Last month, Shannon and I took our annual anniversary trip. The qualifier for our the trip each year has become 1.) someplace we’ve never been to together and 2.) someplace that has a Hard Rock Cafe.
Rule 2 is because of Shannon’s HRC Teddy Bear collection (that is now up to 32 bears.) Here’s a link from two years ago detailing it: http://www.tomcroom.com/archives/7854
The only EXCEPTION to Rule 2 was the Grand Canyon… BECAUSE IT WAS THE FREAKIN’ GRAND CANYON! http://www.tomcroom.com/archives/7113
That said, we’ve started taking cruises a couple of years ago since they were cost effective and almost all of them stop at ports with a Hard Rock Cafe. This year we did a cruise to Aruba – and while it wasn’t our best cruise experience, it was still a lot of fun. Here are the four cruises we’ve experienced ranked in order of overall value. None of these were bad, per se, but some were better than others.
1. Disney Cruise Line http://disneycruise.disney.go.com
2. Royal Caribbean http://www.royalcaribbean.com
3. Princess Cruises http://www.princess.com
4. Norwegian Cruise Line http://www.ncl.com
So our Princess Cruise experience was fine once we got on the boat, but getting on the boat was a NIGHTMARE. We spent over two hours in line (which can happen – we understand that,) but the lack of communication from the Princess staff was horrible. No staff were on hand around the line and so I tried to reach out via social media for some answers. Instead a response, I saw this: https://twitter.com/PrincessCruises/status/399285443378053121
Princess Cruises’s claim to fame is (of course) being the cruise line in the classic seventies TV show The Love Boat. As a matter of fact, they played episodes of the show every night in our cabin. Check it out:
That said – the cruise line needs to get out of the seventies and get current with modern times. Use social media a conduit to your customers (especially when your on the ground staff are failing at communication.)
We visited some great locations: Princess Cay (their private island,) Curaçao, and Aruba. Of the three, Aruba was the best location. While on the trip, we saw some amazing sunrises…
And just as amazing sunsets…
Overall, we had some great fun and much needed quiet time. Shannon and I are talking about which cruise line to try next (or whether to repeat one of the ones we’ve been on.) If we DO repeat one of the cruise lines, we’d be hard pressed to do Princess again – at least until they catch up to the twenty first century.
You can see all the photos from our trip here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomcroom/sets/72157638272821315/
Also – here’s a photo I took of some fish while at the Princess Cruises private island because I think it’s pretty cool. 🙂