Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by mjl1530: Not the Princess I remember

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Not the Princess I remember

Sail Date: January 2013
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Sailed from Ft.Lauderdale to Princess Cay in Bahamas, Curacao, Aruba-7 days.

The good: great shows, terrific staff, lots and lots to do.

The not so good: Took over an hour to board. Some waited over an hour and a half. Anytime dining: one night we were seated immediately, one night in 10 minutes. All the other nights at least 30-45 minute wait (they give you a pager). Reservation accepted but if you called after 9:00 a.m. they only offered after 8:00 p.m. One dining room is all Anytime while another is Anytime after 7:00 p.m.(they're one deck apart, one above the other) After 7 there might be a wait of 30 minutes or more at the Anytime dining room while little or no wait at the other. No coordination between the two rooms.First night only 2 shows. At the second show we stood along with almost 100 others. Rest of cruise 7:00 and 10:00 show had seats but 8:00 show ran out of seats before show started. Almost all the shows in the various lounges were filled at least 15 More minutes before the show started. Every breakfast and lunch we shared a table which we prefer but if you don't it's hard to find a table where a couple can sit alone. Outside dining is not convenient to the buffet line. Quality of food is inconsistent. Some courses really good while other at the same meal poorly prepared. 4 separate buffet areas (2 on each side of the ship)did not always have the same offering. You had to visit all of them to see complete selection. Room was nice but carpeting had many stains. TV is mounted near the ceiling. Your neck will hurt after about 10 minutes of watching.
The Princess cruise we took in Alaska in 1999 was wonderful with none of these problems or complaints. I'm going back to Celebrity Less

Published 02/09/13

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