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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Sandra in San Antonio

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Caribbean Princess
Caribbean Princess
Member Name: Sandra in San Antonio
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Cabin Category: 4D
Cabin Number: L244
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Overall Wonderful Cruise
Four days ago we reluctantly left the beautiful Caribbean Princess after a great 7 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. This was cruise #8 but the first out of Ft. Lauderdale and the first on Princess. We will be back for sure.

Our interior cabin was well laid out and roomy. We had more drawers and shelves than we could use. Loved the big closet and all the mirrors.

The ship was designed with numerous smaller places to go and lots of bars and lounges so we never felt crowded. Shops were on 3 decks so it kept people moving. The library was a major disappointment. It was four chairs on the side of the internet cafe. There were lots of places to sun tan and several pools to choose from. The chair hogs were there en mass but Princess says you can move towels and personal items if no one has been there in 30 minutes.

Finding a table in the buffet restaurant in the mornings and at lunch was sometimes a challenge. The buffet areas were tight and usually crowded with people walking in every direction at once. It took some patience, especially with people who changed direction quickly without looking. I was disappointed with the selection of salads and overall variety at lunch. The food was good, but not as good as we've had on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Breakfast was fine and I was impressed with the variety offered.. They gave out numbers when ordering an omlet which eliminated lines but kept people just hanging around waiting in the small space others were trying to maneuver in.

We chose Anytime Dining and loved it. We sat with different people every night and it was one of the highlights of the trip. The food was good but the variety was poor. On the second night we were sure we'd received the wrong menu since it was so similar to the night before. We were glad the waiters did not do a cheesy nightly song & dance. (Now if they would also stop singing Happy Birthday loudly and off key I would be happy.) The asst. waiters did a walk-though with fake lighted baked alaska on the last night and looked bored and uncomfortable.

Shows in the theater were ok. The two male singers were mediocre. The dancers were great though. We liked having a third show at 10:15.

Music all over the ship was outstanding! We are dancers and were delighted to find plenty of ballroom music being played.

Debarkation was a breeze. People were nice. Overall a wonderful cruise

Publication Date: 11/29/12
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