We just completed a 7 day cruise on the Carribean Princess departing Houston and visiting Costa Maya, Belize and Cozumel. The departure was delayed one day due to fog but Princess provided credits equal to one night for use either on-board or for excursions. The trade-off seemed fair since the weather was beyond the ship's control.
This was our fifth cruise on a major line in the past 3 years and the second on Princess.
Highlights of the cruise included a very comfortable mini-suite, which offered a nice seating area and abundant closet and storage space. The full-sized bathroom was nice and the room's carpet seemed new. Unfortunately one of us became ill (our first time on a cruise) during the trip and the medical center was very expedient and thorough in prescribing an antibiotic.
Overall, the trip was so-so at best. We had taken the same cruise on the Crown Princess in February 2013 and enjoyed it much more. The Carribean Princess needs refreshed; several common areas had furniture that was quite worn and heavily soiled. The overall feel of the ship was dated. We paid extra for a room at the mid-ships to be close to the elevators only to find that each day of the cruise at least one and often two of the 6 elevators were down for maintenance. Many of us would wait for several minutes and finally take the stairs (6 flights up to the breakfast/ lunch area and pools). We're fairly athletic and in good shape, but continually climbing the stairs was frustrating
We enjoy using the gym and spa during sea days and found this one to be smaller and more congested than the Crown Princess (a sister ship) and the locker room to have a very strong sewer gas odor - almost unbearable. This persisted for several days and seemed to be present in a few other areas of the ship.
Like other holiday cruises, the ship was completely full. The buffet dining areas were very congested and no matter what time we tried for breakfast or lunch, we found ourselves (among others) wandering around for several minutes with our food and couldn't find a place to sit.
The evening entertainment seems a victim of cost cutting. The singing/ dancing shows included fewer performers and a lower caliber of both singing and dancing than any of our previous 4 cruises, including the Crown Princess cruise on this same itinerary in February 2013.
In sum, we wouldn't cruise on this ship again.