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6 Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Embarkation was very good and well organised, the ship is lovely and clean, the staff very friendly for most of the bars and restaurants. The entertainment was awful and not what anyone other than Americans would call entertainment, ... Read More
Embarkation was very good and well organised, the ship is lovely and clean, the staff very friendly for most of the bars and restaurants. The entertainment was awful and not what anyone other than Americans would call entertainment, this made the whole trip poor because wherever you went you were bombarded by really poor so called entertainment, this was compares asking guest to run around and grab items of clothing and cocktails and run back to the stage with them, or over loud demonstrations of someone cutting up a melon making little people from them. The live band Fusion had a repertoire of about 20 songs and played them to death. The food was ok, but not as good as on P and O, afternoon tea was a total let down and lots of people complained about it. Our biggest complaint was about the photographers who constantly bombarded you with stupid photo requests where ever you went on board they hassled you to the extent this is the first cruise we have done and not had formal photographs done on board. The formal nights were also very low key and not made in to a celebration night because of the lack of good entertainment. They had a comedian in the theatre who was sexist and again his idea of being funny was to take the mick out of the guests - Not funny The theatre only showed 2 shows all week - Disapointed Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our first venture into a cruise holiday and we chose this particular route as it enabled us to sail from Southampton which meant we had the first three days at sea which was perfect to relax and settle into the holiday. Getting ... Read More
This was our first venture into a cruise holiday and we chose this particular route as it enabled us to sail from Southampton which meant we had the first three days at sea which was perfect to relax and settle into the holiday. Getting on board was very slickly handled with no queuing, clear instructions and very helpful crew. The bags are taken from your car as you pull up so no carrying of these either; we simply had our feet up in the 'stateroom' within 30 minutes of arriving - lovely. The cabin - sorry 'stateroom' - was very comofrtable, well equipped and with a neat ensuite shower room. We didn't go for a balcony but I can imagine that this would be a great feature if your budget runs to it. If you book a balcony, make sure you don't have an overhanging deck above that may take the sunshine. On board is a huge wealth of experiences to be enjoyed from several restaurants catering for every taste, many different bars with some great wines, cocktails and champagnes to spoil yourself on, a theatre with live entertainment every evening, 'movies under the stars' each night around one of the top deck pools, masses of kids entertainment, and so on.... The thing you notice above all else is that the crew, 'almost' without exception, are fantastic. They are very polite, very helpful, knowledgeable and nothing seems too much trouble - proper 5 star treatment. We had the mis-fortune to need to see the doctor whilst on board but again the service was very good and the medical centre is very well equipped - reassurring at least. But make sure you have travel insurance coz its not a cheap extra service. There are four swimming pools on different decks with the two centre ones being very much for families and children. The forward and aft pools were adults only and so this is where to head if you want a quieter expereince. TIPS FOR FIRST TIME CRUISERS WOULD BE: * You'll need an American power adapter for Princess ships but also take a European adapter is you want to use higher voltage appliances like hair straighteners, etc. * Remember to take a dinner suit/evening dress for the formal nights * If your budget is tight then you can book a cabin with an 'obstructed view' which is not a big problem and still enables a ocean outlook but much cheaper * You won't need a hair drier as one is provided * You won't need sun bed/beach towels as these are provided * If you want a sun bed on a day when the ship is at sea then get up early! Venture on deck after 9am and you've pretty much got no chance - they'll all be gone * Take you hand luggage in a wheeled suitcase as the bags are taken the night before you disembark and you'll have to carry the last items/clothes * You will automatically be charged a crew gretuity fee each day and, whilst boy they earn it, be aware you can opt out and pay this as and when you wish * Drinks range from around $4 to $10 on average (although naturally there are so expensive champagnes and wines if you wish) but this can soon mount up when on board for two weeks. So if you plan to have lots of alcaholic drinks then it may be worth considering the all inclusive deal - we did and didn't regret it - hic. They have wine deals too to choose from so will all depend on how much you will consume! Water, coffee, tea is available anyway all day. * If you really want to spoil yourself then book a place in "The Sanctuary" as soon as you can and experience luxury sun beds, pampered service and total peace and quiet whilst the ocean slips past in front of you - total bliss and at $20 p.p. per half day its not too expensive. * The organised tours where not something we wanted but if you do, then try to book early as they do get booked up. * If you simply want to wander around the port yourself then just get a shuttle bus for Marseille, Barcellona, Florence/Pisa and Rome (much too far to walk and only about $10p.p !!), just walk in when visiting Gibralter or Ajaccio (Corsica) Disembarkation was pretty smooth (although grabbing you bags was a little competitive) but you'll be off the ship within a few minutes of your allotted time. All impressive considering the 3500+ guests they have to deal with. We would throughly recommend a cruise holiday and, although this was our first trip and so we cannot directly compare to other cruiselines, Princess was absolutely excellent and more than fulfilled our expectations. From what we were told by other experienced guests and from what we saw, they seem to have struck a great balance between a family, relaxed atmosphere but with smart formal nights and child free areas to the ship. We're now going to book next years cruise - hope the above useful and do enjoy your trip too! :-) Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Having nothing to compare the Caribbean Princess with and reading some of the reviews, I wondered what I had let myself in for. All I can say l was pleasantly surprised. Sure the Ships is looking a bit tired but she goes in for a refit ... Read More
Having nothing to compare the Caribbean Princess with and reading some of the reviews, I wondered what I had let myself in for. All I can say l was pleasantly surprised. Sure the Ships is looking a bit tired but she goes in for a refit next year. From the moment of embarkation (which was very quick and efficient) to the point of disembarkation (the only let down) we could find nothing to complain about. There were queues for the Anytime Dining, as we ate early I cannot state how long people waited, only to say we did not have to queue at 6pm. The food in all dining venues was good, the Crown Grill and Sabatini's being excellent and well worth the extra $25 per head. The entertainment was good, there were trivia challenges every evening and these were well supported, dancing, music, and shows. On sea days there was plenty to keep you entertained if you so wanted during the morning/afternoon. There was a problem with sunbeds, but l did see the deck attendants removing towels. The Captain was very informative and at times funny, especially the night we encountered strong winds. The only blot was disembarkation there were delays of up 30 mins and no reason given, subsequently we disembarked as the new passengers were embarking it was a bit chaotic in the terminal. That said we would definitely cruise on the Caribbean Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We travelled the first week of the school summer holidays, if you don't like kids don't travel in the school holidays!! There were a lot of teens on board but they were no trouble and all polite and well behaved, so what, they ... Read More
We travelled the first week of the school summer holidays, if you don't like kids don't travel in the school holidays!! There were a lot of teens on board but they were no trouble and all polite and well behaved, so what, they may have been noisey at times but they're on HOLIDAY. We had a mini suite on deck 9 it was lovely and clean our only probelm was the sofa bed my daughter had to sleep on, seriously it should have been chucked in a skip years ago, how Princess could expect a paying a guest to sleep on it at all let alone a fortnight was beyond belief, we asked for an extra matress which we got , not perfect but better. Our cabin steward was really nice and helpful. I would recommend a balcony mini suite plenty of room for three with plenty of wardrobe space. The food was amazing always hot always well presented, we had anytime dining which worked well for us, yes we had a long wait some nights but it was always worth it. The buffet was very good but I really didn't like the being handed your plate and cutlery, set up, all very school canteen but we always got a table with no problem and enjoyed the selection. Always without fail struggeled to get a sunbed, never any in the shade, but on the occassions we did it was nice with the pizza bar nearby! Beware you don't stop eating on this cruise. Pools were big and had a seating area all around them, lots of kids enjoying their holidays a lovely atmosphere. The entertainment was good, we went to the theatre a few times and always enjoyed it. The singers around the bars were good even if a bit cruise ship cheesy, could not get a seat in crooners; people table blocking all night WITHOUT drinks!! we liked it there as they did the best cocktails, on the two nights we did manage to get a seat we really enjoyed it. Here's the thing though, all the entertainment finishes around 11.00/11.30 what is that all about? we're on holiday, the bars closed around 12 (unless you went to the night club) all seemed geared up to the endless OAP's on board. Also tough luck if you want food after 11.00pm all that was available was toasted sandwiches. All the staff were polite and friendly couldn't fault them at all. Had afternoon tea one day, it was lovely, well served and presented, we didn't go again just too much food everywhere! but would recommend it. My main concern was the lack of air conditioning, it was so hot on board which was uncomfortable, we did raise the issue at customer services and they did have a fault with it which was supposedly repaired but honestly I think the air conditoning along with the sewage system are just knackered, it's an old ship, cosmetically it looks beautiful but major things are breaking down and these are the things that no doubt cost big money to put right. The sail away party from Gibralter was fanastic, such fun. We prepaid for the drinks package which was well worth the money, I would recommend that anyone who enjoys a drink buys this package, my daughter had the soft drinks package which was also good value. We have only ever cruised NCL before so could only compare to that, Entertainment on Princess is way behind, AirConditioning is way behind , Sofa bed way behind as is sunbed situation but I really did enjoy this cruise and going from Sothampton is a breeze, ebarkation was so easy as was dis-embarkation. All in all we had an excellent holiday, on a lovely ship. If you have booked or considering booking this cruise ship you will have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Travelled with my 13 year old daughter. We have done 2 Princess cruises prior to this and 7 in total including other lines. EMBARKATION Quick, pleasant. Onboard within 15 minutes of arriving at 12 noon. Room was ready for us. ... Read More
Travelled with my 13 year old daughter. We have done 2 Princess cruises prior to this and 7 in total including other lines. EMBARKATION Quick, pleasant. Onboard within 15 minutes of arriving at 12 noon. Room was ready for us. Wonderful staff in all the ship. Always said hello and were extremely helpful and polite in all departments. Captain gave information on navigation daily. His name was Nick Nash and as it turns out after researching him, he is a Master Captain and a training captain. No wonder we felt in good hands in some very rough seas! ROOM Outside cabin on Plaza, deck 5. Nice with plenty of room. A little dated, nothing swish but definitely clean and pleasant. Usual stuff such as TV, fridge, hairdryer (not great but useful), dressing table, shower with gels etc. TV programming was really good with some recent movies and reruns of the Loveboat on constantly. News channels too. MAIN RESTAURANT We were Traditional Dining at 6pm. A bit too early but we managed to make dinner every night as it was so good. Fellow tablemates excellent company. Waiter Manuel and his assistant were excellent. Welcoming, knowledgeable and efficient. The food was very good, served promptly and the choice was excellent. Desserts were amazing. Chocolate Journeys not to be missed but stalwarts like Creme Brulee and Cheesecake were fabulous too. We often stayed late with coffee after dinner but tried to leave before 8 to allow them to set up for next sitting. One of our tablemates had food allergies and the Maitre D' gave her excellent advice and a menu a day ahead so they could adjust menu just for her. Really great dining experience. This is a well oiled operation. We had lunch here too sometimes when on sea days. Also had the complimentary Pizza lunch at Sabatinis on one sea day and this was excellent. The pizza was as good was what we had in Genoa! BUFFET Horizon Court served fabulous breakfasts. We were always late on in the service so didn't see too many lines forming. So much choice it was amazing. Don't know how they do it for the money. Lunch and dinner we didn't do much here but when we did it was really good with lots of choice and was hot. INTERNATIONAL CAFE was amazing as usual. All free and open 24 hours offering snacks and desserts which were all excellent and served with a smile. Coffees available at extra fee. My daughter took the soda/mocktails package. Was excellent value and was utilised very well both at dinner table and around the ship. Ice cream at Scoops by pool on Lido deck was excellent and all included in price. Movies under stars only watched once but was great and complimentary popcorn a bonus. SHOWS IN MAIN THEATRE This is where I was disappointed a bit. I love the chorus shows and there were only three during the whole two weeks. Probably not such a loss as they were quite dated and to be honest not up to the usual standard and certainly nowhere near the standard of the shows onboard the Oasis of the Seas last year. The singers were fabulous and they were well capable of performing their own shows and perhaps could have been given shows rather than a couple of weak cabaret acts that were on during the cruise. The guest cabaret acts were, in the main, very good. One, a singer who was like a bad pub singer who couldn't pronounce his vowels correctly, was really awful and he was on for two nights!!! The best was a lady called Philippa Healey who is a West End star. She was amazing but unfortunately only on for one night. There were some other good acts too including David Knight, a hypnotist, Ben somebody, an ex factor finalist etc. ENTERTAINMENT AROUND THE SHIP Didn't watch too much music around the ship but one chap called Tommy McPhee played piano and sang in Crooners most nights and he was really good but Crooners is such a small space and it was standing room only. I would have put him and his Grand Piano in the middle of the dance floor in Explorers Lounge so more people could enjoy him. Cruise Directors Staff were excellent and really good fun. Night time Karaoke and Quiz shows were well run but I think should have followed one another in the same venue rather than having to move around the ship. Daytime activities seemed plentiful and well run but I didnt attend many. POOLS AND SUNBEDS Pools were well kept but fairly busy due to school holidays. Adult only pool at back and front one near gym available and not too busy. Sunbed situation really bad on sea days. Worst I've known to be honest. Brits on board so all out at first sign of sun. GYM was excellent and well equipped and never too busy. PORTS visited were nice but visited most of them before. We are looking forward to our next cruise which will hopefully be with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Embarked on above date, greeted with an disgusting smell. Which lingered along the whole of deck 15. From beginning to end of cruise the toilet facilities were apalling. At least one toilet (out of 3) were "out of service" for ... Read More
Embarked on above date, greeted with an disgusting smell. Which lingered along the whole of deck 15. From beginning to end of cruise the toilet facilities were apalling. At least one toilet (out of 3) were "out of service" for the majority of the cruise. Sometimes two out of three. Deck 16 had no working toilets on the deck. The food in cafe caribe/horizon court was poor. Often cold or unedible. Bagels (which were a rarity) were only useful to prop open your door. Getting a table was a daily ordeal. The cruise clientele on this ship were mostly OAPs. Lots of mobility scooters/walking sticks etc/poor mobility. Believe me, dont be fooled. Come dinner time, or in anticipation of a table, by god they can shift! I found some (not all, some were very nice) rude and even though you had paraded around both resturants for 3 laps, did not leave their table. Even though they had finished their breakfast etc and were JUST drinking coffee etc, would not offer their seat to accomodate my family. (I have 3 children). The entertainment was shocking. The caribbean dancers performances were quite good. However, the rest of the shows were lacklustre. I lost count how many times the same band/singer etc played multiple performances over the duration of the cruise. Before booking this holiday, I was assured by a princess representative that this ship is suitable for families. Well, I have to say I completely disagree. I explained I had previously been on Independance and she assured me "there was plenty for children to do". Please, dont waste your money. After 9pm there is nothing to do. If you think Blankety blank, wooden horse race, chat-up lines trivia, liars club is your idea of entertainment, then this is perfect for you. There is better entertainment in your local workingmans club. Absolutely embarrassing. No variety, for any age group just focused on the older generation. There were no chocolate nights as advertised. Oh, I forgot to mention the 50th anniversary celebrations which I was told they "would be pulling all the stops out for" consisted of balloons being released all the children didnt get a chance to get one, as all the adults (mostly old pushing down the stairs) to burst the balloons first! Yes, really putting all the stops out! Im sure you are really excited now!! What a treat!! Whilst embarking to Marseille (we did not know until evening before) we had to pay a shuttle price from port which was 8 dollars each way. The princess patter stated journey was 45 minutes. This was really only 20 minutes tops. Very misleading on princesses part and a complete rip off. Sixteen dollars per person was definitely not justified. Shame on you princess! The staff were very good, especially in the palm dining room. However, the meals were definitely not 5 star quality. The menu was mostly samey, with lack of variety and imagination. I feel misled in booking this cruise. It is nothing like the promo video, nor like the way the representative had described. Not suitable for families at all. Even my parents would not book again they are 58 and 62. They found it very boring. Princess has no hope in competing with the likes of royal caribbean. If you enjoy lazing by the pool on a dirty broken sunbed this is the perfect cruise for you. If you have children please do not book! 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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