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Grand Princess Cruise Review

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Cruise Ship: Grand Princess
Cruise Destination: Western Caribbean
Cruise Dates: December 10 - December 17, 2005
Guest Contributor: Sparky
My wife and I are in our mid to late 50's and this was our first cruise. We took the 7 day Grand Princess cruise from Galveston with ports of call in Belize, Cozumel, Grand Cayman aand Costa Maya. We had an inside room, and we will continue with inside rooms unless some pricing special allows an upgrade.

We took the trip with 4 other people and they had an outside room for 2 of them and a mini-suite with balcony for the other two. The small amount of time spent in the room other than to sleep at night and my afternoon nap really didn't warrant paying for the upgrade. We thought that we would be participating in all these planned ship activities but we didn't(our choice). They were available and we heard a lot of fun, but we just did what ever we decided to do that day.

I had read a lot of cruise ship reviews before we left and couldn't understand why some liked it and some didn't. Now I do. Those who write reviews that say they didn't enjoy their cruise on the Grand Princess are people that wouldn't enjoy anything anywhere. The service, the food and the staff were wonderful. One night I asked if we could just eat a burger by the pool (Great) as I just was getting tired of 5 star restaurant eating.(I didn't think I would ever say that, especially since it was "free".) The entertainment was good and they had everything from soft piano music in the lobby to Rock and Country in the lounges.

Next time the only change I would make for myself is that I wouldn't get off the ship at every port. How much shopping can a man do? There is plenty to do aboard ship even in port.

I would not rent a Tuxedo for the formal nights. I didn't this trip and wore a suit. Next time I might wear a suit one night and dress casual the rest of the time (No big deal). We had the most relaxing and fun experience we have ever had, and I can't wait to go again. If you like the casino (and I do), I expected with a ship of 2600 passengers that I wouldn't be able to find a place at the $5 bet blackjack table, but never had a problem any night. They even have peenie slots.

The one common element that I read in many reviews is that you never realize how many people are on board, and it's true. Except for the last day getting off, I never waited for anything including dinner, and we enjoyed the personal choice dining, but I did call ahead each day to reserve a time.

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