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

We spent 3 nights in Fort Lauderdale at a beach hotel prior to the cruise, and on the morning of departure we took a quick taxi to Port Everglades. The terminal was very busy but the lineups moved quickly and check in was fast and ... Read More
We spent 3 nights in Fort Lauderdale at a beach hotel prior to the cruise, and on the morning of departure we took a quick taxi to Port Everglades. The terminal was very busy but the lineups moved quickly and check in was fast and efficient. Our room was ready when we boarded the ship around 1:00 PM. The Caribbean Princess has been modernized, and we noticed the newer rugs, new pictures in our stateroom, and newer look to the ship in general. There is a new splash pad zone on the upper deck for kids, with several lounge chairs (some with clamshell type covers) nearby. We went ashore in Princess Cays, Bahamas, which is a busy beach with lots of room to spread out. We booked a cabana for the day, and it was nice to have a spot to regroup, cool down, or just take a break either indoor with the ac or outside on the shaded lounge chairs. We also went ashore in St. Thomas and took a bus tour & beach break. In St. Maarten we took a similar tour but spent more time on a beach with an included lunch. The weather cooperated the entire week and it was sunny and hot each and every day. Overall, we enjoyed our cruise very much. Our room steward did a good job, the wait staff in the restaurant (Club Class Dining) were very attentive, the front desk and shop staff were also very friendly and helpful. The ship is easy to navigate, and we found using the aft elevators very handy because they were less busy as compared to the midship elevators. The pool areas were a bit crowded on sea days but there was often a few chairs available in which to sit. We didn’t eat in the Marketplace cafeteria more than a few times; the sit down dining rooms provided a table, wait service, and less of a rush so it was more relaxing for us to eat in those venues when we could. For breakfast we generally ordered room service - one of our favourite ways to start the day! Our room was well laid out and spacious, with two windows & close to the water with very little noise or movement from the ship. The location couldn’t be beat: close to the Piazza, front desk, shops, and Coral Dining Room. Overall, a great week on the Caribbean Princess! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We overall enjoyed our cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. Our two interior cabins were clean and well kept. (It would have been nice for Princess to choose a floorplan that sacrificed a bit of closet space in order to expand the size of the ... Read More
We overall enjoyed our cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. Our two interior cabins were clean and well kept. (It would have been nice for Princess to choose a floorplan that sacrificed a bit of closet space in order to expand the size of the shower, though. At 6'1", my "wingspan" in the shower was much more important than having six superfluous feet of closet space in which to hang a handful of dressy clothes.) The food was amazing and we very much enjoyed the shows and activities offered on the ship. Our excursions were top notch. Our girls spent most of their onboard time in the teen room, and had a blast with the planned activities. However, we had major problems with the Medallion system from the moment of embarkation. For some reason, my daughters and I were issued Medallions, but my husband was issued a key card. I still have no idea why ... I did nothing unusual with his booking process. We were told at embarkation that his Medallion would be ready by dinnertime. At dinnertime, no Medallion. Then we were told that it would be ready first thing in the morning. In the morning, no Medallion. We grew increasingly frustrated as we fell into a pattern of checking in at the service desk every 6-8 hours to be repeatedly told that his Medallion was still being processed. At one point, he asked what would happen if one of our girls lost her Medallion; he was told that a new one would be issued immediately. When he asked why such service couldn't be granted for him, we discovered that the key-card and Medallion databases were entirely separate entities, and he would have to be "created" as a new passenger in order to receive a Medallion. This finally did occur; he received his Medallion ... halfway through the cruise. Once his Medallion was activated, both he and our older daughter were able to track all of us, but my younger daughter and I could not track him. Ever. In addition, for a period of 36 hours, our younger daughter's Medallion dropped off the system and she was un-trackable as she moved about the ship. She was unable to do anything without being accompanied by her sister, with a properly working Medallion, as that was the only way we could ensure that we were able to keep tabs on where she was. When we raised this issue at the service desk, the clerk logged in to his iPad and showed us where she was at that moment. "See? She's perfectly safe!" he told us. We walked him over to the nearest public kiosk and showed him that his information was useless to us, as we couldn't see it ourselves. We felt like we weren't being heard. Not being able to verify her safety was only part of the problem; the larger issue was a faulty tracking system, completely out of our control. I had a scary moment, once both girls' Medallions were back online, when I went to track them and discovered that they were on different floors. The younger one was on a floor which contained only private cabins. She had no business being on such a floor. I raced down to her tracking location to discover that she wasn't there. I climbed six flights of stairs in a panic to find my older daughter in the teen room and ask where her sister was; I found both of them sitting together. I walked to the closest kiosk and logged in; my younger girl, sitting 15 feet away from me, was still registering as being on a cabin-only floor six levels below. Her Medallion location only reset when she logged herself into the kiosk. The Medallion system definitely gives great benefits ... when it works. Obviously the system has a lot of kinks to be worked out. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I wanted to go bak to St. Thomas cause it's my home. We were celebrating our 28th anniversary so wanted to try a new cruise line. Well, we were very pleased. The check in was speedy thx to the medallion class ship. The staff, the ... Read More
I wanted to go bak to St. Thomas cause it's my home. We were celebrating our 28th anniversary so wanted to try a new cruise line. Well, we were very pleased. The check in was speedy thx to the medallion class ship. The staff, the food and the entertainment was wonderful. I truly enjoyed myself. Plus princess were so nice to us giving us freebies to make our celebration more special. I'll b bac(in the terminator voice) lol. The ocean now app didn't work for me, idk if it's bcause I didn't have internet but they said u didn't need it. It would have been great if it worked. The shore excursions were great, we bought them at the port cause the price was pretty darn good. One thing I didn't like at Princess Cays was that they had us pay for the clam shells bomber, jus plain wrong yep. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
The ship had just come out of a yard period in which changes were made to deck 16 & 17 to attract more family cruises. They also did some routine maintenance around the entire ship. Since we have cruised the Eastern Caribbean many ... Read More
The ship had just come out of a yard period in which changes were made to deck 16 & 17 to attract more family cruises. They also did some routine maintenance around the entire ship. Since we have cruised the Eastern Caribbean many times we only we only got off in St Thomas. The ship was in great condition and clean in everything we used. Below was my assessment of this cruise. 1) Service could have been better in the bars and Lido deck. 2) Food was very good. 3) Production shows were top notch. 4) Lounge entertainment was lacking especially having no piano player in Crooners. Heard from a Ship Officer that there were 1500 first time Princess cruisers on this cruise. I guess summer Caribbean cruises will be popular. My cabin D725, a mini-suite, was in the rear of the ship and we could feel pronounced vibrations coming the engines. Think I will stick with cabins more in midship area. If you sail on the Caribbean Princess and enjoy a quiet area to read try the Skywalker Lounge on Deck 19. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
To get away with my mom and sister. The cruise was nice but things on the ship or dirty. All of the people that worked on the ship were so nice very helpful and just great overall. The ships furniture was dated and old our cabin was grimy ... Read More
To get away with my mom and sister. The cruise was nice but things on the ship or dirty. All of the people that worked on the ship were so nice very helpful and just great overall. The ships furniture was dated and old our cabin was grimy with the couch that was worn, had holes in it and just needed to be changed and updated. Stateroom attendant worked hard and was great. The entertainment was great and the destinations were wonderful. We loved our balcony and seeing the sun rises in the morning. The excursions were nice and the locals on the islands we visited really try hard to please the tourists. We didn’t want any excursions that were too physical because our elderly mother was with usWe were very pleased with that. Overall it was a nice cruise. I would like to see the rooms updated for the money you pay for that cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Took this cruise for the ship (we sailed 3 years ago before the refit) and for the ports to be visited. The ship is in nice shape although it seems to be missing some signage. In the forward stair well in particular, it is difficult to ... Read More
Took this cruise for the ship (we sailed 3 years ago before the refit) and for the ports to be visited. The ship is in nice shape although it seems to be missing some signage. In the forward stair well in particular, it is difficult to tell what deck you are on and which way is forward or aft without going into the hallways to the cabins. The buffet area has been redesigned and works so much better then the old design. Flows better, reduces/eliminates lines, fresher appearance. The cabin (inside on deck 9) was well maintained, very clean and in a good location for a good night's sleep. We were 3 people in a cabin that can hold 4, closet and storage was very adequate. Bedding was good, except the heavy/hot duvet which we had removed for a traditional blanket (don't know why they bother!) We dined in the Palm Dining room (traditional dining) as well as the buffet for all meals. Very pleased with the variety, quality and freshness of the food. Service in both areas was excellent (this ship has a great crew that is very customer focused with a great attitude). Entertainment on this cruise was probably the best I've seen on a cruise ship in the last 10-15 years. Production shows were great as was the comic and the magician. We were scheduled to visit Princess Cay for the first port, but the weather would not be acceptable for tender transfer, so the port was skipped and we docked in St. Thomas 5 hours early, staying from 7am to 10pm. Went to Megan's Bay to swim and snorkel (took local transfer for $8 each, each way). Good facilities at the beach, restrooms, showers, food and beverage and the beach and water are beautiful. Next stop was St. Maarten, just a little shopping and light sight-seeing. Again, great beaches. Port is functional but still recovering from last years hurricanes, so not everything is open yet. This cruise had a total of 3 sea days, 1 going down, two coming back. All in all, a great cruise, meeting our expectations in every regard. Embarkation from Ft. Lauderdale took about 15 minutes, debarkation went very well also, very well organized. As with any cruise there are some people that don't know or don't care about rules, directions and common courtesy that make some experiences annoying, to say the least. We would certainly sail on this ship again (great crew) when the opportunity comes about. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The wife and I sailed on the May 26-June 2 2018 Eastern Caribbean and had a very nice, relaxing cruise/vacation. We are both in our mid-50's with zero children (but now a 1 year old puppy). This was cruise #40 for me, #16 on Princess ... Read More
The wife and I sailed on the May 26-June 2 2018 Eastern Caribbean and had a very nice, relaxing cruise/vacation. We are both in our mid-50's with zero children (but now a 1 year old puppy). This was cruise #40 for me, #16 on Princess (our first as Elite) and our 7th on the Caribbean Princess. We last sailed Princess July, 2014 (on the Caribbean Princess) and was excited to return to princess. Since that July trip we did 7 other cruises with 6 on Celebrity (all on various S Class ships) and one on HAL Westerdam over Christmas 2017. The ship I thought looked good, especially for a 14 year old ship and I especially liked the addityiopn of Cofferr & Cones and the remodeled buffet area along with Planks BBQ (did not eat at dinner but did have lunch & breakfast) and Steamers Seafood (did eat dinner, thought it was great at a very reasonable price). We also really enjoyed the updated television with the on-demand programing which had a very wide variety of free, recent movies and some television shows both classics (Cheers, Frasier, Love Boat) and various other types. The crew was great, very friendly and helpful. The only negative was the stateroom and bathroom (bed was great). After being on the Celebrity ships in various balcony cabins and the Westerdam in a Signature Suite the Caribbean Princess cabin, while cozy, has a tiny bathroom with the clingy shower curtain. No biggie but the standard balcony cabins are much nicer, in my opinion or the Celebrity ships (bether balconyn furniture also). Finally, this was our first sailing as Elite on princess and without a doubt the benefits are better for us than the Elite benefits on Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted my Granddaughter to be off of school, which she was for the entire "Thanksgiving week". Overall we had a nice time and the weather was nice. We had been to all three ports before ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted my Granddaughter to be off of school, which she was for the entire "Thanksgiving week". Overall we had a nice time and the weather was nice. We had been to all three ports before (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) but we pleased by the growth of the Bonaire port. Much more shopping and shore excursions this cruise. From the embarkation, we felt that this was maybe a "training cruise" Nobody appeared to know what their counterpart was doing. We were told to line up in one place, only to be told to move somewhere else by another. The disorganization continued on the ship. We don't require much from our Room Steward, but one thing we do insist on is ICE in the ice bucket. When we arrived there wasn't any, we asked our Room Steward and he said "is it OK if I get it to you after my break?" Knowing my wife worked in the service industry for over 20 years, I looked him in the eye and shook my head... he looked at me, saw the shocked face of my wife and said.... "I'll be right back with Ice", which he was. He appeared to be new, he did not appear to have the experience to anticipate needs like most Princess Room Stewards do. I will say, he was a quick study, once asked, he made sure that that task was done correctly for the remainder of the cruise. The ship was clean, and the food was EXCELLENT, possibly the best food in our over 15 cruises with Princess. I love days at sea, and with 3 days on the way out and 2 days back, I greatly enjoyed that aspect of the cruise. All in all, a very nice and highly recommended cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Four of us embarked on a Valentine's Cruise. Overall, we had a Most Excellent time. The ship is lovely, the entertainment options varied, the food fantastic! Our room steward Runiel was stellar. Our wait staff in the late seating main ... Read More
Four of us embarked on a Valentine's Cruise. Overall, we had a Most Excellent time. The ship is lovely, the entertainment options varied, the food fantastic! Our room steward Runiel was stellar. Our wait staff in the late seating main dining room were fantastic (Manuel and Pharagon). The areas where we felt they fell short were in the in-room movie/TV channel options. The ship touts itself as a higher end floating hotel, and yet the in-room entertainment options were nonexistent. I would suggest that they at least make encore movie channels or an equivalent available, and also perhaps movies for purchase. Also, one port of call, Nassau, Bahamas, will NEVER be on my cruise itinerary again. I'm sure a land vacation in a resort there is lovely, but the port area is despicable. Filthy, hawkers have NO respect for personal space, and the US DOS had recently issued a travel advisory to US citizens traveling abroad of the increased incidence of crime there. Nasty, nasty stop for a cruise passenger. St. Maarten and St. Thomas were amazing, just lovely. My only advice in both, is to be firm with the taxi drivers. They are mandated to charge a certain fee to a destination, but in both places refused to take us unless we paid four times the government mandated price. This issue needs to be strongly addressed.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This is my first review so be gentle please. Just a little background. Im traveling with my parents, daughter,aunt, cousin and BFF. This was my 6th cruise, second with Princess. We were a little concerned about the cruise experience we ... Read More
This is my first review so be gentle please. Just a little background. Im traveling with my parents, daughter,aunt, cousin and BFF. This was my 6th cruise, second with Princess. We were a little concerned about the cruise experience we would have after reading some not so favorable reviews on this ship. As it turns out most of the bad stuff was right on. We still had fun and made some great memories. Heres my review of our week. We arrived in Ft Lauderdale Friday afternoon and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on 17th Street. It was OK for one night but wouldnt stay there again or recommend it. Needs updated and a good cleaning. Hotel offered transportation to cruise port but after a phone call we secured a taxi for a much better price. Arrived at cruise port around 11 am and we were onboard by noon. Quickest embarkation ever. We had 2 balcony staterooms and had the balconies opened which was nice and this made it one large balcony space. Be sure to bring a bungie to secure door and keep it from swinging back and forth. Cabins were kept clean by Dennis our attendant but there was always a sewer smell lingering. Food was average and nothing great stands out. Lunch in main dining room on embarkation day was relaxing and much less hectic than the buffet. Pub lunch was tasty and pizza was good. The International Cafe was a favorite stop for many people. BFF purchased the coffee card and used it daily. Cousin got the drink package and lets just say it was very worth it for her. Ha Ha!! Had Traditional seating in Palm Dining Room and we were serenaded many times by Hector. He's awesome!! As for our ports, everyone enjoyed them. We did miss out on Princess Cays due to BERTA so that was just another day to get some sun on the pool deck. The 3 days we spent by the Neptune pool were very quiet . Never had any silly games or belly flop contest except once I did see a game being played. Thought that was kind of odd I always remember a lot of action around pool on previous cruises. I chalk that up to the Cruise Director onboard.In St Thomas we did a snorkel excursion thru Princess to Turtle Cove which was enjoyable. At San Juan we shopped and took advantage of the Hop on Hop off Trolly which we just rode and never got off of. Got some nice photos from the trolly but it was just too hot for any more walking. What do you expect in August right ! Our final port was Grand Turk and it was so hot we spent most of the day in the sea with some beachcombing for sea glass and conch on our to do list.Be sure to pack water shoes. You will need them with the craters and sharp rocks. Later we did some shopping and saw the John Glenn exhibit but avoided Margarittaville . We stayed to the right side of pier where it was less crowded. Entertainment was Ok on some nights. Saw Ventriloquist Jerry Goodspeed, Comedian Scott Wyler and Illusionist Lance Swank . He was really good and was interacting with the crowd. Passed on Caribbean Princess Dancers. MUTS was too loud for us. Princess employees seemed lethargic and as if they were just going thru the motions, the likes of which Ive never seen before on a cruise. And as for our CD, we never saw him around the ship and Im sorry to say he has a big influence on setting the tone for our week onboard . The bad reviews I have read on him were unfortunately true in our case. Disembarking went very well. We only spent 30 minutes or so in our area waiting to exit ship. Overall this cruise was a bit dissapointing. Ship looking its age , unfriendly staff and an absent CD left a bad taste in our mouthes. We will most likely try another Cruise line next time.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
The temperatures were in the 80s at all ports. It was comfortable under the shade with sea breeze. Fort Lauderdale and Miami were hotter with highs in the 90s. We toured all islands on our own and didn’t encounter any major challenges. ... Read More
The temperatures were in the 80s at all ports. It was comfortable under the shade with sea breeze. Fort Lauderdale and Miami were hotter with highs in the 90s. We toured all islands on our own and didn’t encounter any major challenges. All our taxis drivers asked us for the return pick up time and always showed up on time. We never had to worry about getting the rides back to cruise ports. Princess Cay, 9am-4pm. Passengers were tendered to the island. Cruise line provided lunch and drinks (water and ice tea). There were bars for drinks. It wasn’t necessary to rent clamshells as it was very hot inside them. There were plenty of chairs. If you like area under the shade, go early. On the west side (north beach) there were good spots for snorkeling. Water sports rentals were also available. There was no need to book excursions unless you had something specific in mind. Very nice and relax day. St. Thomas, 7am to 8pm. Our cruise docked at Crown's Bay. We got off at ~8:15 am. There were many open sided safari trucks (Taxis) waiting outside the port. The price to each destination was clearly listed at the taxi stop, ranged from $4-10/person each way. We went to Coki Beach first. The taxi picked up about ~20 passengers and dropped them off at Downtown Charlotte Amelia, Red Hook (ferry terminal to St. John), and Coki Beach (our taxi’s last drop off spot). It took quite a long time to get there (>45 minutes) because of various drop off stops (maybe quicker if going to Coki Beach directly?). The Coki Beach (free) was right next door to Coral World Ocean Park. My husband went to explore the Coral World Park and thought it was worth the $19 entrance fee. Visit the website if you are interested: http://coralworldvi.com Coki Beach is the best snorkeling beach on St Thomas. We saw more fish here than all our previous snorkel experiences. The beach was pretty with fine white sand but not very big. We were lucky because we were the only cruise at port. It could be crowded with passengers from 5-7 cruise ships arrive on the same day. The onsite bar/food venders were aggressive to sell drinks and food. We rented 4 chairs ($5 each) but no umbrella ($10) because we got there early at 9:30am and there were shaded areas under the trees. Smoothly was $8 each, fresh coconut was $5. My husband went to the next door Coral World and thought it was worth the money. Their underwater observation deck was very nice and there were a lot of marine animals and corals to see. They also offered snuba, sea trak and other activities. We spent two hours at Coki beach. That was about right and I would say 1.5 hours would be the minimum. If you like to visit the coral world, add another 1-1.5 hours or more depends on how many under water activities you plan to do. Our taxi driver came back at 12:30pm and drove us to Magens Bay (~15 minutes ride). The entrance fee was $4. We spent two hours there. This was one of the best beaches we visited, the white sand beach stretched very long and the scenery was amazing. We laid the mats on the beach under the shade. The water was extremely calm. My boys rented standup paddle board ($20/half hour/person). It was their first time, but they managed to go safely and fast. The food and drink were reasonable price and okay quality. Three cups of soft drinks, one six piece chicken tenders (so so), one onion rings and one fries were $26. The portions were quite large. At 2:30, our taxi driver came back. The ride back to port was pleasant and didn’t take very long. Total fare was $29/person for the day. We included $4/person tips on top of the taxi fares. Overall Magens bay was a nicer beach but Coki beach was best for snorkel. San Juan, Puerto Rico, 7am-5pm When cruise ship arrived, there were many tour vans waiting outside the terminal. You can ignore them and walk across the street. There was a free trolley (stop 1, Paseo Concepcion De Gracia and J.A. Corretjer St ) near pier 4 (Princess docked at pier 4). Here is the website: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/free-trolley-old-san-juan. If your cruise docks at pier 1 to 3, there are stops alone Paseo Concepcion De Gracia. Note San Juan Puerto Rico is US territory so there are cell phone services. If you can't find the trolley stop, you can search it online. There are three free hop-on/off trolley routes circled in the old town. The one most passengers take is the open air trolley which take you to Del Morro Castle and San Cristobal Castle, then return to cruise terminal. The trolley has couple stops (25 and 26) before the El Morro del San Felipe where you can get off and take photos of the castle. Or it can take you right up to the castle entrance after stop 26. Entrance fee is $5 for both El Morro del San Felipe and Fort San Cristobal castles. Waking under the sun during summer weather is no fun. So the covered trolley is a great way to tour the old town. Highly recommended. We visited both El Morro del San Felipe and Fort San Cristobal castles and really enjoyed the visits. Besides history, the views from both forts were magnificent. If we come back again in the future, we plan to take the ferry and visit the Bacardi Distillery on our own. When the cruise leave San Juan, be sure to have your cameras ready and go up to the deck. There are a lot of photo opportunities there. Grand Turk 12-7pm There was a beach by the cruise terminal with lots of chairs. I believe they are free to use. The beach seemed nice but we didn't go there. We went to Governors beach, took a taxi ($4/person each way). Just walk to the left as if you were leaving the shopping area and there would be many taxis waiting. Price to each destination was clearly listed. Admittance was free and chairs were available at $10 each at governor's beach. We simply laid the beach towel on the beach under the shaded area. Snorkel gears were available for rental and there was also a snack shack. I didn't see other water activities there. The water was beautiful and wavy, but the sand wasn’t as fine as I expected. The beach wasn’t very clean. There were fish to see but not a lot. The entire place felt a bit run down. After two hours, our taxi driver came back. They were usually very flexible and would return at pre-arranged pick up time. Returning to the cruise, we took a shower then came out again. This time we took a taxi to the historical Cockburn town and Salt Company ($5 each person each way, 7-10 minutes from cruise terminal). The town was very small so we didn't get off. We spent about 20 minutes at the Salt Company to learn some history of Grand Turk and its salt production history. On our way back, the driver needed to pick up some passengers at Pillory beach (taxi fee: $8 each person each way) so we had about 20 minutes there for photos. There was a small resort there (http://www.bohioresort.com). The pillory beach was much nicer than government beach: clean beach, calm water and fine sands. The onsite shop or resort offered water activities: one hour snorkel on the wall at $45 (20-7000 feet of water), kayak $20/hour, snorkel rental $20/day, paddle boards $30/1.5 hours, beach lounger $10 each. If I were to do it again, I would go to Pillory beach. The ride back was short, a little over than 10 minutes. The Grand Turk wasn’t as developed as other Caribbean islands. There weren’t much traffic and at the most, there were three cruises in port (2 on our day).   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I have only cruised on NCL prior to this Princess sailing. I found the two very similar for our needs. We have found that traveling with our DD creates a much different vacation then when my DH & I go alone. We were delivered to the ... Read More
I have only cruised on NCL prior to this Princess sailing. I found the two very similar for our needs. We have found that traveling with our DD creates a much different vacation then when my DH & I go alone. We were delivered to the port in Brooklyn in a limo-van in the mid afternoon. It was the busiest time at the terminal. Long lines that kept moving. Had to wait maybe 30 minutes to board. We skip almost all photo opportunities with the ship photographers in an effort to get where we are going. I stopped at the Service Desk immediately to try my luck at getting a spot in the Ultimate Ship Tour. The attendant said it was already full. I was fine with that since it was so late, but was upset later when they advertised in the Patter that people should sign up before 4pm the next day in order to have a chance to go. Apparently they weren't doing the lottery system on this sailing. We then went to our cabin (dolphin deck 301) I was happy with the mini-suite. We booked this trip relatively late. The only other balcony at the time was near the nightclub and I didn't want the noise when my DD needs to be sleeping. Booking the mini was a wonderful choice. I loved the open balcony with space to relax. We enjoyed room service breakfast out on the balcony almost every day. I also like having my DD in a separate area. We brought a dark sheet, non-marking hooks and binder clips to create a separator between her sleeping area and ours. That worked great! Also brought magnet clips based on a suggestion on the CC boards... great way to keep the important papers where I could find them (on the walls). Since I've side tracked myself into the best things I brought, here are a few more: - travel mugs for morning coffee or tea that is bigger than a tiny cup. - light up alarm clock. - Dramamine - window cling for our balcony glass wall (allowed us to identify our balcony from shore) - reusable water bottle - extension cord/plug extender. This helped with all of the various chargers we used each night, plus the laptop. Food - I found the buffet food to be similar to NCL. Nothing exciting, but I can always find something I like. My 9 year old DD lived on hot dogs from the grill by the pool. I also enjoyed the burgers & pizza from these pool area eateries. The themed buffets were inconsistent. The oriental buffet was lacking, it didn't even have rice! The Mexican one was good. We had anytime dining but since we were trying to eat as a group we tended to be at either the Coral or Island dining room at 6 each night. Our group of 12-18 were seated at 2 tables each night. We really liked Rey in the Island dining room. He was very good. The food in the dining room was fine. After having the beef on the 1st formal night that tasted like liver, I stayed away from most beef main courses. I'm not a foodie and don't like seafood, so I felt limited in my dinner options in the dining room. But I did eat 3-4 courses a night and usually finished what I ordered. As I mentioned above, we had room service for breakfast most of the trip. They were always early and everything was correct on our order. I followed someone's advise to order 2 cups of tea for one person and they delivered a carafe of hot water with multiple bags. The International Cafe was all that everyone says it is. Great free treats! My DH and others in my group raved about the milkshakes from Scoops. When I tried to get one the blender was broken, which happened multiple times on the trip. Activities - - As expected on this full ship the week after school let out, the sun & pool decks were mobbed on the sunny sea days. It's disappointing to not have loungers but we found places to be or went back to our balcony. I also like to sit on the edge of the pool. No lounger needed. - We registered our DD for the kids club, but she never went. The orientation guy must have been new as he read his list to us, including the stuff about diapers and toddlers after we told him we only have the 9 year old. He didn't try to interact with my DD during the orientation so I wasn't surprised that she wasn't dying to go back. We tried to sign her up for the Jr. Chef program, but that was full, we were 1st on the wait list, but never called. - Went to 1 show "Piano Man" singing and dancing. It was fine. Nothing exciting.. - Went to the Hypnotist show with Tim Triplett- I thought it was hysterical. My DD enjoyed it too. It was clean except for the joke the CD said at the beginning. We even tried to attend a show the 2nd night, but it was in the lounge and already full by the time we arrived. - Went to 1 of the comedian shows at the lounge, he was funny. But it sounded like the 2nd comedian was funnier later in the week. But we didn't see him. - Walked around the Promenade deck multiple mornings for exercise. I enjoyed the exercise and got used to passing slower walkers or staying to the right for joggers. It'd be nice if the CB had a separate jogging track. - Formal nights - The dining attendants were inconsistent. They sent one of our pre-teen girls back to her room to change out of nice flip flops. But then we saw others later in flip flops and even jeans in the same dining room. - Photos - I had planned ahead to have a casual family photo done while on board. We did the contemporary white background and were very happy with the results. It would have been better if we could have understood the photographer better. But we had multiple prints to choose from and didn't need to do any other studio shots. I bought the cruise book package through pan-raven. We'll see how that works out. - Since the kids in our party didn't go to the kids club, they were bored quickly on the last 2 sea days, especially when it was cloudy and rainy. I created a scavenger hunt for them. That worked well. They enjoyed going in pairs to find things on the ship. We also went up to Skywalkers one afternoon. That gave 3 of the kids some space to play without bothering anyone. We enjoyed reading with the great views up there. - Internet - my DH set up our account with ease. We used the WiFi from our room. There were times when the connection died. But it was in typical busy times. Evenings and early mornings were fine. Even some dinner times on sea days worked well! - On the last sea day we attended the Chef's demo and Galley tour. It was free. The chef & Matre'd were so funny. The captain came and made salad too. It was in the theater then we all filed our way to the galley behind the Coral dining room. I couldn't believe they let us through there. There wasn't anyone telling you what was what, so you figured it out on your own. But it was neat to see some of the behind the scenes. I recommend this! Even with all the waiting to get through the galley it only took 30 minutes after the demo. Room: - We barely ever saw our cabin steward, Iggy. He did a fine job. Met our needs without needing to be tracked down. I thought our room was clean and well kept. Much like any other 6 year old hotel or cruise ship room. - Our room was very close to the elevators in the front of the ship. We could hear the ding of the arriving elevator, but I don't think we heard very much foot traffic. - This was my first balcony. I loved it. I liked that it had no roof. Although on the rainy days that sent us inside. - It was nice having the living room area for the kids to play in during the day or to watch a movie. - Plenty of closet space and shelf space for the 3 of us. We didn't actually use all of the space. The bathroom had more than enough space for all of our stuff also. Disembarking: - We were supposed to be out of our rooms by 8am. We decided to go to the buffet without our carry-on bags. So we didn't get back to our room and leave it until after 8. I was a little surprised that our steward checked in on us around 8:05. -We were scheduled to meet in the dining room at 8:15am. We arrived close to that to a standing room only dining room. We waited 5 -10 minutes then they announced our tag color/number. The lines to get off the ship and to go through customs were minimal. Found our luggage and were waiting for our ride by 8:40. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
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
Review of the CB 8/4-8/13 First I would like to thank the powers that be for us not choosing the 8/13 trip instead. I don't know what my girls would have done if they missed St. Thomas. Day 1: We chose the Princess bus transfer ... Read More
Review of the CB 8/4-8/13 First I would like to thank the powers that be for us not choosing the 8/13 trip instead. I don't know what my girls would have done if they missed St. Thomas. Day 1: We chose the Princess bus transfer from Providence, RI. The bus was caught in traffic and didn't get to the bus station until 9:15am. We were supposed to leave at 8:45am. We were underway by 9:30am. We had one stop in New Haven, CT and then on through to Brooklyn. We didn't get there until 2:15pm. Terri made our reservations for Sabatinis & the Crown Grill. Once there it didn't take very long and we were through the check-in process and in our stateroom (D726) by 2:45pm. Wet met Rodrigo, our cabin steward. This was his first cruise back from a 5 month vacation. He was absolutely wonderful. We rushed up to Outriggers but there weren't too many people left at the CC get together. Or Princess organized M&G wasn't until the next morning, so I was ok with that. We rushed to grab something to eat at the Horizon Buffett. I was so hungry, I didn't even notice if it was good or bad, then on to the Safety Drill. I have to admit if I have to choose the best safety drill on the high seas, it would be Princess. You don't have to go stand out in the hot sun on the deck below the life boats, you go to your muster station and get the information there. With a bad back, standing for that long was always hard for me. Then, it was to our cabins to drop off our life vests and up to Deck 15 to view the departure from NYC. We ate lunch so late that dinner wasn't our first priority. We checked out the ship and of course we made it to the casino. The opening show in the Princess Theater was very good. We met Dan Styne, our CD (awesome guy) and he introduced some of his staff. We got a quick show from the singers & dancers and the comedian Jay Moore. Then, it was off to bed. Day 2: We set our clocks forward this am. 2 of us went to the gym and 2 of us went to breakfast and got lounge chairs at the pool. Once the other 2 made it to the pool, it was over cast, so we packed up and left. I went to the Acupuncture seminar while the other 3 went to ceramics. Our M&G was at 11am in Skywalkers. I told them I would meet them there. I made it, they didn't. It was a great group. Frank & Jeanne did a wonderful job organizing it. I then stopped by the pizza station (love their pizza) for a quick lunch and then off to the shopping demo, which I didn't make. I went to the martini demo instead and then on to the slot tournament. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as others have been. There isn't much difference except that they only use 4 machines instead of 6 which makes the wait time longer. I didn't qualify, oh well. I then made it up to the line dancing class with Terri. That was a lot of fun, except for the guy that kept stepping on my feet. I have to say they should have had Rocky (I think that was her name) on the TV screen because the people in the back couldn't see her feet. Stopped by the casino on my way to getting ready for formal night. I don't know why, but it always appears that the casinos on board the ships get the worst slot machines there are. It is almost like the junk that no one else wants. But, of course, that doesn't stop me from donating! After that I was off to the stateroom to get ready for formal night. Here I find 3 sick women. One was light headed and the other 2 were feeling the ocean. I felt the ship sway on occasion but it didn't bother me. But they were sick. So, off I go to get green apples and they started taking the ginger pills and eating the ginger snaps that we had. They were already taking Dramamine and had on their wrist bands. It finally passed and we were off to dinner. Our pictures weren't very good, but we kept hoping for the next time. We went to dinner in the Island Dining Room, which wasn't as busy as the other one. We were blessed with a dining room steward by the name of Ana Maria. She was the highlight of our meal. The food was very good, no complaints. Then, off to the show. One of my girls fell in love with the CD and one or two of the others fell in love with one of the dancers (Sam). The show was very good. People complain about the show being repeated on another night, but for a 9 day cruise, I can see why they do it. Also, the Princess Theater isn't large enough for all of the passengers to see it in the 2 offerings on the first night. We watched Princess Pop Star and one of us went to see the hypnotist/comedian. She enjoyed that show. Of course, it was blackjack for me and then to bed. Day 3: Bermuda. Having been here many times before, we chose to take a bus to Horseshoe Bay and then on to Hamilton for a few select items and then the ferry back to the dockyard. The NCL Dawn was also docked with us. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful island, but it wasn't enough time to enjoy it. We got back to the ship after a short stop at the Frog & Onion and got ready for dinner. We headed off to the Island Dining room and asked for Ana Maria again, and we got her. She was as wonderful as the night before. We also found that we enjoyed the meals in the dining room a lot more than the buffet. After this the girls went to the show (Jay Moore, comedian) and the comedian/hypnotist. I went to the black jack tournament. I didn't qualify and I am glad I didn't. They had a special table set up with no seats. I couldn't stand that long because of my back. But, I did play black jack for awhile then to bed. Day 4: I started the day with acupuncture for my back and then a massage. My back had been bothering me constantly for the last couple of days. I was hoping that this would help. The only thing that happened was instead of it being constant, it was less often. I think it was the massage, not the acupuncture. We checked out the arts and crafts (3D Hearts). I thought they were lame, but they were a little difficult to make. We had dinner in Sabatinis. It was good, but by the time I got to the main course I was done. It was country night. I made it to the trivia (obscure questions as usual). Of course I heckled Andy who was asking and he started calling me Miss Obscure. I gave him my Toby Keith bandana and we made peace!! The girls came and they line danced, while I listened and actually drank too much (there is always once on the cruise). Then it was back to the casino and then to bed. Day 5: Puerto Rico. The clocks were set back 1 hour this morning. I needed the extra sleep after last night. Luckily we didn't dock in PR until 10. We took the Rainforest drive excursion through the ship. I expected more, but the view was wonderful from the top. He dropped us off at the Plaza in Old San Juan. We snapped a few pics and then headed to Senor Frogs. That place is always a trip. We dropped off our things and changed and went back to the Sheraton for a little casino action. We were in bed early. Day 6: St. Thomas. We went on a private tour with Sunny Liston tours. Elvis was our guide. Some of the other members of CC were with us. Elvis dropped us in Charlotte Amalie for 2 hours. I got my Del Sol shirt and my black coral bracelet. After that we headed to Peter's Great House (Mountain Top burned down). The views were beautiful from there. After that Elvis said he would take us back to the ship or drop us at the beach. I was starting to come down with something, because I had an awful sore throat. Elvis dropped the girls and 4 others at Maegen's Bay and I went back to the ship. I got pizza and then back to the stateroom. It rained when I was getting off the bus. It rained again while I was on the balcony waiting for the girls to come back. When they got back they said they never got any rain. That was good since they were at the beach. After they got back and were taking showers, I offered to get them pizza and bring it back to the room. Well, in front of the ice cream stand I slipped and fell and landed flat on my back. The deck was slippery because of the rain and it hadn't been mopped up yet. I got up and got the pizza. When I got back to the room I called the front desk to file an accident report. They called the on call nurse and she met me at the Medical Center where I completed it. After that a man from security called me up and came to the cabin to ask me more questions. Other than 2 swollen thumbs, I didn't have any real problems. I wasn't up to doing much, so after dinner at the Island dining room with Ana Maria, I headed to bed. Day 7. Grand Turk. Breakfast in the cabin and then off to the casino. We played bingo and then headed to the Cafe Carib for the pasta lunch. After that we went to Grand Turk. There isn't much there except for Margarittaville, though they do have a Ron Jon's, Piranha Joe's, & a Del Sol. The girls went shopping, I went to the beach and then to the pool at Margarittaville. After that I went back to the ship and went to the Medical Center. I thought I was coming down with something yesterday and it showed up today. I had an awful head cold and cough. I wouldn't have bothered with the Medical Center except that every time I coughed my back/ribs hurt and I was afraid of more damage. They gave me pain meds, and cold stuff and sent me on my way. It was another early night for me. Day 8. Today was the On Deck for the Cure walk which Terri did. I didn't do much except bingo twice. We went up to get ready for dinner. I didn't decide until the last minute that I would go. It was formal night and I felt lousy. But, I bit the bullet since it was formal night and went. We went to the Island Dining Room, but couldn't get Ana Maria so we settled for someone else, who was fine, but not her. Our formal pictures came out a lot better than the first formal night. After dinner we went to the Production Show Piano Man and it was very good. Day 9. Well, the day was filled with getting photos of all of the people we wanted to remember. We also went to bingo twice and I went to the slot tournament. No luck again. We went to the Island Dining Room again and got seated in Ana Maria's section so we got to take pics with her. We received all of our debarkation paper work. I liked the fact that they didn't have the big meeting but Dan did the debarkation talk on the TV instead. I also received my Platinum Captain's Circle package. Day 10. Debarkation was fine until we got off the ship. We were schedule to meet in the Crown Grill at 10:30am. That is the latest I have ever been scheduled to leave. There were no porters available and we had to drag our own luggage to the bus. Well, my back finally fought back. I was miserable and still am for that matter (8/22). Our bus ride back to Providence was uneventful and we got back about 3:30. I want to say that I had a great time even though I was sick & bruised. Everyone we encountered was great. Especially Ana Maria and our room steward Rodrigo. He should receive the highest of praise after taking care of 4 women in one mini suite. He was a master at his art. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
This was our third Princess cruise and all I can say is that if tattoo's, body piercing and people with no manners or class are your style, then book this one. I certainly can not blame Princess, but apparantly this cruise runs most ... Read More
This was our third Princess cruise and all I can say is that if tattoo's, body piercing and people with no manners or class are your style, then book this one. I certainly can not blame Princess, but apparantly this cruise runs most of the summer, so by the time we got on the ship the entire crew was "fried" from the clientele from previous weeks. My husband appoached the maitre d about changing our dining table and the guy was just completely rude. The pool scene was not appropriate for our 6 year old daughter, half of the "moms" looked like they all shopped at Forever 21 and got their belly's pierced on the way to the ship, we saw a lot of implants, even with the young girls. The parents were worse than the children and were giving their kids drinks and they all overtook the pools. You could not find a lounge chair, they all got up in the morning and saved them all. The dining room was more of the same, most did not respect the dress code and were argumentative with the staff. Every night the drunks would go up and down the hallways and wake everyone up. One night a group of boys decided to take everyone's room service request off their doors, so no one got their order. We missed our tour because of it. I finally got to speak with the head of passenger services and they just apologized, there was not much they could do to control the enviornment on the ship. He said when the ship turns around and goes to New England it's a whole different clientele. I guess this is what you get when you embark in Brooklyn, many of the people looked like they just came in off the subway line. The clientele on the ship ruined the trip for us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
My last cruise before this was on the Norwegian Dawn from New York.  I won't get started on a rant about that ship, but needless to say the Caribbean Princess was a welcome change of environment and quality.  Kids and the young at ... Read More
My last cruise before this was on the Norwegian Dawn from New York.  I won't get started on a rant about that ship, but needless to say the Caribbean Princess was a welcome change of environment and quality.  Kids and the young at heart, do not be afraid of Princess's reputation.  On our cruise, there were 300 teenagers (ages 13-17) and the ship was not stuck up or full of old people at all.  In my opinion, Princess combined the fun and friendliness of Carnival with the cleanliness and elegance of Holland-America or Cunard.  The Caribbean Princess (and its sister ships) are very big and very nice.CabinsOur inside cabin was actually a pretty good size compared to some other inside cabins that I've been in.  The only problem was the bathroom.  As I said, this was my 8th cruise and the shower was probably the smallest I've seen on a cruise ship yet.  The good part, however, was that the shower allowed you to adjust the water pressure from light to blast-your-skin-off and several levels of intensity in between.  Our cabin steward Arnel was excellent!  (Deck 12 Forward, Port side).  FoodThe food was excellent.  I gained 10 pounds on a 9-night cruise!  I was up until almost 3 AM many nights and even then there was still food in Cafe Caribe (Deck 15 Aft).  The pizza was good and was readily available most of the day (sometimes we would have to wait a few minutes for our after-midnight snack).  I was traveling with a group of 10 people and we like to sit at one table, but we were separated the first night in the Palm Dining Room.  I'm not sure if this was the cruise line's fault or the fault of the Travel Agent, but the Maitre d' sent us a notification the next afternoon that he could accommodate all of us at one table in the Coral Dining Room at almost the same time as our original seating.  The food choice was excellent in the dining room.  And if you're not into eating duck and unidentifiable types of fish (I am not), then there's always caesar salad, chicken and other daily alternatives that were just as tasty and well-prepared as a featured dish.  The service in the dining room was also very good.  However, the upstairs eating areas on the Lido Deck (Deck 15) were often crowded (see below).EntertainmentThe entertainment on this ship was good, but I've seen better.  There were two different comedians during the cruise, both were hilarious in my opinion.  There was also a hypnotist.  He was good in his hypnosis show, but he did another show later in the cruise that, I thought, had a lot of phony bologna in it (to put it in laymen's terms).  There was a "bad boy of magician" who was juts plain weird and not that funny, or a good magician for that matter.  While the shows were good, they were repeated.  The hypnotist did a total of 5 performances of the same exact show over the course of 3 days.  The so-so magician performed two nights in a row.  The singing-and-dancing show was apparently good.  I didn't go, but I heard it was decent.  However, it too was repeated a second night during the cruise.  This meant that there wasn't always a show to go see after dinner.Teen Group (REMIX)The Teen Group is very strict.  In order to register a teen, a parent needs to sit through a safety briefing session, and the teen's card needs to be cut, and I quote "with the special scissors that nobody else has."  If your card wasn't cut, you couldn't enter because there was a teen group moderator carding everybody at almost all times.  It was good that there weren't older people in the teen group (my last cruise had 20-somethings with alcohol in hand in the teen group and the moderators didn't care.)  However, the moderators treated us like children by forcing us to participate in games and such, so I spent more time elsewhere with friends I made there.  I still had fun of course, but not because of Remix.It's Too Crowded!As I mentioned before, the Caribbean Princess was the biggest and newest ship I have been on as of yet.  One of the problems with this ship is its size.  The Caribbean Princess has extra cabin space as compared to its sister ships, which means it can accommodate 500 more passengers than its sister ships (the Crown, Emerald and Ruby Princess).  However, the public spaces were not updated to reflect this change.  Everything was crowded.  I could never find an empty table near the Pizza and Hot Dog/Hamburger Grill (I forget the name).  The Buffet Line at Breakfast was often very long, especially after 10:30 AM when some stations began closing down for workers to begin preparing lunch.  The Princess Theatre was always packed.  There were also decent shows in the Explorer's Lounge.  Most began at 8:30 but we had to arrive by 8:00 to get a seat.  Even though I wasn't allowed, members of my family who attended the Adult Comedian Show in Club Fusion also reported that there was no room for them to sit, even though they arrived 45 minutes before the show's start time.  (Later in the cruise for the "London Calling" show they found a Scrabble board and got seats almost 2 hours before start time and just played Scrabble until then).  OverallNice ship.  Very clean.  Very friendly staff.  Very good food.  Very crowded in public places like lounges and cafes.  Itinerary was only so-so.  Entertainment was hit-and-miss, and repeated too often. 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Sail Date July 2009
                My husband and I just got back today from an Eastern Caribbean cruise on CB with our 2 children, ages 9 and 11.  We were in a group of 13.  Sorry if this is wordy....I talk/write a lot.... ... Read More
                My husband and I just got back today from an Eastern Caribbean cruise on CB with our 2 children, ages 9 and 11.  We were in a group of 13.  Sorry if this is wordy....I talk/write a lot....                 Embarkation was a delight.  We were driven by van and dropped off at 11:30.  We were probably the 5th group to board-embarkation was a breeze.  We immediately tried to sign up for the sanctuary for the week  for my parents which was already booked by 12:45.  We had lunch in the Coral Dining Room-much quieter and laid back then the buffet.  By the time lunch was finished our luggage was already at our cabin.  Our cabin was lovely.  I loved the huge closet and our balcony was nice and large with 4 chairs and a small table.  We could see the balcony below us and we could be seen-but we received our robes and it was not a problem.                 Immediately after lunch my DH stood on line to speak with the head waiter regarding our seating.  We were a group of 13 and not all eating together.  He brought a book and I unpacked and joined him when I was finished.  They totally accommodated us to have 2 tables at early seating which was great!  Meals were ok-again this is my 9th cruise (NCL, Carnival, RC) but my first on Princess.  I found there to be a lot of beef and pork choices-not too many chicken.  My daughter enjoys cold fruit soups-not offered many nights.  We tried several times to get Escargot for my son-he had it twice but would have preferred more often.  The head waiter did get us pasta with olive oil and garlic one evening, but when asked a second time only was able to get 6 portions (we needed 13) although he was tipped generously the first night.  DH enjoyed bringing wine on board.  DH also enjoyed beer that he was able to get at the Wheelhouse in a pint glass...something that others have had concerns about.  (The secret is to ask for a mixing glass.)  We did eat at the Crown Grill which was very enjoyable and relaxing.  They did not help me with cutting the lobster tail.                 Kids were in 2 different levels at camp.  Both kids left dinner every night before dessert to be certain not to "miss anything."  My son, 9, loved the foosball, Wii competitions, and dodge ball.  My daughter, 11, loved the ping pong, card games, dodge ball and foosball .  The counselors were all wonderful.  Both of my children signed themselves in and out which was great.  We did have them have walkie talkies and we made arrangements on when/where to meet.  They always followed the plan probably in fear of losing their freedom.  They could not sign in/out on port days which was not a problem-just needed to remember our license.                  We did not stop at Bermuda due to weather.  In San Juan we had a couple's massage which was lovely (I loved the orange/lime water) and then we walked around a little with the kids.  In St Thomas we shopped and in Turks we did the horseback riding.  Horseback riding was a good time!  Wear shorts with a bathing suit underneath.  You do get wet!  My legs were slightly achy the next day.  Kids giggled a lot with the water gallop.                  The seniors in the group loved reading and people watching in the piazza.  If you are a coffee drinker definitely get the coffee card on day 1.  Coffee is not great except from the cafe and the lattes and cappuccinos were yummy as well.                  The ship is elegant.  I did not understand the elevators in that you needed to press several buttons to cue them to come and some had a very musty odor.  I found the entertainment to be fair.  My husband loved the poker and the bridge.                  Another big issue for me was the fitness center.  It opens at 7:00 which is great but you can't use the tread mills until 8:00.  The outside track is slippery if wet (which it was several mornings) and you need to go up/down steps.                 Service-room was kept tidy and she stayed out of our way.  No towel critters and not much interaction b/w us.  The dining room staff had 4 tables.  They kept us moving but unlike other cruises didn't spend the time telling us what was on the menu the next day or getting to know us.  They never helped us cut our kid's food.  By the end they did have lemons on the table for our water which was nice.  Only song was last day which they did a baked Alaska parade.                 Disembarkation was rather easy. We did have 2 mistakes on our bill which were quickly resolved.  We got to the desk early-the line was quite long when we were done.   We were in the fusion lounge and our color was 9:30 and we were called at 10:05.  We were in the van at 10:30.  Now I am on load 4 of wash and contemplating making dinner.    Read Less
Sail Date June 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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