I can't believe it. I am truely addicted. We just booked the Grand Princess for October 20, 2002, 7 days (Princess Cays, Grand Cayman, Majahual, Cozumel) Am I allowed to talk about the absolutely fantastic pricing we found? Holy cow.
Since I've only cruised the Carnival Spirit (3/27) I'm still a novice here - but for a catagory BB room with a balcony this cruise priced out less than what we just spent on the Spirit.
We drove to Miami for the last one. This will be our first experience flying to depart- and we booked it on line instead of through the travel agent. We're booking our flights separate- not through Princess, as we've also found some great fares from Newark to Fort Lauderdale.
I'm so excited I think I'm going to jump out of my skin (lol).
Any advice or feedback - negative or positive about Princess, the Grand, these ports, personal choice dining, timing flights with embarkation-debarkation etc... will be devoured with appreciation!
Thank you all for turning me into a cruise addict!!
I'm praying this will be a calm hurricane season <g> and we are blessed with good weather.
We're also doing the Carnival Triumph Cruise to Nowhere 2 day from NYC in June- with the kids to celebrate birthdays and a HS graduation. I expect this one to be a chaotic fiasco - but a fun weekend with our teens. How did this happen to me? I feel like I suddenly live to cruise- lol!!
Now all I need is one of those countdown clocks!
I feel like I'm babbling- lol
I know exactly what you mean - one cruise and most people are addicted. I sailed the first time in Feb 1995 and sailed 3 more times within the first year. I booked each within a week of returning from previous cruise. Then I graduated, and had to go to work so cruises are about once a year, twice if lucky. I hope you enjoy the Grand Princess, I have only sailed CCL so I don't know any advice/info to give you.
2 weeks until the "Spirit Moves Me" to Hawaii....
I have sailed the Grand 2x - just returning last week and I love the ship.
I think you will also enjoy it.
As far as the price - October is "during hurricane season" so the prices are considerably lower then March which is one of the peak months for cruising - thus your great price.
As far as flying in - I always fly in the day before! It makes the cruise experience less stressful. With all the weird things happening in the air industry today - people breaching security and all flights from an airport delayed several hours, etc. . I wouldn't chance flying in the day before.
Besides, if you fly in the day before - you can be one of the first one the ship and enjoy it while it is empty!
Deja, welcome to the fanatical family of cruisers. COME here to talk cruising, and spare your friends and family. I have been forbidden to mention the C word more than once every 5 minutes in my household. : )
Congratulations on the booking. You will be sailing on my son's birthday, therefore I think that I should be along to help you celebrate. Do you see how the fanatical mind works? lol