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2 Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Norwegian Fjords

I enjoy cruising as a multi-generational vacation where the kids have activities so the adults can relax. Princess has made this impossible. For the program for age 3-7, they have a 10:1 child to caregiver ratio, which for this cruise ... Read More
I enjoy cruising as a multi-generational vacation where the kids have activities so the adults can relax. Princess has made this impossible. For the program for age 3-7, they have a 10:1 child to caregiver ratio, which for this cruise meant that at most points only one caregiver was present! Furthermore, the lack of staff meant that the caregivers provided no help with potty breaks, which is not realistic for 3 and 4-year olds. My friends and I were instead told that we would have to cancel our shore excursions so that an adult could be present on the ship at all times. For the older generation, getting around on the ship was challenging -- the main dining room aft was accessible from only two elevators, which needless to say were always jammed, and would frequently skip over floors. The food was mediocre -- so much so that we ended up sending around a third of the entrees back and ordering something else instead. Fortunately, our server at dinner was excellent, and was always willing to help us find an alternative. But service at breakfast was terrible, with long delays, lack of coordination (e.g. bringing the bagels without the cream cheese), and food served cold and unappetizing. The buffet was also a nightmare, with no way to find seating for our large party. We also chose Princess over other cruiselines because they have restricted smoking on the balconies, only to find that the crew recreation area was just below our cabins, so our balcony, cabin and the hallway frequently smelled of smoke. Norway was beautiful, but the overall experience was far from the relaxing and stress-free vacation we paid for. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Hi everyone this is my first attempt at posting a message.My name is Hugh & my wife's name is Sheila.We are cruise fanatics and have cruised with Royal Caribbean,Celebrity,P & O and Princess.This cruise to the fjords was a ... Read More
Hi everyone this is my first attempt at posting a message.My name is Hugh & my wife's name is Sheila.We are cruise fanatics and have cruised with Royal Caribbean,Celebrity,P & O and Princess.This cruise to the fjords was a 50th wedding cruise for my brother and sister in law.When we arrived at the port they were amazed at the size of the ship and were even more gobsmacked once on board.Sheila and my self were going to make their first cruise special so before departure with the assistance of the cabin steward we distracted them long enough to decorate their cabin with balloons, banners,confetti and champagne chilling on ice.After muster we guide them to their cabin and what a wonderful surprise they got (bringing tears to all our eyes) it was fantastic.The cruise itself was brilliant we visited Brugge,Copenhagen,Helsingborg (due to rough seas the captain decided not to use the tenders so unfortunately we missed this port) and Oslo was the final stop before heading back to Southampton.We must have done something or even everything right because they want us to plan their next cruise for 2016.Just before I log out Sheila and I are cruising from Southampton on the 5th of September on Caribbean Princess 16 night Trans Alantic finishing in New York are there any cruise critic members doing the same itinerary.We would love to meet other members and cruise fanatics. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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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