Personally, I would like a little more action on my cruise! Embarkation was by far the smoothest I have ever experienced. On sea days there wasn't much to do.
My fiance actually proposed to me on the first formal night at the captains party. It was a fantastic experience! We also got to pour the first bottle of champagne on the champagne waterfall!
Our stateroom attendant, Dennis, was absolutely wonderful! He catered to our every need, no matter how ridiculous. Dennis was absolutely amazing.
The dining room staff were very personable, but to be honest, they were slow. Everybody in their section had to be there before they would even take your order, which meant sitting there with only water and bread for up to thirty minutes, at times. The food was just average. There was nothing on the cruise that was particularly tasty. The overall food experience was less than satisfactory. We sat in the Palm dining room, which is located at the back of the ship by the More
engines. As somebody that has been on well over 20 cruises, I can assure that I do not get sea sick, but on three separate occasions I had to leave the dining room before dinner was over because I felt sick to my stomach. The dining room was hot and for being on such a low deck, surprisingly rocky.
Our room was relatively outdated, although we had a huge balcony. The only problem with the balcony was that everybody above you could look down and see what you were doing.
The entertainment was, to be honest, not very entertaining.
They had a pretty good selection of art, although relatively over priced.
The day after our engagement, my fiance booked a couples massage. The massage was wonderful, but interestingly enough, they charged each of our accounts separately. It would have been fine, but we were using to separate accounts and it was something that he wanted to do for me as a treat. The policy of the ship is apparently to book couples treatments separately, which is a bit disappointing.
Oh, and then there was the pianist who was singing a song titled "My Ding-a-ling". Classy, right?
Overall, the cruise was a bit disappointing. My fiance and I had a wonderful time being together, but it wasn't the cruise we were expecting. Less
Caribbean Princess Cruises to the Southern Caribbean
Aruba was by far my favorite port on this cruise! The island was absolutely beautiful. When we got off the boat, there were several people offering us a "two hour tour". We decided that we would take one of these people up on their offer, which totaled $40, including the driver's tip.
We saw the highest point on the island, the island's main church, the California lighthouse, and also took a trip to the beach. Our tour guide was very informative and we learned a lot from him.
We were thrilled to be able to see so much of the island and get an overview of the culture (although my fiance would have liked to try iguana, which is apparently an island dish).
Overall, we loved Aruba. We have even talked about returning to the island and staying for a week later this year.
It was a nice enough port. A little run down once you get out of the main area, but everybody was nice and very accommodating. The place that we found the most interesting was actually the open air floating market. There wasn't a whole lot going on in this port, but it was an absolutely beautiful port.