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6 Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Baltic Sea

We loved the whole trip and thought we would mention a few things we found useful onboard for others... Firstly - if you like spa activities but cant afford the high costs, there is a sneaky free to use sauna and steam room ( both ... Read More
We loved the whole trip and thought we would mention a few things we found useful onboard for others... Firstly - if you like spa activities but cant afford the high costs, there is a sneaky free to use sauna and steam room ( both lovely) in the changing room for the spa. As its also just a changing room any ladies can use it. It has lovely white fluffy towels, nice toiletries and big showers. It is also only a few steps to the spa pool ( also free ) with jacuzzi, pool and loungers. A lady we bumped in to had taken essential oils to make the steam room luxurious and we had our own clarins gift set from christmas! Me and the 2 DD had a lovely time using the free facilities that no-one seemed to know about. Secondly- if you dont like to queue for Dinner on Anytime dining then ring dining services at 8am and book a slot! We did this nearly every day and it was great. We also seemed to get better tables ( by the window ) and it was nice not to queue with our best frocks on at captains champagne night! Thirdly- On Champagne Waterfall Formal evening we grabbed a table in vines for a change and ordered an inexpensive bottle. As the fun began we realised that the champagne that was being handed out was being poured in Vines next to our table at the bar. This meant the bar man kept topping up our champagne glasses!! A very lovely and relaxing way to enjoy the first formal...ended up taking the wine to dinner with us! There was never a good time for breakfast in horizon court in the full 2 weeks so we sat outside with our brekkie as we couldnt get a seat inside....so take a jacket! There is an extremely cheap wine tasting but it is really late in the cruise ....after most people have tried the expensive one! its only $9.50 and although the wine is not expensive its a nice thing to do for an hour or so. So if you want to try it but not pay the $25...wait until the later one in the cruise. We really enjoyed the baltic cruise and the ship was lovely if a bit crowded! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Having read a number of less than positive reviews about Carribbean Princess I was very pleasantly surprised. While looking a little tired in places overall we found her in pretty good shape. We were in a Window Suite on deck 6 and enjoyed ... Read More
Having read a number of less than positive reviews about Carribbean Princess I was very pleasantly surprised. While looking a little tired in places overall we found her in pretty good shape. We were in a Window Suite on deck 6 and enjoyed the space and suite extras such as breakfast at Sabbatini's. Embarkation went smoothly and our room was ready when we boarded. Our cabin attendant while we did not see a lot of him did all that was needed. This cruise the focus was really on the ports and they lived up to expectations. We used TJ Travel for our 2 day tour in St Petersberg and they were excellent. We also did tours in Helsinki and Tallin with them and also excellent there. Princess give the impression on their website that doing a tour with anyone other than them is not a good idea. Totally disagree as our experience was very positive. We did not go to many of the shows but the ones we did were enjoyable. Food good though we avoided the buffet not because of the food but the lack of space to sit down. Overall a really enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We have cruised only once before on Independence of the Seas. Whilst this was indeed a beautiful ship with excellent facilities, we preferred the Caribbean Princess. We liked to take in the sun away from the main areas around the dj ... Read More
We have cruised only once before on Independence of the Seas. Whilst this was indeed a beautiful ship with excellent facilities, we preferred the Caribbean Princess. We liked to take in the sun away from the main areas around the dj music and outdoor cinema and were always able to find sun loungers in more quiet spots and near splash pools. Whilst we didn't take part in many onboard activities, there was always something on offer and the team really tried hard to have something which would appeal to the age range and interests of the passengers. We only went to 2 of the shows in the theatre and easily found a seat without queuing early for a performance. The shows weren't to our taste but we appreciated their efforts and others seemed to enjoy them and go every night. We really enjoyed the singers in Explorers Bar and loved the piano man on Deck 6. I know previous reviewers have said Princess are constantly trying to sell you something and this is true but we didn't buy anything we didn't want and didn't attend any of the boutiques or art gallery free glass of champagne nights as we didn't want to listen to any sales spiel. All easily avoided so didn't annoy us. We didn't find the drinks particularly expensive particularly considering they had a captured audience. I bought wine by the bottle for dinner and left whatever was left in the bottle for the following night. The wine was available from just over 30 dollars a bottle (including the gratuity). Before or after dinner I usually had a small bottle of Kobler (sparkling wine) which cost just over 9 dollars (including gratuity) and gave 1 1/2 glasses. We were always able to get served at the bar and by waiters coming to the table. We ate in the Palm Dining Room on 2nd sitting traditional dining. We'd requested a table for 3 and to our surprise, that's what we got. We found the service fantastic and the food delicious. The portions aren't huge but we found them more than enough and wouldn't have wanted them bigger otherwise we wouldn't have managed all four courses! On more than one ocassion I found it difficult to decide which main course I would prefer and was able to have one served as an appetiser and the other as a main! Nothing was too much trouble. My husband prefers more 'plain' meals whereas I am more adventurous. The menu choices suited us both and I looked forward to dinner each night. We also enjoyed a traditional pub lunch during one of the sea days (get there early) and lovely afternoon teas. I preferred breakfast in the coral dining room rather than the horizon court. The international cafe always had an excellent array of cakes and slices, with delicious sandwiches and salads at lunchtime. Horizon Court is a self-service buffet and as such it can be difficult to find a table inside although there are loads of tables and chairs outside. Given the choice (and I was) this was not where I felt I would enjoy a meal although the food looked very good with fantastic choice. My son enjoyed the pizzeria near the main pool and I did have a hot dog and chips one afternoon from next door. My son had an absolutely amazing time at the Teens Club, Remix. I had struggled to find many reviews so was a little concerned that without the facilities our previous cruise offered, he would be bored. Oh my goodness I couldn't have been more wrong. The activities were spot on and age appropriate and he had fun, fun, fun the entire cruise. I cannot praise the staff enough. My husband and I were able to relax, spend time on our own knowing our son was enjoying himself in a safe environment until 1am! The ship's excursions was expensive but with a little time and research beforehand, you can determine whether you need an excursion or whether you can book a local tour or do it on your own. What wasn't clear before we sailed was that in many of the ports, there were local tourist shuttle busses waiting for the cruise ships. In Helsinki we were going to catch a local tram but on disembarking we joined the queue for the 10 euro return to the centre. Less hassle and not too expensive. In Zeebrugge we did take the ship excursion to Ypres followed by a walking tour of Brugges which was brilliant. In Gdansk we paid for the ship excursion which took us into Gdansk (14 miles away from the berth), gave us 4 1/2 hours of free time and a photo stop at the monument to the solidarity movement. We also felt this was of value but I know of others who took the train and managed it easily. In St Petersburg we booked TJ Tours at a fraction of the cost. Don't be fooled into thinking you are only covered by the ship's excursion visa. Providing your tour company is registered with the Russian authorities, you have the same blanket tourist visa for the duration of your tour. We were guaranteed to get back on the ship on time and if not the tour operator would get us to our next port at their cost. The tour was amazing and I wholeheartedly recommend TJ. There were only 14 of us in the minibus. Tallin is walkable from the ship and is delightful. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time in Gdansk and I would recommend buying your prezzies there, so much more affordable than the other ports with a lovely market. We were all so sad when the cruise came to an end. We had all thoroughly enjoyed our experience, met some lovely people and the cruise and ports exceeded our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was our third Princess Cruise and we were not disappointed. From arrival at the terminal embarkation was speedy and we were onboard within 30 minutes. We had guaranteed cabins that were allocated 2 days before sailing A219 & A235 ... Read More
This was our third Princess Cruise and we were not disappointed. From arrival at the terminal embarkation was speedy and we were onboard within 30 minutes. We had guaranteed cabins that were allocated 2 days before sailing A219 & A235 balcony cabins on Aloha Deck. These cabins were great no footfall from other passengers and cabins above and below us. They are forward cabins but this was no issue at all. Heidy our room steward was great & very attentive. We spent many ours on our balcony enjoying the sunshine. We had really good weather. Travelling with teens we choose freedom dining and ate in both Coral & Island restaurants. Sometimes we had to wait for a table for four but you get given a pager and the longest we waited was 20 minutes. On evenings when out teens ate with their friends we were happy to share tables and met some lovely & interesting fellow travellers. We used the Horizon Buffet for lunch and occasionally for breakfast. We found this always to be busy. It was also strange that they closed the buffet at 10.30 - 11pm and the only place to get food & a non alcoholic drink is the sandwich & coffee are on Deck 5. This was actually an issue for our teens as they could not get into any of the bars found it hard to get a drink. Teen club ran until 1am. I purchased the soft drink package for them which worked out really well. The entertainment in the Theatre was ok but nothing really wowed us. We are in our forties and seemed to be aimed at older guests. We enjoyed Movies Under The Stars even though we got blown away a couple of nights. You are blankets/ popcorn and use the sun loungers to watch a movie on a big screen by the pool. It was very popular! Th itinerary was amazing and we would definitely do it again I think it's up there with our favourite holiday. St Petersburg was an amazing port I booked this trip independently as Princess excursions in general are extortionately priced for families. We used Alex's Tours St Petersburg and I cannot recommend highly enough. They organise visas email you tickets then meet you at the Port. We had a fab 2 days in an air con minibus for us 4 alone it was perfect. Tailor made to our family - I recommend the hydrofoil and metro if you get a chance! Tour guide Christina spoke perfect English. Very professional & excellent value for money. In all other ports we did our own thing. Most were very easy to do and for the four of us often cheaper to get a taxi into the Town rather than queuing for shuttles. In Stockholm we went to the Ice Bar which I pre-booked from home but you could just turn up. This was fun as they gave you capes and gloves to wear. A drink was included served in a giant ice cube. It was fun and lasted about 45 mins. We paid extra for the Thermal Spa which I would really recommend too. A great way to relax and unwind after sightseeing. Loved the ceramic loungers! Numbers are limited to 40 so it's worth searching out the spa when you get on board. I would definitely sail on Caribbean Princess again we found it to be very clean & friendly. We had no issues at all an amazing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We just got back from our first ever cruise, 12-nights on the Caribbean Princess to Norway and Iceland. We have been on small luxury dive boats in the Maldives and Indonesia before, but this was clearly different! We were unsure whether ... Read More
We just got back from our first ever cruise, 12-nights on the Caribbean Princess to Norway and Iceland. We have been on small luxury dive boats in the Maldives and Indonesia before, but this was clearly different! We were unsure whether a cruise was "right" for us as we generally want beautiful natural scenery and peace and quiet on our vacations - safaris, small remote islands, etc. Cruise ships seemed to us like floating Las Vegas hotels, which is fine for a long weekend but not really what we want to do for two weeks straight. However, we were very keen to go to Norway and a cruise seemed like the best way to see the fjords. The ship also looked big enough to provide a lot of quiet areas. Also, we were travelling with an infant, and the ability to stay in one "hotel room" and not have to continually pack and unpack while still being able to see lots of different places was an attraction. We picked this Princess cruise largely because of the great itinerary. We looked at a lot of different cruise lines, but choose Princess from a broad list of choices (Cunard, Celebrity, Fred Olsen, Royal Caribbean) that seemed to offer similar quality onboard experiences due to the far superior itinerary, sailing dates and start/end port (Southampton, we live in London) of this cruise. Hopefully this review will be helpful to potential first timers, to people looking to go to Norway but unsure about what ports they really want to visit, and to people considering Princess. Embarkation -- super smooth and quick, no problems. We were in the first group of the staggered boarding, arriving at the pier around 11:40am. We walked right through to check in, then right through security and on board. Twenty minutes from taxi drop off to room. Room -- D734 aft balcony. Fantastic room! We loved the aft and spent many hours sitting on the (huge) balcony on sea days watching the wake. We slept with the door slightly open and loved the white noise and fresh air. We would definitely recommend this to anyone who has not tried an aft room, and especially for anyone with an infant as the white noise from the wake can really drown out other noise and help a baby sleep. We were surprised by the size of the closet, which had a huge clothes rail that was bigger than most hotel room closets and had plenty of space for clothes. Food -- This is obviously a very subjective area, and different people will have very different reactions to the exact same thing depending on what they are used to and what they want. To give some perspective on our views, we eat "healthily", rarely eat fast food and appreciate food made with the best ingredients and cooked well. We like a wide variety of cuisine and have lived, travelled and eaten all over the world. We ended up eating at the Horizon Court/Cafe Caribe for almost all of our meals as our baby's schedule made it impossible to sit down for 1.5 hours in the MDR, and we did not want to subject anyone (including ourselves!) to a fussy, crying baby at mealtime. Overall, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food. Some meals were ok, most were good, and often they were very good. The carving station was alternatively good or very good (brisket, veal chops), and there was plenty of choice of other starter/main courses, so there was always something that we were happy with. The fruit, however, was bland and not very good. However, we are used to getting very good fruit, so our "standards" here might be very high. We were also not impressed with the deserts, as the cakes that we had were all fairly dry, and were more like store bought cakes rather than bakery made cake. But we did like the cookies. We did eat breakfast in the MDR one morning and it was not very good. We both ordered salmon and scrambled eggs and when they came they were clearly not freshly cooked and seemed like they had been sitting around for 15+ minutes. We ended up eating the rest of our breakfasts in the buffets, and were very happy with the quality and variety of the food there. This was a surprise, as we expected the quality of the MDR to be much better than the buffet. Perhaps we were there on a bad day, but.... Service -- This was also a pleasant surprise, and better than expected. Again, this was our first cruise so we cannot compare the service to what it was on cruises 5, 10 or 15 years ago. But considering how badly service levels have deteriorated in luxury hotels/resorts/restaurants across the world over the past 10 years, and after reading lots of service complaints on Cruise Critic, we were not expecting a lot. However, staff were almost universally friendly and very helpful. Wait staff and bartenders were quick and efficient, and with only two exceptions (one of the HC waitresses, and the older bartender at the bar between the outdoor pizza and burger stations) they were all very friendly -- and other support staff were almost all also quick with a smile and a hello. Out of a staff of 1000+, that is really nice and unusual. There was only one real hiccup in service the whole time, but it was dealt with beautifully and turned the incident into an example of great service. I was eating alone at Cafe Caribe and had a glass of wine. I went back to the buffet to get a dessert and when I went back to my table, it had been cleared, including my glass of wine that still had a large sip left. The waiters then saw me and realized that I had not left, and that they should not have cleared my not-yet-empty wine glass. Before I said anything or reacted in any way at all, one of them immediately came to the table, apologized and said they did not realize that I did not in fact leave, and said that they were bringing me another glass of wine "on the house". The fact that they did this right away, and without any comment or suggestion on my part, was nice. It was of course the right thing for them to do, but again, they handled it extremely well. Other -- We were a bit concerned that the Movies Under the Stars would be very loud and intrusive and would detract from the peaceful beautiful surroundings that we came to see. This was not the case, however, and it was easy to find quiet areas on the decks to enjoy the scenery. Ports/Excursions -- The itinerary was the most important reason why we chose this cruise, and we were looking forward to the beautiful natural scenery and relaxed atmosphere of Norway and Iceland. They certainly delivered! We did a Princess excursion in one port (Olden), used a local tour agency in one (Geiranger), rented a car in three (Alesund, Akeruryi, Reykjavik), and just walked around town in Bergen. Geiranger -- Geiranger is generally considered to be the most beautiful fjord in Norway, and it was amazing. Sailing quietly through Geiranger fjord was fantastic. We then did a bus tour to Mt Dalsnibba, which has incredible views down into the fjord. There is beautiful scenery everywhere you look here, making this 2 hour bus tour is a must do. We used Geirangerfjord service http://www.geirangerfjord.no/ as recommended by others on Cruise Critic, which for $40 offers the exact same tour on the exact same type of buses as the $129 Princess tour, except without a stop for coffee and pastries. This is one of the few black marks for Princess -- their tours are very expensive compared to alternatives. I understand that using the cruise line tour offers some benefits -- most notably protection against missing the boat if the tour is late -- and am willing to pay a higher price because of that, but $129 vs $40 for the exact same thing (minus coffee) is a joke. For comparison, I looked at the Royal Caribbean excursion price list, and saw that Princess excursions are also very expensive compared to RCI. For example, the Mt. Dalsnibba bus tour on RCI is $60, or less than half what Princess charges (and still 50% more than what you can book on your own). The difference in other excursion prices is also quite large. Princess charges $199 and $129 for excursions that RCI charges $120 and $75 for. These are EXACTLY the same excursions, and probably use the same local contractor. And before anyone replies "don't tell Princess how to run their business, they know what they are doing, they make a lot of money selling excursions and they charge what the market will allow", please note that I am not telling Princess what to do, I am just pointing out to people that the price difference between Princess and other alternatives and cruise lines is quite high, and they may want to take that into account when booking their own excursions or even cruises. One other point. We really loved the sail in and sail out of Geirangerfjord (and the fjord all the way out to Alesund). There are many discussions on this message board about whether to do the full day bus tour that starts at Hellesylt and meets the ship at the end of the day in Geiranger (and miss the sail in to Geirangerfjord, but enjoying the fjord on the sail out), or to stay on the ship to enjoy both the sail in and sail out of the fjord. As enjoying this journey from the deck of the ship is such a great experience that would be a shame to miss, one should take into consideration the possibility that bad weather could affect the sail out. Staying on the ship for both the sail in and sail out gives you two chances to have a nice sail. Olden -- I did the Princess tour to Lake Lovatnet and Kjendallen Glacier. It was very nice, especially the 1 hour or so boat ride on Lake Lovatnet. Recommended. Alesund -- We rented a car and drove an itinerary recommended by CC member Trotto, who lives in the area. The highlight was road 655, which organized tours do not visit. I ran out of superlatives describing Geiranger, so I will repeat them here -- this was a stunningly beautiful drive, similar in many ways to the sail in/out of Geirangerfjord, with countless waterfalls coming down very steep and high mountains. It was also very quiet and peaceful, with almost no traffic. It was about a 6 hour roundtrip from Alesund and you have to pay attention to ferry times (there are 3 ferrys in total that you have to take) to make sure you do not miss the ship, but this drive was one of the top 3 highlights of the whole trip. Bergen -- We were primarily interested in the beautiful scenery on our trip, and not so much in cultural or historical places, or shopping. Bergen is a nice enough town, but quite frankly there was not much in it that interested us. We walked around town for an hour or so and then headed back to the ship. If you are planning a Norway trip and want a rest day from one of the port days, Bergen is the place to do it. Akeruryi -- We rented a car in Akeruryi and drove out to the waterfalls Detifoss and Selfoss, about a 2.5 hour drive out to Detifoss, so a 6 hour round trip including visiting time. It was well worth it as Detifoss was amazing, more impressive than the other beautiful waterfalls we also saw in Iceland (Godafoss near Akeruryi, and Gullfoss near Reykjavik). This was one of the highlights of the whole trip. Adding to Detifoss' beauty is the fact that since no organized tours go there, there are not many other people and so you can enjoy it in peace, in great contrast to the tourist hordes that clog up Gullfoss. When we arrived, there were about 10 other cars in the parking lot, and over the next hour only another dozen or so more came. The drive to/from Detifoss was very beautiful too. This and Geiranger were our favorite ports. Reykjavik -- We again rented a car and drove the Golden Circle, stopping at Geysir and Gullfoss. This was another beautiful drive, with nice contrasts between lush green valleys and desolate volcanic moonscapes. Driving is really the best way to see Iceland, as you can choose where you stop and can go off on side roads. Debarkation -- Very smooth. We did not realize that there would not be passport control coming back into the UK. That was a pleasant surprise as we just had to walk off the ship with our group, pick up our luggage and walk out the door. 15 minutes from debarkation lounge to the taxi rank outside the cruise terminal. Overall - We had a great time on this vacation. It was an absolutely fantastic itinerary and Princess delivered a very good experience. Will we sail again? Yes, but we will be itinerary driven and are interested in other Arctic type cruises (Norway, Greenland, Antarctic), and not so much in warm weather, Caribbean type cruising. We have actually booked several Northern Norway cruises for next summer and will spend the next 6 months figuring out which one we will take. Visiting Norway by cruise ship may be the best way to see it as sailing through the fjords is such a highlight and you avoid the very high meal and hotel costs there. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Just returned from a 12-night cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess, departing June 19 round-trip from Southampton, England visiting Bergen, Flaam, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Honningsvag (North Cape), Tromso, Gravdal, and Stavanger. This was our ... Read More
Just returned from a 12-night cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess, departing June 19 round-trip from Southampton, England visiting Bergen, Flaam, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Honningsvag (North Cape), Tromso, Gravdal, and Stavanger. This was our first trip to Norway and we were eager to compare it to trips to Alaska and southern Chile. For an interval of time, this trip was heavily discounted and we snapped it up. Later during the trip, this required some care in discussing the cost of the trip with fellow passengers, as many of those who booked early ended up paying 2-3 times as much as others. In this case, it did not pay to book early. Since airfare can be half the cost, you might want to look at booking the British Isle cruise beforehand, stay onboard for the Norwegian Fjords cruise, and/or stay onboard for the 7 days Scandinavian Capitals cruise that follows Norway. We had Princess handle our airfare as well and although they took us from San Francisco on a somewhat round about route (via Houston out and then Calgary return), it all went smoothly. The transfer from Heathrow to the ship at Southampton went flawlessly and we were onboard by 10AM. The return when just as well, but I am getting ahead of myself. The Ship This was our fourth cruise with Princess and excepting the Regal Princess (no longer with Princess); the Caribbean Princess is our least favorite ship. This is not to say that our experience was not excellent, it was, but it is just that some aspects of the ship's layout were not optimum. The ship usually felt "crowded" - several passengers mentioned this. It may be that the extensive open deck areas, well suited to the Caribbean where this ship usually sails, were not suited to Norway. Even though our weather was excellent, this was Norway after all, and most passengers stayed indoors. It was sometimes difficult to find a spot to sit and read. One aspect that was disappointing was the library. We usually spend a good deal of time here. However, on the Caribbean Princess, it is almost totally given over to the computer stations for people wanting to access email and the web. (Note, that you can send a "Princess postcard" for no charge on the Internet. Ask the attendant how to do it.) The total "library" consisted of four chairs. Princess did try to accommodate the card players, board game players, and readers by opening up the "restaurants" and lounges for day use. At night, one of the two buffet cafe on top was closed for eating, but perfect for reading, card playing, small group conversations, or just plain viewing the scenery. We were upgraded twice to a double interior. Our room was spacious and comfortable, cabin service was excellent as we have come to expect from Princess. Food Food was available at a variety of locations ranging from the main dining rooms to the buffets, to the very nice International Cafe (serving a variety of dishes at no extra charge), to several dining rooms available for an extra fee. Food was fairly standard. I concentrated on fish dishes, which were very good. Several at our table ordered beef and I would rate these dishes as poor. Several at our table of eight sent beef dishes back stating that they were "tough". Thus, overall the food service was not up to par for previous Princess cruises. Service, however, was excellent. Onboard entertainment This seems in decline in quantity and quality. Something we have noticed on other cruises. Another annoying trend is that often the workshops or sessions serve as entry points designed to get you to purchase products and services. There was daily entertainment in the "Atrium" which was well attended. The entertainment in the showroom in the evening was very good including a range of comedians and musicians. The production numbers were uneven. One we had seen on two previous cruises and thus seemed dated to us, however there was a new production using a mocked up pink Cadillac that was excellent. Shore excursions, shopping and the scenery Norway was fantastically beautiful. It wins the prize for most waterfalls in the world. Our weather was uniformly fantastic, no rain or fog. We had worried about this trip as several reviews had complained about the rain, but we were very fortunate. Norway is an extremely expensive country and this also was true of shore excursions. I suggest you carefully select which shore excursions you pick in Norway or you could easily run up $2000-3000 in shore excursion costs. We selected four. In Hellesylt/Gelranger we chose the Mount Dalsnibba, Stryn Lake and Buldrefossen Waterfall tour, in Flaam we chose the Flaam Railway and Voss. We highly recommend these all day tours, as the scenery is fantastic and visit a variety of locations. They are long days, but excellent lunches at local restaurants were included as well as well-timed stops and photo opportunities. In Honningsvag, we took the North Cape Hall and North Cape Cliffs tour. Fortunately, we had excellent weather here and had great views to the north. Be sure to see the film in the visitor's center. The only downside of this trip was its cost. At $139 per person for what is basically a 45-minute bus ride to North Cape, the cost seemed exorbitant. Many passengers chose not to take this trip because they didn't want to pay $139 to see fog. If the weather is clear, seeing the cliffs, being able to point to the North Pole, and observing reindeer in the wild helps lessen the price sting. Our final tour was the Cruise along the Lysefjord in Stavanger. We enjoyed this trip and recommend it, although the boats were very crowded, and by this point in the trip, we had already seen much more striking scenery. The stop at the waffle house, though, was great. Be sure to visit the cobbled streets near the dock where the ship ties up for a look at many beautiful gardens. For the other stops, we simply wandered the towns. Bergen was excellent for this. Take care in signing up for a shuttle bus to town. There was no charge at Bergen, but at some of the other towns, there was a $16 round trip charge for a 1-2 mile trip. If you are able, save your money and walk to town. We actually did little shopping. As I said before, Norway is very expensive. Using the universal t-shirt comparison, a shirt you might pay $20 for anywhere else usually ran $40. A cup of coffee might run you $4-5. The majority of items included knitwear and every possible combination of trolls. We highly recommend this trip and had a fantastic time. This trip and a fourteen-day trip to Norway are only offered once a year on Princess, or so we've been told. Our comments are mainly to prepare travellers on how expensive travel in Norway is. The scenery is magnificent, service on the Caribbean Princess was excellent, other than the food, any problems were minor, and the Norwegian people were friendly and outgoing. Crossing the Arctic Circle and entering the Land of the Midnight Sun is a true experience. Fellow passengers come from various countries and there is an equal mix of Americans and Brits. Meeting and talking with people was a real pleasure. It was one of the friendliest cruises we've been on. If you have the opportunity to take this cruise, do not hesitate to go. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
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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