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February 10 through 17, 2002




Our 7 day 2002 cruise took us to 4 ports of call.  Although 2 ports were repeats from last year, each port was awesome.  After months of rainy gloomy weather, there just isn't anything like white sand beaches, warm water, lots of sun, and a few drinks.

Grand Princess

This was our 4th cruise, each one on a different cruise line.  "Houston, we've found our cruise line."  Princess Cruises is the one for us.  The ship offered 6 restaurants, 4 pools, countless hot tubs, full fledged arcade, 2 theatres, virtual golf, 9 hole miniature golf, and so many bars and lounges that I lost track.

Karen at rest Here's Karen wasting time on deck waiting for her scheduled treadmill appointment.

Best Dining Ever

Unlike our other 3 cruise lines, Princess offers traditional dining as well as "Personal Choice" dining.  With traditional dining, you select whether you want to have dinner served every night at either 6 PM or 8:30 PM.  You eat dinner at the same time and table every night.  Your alternative is the buffet or a restaurant at port.  You choose your seating prior to the cruise.

Personal Choice dining has you eat dinner whenever you want!  With Personal Choice dining, you go eat at any one of 4 restaurants.  Of course, the buffet and a port restaurant is an option.  We obviously loved the Personal Choice dining option.

The one thing that we missed by not selecting traditional dining was the opportunity to share the cruise with a group of people every night at dinner.  We have fond memories of our first 3 cruises because we either cruised with family or met really fun people at our dinner table that we got to know over the course of the cruise.  Nevertheless, the freedom of Personal Choice dining is preferred.  No need to run back from the port because dinner is at 6 PM.  No need to wait for dinner until 8:30 PM. 

Waiting tender boats


Most Laughs Ever

Something else we really enjoyed was the entertainment.  Although we enjoyed some of the entertainment on our earlier cruises, at times it was rather bland and old.  Princess's entertainment was fresh and awesome every night.  The comedian was on 3 times and we laughed hysterically each night.

Of course if you didn't like the entertainment in one theatre, you could always go to the second theatre where either another live show was going on, or a recently released movie.   


Best Cruise Ever

This was the best cruise yet!  We keep saying that every year, but it is true.  We cruised out of Ft. Lauderdale on the Grand Princess.  We had 2 days at sea and 4 ports:

  • Princess Cays (private island)

  • Georgetown, Grand Cayman

  • Costa Maya, Mexico

  • Cozumel, Mexico

Looking down at a tender boat

Grand Princess
Costa Maya
Caribbean Snorkeling



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