1st time cruisers - New England/Canada on Princess: Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by MobilePC
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1st time cruisers - New England/Canada on Princess
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
- Embarking/disembarking lines - Too easy on in 20 minutes off in much less
- Kids overrunning adult only areas - I never saw one instance of this.
- Food being horrible - I loved the food! Dining rooms, Buffets, everywhere
- Too many New Yorkers - They comprised the majority, yes - Every one having a good time, non-aggressive, and More fun.
- Lines everywhere - We waited 5 minutes in the coffee line each day. In the ports where tenders were required to go to shore - 5 minutes was the longest, more times than not there was NO wait.
On one "formal night" we might have waited 10 minutes for a seat with our "anytime dining"
- Bad attitudes from the crew:
. Without exception, the crew was friendly and eager to help with anything they could. Our steward was incredible - taking care of everything we asked of her and volunteering many things never occurred to us. It seemed like she was always within sight when we entered the corridor. Not once did we ever have to call for anything - she was always "magically there".
One day at the international coffee shop, the passenger in front of me was calculating the tip to tip the guy on a $30.00 coffee card - the Crew member says "don't worry about tipping us" we just want to insure you're having a great time. I was flabbergasted (yes you are billed daily for gratuities, but still I spent 22 years in the restaurant business - you just don't see such a thing)
The maitre d in the Island dining room was extraordinary. On the second day he had us (party of 4) all figured out. It was like we were his only customers and the one day we came in early to eat he mentioned "oh, you thought you might confuse me"? Just outstanding service.
I'm very happy to report that my concerns were dismissed within hours of going aboard. My experience on this cruise was absolutely wonderful. Perhaps it is to my advantage to be a first time cruiser, but I absolutely recommend Princess Cruises, the Caribbean princess and the New England/Canada cruise. Less
Cabin review: ABc254
The cabin was much larger than I expected. We had a very large deck that I thought would be my "sanctuary from the crowds" if needed. It turns out a deck 1/2 that size would have been great. Some reviews complained about the size of the shower - I'm 6'2" and 230 LBS - I thought it was fine. Ask for a mattress "topper" to help with the metal that runs down the center of the bed (2 pushed together to make 1 I'm guessing) Air conditioning seemed a bit inadequate but when the sliding glass door is open, you can open the cabin door and blow out all of the air in the cabin in about 3 seconds
Port and Shore Excursions
Good - Except for the food/Wom...
OK not great: Easy to make it ...
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Excellent first cruise for us