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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by clearanceshopper

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Caribbean Princess
Caribbean Princess
Member Name: clearanceshopper
Cruise Date: August 2013
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Cabin Category: AB
Cabin Number: 215
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 1.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 2.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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British Isles beautiful scenery; ship not so great

Travel reservations via Princess Air were excellent with clean planes and adequate time between connecting flights to clear security, immigration and customs. Embarkation took forever and did not adhere to times posted on website. Caribbean Princess is a large ship, larger than Ruby Princess. Public areas clean, staterooms spotless and cabin stewards friendly and helpful. Any requests for help from service desk were handled quickly.

Those are the good points. What made this cruise disappointing were the poor quality fo the food, the poor quality of the entertainment, the dearth of activities on the ship and the generally mediocre quality of the tour guides.

The food was tasteless. If I closed my eyes I could not tell what I was eating. I saw other passengers pouring pepper on their meals. The meal selection in the dining room leaned heavily on fish and vegetables and many dishes with weirdly mixed ingredients. None of the selections were appetizing. Breakfast was the only recognizable meal, and it too was absent of taste.

Entertainment choices were limited. Many very late-night venues, but most of the passengers were up in years and not likely to party into the wee hours. The casino was closed most nights due to UK regulations, and nothing else to do.

The tour guides were not top quality. Adequate, but did not address tour passengers needs to really stop a minute or two to see some of the sights. I always felt rushed. Here I am comparing these tours to the great ones in Mediterranean ports.

Disembarkation was the best I have ever been through. Quick and efficient. Travel back to the airport was pleasant. I'm glad I took this cruise. The scenery and history were definitely worth the expense. And the day in Paris, even with a 2 1/2 hour bus ride from the port to Paris, was great, if too short.


Publication Date: 09/19/13
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