From Nov. 23 to 30 we were on our 2nd Princess Cruise with Jim’s sister, JoAnn and husband, John; along with 5 of their Houston area friends. It started with heavy winds last Saturday in the Houston Harbor (Bayport). The ship is one of the larger ones (3200 passengers) and could not navigate the narrow ship channel to the Gulf with high winds. We were stuck there until 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, a 17 hour delay.
Because of this, the port of Roatan, Honduras was cancelled (the one we wanted the most) and Costa Maya, MX was substituted. Oh well, other areas of USA and world have had worse weather problems. The seas were a little rough and it was cool the first 2 days at sea.
Costa Maya on Monday was beautiful, and hot. We spent time at the beach in the nearby town of Mahahual. Cheap beer and good food. We took some pretty good photos.
The next day, we were to go to Belize, anchor out and use tender boats. Again the winds interfered, the narrow passage through the islands (Cays) of Belize was too dangerous and tendering was out of the question. So…..another day at sea.
—-Meanwhile, JoAnn and I (Cheryl) got involved in the Pop Choir. It was volunteer up of passengers conducted by the assistant cruise director, Marahscalh. We kept with it every day for 5 rehearsals; others came and went. For the performance on Friday, there were 15 of us: 11 women and 4 men. We sang 6 songs with choreography involved; including “Oh What a Night”, “Waterloo” and “We are the Champions”. It was a lot of fun and our audience was about 200 strong in the central lobby area (3 decks high). Jim videoed 3 of the songs. I was able to post the videos on facebook, but only stills here.—-
On Thursday, we were in Cozumel. Again, all water excursions were cancelled and the water was too rough for snorkeling. JoAnn was very disappointed. However, we hired a driver and his van for the 9 of us ($20 each) and he took us to the Caribbean (windward) side of the island for drinks and snacks (all gone up in price) at Chen Rio and to his favorite local restaurant in town: Pescaderia San Carlos. It was very good and better prices. We also spent some time on Leeward side of the island. Still too rough for getting in the water.
All in all, we had a good time, anyway and the ship was very beautiful. We made a list of things we liked better on Carnival vs. Princess; seemed like they came out even. One thing that Carnival excelled at was their TV selection. Princess did not have any networks or CNN. Also the ship menu did not allow you to check your onboard account or menus of restaurants. But Princess’s buffet layout and wait staff service was much superior.
Jim’s birthday, as I said in earlier post was the day we left the ship, yesterday. JoAnn’s is a week from today, so we are staying 3 extra days to celebrate with her. Be home Tuesday to cold weather in So CA.