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4 Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

The Caribbean Princess was launched in 2004 and the design is very similar to the Grand Princess on which we have also sailed several times. The Caribbean Princess has been maintained to excellent physical condition, and its entire staff ... Read More
The Caribbean Princess was launched in 2004 and the design is very similar to the Grand Princess on which we have also sailed several times. The Caribbean Princess has been maintained to excellent physical condition, and its entire staff has been very well trained and proved to be helpful in every instance that we experienced. The food provided in all the venues was delicious and among the best experienced among the many cruise lines we have used over the years. (our 73rd cruise) There was some delays experienced at the Breakfast Buffet each morning due to so many people delaying their meal to the last half hour of the Breakfast period, but the delays were of short duration. Of note to the passengers who are in need of mobility access, is that most of the doors leading to the outside decks must be manually opened, which does present somewhat of a problem for those in wheelchairs and scooters. The cabin doors (even the handicapped ones) are also only opened manually as opposed to many of the newer ships that have electrically operated doors. Of good news is the very good availability of the elevator system. There are many of them available throughout the ship and they are consistently kept in good operating order. I noticed only one elevator that was down for repairs that was not fixed during the entire cruise. Regarding meals; this ship offered many additional options for your culinary pleasure in the form of "Specialty Restaurants" that are available for a usual cover charge of about $20.00 PP. We did not partake of that option on this trip as the included restaurants were perfectly adequate. The stage shows were elaborate and very well done by the ships staff of performers, and the main theater was spacious enough for comfortable seating for enough passengers that there was few people that were required to stand for even the most popular shows. The Handicapped seating, and positions for wheelchairs and scooters were very adequate and easy to access on Deck 7 (Balcony). Embarkation, and Disembarkation were well managed and not at all stressful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was our first cruise with Princess, and my husband and I had a much better time than we had expected. We thought we might be bored on the two sea days, but found that those were some of our favorites! The Pros: The food was pretty ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Princess, and my husband and I had a much better time than we had expected. We thought we might be bored on the two sea days, but found that those were some of our favorites! The Pros: The food was pretty good. We ate in Sabatini's for breakfast, the main dining room for dinner, and lunch in a variety of places: poolside, the Horizon Court buffet, and the Coral dining room. Our least favorite was the buffet, but that is entirely personal preference, since neither of us enjoy the buffet experience in general. Other people in our party frequently ate in the buffet and enjoyed it. The service was stellar. Our room steward, the Sabatini's staff, the main dining room staff and the front desk staff were amazing at all times, as were all the other staff we encountered. Everything in the ship was perfectly clean at all times. The other passengers were very friendly. This contributed to the trip experience because being surrounded with other polite people who were having a good time and not being rude to passengers and staff made the trip pleasant and relaxing. We only encountered two rude passengers the whole trip: one in the buffet, and one at departure. Drink package discussion - We did not buy the drink package, and calculated at the end of the trip that we broke even, spending the same on purchasing individual drinks as we would have spent on the package. We both agreed that there were times we didn't have a drink (by the pool, etc) that we would have if we hadn't been buying them individually though, so in the future we will purchase the drink package. I would call us moderate drinkers - we drank every day, but not to excess. The Cons: The spa has a hard sell for buying products. The scrub/massage was great though, and otherwise relaxing. Embarkation was slow (apparently there was a delay in disembarkation). We were told by two employees that there was not an area for suite passengers to wait, although then we saw on the way on board that this was incorrect - there is a suite/elite lounge. Accessibility - my husband is in a manual wheelchair. There are several areas on the ship that are inaccessible, including both adults-only pools. The halls near the rooms are frequently crowded with room cleaning carts. This would not be a problem at all for people who are not in a wheelchair, and the staff will move the carts out of the way promptly, but it is an inconvenience for them and for us. We learned to always take the elevator nearest our room and it was manageable. Several public area doors are either too heavy and/or too narrow for the wheelchair, and include large lips and steep ramps that were difficult, but usually not impossible to navigate in the chair. Disembarkation at the ports was limited to one exit for wheelchairs, but we could not hear the ship announcements in our room in the morning, so finding the correct exit for us on port days was sometimes aggravating. I would have rather been able to hear all the announcements in the stateroom. Neither Pro nor Con: We didn't buy Princess excursions, so I can't comment on those. I wouldn't go back to Nassau, but it was worth one trip, and the other ports were great! We didn't attempt to tender the wheelchair at Princess Cays, but enjoyed a fantastic and relaxing day on board by the pool. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS  May 3 -- June 6, 2014  Eastern Caribbean Cruise  By Mary & Vincent Finelli This was our fourth cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess. The magnet drawing us to this particular cruise was Executive Chef Antonio ... Read More
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS  May 3 -- June 6, 2014  Eastern Caribbean Cruise  By Mary & Vincent Finelli This was our fourth cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess. The magnet drawing us to this particular cruise was Executive Chef Antonio Cereda and his magnificent cuisine. We met Antonio on our first cruise on the Grand Princess in the late nineties and since then we have had many cruises with him where we enjoyed his cuisine immensely. This was our 106th cruise, spread over many cruise lines; thus, we feel qualified to rate service, food, accommodation, entertainment, etc. In regard to food, we rate Princess ships in general, and Chef Cereda in particular, as the best at sea. Chef Antonio has become a dear friend over the years, we keep in touch with each other via e-mail. When we have a chance, we will happily book a cruise on his ship. The first evening aboard he greeted us at the entrance of the Island Dining Room which made us happy to be back among friends whom we have met before, including Captain Giorgio Pomata and Maitre D’ Mario Propato, and we made new friends such as Room Service Manager Constantin Moise and others. EMBARKATION Ft. Lauderdale Port Everglades is quite easily accessed, the only snag being the overzealous sheriffs directing traffic at the baggage drop off near the terminal. The eager quasi storm troopers take great pleasure in sending all passengers a long distance across the road, disregarding the hardship they cause to the disabled passengers such as ourselves who are both in wheelchair and bringing a walker for in cabin use. Fortunately this time a baggage handler spotted us and directed our van to unload the wheel chairs and the rest of the luggage close by the entrance to the terminal. Thanks to this compassionate person, we avoided the long ride across the road where cars and busses frequently don’t stop to allow the crossing of wheelchair passengers. The lack of common sense seems to have workers impeding the very procedures that they are supposed to facilitate. Sheriffs should realize that getting passengers on board quickly and safely is their responsibility; thus, they should facilitate physically challenged people, treating them as individuals and protecting them from crossing traffic needlessly. Checking in was simple and fast through the lines for those in wheelchair, Suites and Elite passengers. We were aboard and in our cabin in less than 15 minutes. SHIP This ship lately went through dry dock and is completely refurbished. She is like new: All ship shape clean and fresh. We have described in detail this ship in our 2006 review, published at this web site; therefore, we refer our readers to the earlier review and only state here that she is just lovely. CABIN Our cabin was a wheel chair accessible one on Baja deck 11, number 302. As all the accessible cabins on Princess ships, it is spacious and well designed. When entering on the left is a parking area for the wheel chair and then a triple armoire. The first section has shelves and a personal safe. the second and third sections have two sets of hangers one of which can be lowered to a level accessible to a passenger in a wheelchair. Next, there is a vanity/desk with a TV on top and a small refrigerator in the bottom; there are also a desk chair (without arms alas!), a small round coffee table and an upholstered barrel chair. This type of cabin could use a good chair with arms, a necessity for the physically challenged, or ideally a lift reclining chair! When entering on the right, there is a large bathroom, with a single sink, many large shelves for personal belongings, and a huge shower with folding seat. Then there is a king size bed, flanked by two bureaus each topped with a reading lamp (which should be closer to the bed, since now one must get out of bed in order to turn out the light). The walls are beige, with one huge floral painting which evokes visions of Southern France and old masters such as Manet. Monet, etc. The carpeting is a warm salmon color, all of which combine into a clean comfortable relaxing home away from home. Our cabin steward Rolando was superb, although ship policy did not allow a chaise lounge on the balcony. Strangely, since Vincent always successfully requested a chaise whenever we book a cabin with a spacious balcony, except for the last two cruises. FOOD & SERVICE On our “Bucket List” for years has been a gastronomic tour of Italy. Now that we are deep into our retirement, we have been able to do a simulated version of this tour on board the Caribbean Princess with Executive Chef Antonio Cereda. Vincent had planned this cruise so that once more we could enjoy the fantastic cuisine of Chef Antonio --- We were not disappointed! The following is a concise summary of his repertoire: Appetizers: Fried calamari, Waldorf salad with Stilton mousse, trio of seafood citrus w/avocado, prosciutto e melone, game and wild mushroom pate’, warm crab and artichoke dip, quail and venison terrine, and roasted vegetables and salami antipasto, etc.... Soups and Salads: Pasta e fagioli, ministrone all’ortolana, iced peach Bellini, roasted tomato soup, Caesar’s salad w/anchovies and Tuscan style chickpea soup, etc.... Pastas: Fettuccini Alfredo in a crisp Parmesan Basket, linguine alle vongole, potato gnocchi in Provencale tomato sauce, farfalle alla rustica in a cream sauce w/morels and green peas. ravioli di vitello and pappardelle with chicken ragout. etc.... Entrees: Roasted pheasant w/shallots, London mixed grill, steamed cod over lentils, brasato di manzo al Barolo, saltimbocca di pollo, and our favorite Lucullus-- an historical eggplant and capelli di angelli dish. etc.... Desserts: Cannoli Siciliana, Apple Tart Tatin, Baba au Rhum, and of course, Gelato of every kind made on board (nutella, tutti frutti, torroncino, pistacchio and sorbets), etc.... This short list is only the tip of the iceberg, we can not praise enough Chef Antonio and his crew!. Service is most notable in the dining room of course; Maitre D’Mario Propato has everything in the dining areas under control. Our Head Waiter Agnelo saw to every detail at Table #245 in the Island Dining Room and our waiters Oscar and William were impeccable-- always polite and cordial. Room Service Manager Constantin Moise took special care to oversee prompt accurate and polite service. Mary especially enjoyed her afternoon tea served in our cabin at 3:30pm: a tea cloth, hot scones, tea sandwiches and tea cookies and mini pastries ---all delicious and ONLY ON PRINCESS! ENTERTAINMENT There are all the usual shipboard activities: Bingo, Casino Slots and Games, Trivia, ping pong, pools and other water activities. Of all the terrific shows, by far the best was the Folkloric Show from Puerto Rico featuring guitar virtuoso Juan Carlos and his Flamenco Dancers. His classical guitar selections were awesome. He surely is a guitar virtuoso. PORTS Day 1. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA Departure delayed until 11:30pm Day 2. At Sea Day 3. Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Arrive 7:00am Depart 1:45pm Day 4. San Juan, Puerto Rico Arrive 12:00pm Depart 5:00pm Day 5. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Arrive 7:00am Depart 5:00pm Day 6. At Sea Day 7. Princess Cays, Bahamas Arrive 8:00am Depart 4:00pm Day 8. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA Arrive 7:00am DISEMBARKATION In addition to the two motorized wheel chairs, we brought with us a walker which we used in the room, so we asked for assistance. A crew member came to our cabin at about 8:00am and assisted us to the assembly area for wheelchair passengers. From there we proceeded to the gangway, which was much more wheelchair friendly than in previous cruises, then we went to luggage pick up, through the custom and out of the terminal in less than 15 minutes. This was a well organized debarkation. Our son Enzo picked us up with the van and we were home by 9:30am. CONCLUSION This was our 21st cruise on Princess ships and all of them have been great. Some of these cruises have been greater than others, especially after we achieved the status of Elite in the Princess Captain’s Circle. The benefits at this level have been generous: Complimentary Internet Package, with 150 internet minutes for each member free (300 total minutes for both of us); Complimentary Grapevine Wine Tasting; Complimentary Laundry Cleaning and shoe polishing; Complimentary Mini-Bar in the stateroom; Traditional Afternoon Tea, Mary’s favorite; 10% Boutique Discount; Priority Embarkation, Debarkation and Tender service; and Deluxe Canapes Selection, available upon request on formal nights. But most important for us has been revisiting those persons whom we have known from previous cruises and who have always treated us as VIP, in this case Chef Antonio and Maitre D’ Mario. A special thanks to them for making this cruise a special one. Happy Cruising!   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This was our seventh cruise, first on Princess. Previous ships include Carnival Miracle, Carnival Legend, Carnival Victory, and NCL Spirit. Embarkation was a breeze. Arrived at Brooklyn around 11:30, we were on board starting lunch a ... Read More
This was our seventh cruise, first on Princess. Previous ships include Carnival Miracle, Carnival Legend, Carnival Victory, and NCL Spirit. Embarkation was a breeze. Arrived at Brooklyn around 11:30, we were on board starting lunch a little after noon. Apparently embarkation slowed down for later arrivals as the ships' departure was delayed one hour. It appeared that there was some delay processing luggage and getting it on board. When we arrived at our cabin after lunch our luggage was waiting for us. It is our opinion that if you stiff the porter, your luggage probably won't arrive early. Our staterooms were located on Baja deck 11. The rooms were clean. Closets were comparatively large. Steward service was very good. Balconies were great. Some small issues: 1. it took over a day to get a proper fitting life jacket for our 8 year old. (We didn't plan on using it anyway!) 2. one of our rooms on the starboard side had a/c issues and a slow draining sink. Tip...the stewards always close the drapes for a reason. The sun will heat up a room in no time. 3. sliding doors were not easy to operate. The sliding door in our room did not lock. 4. Due to layout of TV shelf, remote was difficult to operate from bed. Television had great movies showing. We would have preferred one local (American) TV station like other cruise lines offer. At least you have an idea then of what's going on news wise. Princess had CNN Int'l and CNN in Spanish. 5. Smokers on either side of our rooms, including a chain smoking cigar aficionado, spoiled otherwise perfect balcony experiences. Dining was above average. We did traditional dining at 6 p.m. every night. Service was very good. Food was good. Some meals were better than others. Wide variety of choices. We did the buffet a number of times. Again excellent variety of choices and good quality. Desserts were awesome and plentiful. Interestingly, could not get lemonade in the dining room!? Overall coffee on board was terrible. We paid for the coffee card to get better coffee. That means if you want a decent cup you had to travel to deck 5 (Int'l Cafe), carry a coffee card with you, and occasionally stand in line. This was one of our biggest disappointments. Tried the pizza once, it was pretty good. We prefer Carnival's multiple self serve ice cream stations compared to Princess' one staffed area. The ice cream left a lot to be desired anyway. Tip: Arrive early for dinner or choose anytime dining! Traditional dining only occurs at Palms, deck 6 aft. Since one person on our party needs a walker we had to use the elevators to access dining room. Only two out of four elevators in the rear gave access to deck 6. It took a lot time waiting for elevators and some late arrivals at dinner to figure the elevators out. Generally, the elevators seemed to be poorly designed. Children's Camps were good. One 8 year old and one 12 year old really enjoyed the activities. Our 13 year old really didn't blend in well with his bracket of 13 to 17 year olds. We felt this was a pretty big age swing. He found new friends and things to do anyway. Similar operation to other cruise lines Entertainment for us was good. Everything we saw we liked. Singers were good. Musicians were very good. Trivia was fun and challenging. Cruise director and assistants were entertaining. Ultimate Ship Tour. Two of us did this. Although quite expensive we felt it was worth it. As soon as we got on board, we went to the purser's desk to sign up. We really enjoyed seeing areas of the ship off limits to others. It was fascinating and the staff could not have been more gracious. The Chief Engineer and the Captain were particularly welcoming and enthusiastic. One of the highlights of our cruise. Debarkation was a little different than other cruises we had done. It actually went well and we disembarked at our assigned time of 9 a.m. Unfortunately for us our van service was over 1/2 hour late. All in all though it went great. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
Caribbean Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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