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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Utah bowler

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Caribbean Princess
Caribbean Princess
Member Name: Utah bowler
Cruise Date: April 2014
Embarkation: Houston
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: F305
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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Lovely and spacious ship

Our ports were Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize. The ship is lovely, well laid out, and spacious. There are many comfortable seating areas around the ship to hangout in when you want to get out of your cabin. The Computer Cafe/Library had many computers and someone there for computer support most of the time. We ate most of our meals at the Horizon Court buffet and found the food to be very good. At dinner time most nights the Horizon Court buffet was closed and you had to eat at the Cafe Caribe buffet. Cafe Caribe was a single line buffet and therefore the line moved very slowly. We much prefer Horizon Court where there are food islands and you can move between the "islands" without getting bogged down in a single line. The public areas of the ship like the lounges and theater were kept very chilly. A sweater or jacket was a must to be comfortable. The lifeboat drill was done promptly and was very organized. The only drawback was people carrying on a loud conversation over the announcements. The ship's staff did not attempt to quiet them so that the rest of us could hear clearly.

What a lovely and spacious cabin. This cabin was very difficult to find since there are only 9 of them and they are located on Deck 6 near the Front Desk in a private hallway with unmarked doors. Even though we had studied the ship's layout carefully, we still had to find someone to show us where the cabin was located. The location was very good for the Front Desk, Shore Excursions Desk, the Plaza on Deck 5, and the International Cafe/Coffee Cafe. It was very quiet and we never even saw or heard our neighbors in the other Window Suites. The cabin was basically square in shape with 2 large windows. There were three separate closets and many many drawers. The bathroom had two sinks with a separate glass walled shower and jetted tub. The shower pressure and temperature was good on 3 days of the cruise. The other days had almost no water pressure and barely warm water. The temperature in the cabin was cool bordering on cold. We had to set the thermostat to the highest setting to be comfortable. A maintenance technician spent almost an hour working on it but there wasn't any change. Since this was a Suite, we had a DVD player already hooked up to the TV and we could have two movies at a time from the movie library. The TV could be swiveled to face the bed or couch. The bed was very comfortable and there was a hideaway couch. The big problem with these cabins on Deck 6 was the noise from the ship's stabilizers. The seas were slight to moderate but you could hear the stabilizers every time they moved. This was not a constant noise but it would come and go on a irregular basis. There was lots of vibration and clanging to go along with the noise. The price for this cabin was between the cost of Balcony Mini-Suite and a regular Suite. While I really loved the space and set up of the cabin, I would not stay in a cabin on that low a deck again.  We had a problem with the safe in our room that didn't work because the batteries were dead. We notified our cabin steward and he suggested we tell the Front Desk for quicker service. We ended up talking to the Front Desk twice and it still took a 1 1/2 days and 3 maintenance visits for the batteries to be replaced.

There were 3 days at sea during this 7 day cruise. This was entirely too many days at sea for this length cruise.

 


Publication Date: 05/23/14
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