Embarkation went very smoothly onto the Caribbean Princess. We found that all of the staff onshore as well as aboard the ship treated you with the utmost respect and were always helpful. You could not pass an employee of the ship who did not greet you with a friendly smile and welcome you aboard to your home for the next 7 wonderful days at sea.
Once aboard we were pleased to see that our inside cabin was available so that we could drop off our carry on belongings so we could have lunch in one of the main dining rooms for a pleasant, relaxing lunch where we were spoiled by the waiters and the delicious treats we had in store for us. The waiters were very attentive to our every needs and were always concerned that we were pleased with our choice of our menu selection and would replace it if we were not satisfied. We found the food to be excellent whether in the main dining room or in the buffet. In the Cafe Caribe we did find the traffic flow to be confusing since there were 2 places to enter the buffet which caused confusion as to which direction the line was moving. Probably would work better if there was one entrance and one exit. We found the food choices in the Cafe Caribe to be very tasty. The other buffet(Horizon) was quite congested. We had chosen any time dining which worked out really well for us since we always arrived early for dinner and were always able to leave in time so we were able to catch the early shoes in the theater. P.S. They still serve lobster tails!!! Yum!
The life boat drill was done in a manner that I wish other cruise lines would adopt. You went to the large theater where you were seated by where your designated section was located. You brought your vest with you and after everyone was seated you were given instructions on how to put the vest on. This was the least stressful life boat drill I have ever attended. I have a bad back and cannot stand for more than 5 minutes. This was a pleasure.
The entertainment onboard was amazing and plentiful. There was always something to do. We are trivia buffs and just loved that there were always at least three to four trivia games played each day. We always seemed to meet the most interesting people at trivia and learn so many things from the questions that were asked. Everyone is very competitive to win, although the prizes are never very impressive. Wish Princess would reward the players with something more rewarding like a t-shirt or a free drink. The entertainment team who asked the questions were excellent and made the games more enjoyable. They had so many other group games that were so much fun like the Liar's Club, The Newly Wed not so Newly Wed Game and Family Feud. Chris, the assistant cruise director was so charming and funny along with his staff, including Armando, Chris , Sila and Nat. They always had us laughing. Every morning we would watch the Wake Show on TV where you would hear all the daily activities and also offer you a chance to win a prize if you could answer the daily question of the day. We loved the TV in the cabin because it offered so many channels with free movies. TheTV also had a sleep timer that I find invaluable so as you drift off to sleep it will automatically turn off your TV. One thing they do not offer on the TV is videos of the game shows that you may have missed seeing or if you happen to be in the game show you were unable to see it again. The theater always had wonderful entertainment nightly. The shows were so good we felt as if we were in a Las Vegas showroom. The comedian, Troy Thirdgill, was very funny and the singer, Bobby Brooks Wilson, were excellent. The magician was not that good. He was one that had appeared on "America's Got Talent." He tricks seemed repetitive and boring. There were many bars that had wonderful bands nightly and one of our favorites, Bert Stratton, appeared nightly with his always entertaining, wild and crazy piano show. He always attracts a big crowd. They also had Movies Under The Stars every day and night. They served pizza, popcorn and ice cream. When it got cold they brought out warm blankets.
We had an inside stateroom which was lovely and kept that way by our female steward Chewannee. She greeted us by name every time she saw us and always asked if there was anything we needed. She along with Dean and Leigh Anne from the front desk helped solve a problem we were having with a loud noise we kept having in our bathroom from air in our pipes. It was finally fixed after we reached our first port. Unfortunately every morning we were wakened by noise in the hallway either by children hollering or by the sound of a noisy vacuum cleaner. We are late sleepers and were annoyed by the disturbance. We found the elevator ring tones too soft and found ourselves missing the elevator because we had not heard the ring tones. In the atrium area the elevators need to be synced so that by pressing one button it activates all the elevators. One elevator was out of order the whole cruise.
As members of Cruise Critic we were a little disappointed that our Meet and Greet Party was not attended by any of the ship's crew. The only thing they served us was water. You would think that with a group as important as Cruise Critic the ship would have made sure at least one person from the crew would be in attendance. The party was held in Skywalker's Lounge which was just beautiful. I had never seen an electronic ramp on a ship before. It was very impressive to enter the lounge on an electronic ramp. The views from Skywalker's was magnificent.
Debarkation went very smoothy. We had gone to Horizon Court for a buffet breakfast. We had planned on a late departure and took our time getting to the area set aside for the debarkation. Unfortunately we could not hear them making announcements from the buffet so we did not realize that debarkation had taken place and we were about the last passengers off the ship. This was not a problem for us for we were taking another cruise which just happened to be in walking distance from the Caribbean Princess.
We enjoyed this ship immensely and would definitely recommend others to be treated like royalty on a Princess ship.