We're in our mid to late 40s. We've been on many cruise ships with various cruiselines, including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. We live in Florida, so when we see a good deal, we snatch it up and leave. ;)
EMBARKATION: Went very smoothly, and was on the ship in a matter of minutes.
SHIP INFORMATION: Caribbean Princess is an absolutely beautiful ship, and even though she hasn't been in dry dock for quite some time and the carpeting could be replaced, it's still an absolute gorgeous ship.
SERVICE: Everyone was very pleasant and the stateroom attendant greeted us by name. We were surprised to find that there were attendants inside the ship when we got on that led us to the elevators and escorted us up to the buffet for lunch. No other ship has ever done this for us. We definitely have no complaints about any service on this ship.
STATEROOM: Magnificent. This was the best room that we've ever had on any cruise. The size of the room alone was unbelievable. I've stayed in motel rooms that were smaller than this room was. We enjoyed our room with our balcony sooooo much. It became our home away from home.
SHORE EXCURSIONS: We originally booked a 4 night cruise, but was called to ask if we wanted to do a "move over" to the 3 night cruise that did not include Grand Turk. We were skeptical at first because we really did want to go to Grand Turk, however, when we were told that the cruise would be free, except for the taxes, fees, etc., we jumped on the 3 night cruise immediately. Can't beat a free cruise. So, we ended up going to Nassau, and Princess Cay.
"Princess Cay" - Private Island. Didn't see any hammocks hanging between trees like some of the other private islands, and their lunch on the island was not as nice as some of the other cruiselines. We just browsed around and took pictures, and then laid in some lounge chairs under a shaded tree and watched the people walk by. Was there only a few hours and then got back on the ship. Really nothing to write home about.
DINING: The best. I ate food that I've never had in my life before. Everything was perfect. We ate at the buffet every meal, and loved it every single time. We were really surprised when we went to the buffet one night for dinner, and they had Crab Legs, Lobster Claws, and Shrimp. I'm a seafood lover, and everything was cooked perfectly. The food is so good on this ship, that we're tempted to stick with Princess cruises only, just for the food. ;)
ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainment was wonderful. There were jugglers, a magician, and the production shows were superb. The shows were so good on this ship that we could have watched them twice and enjoyed them both times.
DISEMBARKATION: This has been the only cruiseline that we've been on that allowed us to sit in a restaurant to wait to get off the ship when our bus service arrived. All the other cruiselines insisted that we have to get off about the time our eyeballs open. This showed me that Princess Cruiselines really think of their customers.
SUMMARY: Out of all the cruiselines we've been on, we definitely rate Princess the best. The food is superb, the service is fantastic, and there was not one thing that I seen that was wrong with anything on this cruise. Absolutely perfect and we can't wait to go on another Princess Cruise coming up this November 2008. We're even thinking of booking another one next year in 2009.