Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by jeffreyo33315: Not up to par for Princess
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Not up to par for Princess
Embarkation: Princess Cays
First, let me say I do like Princess and am a platinum member having taken many cruises with them in the past. This was a short cruise over Memorial Day weekend with family.
Or room was an upper deck balcony. Our steward did a good job keeping it clean and fresh. We always got clean towels and the room was picked up often.
We spent a lot of time by the Terrace pool and that was found wanting basically do to lack of waiters and the lack of anyone picking up used food and drink containers. On other Princess ships there were always waiters taking orders but on this ship you had to go get your own drinks. We went to movies under the stars and found things much the same there, nobody taking drink orders or passing out popcorn as had been done on other ships. Also, there were still towels still strewn about from the afternoon swimmers.
Getting ashore at Princess Cays took a very long time, about 1 1/2 hours wait to get on a tender. It took us even longer to get More back to the ship at the end of the day. It was a very long wait in the sun with little shade and nothing available to drink.
Our food was very good as we like the buffet at Horizon Court. Also we used the specialty restaurants which are very good and a nice treat.
We enjoyed the entertainment to the shows but noticed the casino was overpowered with tobacco smoke. I wish they would do away with smoking in all interior spaces.
Disembarkation was easy as we did the self walk off being responsible for our own luggage. We had minimal bags so this worked for us.
All in all the cruise was OK but not as good as Princess Cruises usually are. Greater tidiness in public areas needs improvement as well as getting people on and off the ship in port. That was very poorly done and accounts for most of my negative feelings about this cruise.
I will cruise with Princess again as I know they usually do much better. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
This review is not so much about the beach at Princess Cays as about Eleuthera, the island Princess Cays is actually on. Eleuthera is 110 miles long and the Princess area is about 40 acres.
We had been there before and had contacted a local (Lyle Brathwaite 242.334.2796, email
firstname.lastname@example.org) and had him meet us at the gates of the Princess property.
He took us on an interesting tour of south Eleuthera as far as the town of Rock Sound. We stopped for a lunch of conch chowder, johnnycake and of course Kalik, the beer of the Bahamas. We went to the Ocean Hole and a very nice beach with not a soul in sight. Lyle showed us local vegetation and things of interest in the area. He saved the best for last. We stopped alongside the road and went down a path a hundred yards or so, passing a natural ocean fed pond complete with a sea turtle swimming near shore. A bit farther on were some caves that were very cool. Light shown through natural holes in the roof through which tree roots dropped down to floor level. It was really very cool.
Our tour was done in a Kia SUV type car. It was clean and the AC worked very well. It was far superior to any bus tour. We had four in our party and that was all it would hold. If you want more than a day at the beach this was a very good time.
NOTE: If you do decide to leave the Princess property for any reason you MUST take a picture ID ashore with you. There was a guard at the gate who checks that everyone has this before leaving the fenced beach area
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