Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by nickash: Great Southern Caribbean classic cruise with Princess
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Great Southern Caribbean classic cruise with Princess
This is our second time cruising with princess. The first cruise was with Emerald last year out of Fort Lauderdale. It was a great experience. This time we decided to leave from San Juan. We decided to stay a day before the cruise and leave a day after the cruise returned to save money on the flight. The first night in san Juan we stayed at hotel Miramar. It was 26$ for six of us for the taxi ride from the airport. The hotel was perfect for a late night check in. Not much going on around the hotel but we arrived late so didnt mind. In the morning we went down for the free breakfast but there was a sign saying starting April 1st it had finished.. we still ate breakfast at the hotel and it was great. we then walked just down the street and got on the bus. It was 75cents and took us to old san juan. It dropped us off at the bus terminal that was right by the pier. This was not our peir though. Our ship left out of Pan American peir. From the bus terminal we jumped on the free trolley. On More
sundays there was only two trolleys running. It took us up to the fort and castle. we paid 5.00 and that admitted us into both. Then on the way back the trolley took to long so we walked back down towards the pier. The walk was not bad on the way back because it was down hill. Lots of shopping. We ended up near the bus terminal again where we were for lunch at senor frogs. We had been there before in Mexico and loved the excitement of the bar so we were happy to go back.Food was great. Then we decided to grab a cab back to our hotel and he waited for us and then we grabbed our bags and headed to our pier at about 3:30. Once we arrived at the pier it was very fast no waiting. Once signed in there is a duty free shop which i thought was weird because i knew you could not bring alcohol on the ship...but we did buy wine and pop to bring on the ship from there. The people who bought the alcohol had it taken away until the end of the cruise.
Our room was great. it was considered obstructed oceanview but we had a great view.
The first night on the cruise was fun. We went to a show in the explorers lounge. I forget the guys name but he was from puerto rico and only preformed the first night. He was great. He had four dancers as well. He has returned 16 years now for princess and now i know why.
The cruise was great. The crown Grill was amazing. Our room stewart was great and very helpful. The decorations were good. The entertainment was good. The hypnotist was funny, the comedian troy i think was great, the theater shows were ok(more glee style). The dinning room was good. The first night it took over 2 hours for our meal to finish but then after that we had a different waiter and it was alot faster. We had the anytime dinning and it worked well because we ate at different times each night. We never had to wait for a table.
We only had one at sea day. We relaxed by the pool watching movies. The speakers were alittle to loud. The pools were very busy so I am happy it was only one day at sea.
only complaint was my princess card information was wearing off. By the end of the cruise I only had half my name left on the card. I guess the sunscreen took the writing off the card. I was refused buying drinks because of the writing coming off. This happened to my whole party of six. So we had to stand in a line at the front desk before ordering drinks because of this. The line was along because it was the last night so everyone was paying off there bills. It was annoying. Less
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We had a obstructed ocean view room on deck 8. It was great. The room had lots of room. oF COURSE the shower was small but we were expecting that. We were worried about noise because we were by the elevators and above the casino but we didnt hear anything. Only one night someone drunk running up and down the hall being loud. lots of room to hang clothes. We had a great view out the window. I figured the boat would cover the whole window but it doesnt it only covers the bottom part. I could see everything out the window.
Port and Shore Excursions
note: watch when you walk off the ship for men in normal clothing offering a taxi ride. I asked him how much he quoted a higher amount then the real taxi drivers. After reading other reviews I knew The real taxi drivers had a blue shirt on with a patch on right and left side of shirt and so decided to wait until we made it to them. Good thing we did . They were great and better price.
I will definately go back to antigua. 365 beaches
The next morning we walked back to the charlie car rental location and showed our receipt and they drove us for free to the airport because we had the 24 car rental.
Note: Will never fly with U.S. Airways again. No entertainment, radio, television or food for 4 hour flight.Flight attendants not friendly.
The tour was about 6.5 hours in total. Our driver was Baptist was great. He showed us alot of cool things about the growing of bananas. i thought some of the stuff in the tour sounded boring but it all ended up being great. Alcohol, pop and water was included.
The only thing I would change is more time at the beach. We only stayed for an hour so by the time we snorkelled and dipped in the water it was time to go.
one side of the entrance is devils beach the other side is the baths beach. So you can enter through the rocks at both ends which causes a traffic jam. People dont wait...they keep coming instead of waiting there turn so that got frustrating. We had our parents with us and they are in there late 50's early 60's and they made it through the baths but it was a struggle in some spots ...not the best for tall people but easier for younger people to get around.
once we got to devils beach we were happy we brought our bags so we didnt have to go all the way back through the rocks to get them. Devils beach was amazing. So pretty and great snorkelling along the rocks. We then did the uphill hike back to the top.
It was a great experience but Now that I have done the baths if i went again I would just go tp devils beach. Or if there were no people around then I would do the baths.
At the top there is a resturant called top of the baths. we had drinks there. it was an amazing view.
-we took the taxi back at 215. -returned on the 245 ferry. - We arrived back with enough time to shop and make our way back to the ship.