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Caribbean Princess
Caribbean Princess
Member Name: nooner59
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Cabin Category: BC
Cabin Number: C434
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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We took the four day pre-cruise bus tour in western Ireland's "Ring of Kerry." That was awesome, and actually better than the cruise itself. Our other cruises have been with Oceania and Holland-America (H-A).

The ship is pretty nicely fitted out in the public areas. The piazza is the center of activity and there always seems to be something going on there. The International Cafe is always open for a nice snack when you need it. If you're into wine, the Vines bar is very nice, recommend buying the bottle straightaway as the per glass prices add up quickly! Vines also offers tapas and sushi; the tapas change every day, the sushi does not, both tasted excellent each time. Crooners was very nice for a martini and the pianist was Paul Burton, who is really amazing, quite a singer!

The pools were not much in use as it was still early season and, while not rainy, it was quite cool and breezy. The "Movies Under the Stars" Princess promotes was pretty pointless in that kind of weather, though the crew had nice warm blankets for those who chose to enjoy the films. The same films are on in the room anyway.

We chose anytime dining for flexibility, and were very happy with the service in both the Coral and Island dining rooms. The food was quite good every time. We also went to afternoon tea one time and liked it, but thought Oceania and H-A were better in terms of tea quality and food offerings.

We went to Horizons buffet just once and it did not compare well with offerings from H-A and Oceania. The way the different stations are set up, there's just too much cross-traffic to navigate with plates. Add to that people who enter from the wrong end and it's a real bother. Princess should work on the traffic flow, perhaps by next refit so that can be fixed. The food is the same as the dining room, but not as fresh-tasting and often not warm when it ought to be.

We had booked an interior room, then were upgraded to a balcony (Thanks, Princess!). It was nice to have a view of the sea and shore, though it was a bit too brisk to linger out there. The room was quite nice, except we thought the beds were uncomfortable, like camp beds with mesh supporting an okay mattress, ended up being too soft and saggy in the middle. H-A and Oceania have much nicer beds, at least as good as our Tempurpedic at home, and perhaps better. The bathroom was okay, plastic shower compartment, tile floor, dodgy shelf but it never totally fell off. Our toilet button failed but the crew fixed it in about 15 minutes, good job to the auxiliarymen.

No robes in room as with other lines, but you can ask your steward for them and they are happy to let you borrow. We discovered this with about three days to go, so, live & learn, not that big a deal.

The Princess tours are crazy-expensive, much better to use CC and organize your own if you want to go out with a guide, or just take advantage of local transport. Some things fill up early so best to plan well ahead if you want a guide, e.g. Normandy.

The Wake Show on the television with cruise director and his assistant were hilarious and shared a bit more about the behind the scenes action on board.

We bought the spa package, $198 to be able to use heat tables, 3 different sauna experiences and rain-showers. Wife also enjoyed 7 acupuncture treatments that were effective relieving joint and sinus pain she has been living with for years.

Shameful fees for Internet or wireless, but that's not just a Princess thing, Oceania and H-A do the same thing. Be careful with your cell phone, you may incur charges if you go out of airplane mode on the ship, but, you can actually use your phone. The library was tiny compared with H-A & Oceania.

Princess requests you not bring booze aboard from excursions, but not enough to actually remove it from your bags, so, sorry Princess, request denied!

Both of us want to return to Western Ireland, Liverpool, and Scotland (but not Glasgow so much). I think France would be nice as well.

If you're on a tour, don't sweat the underway time; the ship did not leave as scheduled, ever, usually an hour later.

This time of year, the days are quite long, 4:30-ish sunrise, 21:30 sunset, but the sunset afterglow continues to about 23:00, kind of cool to watch.

Publication Date: 06/13/12
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