1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Princess Cruises
  4. Caribbean Princess Review
  5. Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews

26 Princess Caribbean Princess Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

My cousin and roommate, Joan Ruxton, wanted a cruise up the east coast of North America to see the fall colours. I said I'd like to join her, but I told her, "It has to be a Princess ship', because I had so enjoyed my 15 ... Read More
My cousin and roommate, Joan Ruxton, wanted a cruise up the east coast of North America to see the fall colours. I said I'd like to join her, but I told her, "It has to be a Princess ship', because I had so enjoyed my 15 day Princess cruise to Hawaii. Highlights of this latest cruise: 1st. Just being on the ocean would have been more than enough, however, on Princess much more was available; 2nd.: The company around the table in the formal dining room could not have been better. Warm, interesting, convivial, charming people from all over the globe broke bread with me and my cousin and made the dinner times sparkle; 3rd.: The food was a m a z i n g; 4th.: Awesome onboard entertainment - truly exceptionally talented dancers and singers worthy of Hollywood, put their hearts, souls and enthusiasm to work for our enjoyment. The comic I saw was a delight, bringing members of the audience up to the stage to 'help' him make us laugh and laugh we all did! 5th.: Princess has a library! How great is that?! Whenever I wanted to just relax by myself, books were free and easily accessible; 6th.: Our cabin stewart was wonderful. Just so meticulous, reliable and friendly; Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Never have we cruised with Princess before, and believe me we will never cruise with them again. We had the understanding that this ship had very recently been refurbished. Once in board, we saw little evidence of this. The ship is very ... Read More
Never have we cruised with Princess before, and believe me we will never cruise with them again. We had the understanding that this ship had very recently been refurbished. Once in board, we saw little evidence of this. The ship is very OLD AND TIRED. Dining on board was not good. We ate in the main dining with a 7:30 seating. We had a large group of 14 and had thought we could all sit together. This was not the case. We were sitting by each other, but at 2 separate tables. The head server would “suggest” his picks for dinners, which he would add that the picks were not good. We had 2 formal nights. Having read the required attire we do not remember the mention of NO shorts for men. The first formal night 2 men of our group had nice linen shorts. We had the exchange of words with the head guy and finally sat. The 2nd formal night one of our group only had shorts with him, he was not permitted to enter for dinner. The cabins were small although clean. Our group ended up sitting in the back of the boat on the sea day. We never did see anyone to serve drinks The boat itself had a lack of bathrooms. The one women’s bathroom by the main dining room only had one of the toilets working and that was only for 1/2 of the cruise. Other then that, the bathrooms were not marked well and very hard to located We saw one show up in the Skylounge. It was horrible. We all were very disappointed. One in our group checked his bill the night before we disembarked. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the whole cruise and was told the employees were at the end of their contract and was just plain tired and this was why the service was poor. Seems to me that this shouldn’t be the paying customers problem and if this was the case the cruise should have been at a deeply discounted price All in all, I was 100% disappointed and as stated before will never cruise with Princess again, along with the 13 others who were with me Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Itinerary was one of the main reasons to go on the Caribbean Prince. We have already cruised on this ship and loved it. We were celebrating a few things. My wife's Birthday, my 70th Birthday, and our 25th Weddings ... Read More
Itinerary was one of the main reasons to go on the Caribbean Prince. We have already cruised on this ship and loved it. We were celebrating a few things. My wife's Birthday, my 70th Birthday, and our 25th Weddings Anniversary. First time getting a larger suite, mainly for the size of the room and balcony. Was a little disappointed in the suite, because of the noise, no sun, sleeper sofa, and closet door making so much noise. Also my wife got her finger slammed in the door. Loved San Juan going to the Bacardi Rum distillery was the best your ever. Wish we had more time there to see more of New San Juan. The staff and service was great. Loved going to the Club Class restaurant every night. Everyone was so polite and helpful, all the way from the wait staff to the head chef. So happy with the new Medallion set up. The value for this Cruise was good. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Everything was incredible!! They make you feel like family and you never want to leave the ship! The food was world class and the service on the ship was otherworldly, the drinks on board were incredible and allowed you to venture into a ... Read More
Everything was incredible!! They make you feel like family and you never want to leave the ship! The food was world class and the service on the ship was otherworldly, the drinks on board were incredible and allowed you to venture into a whole other culture and a whole other world of excitement! It is a wonderful mix of people and every passenger on board was so fun and excited and so sweet to everyone else. The stage shows that they put on our like a broadway musical and the performers can sing with the best of them! They have a full range of things for you to do whether it’s hanging by the 5 pools and jacuzzi’s they have, learning about the many secrets of pirate treasure, world class shopping with incredible deals, or anything else you can think of, there is never ever a dull moment. Everything was so smooth especially with their new medallion you use for everything!! It is the best thing out there!! 100% recommend!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
they clean your room everyday, Varieties of food, Dining experience is really awesome. service is great, Ice cream bar was great, international cafe, Karaoke bar, fitness room, Art auction, love the idea of formal night and going to a fine ... Read More
they clean your room everyday, Varieties of food, Dining experience is really awesome. service is great, Ice cream bar was great, international cafe, Karaoke bar, fitness room, Art auction, love the idea of formal night and going to a fine dining after having pictures from the photographers and you will your pictures that same day...you can watch live shows everyday with their funny Cruise director & his staff, lots of entertainment and things to do, love all this fun games with the staff especially with the cruise director Matt, foods is great, enough restaurants to choose, great service, smooth sailing and they are organized, i will plan a next cruise this year again and i will convince some of my relatives and friends to join me and my wife for the next cruise before end of 2019, and hoping they will come out a promotion to back up my plan Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise to be with friends who were going. The service was pretty good. The room steward as well as wait staff was friendly, considerate and outgoing, with only a very few poor exceptions. Nothing really wowed us though. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be with friends who were going. The service was pretty good. The room steward as well as wait staff was friendly, considerate and outgoing, with only a very few poor exceptions. Nothing really wowed us though. The stateroom was nice, the bed comfortable, the closet huge, but the bathroom was small and the shower was so miniscule, if you dropped your razor you had to step of the shower to be able to bend over to pick it up. The on-board events were scheduled to promote herding from one event to the next which was uncomfortable at best. The pool decks were mostly quiet and peaceful during afternoons and evenings at sea except 1-hour of DJ one day and one hour of band music the next. They could have definitely used some fun beach music or games poolside. Oh, and the DJ played nothing but canned, pre-mixed mega-mixes the entire trip. Never spoke a word, just clicked the play button and sat back with his arms crossed. Pretty boring and the shortened/blended songs were mostly just annoying. The Ocean Medallion held lots of promise, but the reality is a let-down. Be prepared to let the Princess pick your pocket for internet service to unlock the Medallion or it is just a heavy hunk of jewelry masquerading as a fancy room key. We went on a cruise to get away so Internet access was something we did not want. Most important... If you get the Ocean Medallion ahead of time... MAKE SURE YOU HAVE IT ON YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVE!!!. No one tells you the only way to get on the ship is with the Medallion in hand. The printed boarding pass only gets you to the gate. The Medallion is required to get on the ship. If you packed it in your suitcase and left the suitcase on the dock as required, you're kinda screwed. Other than that, the food was pretty good, the service was pretty good, the entertainment was pretty good but the whole experience aboard ship was ho-hum. It wasn't awful. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I had the Panama Canal on my bucket list. This cruise satisfied my goal. Not the greatest cruise I've ever taken, however. The ship is older and in need of a complete redo. Engine vibration was so loud that we were using sign language ... Read More
I had the Panama Canal on my bucket list. This cruise satisfied my goal. Not the greatest cruise I've ever taken, however. The ship is older and in need of a complete redo. Engine vibration was so loud that we were using sign language to communicate with our tablemates in the Palm Diningroom. Cracked tiles in the public bathrooms, stained toilets, lumpy couches--you get the picture. May have been a beautiful ship in it's day--not anymore. Food was just so-so. Buffet was loaded with dishes full of mayonnaise. I stuck to salads and fruit. Omelette station in the morning was our only option. No grits!! Instead they make what looks like grits but smells like chicken fat and it sits right next to the oatmeal! Hard to take so early in the morning. The good news is that I came home 2 lbs thinner! That NEVER happens to me when I cruise. The production shows were top quality, the music was excellent throughout the ship, and the Crooner Bar was my go to spot. Best bar service on the ship. The casino was horrible. My husband and I are Video Poker players. They have machines set with 10 coin play and a progressive jackpot. We play 5 coins and a Royal Flush would only give you 1500 coins. Rotten odds, but no worry. We could barely get 4 of a kind. I hit on a random slot machine and played on their money all week. They weren't getting another dime from me! No comps for play, either. No one ever offered us so much as a diet coke! I've been on 50+ cruises--this was my first Princess cruise and probably my last. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The Bad : Ship shakes under sail and unbelievably worse in port, especially annoying when you are dining. Common areas good condition but we had hit and miss cabins this fall and winter, some ok and some awful condition. Ship staff said ... Read More
The Bad : Ship shakes under sail and unbelievably worse in port, especially annoying when you are dining. Common areas good condition but we had hit and miss cabins this fall and winter, some ok and some awful condition. Ship staff said they can’t update the rooms without a dry dock and the company keeps putting that off. Personally had and witnessed some negative interactions with the Guest Services Staff. As typical of the brand no built in activies for active adults and children. Just off a Christmas cruise on another ship of the brand, many families cruising and the young people were bored out of their minds. Royal Caribbean, Carnival or Norwegian would have been a better choice for a family vacation. The Good: The company has invested in Internet upgrades for this ship. Room and Dining staff generally excellent as is usual throughout the brand. Food quality and selection was on par with the brand and far superior to Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We were invited to join a group. Group never went in the end due to health issues so just four of us went. Worked out fine for everyone. Embarking was a real easy process. YAHOO! We like cruising every second year. This one had some great ... Read More
We were invited to join a group. Group never went in the end due to health issues so just four of us went. Worked out fine for everyone. Embarking was a real easy process. YAHOO! We like cruising every second year. This one had some great ports. Trinidad however was FILTHY! Would never consider going there again. Food was good, Brenda and Cravy treated us well at dinner. They were attentive but not bothersome. Best stop for me was Martinique. Went on a private tour with Meri of Anoli Tours to the Habitation Clement distillery. We had a great tour, Meri was a marvellous guide. Eric our steward was fabulous he was just a great guy all around. Found the entertainment a little dated! I'm 66 and it was set up for people past my age group so I missed some of the Revue Style shows. The comedians and the magician was good though. My wife was not thrilled with the music in the bars. The old crones don't stay up late so they should play music in Skywalker to fit the crowd. She also felt the steel drum player was overused. However she loved The Voice. THE COFFEE WAS TERRIBLE. We like room service early in the morning with coffee but what they brought us was not worthy of the name COFFEE. This is a big bugaboo with me, I do not want to go and buy coffee when I wake up. Many others were frustrated also. It never used to be this bad. I always sail Princess and found this boat to be as good as the others. The disembarking was a smooth process, we walked off with our bags at 7:45 as they said we would. We were at the airport half an hour later. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The itinerary of this cruise was very good. Two stops I would omit would be Martinique and Trinidad. They were too "big" city for me. When I go to an island I like to experience an island, not a big commercial area. The ... Read More
The itinerary of this cruise was very good. Two stops I would omit would be Martinique and Trinidad. They were too "big" city for me. When I go to an island I like to experience an island, not a big commercial area. The food on this cruise was terrible. Also, the coffee is made with a "syrup" not coffee grounds and it was not good. There were several complaints among passengers about this too. So if you are a lover of coffee you are forced to pay for ground coffee at the cafe. We were a party of 12 and several meals had to be sent back on several nights. We were on other Princess cruises and the food was very good, so this was a BIG disappointment. We met a couple that cruised Princess 26 times and agreed that the food on this ship was terrible. The shows were very good. However the theater was way too small for the amount of passengers. We had to rush our dinner and omit having dessert in order to get a seat at the show. There were some nights that we could not get in at all. This was a common complaint in speaking with other passengers. The service however, was excellent and the ship was immaculate. Staff was very friendly and eager to assist in any way they could and went out of their way to be helpful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was my first cruise with Princess and as a result of my experience, it will definitely be my last. Prior to booking, I had this impression that Princess was an elite cruising brand. I expected more of them than I would a Carnival, ... Read More
This was my first cruise with Princess and as a result of my experience, it will definitely be my last. Prior to booking, I had this impression that Princess was an elite cruising brand. I expected more of them than I would a Carnival, Norwegian or Royal Caribbean cruise line. I could not have been more wrong. Let's start with the PROS since its a short list. PROS: Embarkation - Princess is very organized. I was on the ship in less than 20 minutes from my arrival to the pier. I have NEVER gotten on a ship that fast before. There was no haggling to buy onboard packages and no pressure to take pictures. It was the most quickest, easiest embarkation I have ever experienced. Shore Excursions - I really liked that while the Excursions desk was not always manned that they had iPads at the desk so I could book excursions during their non-operating hours. I struggled whether to add this to the CONS list really, because the Excursions desk was closed before and during our sail away period, but I do like that I had this as an option. I like to book my excursions as soon as I get on the ship. I later learned I could have booked them in my room via the TV. Entertainment - I really enjoyed some of the musical talent on this ship. I learned of some new artistic gems like George Thursting that I now follow through social media. Love them. Folks, that's where my PROS list ends. Let's dive into everything that made this cruise horrible and left me vowing to NEVER cruise with Princess again. CONS: Bed Bug (in Room B249) - I usually don't sleep much, if at all, the night before a cruise, because I am busy packing and getting my house (and life) prepared for my extensive departure, so I usually make up for that sleep the first night on the ship. This cruise was no exception. I grabbed a bite to eat and booked my excursions once I got on board and I headed straight to my room to snooze. After we set sailed, I got up to grab something out of my bag and when I returned to the bed I noticed what looked like a bed bug crawling over the duvet cover. I screamed! I ran outside where the cabin steward was. He came in looking embarrassed, but not surprised, and scooped the bug into a glass jar. I was mortified. All I could think was how grateful I was that I had not unpacked yet. I did NOT want to take any of these critters home with me. I hear bed bugs are horrible to get rid of. I went straight to the reception desk to report it. Its the first night, so there's a long line. I patiently wait. When I get to the line, the service desk rep (Ignacio and Aracelli) said there was not much they could do besides send someone to investigate and clean the room since the ship was sold out. They did not offer me some place to sit or rest at during this 2-hour investigation. They did not offer me a complimentary beverage or meal. They did not apologize for the inconvenience. They did nothing, but "investigate." I stood on the side of the reception desk for 2 hours exhausted. I finally got back in line to see if there was an update, since NO ONE spoke to me during those 2 hours and only after I got back in line did someone call to check on the "investigation" and that's when I was told they were done and they did not find anything else (meaning another bug). For all I know, the investigation could have been completed an hour earlier. I return to my room alone. Visibly shaken, they did not offer to escort me to my room to reassure me and show me their findings. No one was there when I arrived. It was hours later when the cabin steward supervisor and my cabin steward returned to tell me the supervisor found nothing. I asked if I would be able to get checked by medical - something the front desk rep said I would be able to get as a courtesy to check for bed bug bites - and the supervisor told me NO. He said the ship doctor is not like a doctor on land, they're expensive, so I would have to pay for this myself. Um... OK! I was done after this. Done. He treated me like I was an inconvenience. Very hostile. I never unpacked my bag. I kept it closed the entire cruise and I checked my room for bed bugs each and every day. I tried not to let this ruin my trip cuz then I would definitely be on the losing end. I tried to make the best of it. Ship - Its old. Real old. Very dated. There's rust, mildew and mold everywhere. While I stood in line at the guest desk, I noticed there were multiple leaks from the ceiling. Also, the layout makes no sense. They give each deck a name. For example: Deck # 11 is named Baja and Deck # 15 is named Lido. Instead of referring to the deck number, you had to learn the deck names, because that is how they were referenced. It was so cooky. Then there were only so many elevator banks. I believe there were three or four for the entire ship and one or two of those only went to a few floors. There were no machines for people to add money to their room card/key. Everything went through the very incompetent guest desk. And they had to escalate everything. No one at the desk could make a decision at their level. No one was empowered to just do common sense things for guests. While I waited for my bed bug investigation, I heard a man with Platinum Level Status get upset over his beverage package and how someone screwed it up. I stood there thinking: If this guy is a loyal Princess cruiser and they treat him like that, how should I expect them to treat me? Not good, folks. Not good. Dining - I actually like the seating in the buffet dining areas. I liked that there were pub seating that looked directly out the window, so if you're a party of one you're only taking one seat and not an entire table. That's where my likes end. The food options were very limited and buffet small. It was about one-third of the size of the buffet area on the average Norwegian ship. Horrible! I made due, but I was just shocked. In Conclusion: The pros definitely did not outweigh the cons. I cannot justify the cost of the average Princess cruise for me to try the brand again. Outside of wanting to experience the Princess brand, I really chose this sailing because it was going to the ABC islands and it was full of smart at sea days. Heed my warnings. If nothing else, stay away from this ship unless you've cruised it before and know what to expect. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The Old Soldier's review. Warning: Do not accept a stateroom (R312) adjacent to the S and R Locker better known as the S (lam) and R (am) Locker. The employees will crash into the adjoining walls from 0600 to 2200 hours. Talking to ... Read More
The Old Soldier's review. Warning: Do not accept a stateroom (R312) adjacent to the S and R Locker better known as the S (lam) and R (am) Locker. The employees will crash into the adjoining walls from 0600 to 2200 hours. Talking to them doesn't help, no English, just a shoulder shrug. The locker is where the service elevators and storage areas are located. It sounds like they are coming through the walls. Check in went smooth. The room itself was clean and roomy. Bathroom was great, fluffy towels and hot water. The bed was semi firm but soft on top, the six pillows were extra fluffy and great. The cabin attendant was outstanding. Went out of his way for us. The TV broke and it was replaced right away. The channels were ok, mostly advertisements regarding the ship, little news as to what is going on, not up to date, kept a secret. TV showed 2 different times to arrive and the Captain announced a different time. Once it said we arrived and we were still at sea. The stop at Grand Cayman was cancelled due to weather but the TV said we are there. Food and service at the Island Dining Room was outstanding. Food and service at the buffet dining area, the World Fresh Marketplace, was adequate. The sandwich bar ran out of sandwiches the first day, then the next day ran out of breakfast coffee because the hot water machine broke. They brought in coffee from somewhere else later. They normally had great salsa but one day no salsa. I asked and the attendant said in a few minutes, a second attendant said he would check, I tried to stop him. Next thing they are both there one says in a minute and other says no salsa. Strange. But salsa was brought to our table when we finished eating. The ship's tenders were used to transport us to the shore, no provision for the handicap, told to climb the stairs when the tender was bobbing up and down. Possibly a handicap area on the bottom deck could be provided. The wife liked the shows. Many compliments about the shows except for one DJ who used a lot of music with profanity. The wife felt a little dizzy once after eating, so I requested a wheel chair to simply take her one deck down to the stateroom, was told "sorry we have procedures", no help there. Wife was really upset since we saw many folks in ship's wheelchairs all over the ship. We just waited at our table until she felt better and took her to the stateroom to lie down for a couple of minutes. Checking out turned out to be a disaster. However, I do recommend the EZCheck procedure, your luggage, for a small fee, "should" be taken directly to the airport without you having to worry about it. We also signed up for a shore excursion. We initially received our location (Theatre) for disembarking and cream colored luggage tags. Then we received the airline luggage tags. Then we received a notice to report to a different location (Crown Bar and Grill) 15 minutes before the initial time, for disembarking. While waiting we were paged to call 6000. No one initially knew why we called, after waiting we were told to get to the theatre. We were escorted to the luggage hold, were told to continue to process through Customs. But we saw one of our luggage bags in the purple area and none in the cream colored area, no one knew where the other 2 bags were. Was told to proceed and the luggage would follow. We were told we should not have received the cream colored tags. Fortunately all 3 bags came on the same plane we flew going home. Amazing. US Customs no longer requires a declaration form, was new to us. I feel that most problems encountered could be solved by the training of responsible leadership (attitude adjustment), subordinate training and hiring personnel with decent language skills. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I picked this cruise because of daily stops each day. Wonderful ports the whole trip! Ireland and Scotland Normandy are beautiful and safe to travel! We started in London and got to go to Wimbeldon pre cruise. Embarking was very ... Read More
I picked this cruise because of daily stops each day. Wonderful ports the whole trip! Ireland and Scotland Normandy are beautiful and safe to travel! We started in London and got to go to Wimbeldon pre cruise. Embarking was very smooth. Had private tours each day from the ship. Only place not offered was Kirkland. Only walk around this place. Do not bother with a tour. We paid for a tour from the ship was a horrible guide who we could not hear and he could not speak well at all. So we left the tour and walked around. Inverness and Belfast and Dublin, Cork, Glasgow and Edinbourg and Normandy! Wish we had 2 nights for France. Beautiful places to see and visit. The ship staff was wonderful! The food in Club Dinning was just good some nights and better in other nights. Sabatinis and Crown Grill had great Food and Staff was wonderful! Our suite was L106. My only complaint is the small bathroom, and loud speaker on our balcony, which woke us up each day at 7:00am, with daily announcements! We did not want to hear this on our vacation. We can set our own alarms. The other problem with this suite is the Gym above treadmill making noise above our bed each morning too. Bedding is nice and new. Our room steward was great! Shows were fun and many times no seats were left to sit in. Too crowded. Ship was big. Too many passengers. Be ready for this. Gym was hot and needs better A/C. Disembarkation was very easy. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I chose this cruise because it was a dance cruise USA dance chose this ship because we had such a good time going to alaska we had everything set up with the front office we were suppose to have our own dance areas for lessons and our ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was a dance cruise USA dance chose this ship because we had such a good time going to alaska we had everything set up with the front office we were suppose to have our own dance areas for lessons and our nightly dances what a joke ship wasn't any good , cabins were very small not like with alaska dining we were supposed to be sitting together entertainment was about average nothing great not like rccl or hal service was poor at best didn't care for your special island princess kay if you want to see how to set up a island for entertainment look at rccl and holand america that was a really great experience there they had horse back riding in the surf also para sailing i would never go on that cruise line or go on that ship poor excuse for a cruise i've been on 6-8 cruises and that was by far the worst you should check out some top notch ships Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Friends (all of us in our late 50s) had chosen this cruise and itinerary as a way to get a group of old high school friends together on a vacation. Embarkation was held up a little due to a US Coast guard inspection. I assume this ... Read More
Friends (all of us in our late 50s) had chosen this cruise and itinerary as a way to get a group of old high school friends together on a vacation. Embarkation was held up a little due to a US Coast guard inspection. I assume this happens from time to time. Disembarkation was a bit strange, we chose to do our own luggage, but still were stuck waiting to disembark an hour after our given time. The ship is an older ship, but because I have nothing to compare, I believe it was just fine. Loved our balcony cabin R602 and its location. Being mid-ship, we could go up one flight of stairs to the Horizon Court or the pool, Muts, etc. Did get lost a few times when I ventured to the outreaches of the ship. Some elevators do not go to all floors, so that was a bit confusing. Had late dining in the MDR each night with our group. DH and I only skipped one night in the MDR. Was a little confused when we went into the dining room on one evening and our usual table was occupied by others. Apparently this was some sort of sit anywhere you want freestyle type of night and our group ended up being split up across 3 portions of the MDR. Food was fine if not perfect. Although, they really need to re-think how they make their Baked Alaska, was not impressed and certainly felt let down. The entertainment was nice, some better than others and some a bit cheesy, but fun overall. There were zero enrichment activities related to the cruise. Was looking for a digital camera or GoPro session and neither were offered. Had hoped for something related to the islands we were visiting, nothing :-( Loved our steward, Pedro, he was so attentive. Waitstaff and bartenders were professional if not exactly friendly. Was not a fan of our Maitre d. He came across a bit hurried and as if you were a job to him and he was trying to impress someone, but not you the customer. The ports of the Southern Caribbean are well worth seeing. Wish I had more time on a couple of the islands. Did one Princess excursion and two independent. The independent ones were the best I am sorry to say. Overall, it was a fun trip with friends to exotic places. Still not sure the money spent was worth it as this trip cost more than our 9 days in Kauai 5 years ago. Lots of nickle/dimeing right from the beginning. Haven't decided if we will cruise again yet. Who knows. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Took this Cruise with a group of friends. We had a blast! Evening though the weather wasn't the best we still had a great time on the boat and off the boat. Our favorite stop was in San Francisco where we took a City and Muir Woods ... Read More
Took this Cruise with a group of friends. We had a blast! Evening though the weather wasn't the best we still had a great time on the boat and off the boat. Our favorite stop was in San Francisco where we took a City and Muir Woods tour with a fun tour company called Dylan's Tours. They took us all over the city and also showed us the redwood forest which I I've never seen before. We also took other tours in other city's which were fun but not as accommodating. We had a balcony, which was perfect for enjoying watching the Pacific Coast Coastline. There's a lot to do on the cruise but we spent most of the time enjoying views of the pacific and also sitting at the many bars inside the ship. I've been on many cruises and this was for sure one of the most enjoyable!!! Thank you Princess Cruises!!! PS. Great Food!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Chose this cruise with 11 friends/neighbors. We have cruised Princess multiple times. Horizon court is most often our choice for dining. On this oversold cruise only one side of Horizon Court was open during lunch and DINNER. This ... Read More
Chose this cruise with 11 friends/neighbors. We have cruised Princess multiple times. Horizon court is most often our choice for dining. On this oversold cruise only one side of Horizon Court was open during lunch and DINNER. This created lines back to the elevators waiting to get food, and created seating for groups of six difficult to find. Additionally we noticed fewer attendants serving drinks and refilling them compared to previous Princess cruises. The Caribe dining was seldom open for dinner, another of our favorites on previous voyages. Found the Piazza Int'l cafe to be terrific as usual and food and service was very good and up to Princess standards of the past. Specialty coffees were great. Seating inside on the promenade deck other than in front of the Explorer Lounge was non-existent which seemed strange since the Ruby and the Emerald (sister ships) seemed to have more in previous voyages. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Having cruised many times before (over 20) I must say that the food on this cruise was the best I have ever had. Each night there were many varied dishes and all were tasty. We had differently prepared seafood's, vegetarian, pasta and ... Read More
Having cruised many times before (over 20) I must say that the food on this cruise was the best I have ever had. Each night there were many varied dishes and all were tasty. We had differently prepared seafood's, vegetarian, pasta and meats. As all ships have , they too had their everyday choice of the usual. All members of the crew were very friendly and did cater to you and assist your every need. If lost on the ship trying to go from one location to another, if you were to ask for directions of a crew member not only did they tell you how to get there but they were quick to say follow me. The cabins were kept spotless, room service was on time for breakfast served in your cabin, boarding and embarkation were relatively easy. My disappointments was with the excursions desk. Port one when we arrived it was raining out cats and dogs. Our excursion was 3 hours of touring Honduras and 3 hours on a beach. When we wanted to cancel we were told there are no refunds, and such was in their terms and conditions. Funny that the same person who sold us this excursion never pointed out any terms and conditions. Did they really expect us to lie on a beach with horrific rains. After much debate and the tour operator agreeing that those not wanting to go can cancel. Yes I was refunded this excursion as was many others. Common sense if its pouring out you give a refund on weather related excursions. All of our other excursions were wonderful, we were graciously treated and welcomed. Our other disappoint was with the entertainment and activities aboard, which were few. Only two nights there was scheduled shows based on your dinner seating at either 7:00 pm or 10:00 pm the standard. Why they had two other shows scheduled for only 9:00 pm made no sense particularly if you had dinner at the second seating. Forget about any late shows or comedy shows at 11:00 PM or midnight there were none. The ships entertainment was lacking after 10 :00 pm there were only a few lounge shows in the bars. The day many chose to stay on board given the horrific rains you would think that the cruise director would create additional indoor activities, NO. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and time we wanted to go. As Princess Captain's Circle members, we were disappointed with the cruise overall. There were multiple places on the ship where the toilets were not working, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and time we wanted to go. As Princess Captain's Circle members, we were disappointed with the cruise overall. There were multiple places on the ship where the toilets were not working, one being the ladies room at Skywalkers. In a four stall restroom, only one stall was consistently working. There were a few instances where locks broke on bathroom doors leaving a couple of people locked in for quite awhile before they could get maintenance to come get them out. The food was just average as well as our waiter, who seemed very disinterested in making us happy. There were very few choices for non seafood eaters...you can only eat so much fettuccine...However, our Head Waiter Luigi, was very accommodating. In Skywalkers, the drinks were not full pours, although the would charge you 10 bucks a drink, and the waiter was argumentative when asked to correct it. The staff overall on this ship were just not as helpful as previous cruises. There was very little entertainment on the pool deck during sea days, which we found very weird and if there was anything at all it was only for a short period of time. Photos taken onboard by photographers were great, however we were a little irritated that our entire group could not be in the all inclusive package...200 bucks for some but not all pictures is kind of disappointing...it was only 4 pictures they would not include...not like the would lose that .40 cents it takes to print them. Overall, I would probably not choose this ship again, until issues are fixed. I will choose Princess, just not this particular ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We selected this cruise because my wife had always wanted to visit the British Isles. Embarkation was very smooth and fast. As was disembarkation. Ship was showing signs of being well used. Carpet on the mid ship stairway was really ... Read More
We selected this cruise because my wife had always wanted to visit the British Isles. Embarkation was very smooth and fast. As was disembarkation. Ship was showing signs of being well used. Carpet on the mid ship stairway was really worn out. The bathroom in our cabin was a little run down / beat up. Everything worked OK but there was obvious wear and tear on it. See my review about the bad location of our stateroom below. Food and Dining We ate in the dining room most nights and the food was average. Nothing over the top or really great about it. The deserts were the best part and I usually ordered at least 2 most nights. The buffet was OK we ate there mostly for breakfast and sometimes for desert / second dinner. A few nights they had some really good items and most nights they had good deserts. For breakfast it was the same things every day a good variety but always the same things. The international cafe in the plaza area had some good quick food and seldom even had a line. You can get food there 24 hours a day. Ice cream on this boat was NOT self serve and only open from 11:00AM to 10:00PM VERY different from the Carnival and Disney cruises we have been on before. They did have both soft serve and and scooped hard ice cream but you had to pay for hard ice cream unless you ordered it in the dining room as desert. The hard ice cream was really good and I ordered it for desert most nights. Overall the food was not as good as what I have eaten on Disney or even Carnival Cruises. Service was really good at all of the eating places. We did not book any shore excursions through the cruise line so I really have no feedback about them. We also did not watch most of the entertainment or shows so no feedback there either. We loved the ports of call and spent most every hour the boat was in port off the boat. I would love to go back and visit Ireland and Scotland again. Would I do it on a Princess Cruise? Probably not unless they were the only cruise line going where we wanted to go. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This cruise was our 11 cruise we have sailed on Disney, Royal Car., NCL, Costa and Princess. This was our second new years cruise with Princess, our was out of Miami and was awesome that is why we selected this Princess cruise this time ... Read More
This cruise was our 11 cruise we have sailed on Disney, Royal Car., NCL, Costa and Princess. This was our second new years cruise with Princess, our was out of Miami and was awesome that is why we selected this Princess cruise this time around. The Ship was very outdated, our balconies were fine, but the rest of the ship was in poor condition. The layout was very similar to our previous Princess cruise, but the entertainment was terrible, the Explorers lounge had a band playing but the quality was poor like they just through together some crew members and had them perform, the bar wasn't open so the waiter had to go get drinks from another area of the ship taking up to 30 minutes to get our drinks, there was absolutely no entertainment either by a band, DJ, or the cruise director by the pool during the day (NCL always had something happening during the day at the pool areas). the show in the Princess theatre was ok by the dancers and singers, but the comedy show was terrible, and there wasn't any other shows in the other lounges. If you were 80 years old and liked to go to bed at 9:30 you would have loved this cruise, but we had 15 people ages 18-52 and all were bored after dinner. Service was generally very good, everyone was friendly and helpful. We missed our first port Costa Maya due to delay leaving Houston not the cruise lines fault. We hit our next port on time and needed to get tenders off our ship. The cruise line was unprepared for this, since we were to begin the tender process by 8am and it did not start until 9:30, so most of us could not exit until noon, which put us 2-3 hours behind for our excursion. Then we needed to get back on the ship by 5 pm and the line to get a tender back took 1 hour and 30 minutes, so in essence we only stayed on shore for 3-4 hours. Then we arrived at our next port and all went better. Our final port was Cozumel, a make-up for the missed port of Costa Maya and all went smooth. For new years eve on our last Princess cruise they had an awesome party on deck with the countdown, but this was not the case on this cruise, they moved it all inside fearing weather which never became an issue this night and it was poorly run. We had 4 sea days and the cruise director did little to keep us entertained, thank God we had a large group since we were able to have fun ourselves. The casino was very small and had limited table games and half of them were closed at peak times making it hard to play at these tables, they seemed to be short handed with dealers. Exiting the ship was very smooth as we walked off with our own luggage. In summary, it was a very disappointing experience on this ship and would make us think twice about choosing Princess again. For the money we spent we could have taken the Oasis out of Miami and had plenty to do at all hours. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
The Caribbean Princess is a large ship but easy to navigate. The food was above average for cruise fare, both in the Horizon Court and the main dining rooms. The biggest complaint is the lack of availablde AnyTime Dining seating. Rarely ... Read More
The Caribbean Princess is a large ship but easy to navigate. The food was above average for cruise fare, both in the Horizon Court and the main dining rooms. The biggest complaint is the lack of availablde AnyTime Dining seating. Rarely did we get the dining time we desired, even when we called at 8:00AM when they started taking reservations. Entertainment both provided by the ship's singers and dancers and the guest performers was excellent. Duncan Tuck was marvelous as was Steve Moris. Enrichment lectures were nearly non-existent. The "29 Years at Sea" presentation by Bob, the cruise director was entertaining and informative. The fitness center was adequarte but was short of stationary bicycles and elliptical machines. Too many tredmills for the demographics of the guests. Embarcation/debarcation was just fine....some delay due to weather issues but not the fault of Princess. Overall, an enjoyable time for the cost. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
THANK YOU, PRINCESS CRUISES!!! What an amazing job of putting together a cruise to honor veterans .My husband and I flew in the day before the cruise and stayed at the Airport Doubletree by Hilton hotel at Houston Hobby. They have a free ... Read More
THANK YOU, PRINCESS CRUISES!!! What an amazing job of putting together a cruise to honor veterans .My husband and I flew in the day before the cruise and stayed at the Airport Doubletree by Hilton hotel at Houston Hobby. They have a free shuttle to and from the airport so we were able to go back to the baggage claim area the day of the cruise to meet our Princess transfer bus. This worked very well. Embarkation at the new Houston port went as well as it could with so many more Premier and Elite passengers than those who were not. The terminal is beautiful and well equipped. The downside is that it is a very long taxi ride from the airports (Houston Hobby is the closest) so we recommend doing a Princess transfer to and from the ship. Once onboard, the staff of the Caribbean was awesome with their welcomes. Our stateroom was ready just after noon and we were greeted by our Steward, David, who welcomed us by name. Nice touch! Since this was not a normal cruise to multiple ports, and was really to allow veterans a chance to meet one another and share "war stories", we spent the week attending the excellent seminars. Food in both the Horizon Court buffet and the Palm Dining Room was excellent with a great variety of foods each day. Service was excellent! Nightly entertainment was excellent as well! We could not imagine a better experience for this cause. Special thanks go to Alan Buckelew (sp?) who is the CEO of Princess and was on the ship all week. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Our large family group of 34 traveled to Alaska via Princess in 2009 and we had so much fun we decided to take another cruise together. Because we live in such a hot area, we wanted to cruise in a cooler environment for our summer ... Read More
Our large family group of 34 traveled to Alaska via Princess in 2009 and we had so much fun we decided to take another cruise together. Because we live in such a hot area, we wanted to cruise in a cooler environment for our summer vacation, and boy did we get it. We decided to arrive in New York City on Friday before our Monday departure. We had our four children with us, ages 11, 13, 15 and 19. NYC is a little rough for family travel. The expense for six people is overwhelming. The cab ride from LaGuardia to Times Square was about $50 (with tip) and we needed two cabs. Also difficult with children are the crowds. I could not relax because I was always worried that someone would wander off. My daughter and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Alexander McQueen exhibit, which I highly recommend, although we waited in line for 90 minutes and again, it was crowded. Perhaps the best thing we did in NYC was to buy tickets for the open top sight-seeing bus tour. The guides were excellent and we saw so much of the city. The harbor tour is included and it was excellent. We hired a private car service for the transfer from our hotel in Times Square to the Brooklyn port and the cost was $90 before tip, but we were able to get all six of us in one large SUV. We arrived at the port at about 2:30 and embarkation was very speedy and efficient. We neglected to print out boarding passes or luggage tags, yet we were still in our state rooms within 30 minutes. Our room steward greeted us upon arrival and was very friendly and attentive throughout the cruise, (Ronaldo, Aloha Deck.) We had about 15 adjoining balcony rooms on the port side of the ship. Ronaldo opened the balconies between our state rooms so we could visit outdoors while we sailed. During high winds, the balcony doors had to be locked because of noise (they would bang open and shut), but they were reopened when seas were calm and conditions were less windy. Unfortunately the weather in Canada was very foggy, cold and windy -- sometimes rainy and misty too. This was quite disappointing since we had no scenery while at sea -- just white fog. We had to skip our first port of call (Sydney) due to winds and high seas. I was not overly disappointed to miss Sydney because I was exhausted after NYC and my kids were thrilled to have an extra day at sea. The weather was so cold that it was very uncomfortable to be up on deck or on the balconies. There were movies under the stars and Princess offered blankets, but only the hardiest souls (and children) were brave enough to participate. In the end, I felt a bit trapped on the ship because the public areas were so crowded and it was too cold to be outside. One of the bar tenders said that kind of weather was very typical for the Canada segment of the cruise. Charlottetown was our first port and it was not very exciting. The town itself is so-so. It was not very picturesque. We hired a cab to take us to Green Gables (my children had watched the Disney "Anne of Green Gables" with Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farsnworth prior to the trip.) Green Gables was nice with very pretty gardens. But bear in mind that the home is the place that inspired the fictional story. The author did not live there, and neither did Anne since she is a fictional character. The Disney movie was not filmed there either. It was nice to visit Green Gables by cab since we avoided the large crowd that went with the Princess bus tour. We could come and go as we pleased. The cab was $50/hour and it accommodated all six of us. We hiked around the Green Gables property and then took the cab back to the port. On the way back we stopped at the Cows ice cream factory and had a cone which was delicious at $5/each. We also stopped at the Red Cliffs in the national park, which was fun for the kids because part of the movie was filmed there. Our driver also took us by a lighthouse and the beach. For a family of six, it was much cheaper to hire a cab for four hours and avoid the Princess tour. Other port reviews are listed below. Disembarkation was fine -- more chaotic than embarkation, but overall OK. We made the mistake of booking a flight home through Newark and the cab ride for six of us from the port to Newark was approx. $150 (we needed two cabs plus tip). Notes regarding the ship: The ship itself is a little shabby. It is in need of a face lift in my opinion. There were stained deck chairs, dirty carpet, 80's looking decor done in forest green/peach. There is an unpleasant smell in the Horizon court, not sure what it is, but it never went away. The shows were very crowded and often standing room only. The comedians were both good, but could easily offend certain people. My kids really enjoyed the activities which included an egg drop, scavenger hunt, basketball games, movies, ship building contest, etc. (We had to pick up materials for the ship building and scavenger hunt in port.) There were a lot of games, but we thought it was strange that only a few could play and everybody else watched. The service in the Palm dining room was good and bad. We had one excellent waitress and one poor waiter. The Horizon Court had a nice service in which a staff member would help you find a seat once you had your plate. Often they seated you with another party which was fine, since you wouldn't really want to do that on your own. Drink service in the Horizon Court/Caribe could be slow at times. The food was average at best. Lobster and prawns were good. The poached seafood appetizer with avocado was one of the best items. Desserts were mediocre. The food on the Horizon Court was not as good. The breakfast pastry was stale with unidentifiable fruit filling and the pancakes were inedible. The waffles were sometimes good. The quality of the fruit varied widely -- sometimes very good, but usually not good at all. Overall the buffet felt very much like a Furrs Cafeteria or a lunch room in a nursing home. If you have not cruised Alaska, I would recommend it far and above this itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
As we boarded the Caribbean Princess for 2 weeks in San Juan on Feb. 06, we immediately felt at home.The thing that immediately strikes us is the Staff's ability to always warmly welcome us, smiling and respectful-even though just ... Read More
As we boarded the Caribbean Princess for 2 weeks in San Juan on Feb. 06, we immediately felt at home.The thing that immediately strikes us is the Staff's ability to always warmly welcome us, smiling and respectful-even though just hours ago, they said good bye to over 3000 of last weeks (some quite nasty)vacationers. We quickly found our cabin, an outside cabin with balcony, Compact, but a perfect place to sleep and prepare for the fun ahead. We had 2 glorious weeks --to some great ports including; St.Thomas, Virgin Gorda, Antigua, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Barbados, San Juan, Curacao, and Aruba. Only 2 sea days on this trip--exactly the itinerary we wanted!!We have been to all of these islands, so we chose to do our own thing in each island, rather than partake in the ship's Tours. The food as always, was consistently good and plentiful, from the buffets to the Dining Rooms--we enjoyed it all.The Crown Grill is one of our favorite places to eat--A minimal cover charge for an exquisite meal with impeccable service. Sabatini's is also worth the cover charge, it's an evening of seemingly endless, delicious courses.Unfortunately, Princess is not immune to the ship-wide cutbacks happening across the cruise Industry, and it is beginning to be noticed in some of their food selections. There is always something happening throughout the days on the ship, Thanks to the Cruise Director"Neil" and his staff. Everything from at sea lectures, Art Auctions, pool games, exercise classes, Bingo, outdoor movies, shopping, gambling, or just lounging with a cocktail, on a chair. We also enjoyed a late afternoon cappuccino in the Atrium, while watching dancers, musicians, jugglers etc. perform. The evenings Entertainment was always varied, with some incredible shows happening throughout the Ship.I have previously seen all of the Princess review Shows, Caliente, Piano Man etc..They are really not our cup of tea, but people seem to enjoy them.We particularly liked the comedians, and magician. Sorry, but I have forgotten your names--but your shows had us in stitches.We absolutely loved the hypnotist--Fernandez. We saw his shows several times, including a hilarious "Midnight" adult show. For us, his performances were the icing on ship's entertainment package !!! As the Cruise industry keeps expanding, with thousands of cabins up for grabs every week, the prices have dramatically decreased. 25 years ago, the passengers were an entirely different breed. Now, everyone can afford to cruise--which is rapidly changing the face of Cruising. Undeniably, all cruise lines have to adjust to this change and big adjustments to "Budgets" will no doubt continue.All in all, we received great value for our dollar, we had an incredible holiday experience, met some wonderful people and are planning our next Cruise already.Thank you to all the hardworking Princess Staff for your commitment to our "Cruising Pleasure" Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
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

Find a Caribbean Princess Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click