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

We love Princess and it services. The Buffet is outstanding...service can not be matched by and other cruise line. Carribean Princess and it staff are wonderful. Our Cabin (P327) was maintained the way we would expect. If we did ... Read More
We love Princess and it services. The Buffet is outstanding...service can not be matched by and other cruise line. Carribean Princess and it staff are wonderful. Our Cabin (P327) was maintained the way we would expect. If we did not see something we would ask for it and sure nough it would be there by the next day. Our dining on board (anytime dining) was superb.,......the waiters advised what foods would be good and which we would enjoy the most. When we ask for something in the dining our waiter would get it and always make sure it was the way we liked it. If something was not right the staff would make every effort to correct it and provide perfection. We enjoyed the "Production" shows very much. However we do not enjoy comedians and jugglers......perhaps when we younger we may have enjoyed them more. Comedians do not use their microphones properly so the entire ordience can hear them. Only the first five (5) rows of people in attendance laughed at their jokes. Obviously everyone in the sixth row and further could not hear them. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
It was very boring if you are not 60 years old and looking to relax in the middle of the sun on the boat. The best part of the whole cruise was stopping at one of the 3 ports, St. Thomas. The other two ports, Princess Cay and St. Maarten, ... Read More
It was very boring if you are not 60 years old and looking to relax in the middle of the sun on the boat. The best part of the whole cruise was stopping at one of the 3 ports, St. Thomas. The other two ports, Princess Cay and St. Maarten, were not great and i would have rather spent that time in St. Thomas. The food on the boat was decent. The drinks were very expensive and the wifi was INCREDIBLY expensive. My little sister has fun in the teen area but my youngest sister was often bored when not in the kids club. I was bored a lot on the boat. The staff was pleasant though and worked very hard. Our cabin steward was not the best but my moms cabin steward was a lot worse. The staff in the teens and kids area was pleasant and my siblings liked them. The cruise director is fun but the activities that he led were kind of boring if you’re younger. I enjoyed the Marriage Match game. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Cruised more than 65 times, Princess is one our favorites. We’ve traveled to 85 plus countries. The cabins are good, the food is above average . I’m not a fan of anytime dining but they have options. We did the specialty Resturant and ... Read More
Cruised more than 65 times, Princess is one our favorites. We’ve traveled to 85 plus countries. The cabins are good, the food is above average . I’m not a fan of anytime dining but they have options. We did the specialty Resturant and it doesn’t get any better than what they did. The food was excellent and the service was equal to it. The shows were very good and the performers were on the upper scale. I actually didn’t get the shows but it’s probably because I’m a bit older. The comedian was great. The magician was one of the worst most amateurish I’ve seen, probably why he’s on a cruise ship! Not good! The staff and crew were better than most. They cared. It’s important to me to see a happy crew and workers, the Captain must be doing a good job. Everyone wanted to help! I’ll continue to cruise and use Princess. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We choose the Caribbean Princess based on recommendations from some friend who are big time cruisers. This was our first cruise so we really had no idea what to expect. We set off for a two week East/West Caribbean cruise to celebrate our ... Read More
We choose the Caribbean Princess based on recommendations from some friend who are big time cruisers. This was our first cruise so we really had no idea what to expect. We set off for a two week East/West Caribbean cruise to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. Here are a few things that we'd like to share. The good- The Caribbean is absolutly beautiful! The ship was beautiful and dang big. Takes days to see it all! We had smooth sailing even in somewhat rough seas. You're going to be around people from all over the world and our country, we really enjoyed this! The food was much, much better than we expected in every restaurant! The wait staff was exceptional! The nightly entertainment was much better than expected. There was always something going on. No matter what age, you'll find something fun to do! Loved the workout room, the sauna and steam rooms. There is a adult only "sanctuary" area for some quite pool/sun time. The high energy band "Static" was incredible! Most all entertainment was really good! The bad- We received $600 in onboard spending money. They took back $420 in mandatory tips for the hotel staff. Essentially, you're paying their wages for Princess Lines We had really good service and really lousy service. Regardless you're going to pay an additional 18% mandatory tip on all purchases regardless of service. We didn't like this. Spa prices are way over priced, especially the facials. The rooms are really small, showers are even smaller! Off shore excursions are over priced. Do your research and you'll find better for less. Our excursion to Xcaret was time limited and missed the best shows The ugly- If you do a facial, a massage or acupuncture be prepared for the sales pitch to buy the over priced products. Getting through to the front desk on the phone will drive you nuts. You're going to be nickel and dimed to death. We have traveled the world, I traveled for a living for 30+ years. This was big event for us, so we did it all. We had the balcony room, did the spa, acupuncture, facial, ate at a nice restaurant a couple of times. Drank some good wine and a lot of margarita's. After two weeks onboard, we had a great time but to be honest when I got the final bill, I just don't think the value was there. Paid a premium for above average vacation. Will make some changes and do more research for the next cruise. 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
I love Princess! Rooms are amazing, and the beds are more comfortable than my own. Staff pampers you and there are many great things to do. We are already planning our next Princess cruise. Princess is our preferred criuse line. Took a 14 ... Read More
I love Princess! Rooms are amazing, and the beds are more comfortable than my own. Staff pampers you and there are many great things to do. We are already planning our next Princess cruise. Princess is our preferred criuse line. Took a 14 day European cruise on Princess last year as well and was amazed with the ship experience as well as the excursions. You can relax and enjoy your time and thete is something to do for all ages. The only way to vacation for me now will be cruising. Pools, casino, ocean view, great food, bingo, and night time entertainment all wrapped up in one. It is even better with the medallion, makes everything so easy. Love the room service and speed and quality of the food. Lookung forward to the many many more cruises I will be taking with princess. Bon voyage until we cruise again. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
No only did the ship give the veterans 2 separate meetings with free champagne, they took a photo of the entire group and gave each Vet a keepsake for FREE! We had a very large group of Veterans on board - from WWII to present. Great ... Read More
No only did the ship give the veterans 2 separate meetings with free champagne, they took a photo of the entire group and gave each Vet a keepsake for FREE! We had a very large group of Veterans on board - from WWII to present. Great sharing of stories.. Hooray for Princess and especially an outstanding cruise director who made it all happen. It was much appreciated. Our cabin was great with lots of FREE movies on demand. We cruise a lot. Last Royal Caribbean cruise had 0 free movies. Very disappointing. Food was great. Entertainment was good. We had to get to the show at least 20 minutes early in order to find a seat. The guy at the piano bar was outstanding. Standing room only when he was at the keyboard. They could use more seating space at the piano bar. Price of massage was outrageously high. We cruise about 4 times a year. Princess is our favorite. Sorry to hear they were discontinuing their August Caribbean cruises next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Great value, convenient port for travel. VIP players club with special deals for those that attend the casino. Itinerary East and West Caribbean is lovely. Caribbean Princess is a lovely ship. Really like what they have done with the ... Read More
Great value, convenient port for travel. VIP players club with special deals for those that attend the casino. Itinerary East and West Caribbean is lovely. Caribbean Princess is a lovely ship. Really like what they have done with the Horizon Court area. Addition of 2 new specialty dining venues provide a greater variety. Decor in this area has been redone to create a lovely atmosphere. Entertainment is varied to find something for everyone. we especially are enjoying the Steel drum player. Very talented and manages to play many popular tunes with his drums..not exclusively reggae. Shore excursions are really good and top quality. Princess does a good job of keeping the flow moving with 3000+ on board. Multiple venues run simultaneously to allow passengers to attend a variety of performances and not be herded around like cattle. Could use a bit of improvement with WIFI access and internet...but a break from all that may be a blessing in disguise for many. .overall a fabulous ship and cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Destinations and availability. I want to thank the president of the line for giving us Veterans $100 on board credit. The service and food were great. The entertainment was outstanding. Our waiter Arnold and his assistant Joseph gave great ... Read More
Destinations and availability. I want to thank the president of the line for giving us Veterans $100 on board credit. The service and food were great. The entertainment was outstanding. Our waiter Arnold and his assistant Joseph gave great service as well as their manager Adrian who was very attentive to details and did whatever he could to make our experiences in the dining area a truly delightful experience. The facilities were very clean and the activities were wonderful. I cannot say enough of good things for this cruise. I will only sail on Princess lines in the future. I highly reccommend anyone considering a cruise to sail on a Princess line. I cannot wait until my next cruise. Thank you for all those that made this a wonderful vacation. The three ports of call were exciting, including Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire. It was especially nice that these ports were decorated for Christmas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have only sailed on the Ruby Princess round the Med a couple of years ago and having read some reviews and was a little apprehensive, I don't think the Carribean Princess is as good as the Ruby but we still enjoyed her company. ... Read More
We have only sailed on the Ruby Princess round the Med a couple of years ago and having read some reviews and was a little apprehensive, I don't think the Carribean Princess is as good as the Ruby but we still enjoyed her company. We did a B2B commencing on the 11th of April, we travelled from Manchester (UK) two days prior to make sure we arrived ok, we stayed at an hotel the first night as Princess had booked our second night in the Intercontinental at Doral, something needs to be addressed with regards to the meet and greet at Miami Airport, we arrived back at the airport to meet and transferred to the hotel no representative, every other companies representative were there and helped us page several times over the airport tannoy but alas he/she did not arrive, with this very poor service we took ourselves to the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the port was very good our representative at the hotel (June) was really well organised, transfer onto the ship was quick and efficient, our cabin was on Caribe deck which had a very large balcony, we would pick the deck again, cabin was clean and we were met by our cabin steward who was very friendly. Sorry but another negative here, this is our 7th cruise now and it was by far the worst for obtaining a table for two in the freedom dining in the Coral restaurant, we even arrived when the doors opened at 17.30 and still ended up with a pager very poor, after the first week of waiting or being transferred to the Island restaurant (first time for everything) I complained and we were transferred to fixed dining in the Palms restaurant which was fantastic the service was far better and relaxed. Out of the several ships excursions we really thought the catamaran sail/snorkel experience on Cozumel was the best, the worse was the bar prices on Balmoral island nearly $20 for two beers, even Dick Turpin wore a mask. We had no complaints with regards to the food all well cooked and plentiful, had lots of ice cream, had pizza on the last day just to say I'd had some and it too was really good, had some really nice conversations with the staff who came from all four corners of the world and we're happy to chat. The entertainment in the theatre was not up to standard of other cruise lines that we have used in the past, the production shows were worst, one exception was the illusionist he was brilliant. Disembarking was a breeze well organised and quick, I hope I have been fair with my overview of the ship/cruise both positive and negative, would we sail again on the Carribean Princess YES in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We are frequent cruisers on Princess, and took this cruise because we had never been to Grand Turk and it was the only stop on this cruise so it meant more time to relax. Princess does everything with flair. We had a great ocean view ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers on Princess, and took this cruise because we had never been to Grand Turk and it was the only stop on this cruise so it meant more time to relax. Princess does everything with flair. We had a great ocean view cabin conveniently located near he Piazza. We heard that his ship is going into dry dock for refurbishing and it does need it. Overall, the food, the experience, the service, the entertainment, the enrichment classes, and the adults only areas were a top notch cruise experience. I will comment here about the guys who are the staff in the Sanctuary. I think they need more supervision, as they were not that attentive to the guests. Their service could have been better. The Norman Love Chocolate experience on all of the Princess ships this year is not to be missed. It is incorporated into desserts, the spa, the beverages, and for purchase in the gift shop. Princess is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and went into partnership with world renowned chocolatier, Norman Love of Ft Myers FL. ITS WORTH A CRUISE! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our 7th Cruise with Princess. The food has always been excellent,.The crew was helpful and pleasent.We have been to the ports before, so we just took a short walk off the ship. I think that there should be more organized ... Read More
This was our 7th Cruise with Princess. The food has always been excellent,.The crew was helpful and pleasent.We have been to the ports before, so we just took a short walk off the ship. I think that there should be more organized activities ,such as getting people together for Bridge,or other games not just putting an ad saying games at 1 to 4PM .I remember a bulletin board was set up where people wrote their reqests for Bridge,Mah Jonng,Canasta etc.Another negative was the long waits after 6PM for Anytime Dining ,we never waited before on other Princess ships? I would like to see Princess giving the people om roll call for Cruise Critic a room to meet and mingle as we had on our trip to North Europe where we had over 100 of us meet and the ship provided refreshments too. But never the less we always enjoy cruising on a Princess ship.We are now in our 80s and have cruised since 1969 and still enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
The Caribbean Princess was launched in 2004 and the design is very similar to the Grand Princess on which we have also sailed several times. The Caribbean Princess has been maintained to excellent physical condition, and its entire staff ... Read More
The Caribbean Princess was launched in 2004 and the design is very similar to the Grand Princess on which we have also sailed several times. The Caribbean Princess has been maintained to excellent physical condition, and its entire staff has been very well trained and proved to be helpful in every instance that we experienced. The food provided in all the venues was delicious and among the best experienced among the many cruise lines we have used over the years. (our 73rd cruise) There was some delays experienced at the Breakfast Buffet each morning due to so many people delaying their meal to the last half hour of the Breakfast period, but the delays were of short duration. Of note to the passengers who are in need of mobility access, is that most of the doors leading to the outside decks must be manually opened, which does present somewhat of a problem for those in wheelchairs and scooters. The cabin doors (even the handicapped ones) are also only opened manually as opposed to many of the newer ships that have electrically operated doors. Of good news is the very good availability of the elevator system. There are many of them available throughout the ship and they are consistently kept in good operating order. I noticed only one elevator that was down for repairs that was not fixed during the entire cruise. Regarding meals; this ship offered many additional options for your culinary pleasure in the form of "Specialty Restaurants" that are available for a usual cover charge of about $20.00 PP. We did not partake of that option on this trip as the included restaurants were perfectly adequate. The stage shows were elaborate and very well done by the ships staff of performers, and the main theater was spacious enough for comfortable seating for enough passengers that there was few people that were required to stand for even the most popular shows. The Handicapped seating, and positions for wheelchairs and scooters were very adequate and easy to access on Deck 7 (Balcony). Embarkation, and Disembarkation were well managed and not at all stressful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS  May 3 -- June 6, 2014  Eastern Caribbean Cruise  By Mary & Vincent Finelli This was our fourth cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess. The magnet drawing us to this particular cruise was Executive Chef Antonio ... Read More
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS  May 3 -- June 6, 2014  Eastern Caribbean Cruise  By Mary & Vincent Finelli This was our fourth cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess. The magnet drawing us to this particular cruise was Executive Chef Antonio Cereda and his magnificent cuisine. We met Antonio on our first cruise on the Grand Princess in the late nineties and since then we have had many cruises with him where we enjoyed his cuisine immensely. This was our 106th cruise, spread over many cruise lines; thus, we feel qualified to rate service, food, accommodation, entertainment, etc. In regard to food, we rate Princess ships in general, and Chef Cereda in particular, as the best at sea. Chef Antonio has become a dear friend over the years, we keep in touch with each other via e-mail. When we have a chance, we will happily book a cruise on his ship. The first evening aboard he greeted us at the entrance of the Island Dining Room which made us happy to be back among friends whom we have met before, including Captain Giorgio Pomata and Maitre D’ Mario Propato, and we made new friends such as Room Service Manager Constantin Moise and others. EMBARKATION Ft. Lauderdale Port Everglades is quite easily accessed, the only snag being the overzealous sheriffs directing traffic at the baggage drop off near the terminal. The eager quasi storm troopers take great pleasure in sending all passengers a long distance across the road, disregarding the hardship they cause to the disabled passengers such as ourselves who are both in wheelchair and bringing a walker for in cabin use. Fortunately this time a baggage handler spotted us and directed our van to unload the wheel chairs and the rest of the luggage close by the entrance to the terminal. Thanks to this compassionate person, we avoided the long ride across the road where cars and busses frequently don’t stop to allow the crossing of wheelchair passengers. The lack of common sense seems to have workers impeding the very procedures that they are supposed to facilitate. Sheriffs should realize that getting passengers on board quickly and safely is their responsibility; thus, they should facilitate physically challenged people, treating them as individuals and protecting them from crossing traffic needlessly. Checking in was simple and fast through the lines for those in wheelchair, Suites and Elite passengers. We were aboard and in our cabin in less than 15 minutes. SHIP This ship lately went through dry dock and is completely refurbished. She is like new: All ship shape clean and fresh. We have described in detail this ship in our 2006 review, published at this web site; therefore, we refer our readers to the earlier review and only state here that she is just lovely. CABIN Our cabin was a wheel chair accessible one on Baja deck 11, number 302. As all the accessible cabins on Princess ships, it is spacious and well designed. When entering on the left is a parking area for the wheel chair and then a triple armoire. The first section has shelves and a personal safe. the second and third sections have two sets of hangers one of which can be lowered to a level accessible to a passenger in a wheelchair. Next, there is a vanity/desk with a TV on top and a small refrigerator in the bottom; there are also a desk chair (without arms alas!), a small round coffee table and an upholstered barrel chair. This type of cabin could use a good chair with arms, a necessity for the physically challenged, or ideally a lift reclining chair! When entering on the right, there is a large bathroom, with a single sink, many large shelves for personal belongings, and a huge shower with folding seat. Then there is a king size bed, flanked by two bureaus each topped with a reading lamp (which should be closer to the bed, since now one must get out of bed in order to turn out the light). The walls are beige, with one huge floral painting which evokes visions of Southern France and old masters such as Manet. Monet, etc. The carpeting is a warm salmon color, all of which combine into a clean comfortable relaxing home away from home. Our cabin steward Rolando was superb, although ship policy did not allow a chaise lounge on the balcony. Strangely, since Vincent always successfully requested a chaise whenever we book a cabin with a spacious balcony, except for the last two cruises. FOOD & SERVICE On our “Bucket List” for years has been a gastronomic tour of Italy. Now that we are deep into our retirement, we have been able to do a simulated version of this tour on board the Caribbean Princess with Executive Chef Antonio Cereda. Vincent had planned this cruise so that once more we could enjoy the fantastic cuisine of Chef Antonio --- We were not disappointed! The following is a concise summary of his repertoire: Appetizers: Fried calamari, Waldorf salad with Stilton mousse, trio of seafood citrus w/avocado, prosciutto e melone, game and wild mushroom pate’, warm crab and artichoke dip, quail and venison terrine, and roasted vegetables and salami antipasto, etc.... Soups and Salads: Pasta e fagioli, ministrone all’ortolana, iced peach Bellini, roasted tomato soup, Caesar’s salad w/anchovies and Tuscan style chickpea soup, etc.... Pastas: Fettuccini Alfredo in a crisp Parmesan Basket, linguine alle vongole, potato gnocchi in Provencale tomato sauce, farfalle alla rustica in a cream sauce w/morels and green peas. ravioli di vitello and pappardelle with chicken ragout. etc.... Entrees: Roasted pheasant w/shallots, London mixed grill, steamed cod over lentils, brasato di manzo al Barolo, saltimbocca di pollo, and our favorite Lucullus-- an historical eggplant and capelli di angelli dish. etc.... Desserts: Cannoli Siciliana, Apple Tart Tatin, Baba au Rhum, and of course, Gelato of every kind made on board (nutella, tutti frutti, torroncino, pistacchio and sorbets), etc.... This short list is only the tip of the iceberg, we can not praise enough Chef Antonio and his crew!. Service is most notable in the dining room of course; Maitre D’Mario Propato has everything in the dining areas under control. Our Head Waiter Agnelo saw to every detail at Table #245 in the Island Dining Room and our waiters Oscar and William were impeccable-- always polite and cordial. Room Service Manager Constantin Moise took special care to oversee prompt accurate and polite service. Mary especially enjoyed her afternoon tea served in our cabin at 3:30pm: a tea cloth, hot scones, tea sandwiches and tea cookies and mini pastries ---all delicious and ONLY ON PRINCESS! ENTERTAINMENT There are all the usual shipboard activities: Bingo, Casino Slots and Games, Trivia, ping pong, pools and other water activities. Of all the terrific shows, by far the best was the Folkloric Show from Puerto Rico featuring guitar virtuoso Juan Carlos and his Flamenco Dancers. His classical guitar selections were awesome. He surely is a guitar virtuoso. PORTS Day 1. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA Departure delayed until 11:30pm Day 2. At Sea Day 3. Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Arrive 7:00am Depart 1:45pm Day 4. San Juan, Puerto Rico Arrive 12:00pm Depart 5:00pm Day 5. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Arrive 7:00am Depart 5:00pm Day 6. At Sea Day 7. Princess Cays, Bahamas Arrive 8:00am Depart 4:00pm Day 8. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA Arrive 7:00am DISEMBARKATION In addition to the two motorized wheel chairs, we brought with us a walker which we used in the room, so we asked for assistance. A crew member came to our cabin at about 8:00am and assisted us to the assembly area for wheelchair passengers. From there we proceeded to the gangway, which was much more wheelchair friendly than in previous cruises, then we went to luggage pick up, through the custom and out of the terminal in less than 15 minutes. This was a well organized debarkation. Our son Enzo picked us up with the van and we were home by 9:30am. CONCLUSION This was our 21st cruise on Princess ships and all of them have been great. Some of these cruises have been greater than others, especially after we achieved the status of Elite in the Princess Captain’s Circle. The benefits at this level have been generous: Complimentary Internet Package, with 150 internet minutes for each member free (300 total minutes for both of us); Complimentary Grapevine Wine Tasting; Complimentary Laundry Cleaning and shoe polishing; Complimentary Mini-Bar in the stateroom; Traditional Afternoon Tea, Mary’s favorite; 10% Boutique Discount; Priority Embarkation, Debarkation and Tender service; and Deluxe Canapes Selection, available upon request on formal nights. But most important for us has been revisiting those persons whom we have known from previous cruises and who have always treated us as VIP, in this case Chef Antonio and Maitre D’ Mario. A special thanks to them for making this cruise a special one. Happy Cruising!   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We arrived New York the day before and stayed at the Comfort Inn near Laguardia. Were able to take in the city sites with some creative planning for transfers in and out of NY. Next day had a cab take us to the Brooklyn Harbor where our ... Read More
We arrived New York the day before and stayed at the Comfort Inn near Laguardia. Were able to take in the city sites with some creative planning for transfers in and out of NY. Next day had a cab take us to the Brooklyn Harbor where our ship waited. Cabbie did not know how to get there. Fun and interesting trip to harbor $35 fare) There were delays getting on board due to a break-out of norovirus on the last cruise. They were disinfecting the ship before we were allowed on. But once this was taken care of we were on board in no time. We love Princess service and the team are usually great. But on the CP we felt that they were not up to the rest of the Princess line in service. We had been on the CP it's first year and had this feeling at that time but wrote it off to being new. Now several years later we tried them again. The crew is just not as accommodating as on other ships in the line. We were on board for relaxation most of all. But we did do some night time events. Comedian was good in the Explorer Lounge and the production shows were good too. We love Vines and spent some time most evenings here. Normally we do the Horizon Court/Caribe for casual dining but did to the Island dinning room one night. We like a table for 2 and on some ships they are so crowded together you might as well be dining with 4-6 others. But the CP has this one thing right. They actually have a section of the dining room for just tables for two (as in a restaurant). Would do that again. Did two shore excursions first one in ST Lucia. It was the 4 wheel wheel drive to a water fall. Fun, informative and educational. The other excursion was a snorkel/sail on St Thomas. Again fun had 50 guest on board but plenty of room. The only thing about snorkeling in the caribbean is the lack of coral and fish compared to Hawaii. But still had a good time. All in all there is NO bad trip on Princess as far as I am concerned. Will stick with them already booked Western Caribbean for end of January. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
My husband (78) and I (72) consider ourselves veteran cruisers after 36 cruises and over 300 days on Princess. Obviously, we prefer Princess where we are made to feel very welcome and comfortable. Over the years, we have noticed changes - ... Read More
My husband (78) and I (72) consider ourselves veteran cruisers after 36 cruises and over 300 days on Princess. Obviously, we prefer Princess where we are made to feel very welcome and comfortable. Over the years, we have noticed changes - some good and some less than good - but that's to be expected. Overall, Princess offers an wonderful cruising experience at with good value for the price. Our mini-suite was extremely comfortable with loads of storage space. Our room steward was a veteran of whom we could ask no more. The ship was loaded. Someone said a record 3,500 passengers were on board. It's amazing that there were only minor problems with so many passengers. We opted for Anytime Dining and disappointedly could not get in on the first night around 8:15 so we headed for the Cafe International which was much to our liking. The next night we did secure a table in Anytime, but found the service was painfully slow - over two hours. During the remainder of the cruise we used the Cafe or specialty restaurants which are both very good, especially the steak house. The Horizon Court and Cafe International (buffets) were varied, abundant and in general excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation were handled very efficiently. As Captain's Circle elite members, we were especially impressed with the lounge we were assigned in which to await disembarkation. Newspapers, coffee, danish in a comfortable, uncrowded setting. The perks given to Captain's Circle members with ranking status far exceed anything we have experienced elsewhere. Entertainment ran the gamut. Some very good, some mediocre. The Princess dancers were not as brilliant as on past cruisers. Their energy level was somewhat diminished, costumes were dull, and singing voices not exceptional. Perhaps this type of entertainment has run its course and it's time for a change. We're sorry to see the Sanctuary take over the sports venue once available. Paddle ball and ping-pong were once located in this area and it was a gathering place and opportunity to meet sports enthusiasts. Paddle is gone and ping-pong is taken over by the kids who trashed all the new paddles from day one and crushed every ping-pong ball on board. Perhaps a system whereby one must surrender one's cruise card for equipment should be instituted. Music in the lounges was varied and appealed to different tastes. We enjoyed dancing to the music in the Wheelhouse. This cruise is a great way to relax, especially since there are two sea days going out and coming back. Cruising out of New York is a thrill. There is always activity in the port, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street and the sail under the Verrazano Bridge. Love the cruise and the big ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
 To be candid, this was our 12th cruise & the first time on Princess Cruise Lines. Prior cruises were 9 times on Holland America Lines, with one each on Celebrity & NCL. We are so pleased with HAL, that we have only sailed with ... Read More
 To be candid, this was our 12th cruise & the first time on Princess Cruise Lines. Prior cruises were 9 times on Holland America Lines, with one each on Celebrity & NCL. We are so pleased with HAL, that we have only sailed with others purely out of convenience, that being a round trip sailing from NYC, eliminating flying to and from the ship. Sadly, each time we sail non-HAL we are disappointed and this cruise was no exception. Plusses Embarkation & disembarkation was handled very smoothly and I give PCL great credit for their efficiency in this respect. Quality of food, appearance of public areas, number and dEcor of entertainment venues and quantity of watering holes (bars) were all positive. We found our cabin steward, dining room staff & bar staff to be very courteous and helpful. Minuses Food service in the Horizon Buffet was intolerable due largely to the layout of the serving lines. Entrance was from both ends with a middle island and a center break in the middle island. This allowed guests to flow into the serving line in six directions causing congestion, jumping from one counter to another, and generally creating confusion. More than once there was a near miss in people almost colliding with one another. EXTREMELY POOR LAYOUT! Quality of entertainment was at best mediocre. The staged musical shows were about the best of the varied selection, however, there were only two during our nine day voyage, as each show was repeated for a third time on the following day. Same with some of the comedians & other artists, which by the way were of poor quality. (I surmise this had to do with the capacity of the showroom - approx. 1200 versus 3100 passengers) Best entertainer in my opinion was the piano singer in the Crooners Lounge, however that venue was too small to contain all the people wanting to see & hear him. Also, the large crowds of people passing in the public corridor alongside the Crooners Lounge caused a traffic jam with the spillover of people milling about trying to view the entertainer, which became a huge distraction to his audience. Our cabin was on the Riviera deck, which is directly below the Lido deck which contains the Pool, Horizon Buffet & Cafe Caribe. Fortunately, our cabin R310 was under the end of the pool area just before the cabin space on the Lido deck so that most of the noise of shuffling chairs and tables was further away, however, we did experience several hour s of noises each afternoon. Avoid booking the Riviera deck! Our cabin bathroom was an engineering marvel - never would I have dreamed that one could get a shower, sink & toilet in so tiny a space. The shower was so small that it was a favorite topic of the comedians and the cruise director. I am 6ft - 220lbs and was needless to say very uncomfortable in that shower. The standard joke about the shower was that the best way to use it was to wet the walls of the shower, lather up the walls with soap and then step in and turn around 3 times, then rinse off. And whatever you do, do not drop the soap as it lands on the drain and you have to turn off the water and step out of the shower to bend down to pick it up. Ports of call really have no bearing on the cruise line as they all go to the same ports. In our case we have been to all four ports many times before so we did not get off this cruise. However, having been to Bermuda many times over the years, both by cruise ship and flying directly, I believe that this port of call should be for at least one overnight stay. There is much to see in Bermuda and a 7 hour port call is just not enough time for this place. That could easily be accomplished by eliminating the Grand Turk stop. There is nothing much more than a beach at Grand Turk and the many beaches in Bermuda beat it hands down. The facility at Grand Turk was built by Carnival Corp. (the parent corporation of PCL) so it probably is a less costly port of call for PCL than Bermuda, but more time in Bermuda would be better for the average cruise passenger - in my humble opinion! About children - now I know this is a family oriented cruise line, and children are out to enjoy themselves when on vacation, but children are children, and they need to be supervised which is the responsibility of the parents. Now this is where it gets sticky - some parents just do not do their job. Now if this were The Disney Line I would say that my wife & I do not belong on this cruise, but it is not The Disney Line and this cruise line caters to a cross section of age groups, not just families. When the parents do not supervise it should be the job of the cruise line to step in. It did not happen. There was too much noise late at night with children running through the passageways. The promenade deck usually is the place that we both use to walk the ship as well as sit in the lounging deck chairs and leisurely read for a few hours. This was a disappointment as well because on this ship the promenade deck has little depth which precludes the use of lounging deck chairs. Instead the seating deck chairs that are provided are not that comfortable, hence we had to curtail one of our favorite cruising pastimes. Also, the promenade deck raises one deck at the bow and you are faced with two stairs to traverse each lap around deck. There was supposed to be a jogging track at the top of the ship, however due to a retrofit to build the Sanctuary part of the jogging track was eliminated. That is about all I have to comment on. All in all, this cruise did not live up to our expectations. I guess it is back to Holland America Lines for us as we have yet to be disappointed by them. 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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