entry to Skywalkers Smooth seas overnight and we arrived at our anchorage early well before 8:00 am; however, the weather although warm is foggy and rainy. I went to the MDR for a nice breakfast, Italian (open faced omelet with mushrooms over Frittata and Polenta with Italian sausage) was the special, but I ordered an Eggs Benedict and a nice Pineapple boat fruit starter. Afterwards we met on the aft deck for Bloody Maryís and watched the weather, most are staying on board especially since this is a tender port. We watched a movie then had a nice late lunch on Horizon Court. Rain continued throughout the day so they opened more television stations with movies so it was an afternoon movies and reading for us. Some did the wine tasting in Vines and enjoyed it. There is enough indoor public space and activities to handle a rainy day so everyone seemed fine with the weather. Dinner was good, I ordered the Goat Cheese Souffle, Potato Gnocchi in Tomato Sauce, the Pork Tenderloin entree, a Trilogy of Lamb Chop, Veal Breast, & Chicken Kabob (to sample), and a Chocolate Lovers Delight for dessert. After dinner some went to the Casino and Disco located in Skywalkers high above the sea on deck 18.
Thursday / Fun Day at Sea / Day 6
Caribbean Princess - Main Dining Room Calm seas overnight and the weather has improved to just cloudy, but itís nice and warm so outdoor decks in use today. I went to the MDR for breakfast and the special was Eggs Benedict so thatís what I ordered. Mine were cooked hard not near as good when being mass producedÖthe previous ones I ordered were perfect, still a very good breakfast though. They had a lot of shipboard activities today including: Bingo, Trivia, Games, Seminars, and a Veterans meeting. I watched some Love Boat
reruns in the cabin and I ordered a Club Sandwich and Chef Salad from room service for lunch, they were excellent. The weather improved and after an afternoon relaxing on the aft deck most met at Crooners Bar for cocktails. This was quite fun and one of the bartenders could make a very nice Sidecar Cocktail. This evening was the Elite Guest Circle C event in Club Fusion. They served cocktails and appetizers and were very generous at this half hour+ event. We did get to meet several officers and staff and shook hands with the Captain. It was enjoyable and very different than the previous one for Gold and Ruby guests on Sunday. Dinner tonight was the formal Chefís Dinner
menu evening, I ordered: Escargots Bourguignon, Roasted Tomato Creme Soup, Ravioli di Vitello in Salsa di Funghi Porcini (ravioli & mushrooms), and the Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs as an entree. Other choices were: Broiled Lobster, Pheasant, Beef Wellington, and Filet of Rockfish. An excellent dinner. We went to the late production show: Born to be Wild
in the Princess Theater and had very good center seats on row two. The center piece on the stage was a Pink Cadillac so they did that song and other 50ís-70ís road themed rock music. Always enjoy the song Route 66. It was a very good show.
Friday / Fun Day at Sea / Day 7
MUTS - Movies Under the Stars Fair seas overnight and I had another MDR breakfast. Today's special was Eggs Florentine, but I ordered Pancakes with sides of Bacon and Ham. The weather is great today, very sunny and warm, but enough breeze to be comfortable so a deck day today. The group had some loungers and tables on Lido aft so we made a morning of it and enjoyed both our bought-aboard and bar cocktails. Also perfect for our Pizza lunch. We were fortunate to have such a nice day as we know itís very cold back home. In the late afternoon we visited the shops to see if there were many late bargains and I also purchased a Future Cruise Certificate from the Futures Desk. While in the Piazza I did go by the International Cafe and sampled a nice Cuban Sandwich. DW did select a ring so she got a souvenir and we celebrated with a cocktail in Crooners. I had a Sidecar and she liked the Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail (served with cranberry it would make a good Christmas cocktail). At 5:00 pm we met friends in Skywalkers for the Elite Guest cocktail hour. Itís the first time we had actually attended, but they offer reduced prices on cocktails and have nice snacks to Elite and Platinum guests. This evening it was a very nice Shrimp fountain with cheeses and other goodies. We had a great time and actually stayed until dinner time. Tonights dinner was a USA theme although we requested a repeat of Melanzane alla Parmigiana (Eggplant Parmesan) for the table. I also had a Green Salad, NY Strip Steak, and a proper Baked Alaska sliced at our table. We also had a birthday cake for one in the group so it was a very nice dinner. After dinner I packed as we had to have our bags out by 11:00 pm. Afterwards I finally had a chance to see Seth at the Crooners piano bar. I was able to catch a song most evenings as we were going from one area to another, but it was always too busy to get a seat. He is very good and not to be missed, but I will say itís not as Ďrandyí as his sets on the Carnival SunshineÖ.
Saturday / Debarkation / Houston
We arrive back at Houston ship channel early, but it was closed due to fog so we had to anchor outside the harbor The waves hitting the ship certainly could be felt and were loud while we were anchored so we were up fairly early. I finished packing my roll-on bag and the group had a final MDR breakfast in the MDR. We finally arrived at Bayport about 10:45 am so we had a long wait until most of us debarked. It was about 1:30 pm for us, and eight of us returned to Alvin in the motorhome. We left Alvin about 3:00 stopping at the new Waller mega Buc-eeís on Highway 290 for fuel arriving home about 7:30 pm. A long interesting travel day.
She's a beautiful ship and until just a few months ago when the Royal Princess was launched the Caribbean Princess was the largest ship in the Princess fleet.
Launched: April 2004
Tonnage: 112,894 GT
Length: 951 ft (290 m)
Decks: 17 total, 15 passenger
Power: 2 diesel-electric propellers (42,000kW each)
Capacity: 3,080 passengers
Crew: 1,200 crew
Our cabin is a BE category balcony on deck 14 aft. Good location near the exit to aft Lido pool. It is slightly smaller than a comparable balcony on Carnival, but the bed itself is larger. No couch, but two chairs and a table. The refrigerator was stocked with my Elite Bar set-up and we added the cokes we brought on board. Standard bathroom although DW would prefer a more adjustable shower head. We did loose hot water a few times during the week. Cabin Steward was good and kept us adequately supplied with ice.
DINING / FOOD / BARS / ENTERTAINMENT
MDR service was very good, Princess has more waiters per guest than most cruise lines and that is reflected in the service. Impressed that our MDR 10-top table was set for 9 the number in our party. Enjoyed Crooners Bar, the Wheelhouse Bar, and International Cafe very much. DW enjoyed the vegetarian choices on the menu, much better than most other cruise lines. I really enjoyed the MDR breakfasts.
Always great cruising with a group of friends. We always create our own fun on board ship. I enjoyed the Caribbean Princess very much and although I wonít be able to sail her again this year, I am already booked on the Emerald Princess out of Houston for next year.