Caribbean Princess Review

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Why Choose Caribbean Princess?
  • Fourth in Princess Cruises' Grand class
  • Introduced poolside movie screen concept
  • Shaded Sanctuary is adults-only retreat

Caribbean Princess Overview

By Christine Koubek; updated by Erica Lamberg, Cruise Critic Contributors

The 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess boasts charm, elegance and a comfortable vibe. No matter your vacation interest -- romance, culture, exploring culinary interests, relaxing and rejuvenating, gambling or creating family memories -- you'll find something aboard to suit you.

What's especially nice about Caribbean Princess is its blend of indoor and outdoor amenities. Outdoors, the ship features four pools, multiple hot tubs, an adults-only private sun deck (fee applies), a jogging track, half-court basketball court, putting green and 900 balcony cabins. At night, under the stars, patrons can wrap themselves in snuggly blankets to watch movies on a huge 300-square-foot screen while munching fee-free popcorn.

Indoors, lounges and bars offer live entertainment, and on most nights The Princess Theater features three show times to accommodate everyone's schedule. The liveliest spot onboard is the Piazza. Strolling performers entertain while passengers indulge in light fare from the 24-hour International Cafe or sample wines and tapas at Vines. Entertainment options vary, but during our sailing, a magician, sword-swallower and an acoustic guitarist performed.

The dining rooms are reminiscent of an old-world cruising experience -- a maitre d' who greets everyone at the entrance, intricate designs on millwork, white-gloved and courteous servers, and a sommelier that does rounds in the dining room and recommends wonderful selections. Dining options abound; choose from at least 10 entree selections nightly, or opt to eat in either of two specialty restaurants (Sabatini's Italian or Crown Grill steakhouse), two buffets, a cafe serving sandwiches and salads, a pool-side grill or a pizzeria.

While Caribbean Princess was in dry dock in November 2011, the ship had some minor and major renovations. A sampling of these includes an upgrade of the Art Gallery and Art Gallery Locker, retiling of pools, marble replacement, polishing of some public areas, refurbishment of interior hardwood floors in several lounges and glass replacement in some public areas.

With more than 3,000 passengers onboard, Caribbean Princess still maintains an open and uncrowded feel. The friendly and competent staff keep things moving in the restaurants and buffets.

Caribbean Princess Fellow Passengers

Fellow passengers run the gamut from families with children to retirees. The average age on a non-school-break sailing is 51, while school-break and summer sailings skew younger, as they attract more families. During winter holiday sailing, many families will bring children ages 10 and older, so the children's programs are likely to be packed with tweens and teens.

Caribbean Princess Dress Code

Two formal nights are scheduled on seven-night itineraries. On other evenings, the requested dress code is cruise casual, which means pants for gents and slacks or dresses for ladies. While the dress code is adhered to in the main dining rooms and specialty restaurants, casual dress is fine for dining at the buffet.

Caribbean Princess Gratuity

Gratuities, which are automatically charged to onboard accounts, are $12.95 per person (including children), per day, for passengers staying in standard accommodations and $13.95 for passengers staying in mini-suites and suites. A 15 percent gratuity is added to beverage purchases onboard, including wine at dinner. Spa and casino staff members do not share in the gratuity charges -- if you use these services, tips are advised.

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By Christine Koubek; updated by Erica Lamberg, Cruise Critic Contributors

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Arizona Budgies
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Flew into Gatwick from Toronto on Air Canada rouge - all went well there, on time arriving 1020 am the morning before embarking. No complaint; an average flight experience, 7 hrs in the air. Customs and immigration went smoothly. Had to ... Read more
PatriciaF
Member Since 2004
1 review
2,241 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Great cruise, wonderful ports, great staff, ship in good condition. Food only fair to good (but not that I went hungry). We had wanted to do an overview tour of the British Isles, but unlike most of our Europe vacations, we weren't ... Read more
weimigirl
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the destination. We wanted to cruise the British Isles We stayed in balcony cabin R703. The cabin was very nice. I liked being up high. One floor down from the buffets so that was very nice. We were ... Read more

Caribbean Princess Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.0
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.3
    4.0
  • Cabins
    4.2
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.4
    4.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.8
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.3
    4.0
  • Service
    4.2
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.0
    4.0
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