This was our second cruise with Princess. Two years ago we were on the "Ruby" in the Mediterranean. We are two young active senior citizens 62, and 65 from CT.
Caribbean Princess is Ruby's sister ship, only a bit older. So we had no surprises when we booked. The ship is beautiful, but some of the furniture is worn and faded. Some carpeting has been replaced while some has not. Some bathroom tile showed some black mold, and the bathroom mirror was spotting with age. These signs of maturity did not take away from the experience. The Caribbean Princess' mechanicals were fully operational, meaning she got ua from port to port and elevators and toilets worked just fine.
We were most impressed by the friendly, helpful, genuinely nice staff. We loved Kelvin Joy, the Cruise Director, and his Deputy Cruise Director (Sorry...forgot your name.) who were funny, and informative. In the Island Dining Room, Randy and Almira worked hard to keep us happy by giving us food suggestions and accommodating our special requests. (We did notice the food quality declined from two years before, but we never went hungry.)
The shows were good and very entertaining. We always went to the 7:00 one. We liked that we always got a seat, because there were 3 shows and we liked the shorter versions. Also when I ordered a diet coke in the theater (or anywhere for that matter)using my soda card, I was giving quick and respectful service equal to anyone ordering an expensive drink. The very best show was not at night. During our last "Sea Day," we went to the "Cooking Show". This was much more than we expected with cooking, comedy, and entertainment by the staff. DO NOT miss this one. We spent many afternoons in the Piazza drinking coffees, hot chocolate, eating too many cookies or at Vines drinking wine and having sushi.
Our cabin steward was efficient and was always available when needed. He fixed a broken light bulb, and called someone to help us with a testy safe. He kept the bed made, gave up plenty of towels and toilet paper and always left us candy on the bed.
We only did Princess excursions and enjoyed the time given. These excursions delivered what they promised. A couple of times we had to choose between shopping and a part of the attraction. (For instance, stand in line to kiss the Blarney Stone or shop at the Woolen Mills....It was DH's turn and we kissed the Blarney Stone. (Bring antibacterial wipes for the stone :) Princess excursions might be a bit costly, but they were well planned, and stress free. The all day excursions with lunch included, had the best food served, and was better than what was served on board the Caribbean Princess. The local tour guides were always knowledgeable and eager to please.
Princess... should know the Caribbean Princess Staff always take good care of their cruisers.