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8 Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. Not sure if the fact that we arrive late and depart early had anything to do with that, but can't complain about either process. Ship overall was in good shape. I had not been ... Read More
Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. Not sure if the fact that we arrive late and depart early had anything to do with that, but can't complain about either process. Ship overall was in good shape. I had not been on a ship this small before, so was not sure what to expect. You can tell its not a "new" ship even though there was a refurb completed last year -- I liked the fact that there are a lot of pool options to choose from,,, I think 6 overall... Piazza was nice, condensed across 4 levels... was not a lot going on, but people seemed to congregate in that area. The casino was nice, a few tables for each game and a decent amount of machines... never seemed to be too crowded. Dining was just ok. The buffet breakfast was not impressive at all. Limited items, not much to choose from and never new items... was hoping that each day maybe we would get a new appealing selection... but no. I guess I am used to the Royal Princess level of food and selection... not here. The wait on an omelet was 15-20 minutes... every day you went. Just not impressed. The dining room was definitely better, although not up to the Royal Princess level of selection or quality, but not bad. If you go on this ship, definitely pay for the Crown Grill and Sabatini's, those were the best meals we had that covered 3 of our nights. Entertainment / Activities - Minimal. Didnt hear good things about the entertainment, so never went out of my way to see anything. Overall, did not seem to be a lot of organized activities. I have only sailed RCL and Princess, so I have minimal perspective, but Princess is miles behind RCL when it comes to engaging with the passengers and getting them involved in things. Maybe its just the style of the line.... Would have liked more engagement from the staff there. Service was good.. my cabin steward was very good, waiters and staff were very good. Overall, definely a lack of engagement across the ship though. Didnt feel like everyone was really giving their all. My wife agreed with that... you could tell as soon as we were on-board that something was off with the staff. Not a lot of smiles, hello's, offers to assist. Overall was an ok cruise. Has me thinking I may want to try Celebrity to see how they stack up. Was throughly impressed by Princess on my last 2 cruises (both on Royal Princess), so not sure which is the real Princess.... Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
First off let me say that we have done 25+ cruises and most of them have been on Princess. We took this cruise as a extended family cruise with one toddler at age three. 2 adults in their 30's and 4 adults in their 50's. The ... Read More
First off let me say that we have done 25+ cruises and most of them have been on Princess. We took this cruise as a extended family cruise with one toddler at age three. 2 adults in their 30's and 4 adults in their 50's. The ship was recently renovated and it showed in some areas such as the buffet. Both of the specialty resturants located with in the buffet were used at breakfast and lunch as part of the entire buffet and this made could sense and flow but you really needed to walk through the entire area to see what is being offered. Don't miss the make your own fresh omelet station for breakfast but skip the ramen station at lunch as it was horrendous. Dinners in the MDR were are good and they really catered to our toddler and was much appreciated. We did Steamers specialty one night and if you stick to the seafood pots they were very good. Adding on a lobster tail and king crab for an extra 10 was very good here but a waste of money in Crown Grill. The pizza is now called slice but they still provide the great pizza along with other pizza type specialties every day. The grill is now the Salty Dog and provides the standard dogs and burgers as well as street tacos and an upsell specialty burger. The entertainment was really lacking on this cruise. The show Bravo was excellent but the others were just so so. The biggest issue is the venues that had other entertainment available were not able to accommodate all the passengers that wanted to partake. The islands were the standard Caribbean stops and most are coming back from hurricane issues but still have lots of areas that are still in need of recovery. The lay out of the ship was our biggest disappointment. Some elevators did not go to all the floors and to get to the traditional dining room you had to either take a specific elevator get to deck 7 and then walk down the stairs. The cabin was what we expected as we have had many mini suites and it was very comfortable and the new beds make a difference. The air conditioner did not work very well at all and if you needed a very cool room you were out of luck. The biggest asset this ship had was its crew. They were always smiling and asking if we needed anything. Did not have to wait for a drink waiter in any venue. Hubby said the gym was not big enough for the size of the ship and the amount of passengers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Just a bit of background info on me and my cruising experience. I'm 44 and my wife is 39. We also traveled with our children, my son is 15 and daughter is 14. We have been on most of the major cruise lines including Carnival, Disney, ... Read More
Just a bit of background info on me and my cruising experience. I'm 44 and my wife is 39. We also traveled with our children, my son is 15 and daughter is 14. We have been on most of the major cruise lines including Carnival, Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and now Princess. This was our first Princess cruise. I booked it primarily because I wanted to try a new cruise line and really didn't know much about Princess. I guess the best place to start a review is at the beginning. Keep in mind, that this review is all based on my own personal opinion and experiences. My ratings are simple. 5 star is the best and 1 the worst. EMBARKATION: 4 Stars We got to the port pretty early (around 11:30 AM). The check-in process was relatively simple. I did ask the counter guy to hole punch the cards for our lanyards. Surprisingly, he said he didn't have a hole puncher. He told me to go to the boutique once I got on board. CABIN: 2 Stars We booked a really cheap inside cabin R732. I selected it primarily because of its location to a small pool on the back of the ship called the terrace pool. When we arrived at our cabin (we were pleasantly surprised when we were told it would be ready as soon as we boarded), the room steward was in the cabin working on it. We walked in just to set our bags down and encountered the first issue of the cruise. The beds were in a twin configuration and I told her that wasn't going to work for us. I explained that we were a married couple and we slept together. She proceeded to call her supervisor. The supervisor told her he would meet us at 1:00 pm. We checked out the ship and came back at 1:00 pm. We waited for about 15 minutes and nobody showed up. At that point, I proceeded to rearrange the beds myself. We unpacked and left the cabin. A few hours later we came back to the room and the supervisor happened to see us. I asked why he wasn't there at 1:00 pm, and I was told he had an emergency (thanks for communicating that fact to me at 1:00). He said that typically Princess had its passengers sign a safety waiver before pushing the beds together, but I didn't need to worry about doing that. He explained it was no problem and left. Overall the cabin was about as tight and cramped as any cruise ship that we've ever been on. The only place to sit down was the bed. I don't expect much from an inside cabin, but this cabin was more like a closet. One other note that seemed to agitate me more as the cruise progressed....the room steward kept her cleaning trolley parked outside my room for most of the cruise, which meant having to squeeze beside it and look at it the entire time. Ships Appearance and Cleanliness: 2 Stars This might have been my biggest issue on the entire cruise. We felt the ship was just dirty. Missing end caps on rails, windows that looked like they needed to have windex, carpet that was frayed, little pieces of trash in various places on the ship. The most eye opening event was the "Ultimate Deck Party". The deck was trashed...covered in food trays, beer bottles, etc. and it STAYED that way until the next morning. I know of no cruise line that wouldn't clean up at the completed of a party event. Several other passengers were heard commenting that the ship just seemed dirty. One person even said she felt like she needed a tetanus shot. The odd thing is that the ship is only 10 years old and just came out of dry dock two weeks ago. It just doesn't make sense unless the employees aren't cleaning as they should. Outside of the cleanliness, the ship seemed very pedestrian to us. It did not have the opulence of any ship that we've sailed on. It just seemed very plain to us. FOOD AND SERVICE: 4 Stars We felt the food was very good for a cruise line. We greatly enjoyed having the buffet open until 11 pm. The servers were very friendly and would ask it you needed water or tea almost immediately. Another strange note about the bar service...we never once had a waiter ask us if we needed a cocktail. We found it very strange. We don't like Carnival's pushiness on the drinks, but we really would have liked someone to take our drink order. Perhaps the oddest food issue on the entire cruise is that chicken fingers were only available in the dining room or by special request. We had never been on a cruise line that didn't have chicken fingers available next to the hamburgers and hot dogs. Princess also pulled up all the upper deck loungers at 8 pm. It was frustrating. ENTERTAINMENT: 2 Stars Almost non-existent or very poor. Clearly this wasn't a party cruise, but it seemed the average age was around 60 and most preferred to watch the "Movies Under the Stars", which was heavily promoted. The lack of music was astounding. It was much too quiet for our tastes and several guests made the same comments to me. The performers in the main Princess theater were so bad that we didn't stay throughout the performance. On a positive note, Skywalkers was very cool. We had hoped for an 80's music night, but it didn't happen. Princess seems to cater to the older crowd and I'm sure most on the board already knew that, but I didn't. OVERALL RATING 2.5 Stars There were too many issues for us to consider a cruise with Princess for a while. Maybe in another 20 years, I'll be ready to curl up under a blanket each night for a movie, but not yet. I need to hear a little pitbull, I need to feel that cruise vibe. The buffet lines were too small, the ship was cut up in a way that made it feel small to us. We just didn't like the ship....oh and btw, where were my damn towel animals? :)   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
My extended family decided on a Christmas-time cruise this year, on Princess, out of Galveston to Cozumel, Roatan and Belize. My sister, a doctor who was on call the week prior, missed her morning-of-the-cruise flight due to a patient ... Read More
My extended family decided on a Christmas-time cruise this year, on Princess, out of Galveston to Cozumel, Roatan and Belize. My sister, a doctor who was on call the week prior, missed her morning-of-the-cruise flight due to a patient complication that kept her. And, as a result, she missed the cruise. Ugh, not a great way to start. Not surprisingly, there is no refund for missed cruises. What WAS surprising is that Princess customer service said that my sister's stateroom reverted to them. So, in spite of no refund and even though my father had paid for the room and was on board with the rest of the family, we could not use the empty stateroom. I was shocked. How could they not refund anything and yet not let her family use the room? I appealed to customer service several times. We had a family member with IBS with us, who had a migraine one day, and it would have been a godsend for him to have a quiet place to retreat to. But no, customer service (Stephanie) simply repeated the party line that the room had reverted to the Princess, and that they would keep it for an emergency. (Interesting -- do they not otherwise make provision for emergencies?) In fact, the room remained empty for the duration, except for one early day when staff were in there painting it. (I guess that modest refurbishment qualified as an emergency? We in the next door staterooms didn't love the paint smell... Seems possible it might have contributed to the migraine, in fact.) I waited in line several times to review this situation. Stephanie offered to set me up for a call with her boss, but was inaccessible in person and didn't return phone calls, and I didn't want to ruin the whole cruise by waiting in line beyond the first two days. In addition, one of our pieces of luggage was not delivered the first day. Kind of stressful - imagining a week without anything for one of our party. We went and found it eventually, but courtesy of another long wait in line at customer service. UGH. Between the crazy lines to board and then the lines to try to get use of my sister's room, and then the line to try to recover our luggage and then the lines to fix mistakes on excursion vouchers, the first two days were NOT good. We were lucky that we had great weather. I thought the food was good. We loved our two waiters. (Thanks again Rei and Carlos!) Our room steward did a great job, and was really friendly when we bumped into him from time to time. The Zumba classes were really fun. My son enjoyed some time in ShockWaves, the kids' room, and the staff there were friendly and nice. We particularly liked our Cozumel snorkeling experience -- really fun and friendly staff (Latino dancing on deck was a hoot);saw a baby shark, baby turtle, the expectable fish. Really mediocre lunches on the excursions, though. The Belize river trip excursion included an un-advertised hour and half in a bus, which I wouldn't have chosen had I known about. I thought the entertainment was generally pathetic, with the notable exception of fiddler David Klinkenberg. The pool area was so loud -- with bands, piped in music, TV, amplification of inane poolside games -- it was close to unbearable. I guess the presumption is that there should be no poolside conversation?! Of course I would have gone to the quiet pool, but I had my 9 yr-old with me, so couldn't. We got on-board a week after the Princess had had an outbreak of virus. My son got sick and was vomiting for one day after we got off the ship. In short, we had a mixed experience, but generally enjoyed the cruise EXCEPT that the decision to deny us my sister's room created a huge amount of frustration and ill-will. Needlessly, it strikes me. I don't believe anyone in my family will be on any future Princess cruise. And we are spreading the word of our disappointing and unfair-feeling experience to anyone who asks about our holiday... Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
My in-laws, my husband and me recently cruised aboard the Caribbean Princess. For my husband and me, this was our third cruise in the past two years; for my in-laws, it was their fourth. Having sailed on Sapphire Princess out of Los ... Read More
My in-laws, my husband and me recently cruised aboard the Caribbean Princess. For my husband and me, this was our third cruise in the past two years; for my in-laws, it was their fourth. Having sailed on Sapphire Princess out of Los Angeles for all of our previous cruises, we felt we knew what to expect and were excited about experiencing this new adventure on the Caribbean Princess - which is touted as the largest of the Princess Fleet. While offering some new experiences (i.e. Movies Under the Stars and "The Sanctuary") the overall experience fell far short of our expectations. Boarding in NYC, we found our balcony rooms to be extremely hot. Even after closing the drapes, setting the thermostat to its coldest setting and waiting 3 hours the room was still hot. The same was true for my in-laws room next door. We informed our cabin steward, Phillip, and the maintenance crew made three separate visits to attempt to solve the issue by increasing airflow in our room by 20% each time (at least that is what we were told). After the third visit our room was cooler but we needed to keep our drapes drawn and lights out to maintain the temperature. My in-laws room never cooled down and even the room steward complained that he couldn't clean the room because it was too hot. After speaking to other passengers during open seating meals, we discovered that this was a common issue on the ship. So, having a balcony room offered no additional enjoyment to the cruise because you couldn't enjoy the sunshine/views or use it for fear of heating up the room. During the safety drill, the Captain came over the intercom system and noted that the cruise had a "large number of children onboard and that parents would be held accountable for their children's action." While we weren't travelling with children, and took a little comfort in the announcement, this kind of "business only" attitude permeated every area of the ship. From aggressive sales people to waiters confirming our room numbers so they could make sure they were awarded the proper tips to the pools being covered with nets every evening at 8:00 sharp, it was evident that the focus was on procedures and not passenger experience. It was unfortunate. To make matters worse, the room steward had a nasty habit of popping into our cabin late in the evening unannounced to undertake random duties. On a few occassions, because of the room temperature, let's just say I wasn't dressed for company. During two of these incidents, he stood waiting, with the door open, while I tried to hide myself and dress so he could come in the cabin. We finally started bolting the privacy lock on the door to control when he entered while we were in the room. To add insult to injury, my husband and I decided to book an ocean horseback riding excursion in Grand Turks for our party as a Mother's Day gift. We hadn't engaged in shore excursions on our previous cruises so this would have been our first experience. I contacted Princess well in advance of our cruise and reserved four spots. At the time of booking the agent informed me that the excursion only had three slots open but that she would book those slots, put one of us on a waiting list, and contact the excursion operator to see what arrangements could be made to accommodate the additional guest. The Princess Rep also said that if any other party cancelled their reservation, the "wait list" person in our group would be automatically slotted into the open space. Having not heard from Princess before we embarked, we went to the tour desk to confirm our reservations. Onboard, we were informed that Princess had re-sold the three confirmed slots for the excursion to another party and wait listed all four of us. So basically, we had no shore excursions. Disappointed/embarrased by this news (my mother-in-law was there to hear her gift had been re-sold), we informed the excursion agent that we would just cancel our placeholders on the excursion. They then added to the discord by sending a note to both rooms the next day indicating that we had not cancelled the excursion and asking if we wanted to remain on the wait list. On the whole, the Caribbean Princess is all about Princess business and not about the guest experience. I say this because during all of our cruises on the Sapphire, we were never engaged in discussions regarding tips, the pools were available for late-night swims before bed, and the staff made us feel like we were the only guests they had. It was an experience that accommodated every need and felt really personal to my husband and me. When a person is treated like that, they don't mind spending the money...like when you go to Disney. I noted that the Caribbean Princess had lost the "Disney Magic" for this very reason. Disney is a business, and it's expensive, but the way things are managed behind the scenes, the all-surrounding atmosphere and the joy of the guest experience is priceless. This concept is lost on the Caribbean Princess leadership. Amidst these experiences, there were a few saving graces on the Caribbean Princess. The Sanctuary is a must do. The staff is attentive and because it is a private sunning area with extra amenities, you feel special. Our 6:00pm traditional seating waitress from Romania was very personable and often made recommendations from the menu. Lastly, of course, the Lotus Spa staff as charming as usually. Even upselling me a $125 cream was done with grace and made me feel special (sticker shock only set in later but I was not disappointed with the purchase). All this being said, we still have faith in Princess. We feel like we shouldn't let one bad ship spoil our whole perseptive of the company. We have booked to new cruises - one on the Crown and one on the Golden. However, we didn't want to leave others to discover the Caribbean Princess and think that this is the way Princess operates on the whole - because it isn't. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
Notwithstanding the very long flight from Jersey (no, not New Jersey, how many times did we get fed up of saying that, but then 65% of Americans could not point out the Uk on a map), the extra flight to Dominican Republic our travel agent ... Read More
Notwithstanding the very long flight from Jersey (no, not New Jersey, how many times did we get fed up of saying that, but then 65% of Americans could not point out the Uk on a map), the extra flight to Dominican Republic our travel agent did not tell us about, the lost bag at San Juan and the overnight hotel that had not allowed for our eight year old as requested, we boarded the next day. Embarkation Pretty good. We were told that embarkation was from 2pm but when we arrived at 1.30pm it was obvious that it had already started, hence we found it very efficient and were in our cabin in no time. Signs and information around the boat are pretty poor and in some cases, you have to go up stairs to go downstairs to get where you want. Sunbeds were usually OK to find but the second week seemed to allow a lower class of passenger which affected the enjoyment of everyone else. (E.g. pool diving into a full pool, sitting for minutes on an exercise machine reading a magazine, 'reserving' a sunbed and trying to claim it five hours later, shouting 'WHOOO' repeatedly after sniffing any alcoholic bottle, issuing everyone with a hooter for New Years Eve and them blowing it from 8pm) Cabin Small but expectedly so. Clean and efficiently looked after. Eating Only found out after six days there was a buffet upstairs, probably because we don't eat every hour as some seem to do. At least that stopped us explaining why we regarded the menu as a choice rather than a tick list. Menus were a little restricted and predictable. Some good dishes some bad (could have played basketball with one piece of fish). Eastern European waiters need to know that sarcasm and sneering are not accepted on cruises like this. And wine waiters need to know how to serve wine. Sports Three table tennis tables (one broken for half the week), kids clubs that seemed shut when the boat was in harbour (i.e. most of the time) and a well kept gym although more air con was needed and a water fountain that could have dispensed water colder than tepid. Entertainment Not big fans of this, so that sways my judgement. The comedians weren't that funny and mostly had 'in' jokes about parts of America (lost). Dance routines seemed tired and the whole shebang seemed debased to the lowest common denominator of visual enjoyment, like the Princess Pop Star around the New Year. As someone aptly put it, "so they let you do your own entertainment then." Not enough for kids to do as partly explained above. We would have liked to take our child to the bridge and saw that Princess were organising a tour of that, the engine room and other parts of the boat. For $150 each !!! The giant TV either showed dumbed down movies (no more Abba, please I beg you) or sport which was either American channel ESPN or international ESPN, which was mostly American. Tipping The Princess way is to add a charge to your room bill daily. OK fair enough , but $11 each day and for each person is taking the proverbial, not forgetting that any drinks bill from the bar incurs it's own 15% tip. We learned that you could waive this, which we duly did and tipped those who deserved it. I understand that the Princess way rewards all the staff by sharing it out, but they need to make this realistic. Shops Overpriced tat mostly. Wine tasting would have been good but all the bottles were the 'cheapest' only so I didn't bother. On the whole, having heard from friends about their cruises, I may have another one, but with someone else. There were twelve ports of call but this forum only allows six so the below picks out the good and bad. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
Background While we enjoyed our cruise, we will not be traveling on the Caribbean Princess again anytime soon, especially if she sails from San Juan. There are too many people on this ship for the size of the public rooms, and it ... Read More
Background While we enjoyed our cruise, we will not be traveling on the Caribbean Princess again anytime soon, especially if she sails from San Juan. There are too many people on this ship for the size of the public rooms, and it appears that Princess is heavily marketing the ship to first time cruisers, some of whom appear to be unfamiliar with normal shipboard etiquette. We were also very disappointed that Princess sold this as a 14 day cruise, but then repeated the entertainment and menu for the second week. Travel to the Port/Embarkation This was one of the two worst embarkations we have ever experienced, and by far the worst embarkation we've ever had with Princess. We took a taxi to the pier and arrived to chaos. There were one or two people with Princess uniforms, but no one was providing any instructions. It turned out that you were supposed to wait in one medium length line to drop off your bags (and be hassled for tips by the porters) and then get in a much longer line to enter the terminal building. We counted well over 400 people waiting when we got there, in a long line that snaked through the parking lot in the baking sun. We've traveled with Princess to many hot places, but there was no sign of their customary shade canopies or ice water. We waited in line for over an hour just to have our passports checked to be allowed into the building. Preferred boarding did not apply until you entered the building. We later heard speculation that blame for the long line was with US Immigration, who sent only two people to check passports in order to send a message to Princess for a problem that had occurred on the prior cruise. There were in fact only two agents checking passports at the door at first. Later, there were four, but they stood two in front and two behind, so the line did not move much faster because there was confusion about which passengers had already showed their passports to the two agents in front. In any event, after a long hot wait, we were finally allowed inside the building and preferred check-in was quick and painless. However, there was another long line at security and then we stood in another line for another passport check at the bottom of the escalators to get on the ship. Stateroom We had a balcony cabin on Riviera deck. It seemed smallish, with just adequate storage space for 2 people who are not big packers. The bathroom was small, and the shower was microscopic, with only a soap dish and no place to put any toiletries in the shower. Our steward took good care of us, but ice seemed to be available only on request. There was wireless internet access in the cabin but cell phone service was generally available only in port, contrary to the ads. Dining We had traditional second seating for dinner, where the food was good to very good and the service was excellent. We did not eat in the alternative restaurants. We ate breakfast and lunch in the buffet, where the food and service were fine but the buffet layout is lousy and the seating is inadequate for the number of passengers. Sometimes one side of the buffet was closed down at 2:00, before many people had eaten lunch, resulting in very long lines on the other side. The toasters in the buffet did not actually make toast - they struggled just to heat the bread. Lemonade was only available during lunch and only if you ask someone to fetch it for you and only on sporadic days. A Mexican buffet one day at lunch in Cafe Caribe was excellent. The International Cafe had good coffee, pastries, and light lunch selections. Service One of the tickets for a pre-booked shore excursion was missing from the envelope delivered to our cabin on embarkation day - something that had never happened to us on Princess - but it was quick and easy to fix. Front desk service was excellent. The internet manager ran hot and cold. One day when we sought help with a solution to their software problem, he threatened to charge us $75 if we went even one minute (at 50 cents a minute) over our plan. In general, I thought that many of the crew members that we came across in hallways, especially the room stewards, seemed tired and unhappy. On other Princess ships, I've been impressed with the smiling greetings that you get from everyone, but not on this ship. It took a day and a half to get a fruit bowl in our cabin, also a first for us with Princess. Something that was mildly annoying was that the crew seemed to change their mind on a daily basis as to whether the line for getting off the ship was on the right or the left. We had been told that Tortola would be a tender port, which affected the plans we made for that port, but when we got there we docked instead. There also seemed to be more maintenance issues on this ship than we've experienced on other Princess ships - there were sinks, toilets, and elevators out of service for days on end. The most striking thing about this ship is the number of people on board. Although the ship is otherwise largely the same as other ships in her class, this ship has an extra deck of cabins, resulting in 500 more people than the public rooms are suited for. The photographers on this ship are especially aggressive, and portraits are taken most nights on deck 7, resulting in the hallways being half blocked off in three different locations. You will be well aware of just how many people this ship holds when you try to walk end to end on deck 7 in the evening - it is gridlock (and you will be forced to walk through the smoky casino or walk outside). Our biggest disappointment was that this cruise had been sold as a 14 day cruise, but we were treated as if we had booked the same 7 day cruise twice, even though the itinerary in the second week was different. The menu and the entertainment were repeated the second week. Getting off the ship to tour in San Juan on turnaround day was subject to a bunch of rules about when we could get off and when we would be allowed back on the ship. To get back on, we figured out how to skip the long line of embarking passengers in the parking lot (although nobody told us that was even possible) but still had to wait in a long security line. Halfway through the cruise, we were given new ship cards and instructed to make new arrangements for our table in the dining room. We received a log of the cruise that covered only the second week. Some of these were minor issues, but ones that passengers shouldn't have to face halfway through a 14 day cruise. The other issue that we experienced (a first for us in over 20 cruises) related to the behavior of other passengers. It appeared to us that Princess must have heavily marketed this cruise on a discount basis to first time cruisers, which is fine, but Princess needs to be aware that the behavior of some of the new passengers may deter some of their longtime customers from coming on this ship. People played boom boxes on their balconies and out on the open deck and yelled on cell phones on balconies. People routinely walked in and out of shows, seemingly always from the middle of one of the front rows, halfway through performances. In the hallway outside our cabin, most of the inside cabins had 4 people in them. Those passengers must have found the quarters too close for their comfort, because they seemed to spend most of their time standing in the hall talking, laughing, yelling, and running, sometimes for hours at a time and sometimes very late into the night. At times, it was difficult to get out our cabin door and down the hall. Groups of teenagers congregated in elevator lobbies and on the stairways, sometimes with boom boxes, and sometimes leaving behind empty plates and glasses and discarded food. We constantly saw kids sitting on the stairs, but never saw a crew member ask them to move. There was also a lot of smoking on the nonsmoking side of the ship. If you normally rely on the book swap in the library (or the library itself) to provide you with reading materials, forget it on this ship and bring everything you need. The library is tiny and the book swap is virtually non-existent. Entertainment The embarkation day show was a flamenco guitarist from Puerto Rico with 3 dancers. This group does not travel with the ship and plays only on the day in Puerto Rico. The show was very good, but much of it was conducted in Spanish (undoubtedly because of the high percentage of Spanish speakers on board). Carl Strong, who used to open for Gladys Knight, was funny as a comedian and a great singer. The production shows were good, with lots of energy. One show focused on Caribbean tunes and songs in Spanish. The house band, Elements, was terrific, especially when playing faster stuff. In the Wheelhouse, they seem to have been instructed to play elevator music, which was a bit of a snooze and a waste of the lead singer's energetic dancing. The steel band was good too, and the entertainment in the atrium was good. James Michael, the "bad boy" magician/cage fighter, was entertaining, but Rollin Jay Moore was only OK. Bert Stratton, a pianist who made weird faces, would have been better if he'd just played it straight instead of acting like Jim Carrey, but his sing-alongs were fun. The Geraldo Sa quartet was just so-so. The crew show was excellent. Gary DeLena was pretty good the first time but not as good during the farewell show. Ports We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, and we weren't disappointed. Shore excursions were very well run. Disembarkation We were told that we could not take our own bags off the ship because of US Customs rules. We had to be out of our cabins at 8AM. We waited a few minutes in a public lounge and then were called to get off. Finding our bags and getting through US Customs was quick and easy. Summary The itinerary was great and the accommodations, food, service, and entertainment were all fine (apart from repeating the menu and entertainment the second week), but there are simply too many people on this ship. After factoring in the disappointing behavior of many fellow passengers and the hassles of embarking in San Juan, we won't be back on the Caribbean Princess anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Mornings are downright horrible, with the ship anchoring, very very noisy, I was in the front, so don't know if it makes a difference, but the noise goes on for an hour and you end up with a headache.The rest of the cruise you ... Read More
Mornings are downright horrible, with the ship anchoring, very very noisy, I was in the front, so don't know if it makes a difference, but the noise goes on for an hour and you end up with a headache.The rest of the cruise you don't even realize when the ship moves. Nights you hear some strange noises which people said was heavy wind. If you are a light sleeper, don't expect good sleep as in every room you hear people outsideinitial costs seem viable, but towards the end everything adds up, for eg: be prepared to double your initial budgetif the cruise cost you x000, be ready to spend another 500 on taxes, another 500 on tips, another 500 on drinks/expenses aboard ship, another 1000 on shore excursions, 200 on taxi fo airport commute, another 3000 on airfare, another 500 on new clothesEmbarking was pretty disorganized but thankfully it went off real fast. They make you sit in seats and then have no clue who came first. While disembarking on the last day, they delayed and embarrassed the heck out of me and my family by the machine making loud sounds when my card went through, to stop me, all because they had made a mistake and credited me incorrectly for another guy's payment. Well, the ship guy sure was decent about it, but could have been more inclined to compensating us for the ordeal of making us stand and wait for quite some time. He wanted me to go 5 floors up to swipe my card I told him to take a walk so he offered to do it.Ship  crew come from all over, so may not share your holiday excitement at greeting on passing.Casino: not much poker options, there was only an automated table for texas hold 'em, mostly down, and when it was up, would take forever to come on, and was mostly cash games where the rake went faster than ever as there was no dealer. Tourneys would be held occasionally when you least expect it.Communication: Wish they improve personal communications, it is a pain to be in touch with your roommate/friends if neither of you are not in your room. Rent some decent walkie-talkies or let us use our cell phones or something. Internet communication is downright awfully slow and costs an arm.Food items are unlabeled in nights, so you have no idea what you are eating...the kitchen crew skulk around like rats.  The only nice food item during the whole cruise was gone before we could make it there. C'mon, if your passengers like it so damn much, have more of it.  No advance notice of what items will be featured in future menus.  Not much Vegetarian fare, in fact it sucked for vegetarians.  Fine dining is rushed and awful, has same item everyday as main item, and the helpings are ridiculously small and tasteless.  Not very courteous, very fake attitudes (well, it is free after all)  The old guy Maitre'd at the Corral Room was downright obnoxious and unfriendly.  Every drink and even coffee is carefully charged back, overpriced to your room    The biggest con job by these cruises is the lack of decent drinks.  You have to pay through your nose for soft drinks, and fresh juice is totally non-existent, the OJ was watered down crap, everyday. If my Breakfast OJ is bad, my day doesn't go very smoothly.  C'mon, we are paying top dollar and we get such pathetic food ? Breakfast spread was ok, cereals were good, hashed browns were downright awful frozen stuff, omelettes were just so-so.  Too greasy. and the aisles were too narrow. Did I mention that the OJ was bad. Coffee was excellent, Tables were cleaned very fast. Alcohol costs go through the roof I was able to smuggle in a bottle of scotch without a fuss on the first day. Apparently it is allowed only the first night of the cruise, I guess because the xray is the port's not the cruise line's.       Shore Excursions: The only difference between Cruise-arranged and doing your own is they will come with a placard.  Do your homework of places you would like to see beforehand and bargain it with taxi operators, or ask at the tourist booth what a good rate to pay is.  People at all the islands, whether near the pier or not are extremely friendly and trustworthy, at least the ones I met were: The only difference between Cruise-arranged and doing your own is they will come with a placard.Remember, for some reason, GPSs don't work in ANY of the Caribbean area, not only did my Mio and Navigon GPSs promise Puerto Rico, they didn't support it at all, but the worst part was lack of finding any GPS satellites !! The cruise was much less fun without GPS, unless the ship was jamming these signals.Massage services are ok, rates fall on last day, look for dealsKid sitting services and activities were very good Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
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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