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67 Princess Caribbean Princess Repositioning Cruise Reviews

First off there was nothing to do unless you are a trivia person and you need another useless bag or wine stopper that gives free advertising for the princess line. The Caribbean Princes was dirty my room had used bandages stuck to the ... Read More
First off there was nothing to do unless you are a trivia person and you need another useless bag or wine stopper that gives free advertising for the princess line. The Caribbean Princes was dirty my room had used bandages stuck to the balcony door handle. The computer system allowed my computer to get three viruses and even if you want to use your own server then leave your computer at home they block you so you cannot contact your family. Second if you are older or handicapped don't believe them that they will accommodate your needs both on the ship and on anyone of the excursions. They refused to loan or rent any of the 30 or 40 wheel chairs they have on board for an excursions but they will tell you that a rental will be available at the excursion sites. Don't believe them they are lying. This was the worst ship we have been on. The so-called entertainment staff had a Romanian woman who started yelling at everyone at a trivia game because she was missing one golf pencil and said we were not to take the pencils and papers until she gave them to us. This same woman refused to allow anyone to use the restroom when we were waiting to dis embark in the designated dining room. Also if you are diabetic don't go on any excursions because even though they tell you you will be able to get something to eat don't believe them and bring something. We went to Williamsburg and every thing was closed for the season. they even make you cross through an open field in the dark. I tripped over tree trunks and rocks because there was no light to see by and the tour guide was in such a hurry he would not slow down for those of us who were slower. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Let me start by saying that the actual ship is very nice and we had a nice trip. PROS: The cruise directors, Andrew & Andy, were really fun. The entertainment was very good. We enjoyed the various trivia games, there was a great ... Read More
Let me start by saying that the actual ship is very nice and we had a nice trip. PROS: The cruise directors, Andrew & Andy, were really fun. The entertainment was very good. We enjoyed the various trivia games, there was a great magician, awesome juggler, and very interesting high-tech lights\video\music act. The food was great in both formal dining room and buffet. They have great video screen at the pool that plays recent movies (that you can also view later in your cabin). There are fun "touch screens" on every floor where you can locate the people you are travelling with, see deck plans, the entertainment schedule, AND there is fun "explorer puzzle game" for the kids to play. There are 3 regular sized pools (one is private one for adults only near the spa), and one very small "kid's area pool", so there are different options. I think they make good use of the space and boat doesn't feel too large (or too small). Also, very "non pressure" from the staff. I've been on some cruises where they are always trying to sell you things, but this ship wasn't like that. Stops on our cruise were awesome. In particular I loved Quebec City, & Prince Edward Island. Halifax is nice, but a bit more of a bustling city. Sidney Nova Scotia is cute town but a "young port" so tour options (e.g. if want to go to the Alexander Graham Bell museum) are limited if you don't book ahead. You can't even really even find a taxi. - - - CONS: There are limited shore excursions and most of the good ones they sold out months before the cruise. (Not sure why they can't see the high demand and arrange for additional tours). It ended working out OK for us though because we found that for most ports you can find alternative tours outside of the port for cheaper than Princess charges. The EXCEPTION though is the port of Sydney, Nova Scotia. If you don't book something ahead won't be able to find trips on short. The "app" (where you can order drinks and see entertainment schedule seems to be a bit of a work in progress (didn't work very well for me). I could see upcoming events schedule but never could do anything else with it. There was mystery "high seas heist" ongoing game that we participated in, which was semi-fun but sloppily run and slightly confusing. There is "kids club" for area but for some reason it is closed from Noon-to-2PM so it didn't work out well for my wife and I when we wanted to do some of the things like the art auction on the boat, or trivia. Also, the staff in the area are not that friendly, and per my kids (so take with grain of salt) they had strictly regimented task for them to follow. (e.g. they couldn't just draw, read, play video games or Foosball when there was an activity like "t-shirt painting" going on. You have to do what group is doing while in kids club, at least if you are in the 7-to-11 year old section). Perhaps not the cruise line's fault but found the "exit port" in Brooklyn NY to be run horribly. A lot of confusion, and they routed people into different lines... allowed people to cut in the lines... and ultimately you could just walk out of the port if you wanted to (there was no security check or anything) so all the confusion wasn't really necessary if they were better organized. Lastly, bad ratings to our cabin (E514), mostly because it is located directly above the lounge where loud music is played most nights. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Coming from Florida, this cruise was a good choice for us. We have easy access to Port Everglades and had the opportunity to enjoy cooler summer weather in New England and Canada. We have sailed with Princess many times and are Platinum. ... Read More
Coming from Florida, this cruise was a good choice for us. We have easy access to Port Everglades and had the opportunity to enjoy cooler summer weather in New England and Canada. We have sailed with Princess many times and are Platinum. The ship is pretty, the food is good, and the ports enjoyable. A downfall for some might be the entertainment. The peculiarly designed showroom fills up fast, and one needs to claim a seat almost an hour before a performance. We didn't bother going. Too much trouble. Because this was a new itinerary for employees in the excursion department, they were inexperienced and caused some chaos with crowds leaving the ship at various ports. At some of the ports, the walkways from the ship to the terminals were very long...one example was Charleston which was 5 stories down..and then up. Our balcony cabin was attractive with new carpeting. However there was some mold in the bathroom and a dirty bed skirt which was quickly replaced. We did have a wonderful 13 days on the Caribbean Princess. Vacations are what you make of them. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We arrived at Port Everglades, and check-in was only delayed because some of the local agents seemed to be still learning the whos, whats, wheres, whys, and hows of the Medallion system. Boarding had not quite started, but within 15 ... Read More
We arrived at Port Everglades, and check-in was only delayed because some of the local agents seemed to be still learning the whos, whats, wheres, whys, and hows of the Medallion system. Boarding had not quite started, but within 15 minutes or so, we were on the ship. Our cabin wasn't ready yet, but I dropped off our case of wine and carry-on bags before heading to the dining room for lunch. Our waiter strolled in about 10 minutes later....he had just returned to the ship after spending several months at home, and he wasn't in his groove yet. We were in vacation mode, and apparently, so was he, so we chuckled about it. We ended up eating in the main dining room only a couple of times, opting for the buffet, and specialty dining more often than not. Once at both Sabatini's and Planks BBQ, twice @ Steamers, and four times in the Crown Grill. Sabatini's: It's been at least 7 years since we've tried Sabatini's. The meal was excellent. Everthing was fresh, and tasty. My only complaint....it's a loud room, Lots of hard surfaces. They also sat 5 tables in our waiter's section within minutes of our arrival, including a party of 10, swamping the poor guy, but everyone stepped up to get things served as timely as possible. He thanked us for being patient. Hey, I'm on a boat, with my wife, and a killer bottle of Chianti. What's not to like!? Planks: Service was great, but the food was only so-so. But when it comes to BBQ, I'm a tough cookie, because I live in Georgia, and I'm surrounded by great BBQ. Steamers: We really enjoyed the view from the window while chowing down on great seafood. Add the crab legs and lobster! Not everyone likes certain things, so it was real easy to say, no clams, or no mussels. They gladly offered substitutions. The service was outstanding. Crown Grill: Excellent service. I'd always drop off my wine a few hours before our reservation, and it would be decanted, waiting for us when we'd arrive. I had the lamb chops twice , and they were cooked perfectly. My wife had with the filet each time. Only once, did she have to send it back for being under-cooked. It happens every once in a while, and they took care of it. The entire CG staff were kept busy all night. Princess would go broke if they had to pay these folks by the mile. Vines: We enjoyed 2 flights of wine, and the pricing was very reasonable. Service was perfect. MDR: We had dinner there once, and were seated in a section that didn't have a waiter. After a few minutes, the Maitre D' asked us who seated us there, and quickly found a waiter to serve us. He did a great job, even without the help of an assistant waiter, but we found ourselves missing the friendly faces of the servers on the Lido Deck. The Ship: They are keeping her up nicely, always busy working on something. They are dealing with a/c issues in both public areas and cabins. We needed someone to fix our a/c the first night at around 11:45pm. They adjusted everything, and it was ok for the most part, but not 100%. Fans were offered, we declined. Our cabin was R745, the very last inside on the starboard side, which we absolutely love due to it's location. Three steps up, and you're at the terrace pool. We liked to call it our own private balcony. We ate breakfast and lunch up there most of the time, and there's always someone willing to bring you a drink or take your plates away. Every member of the food & beverage team we encountered on the Lido Deck, were delightful. Service was excellent. The Crew: Everyone seemed to be in great spirits as they had just finished doing months of 7 day Caribbean sailings, and this was a big change for them. New ports, cooler temps, and a week off from dealing with a turnaround day. We rarely encountered any lines or delays going here or there, because we learned a long time ago, that the early bird gets the worm. We were usually off of the ship while most were just showing up for breakfast.We walked between 5-6 miles each day in port. In a stop like Charleston, it was nice to walk and see everything and be back on the ship before it was too hot. How do you avoid an hour long line to buy ferry tickets in NYC? You download their app, and buy your tickets on your phone. I realize that some folks were miserable on this cruise, while others, like us, hated to leave. It's all up to you how you want to spend your time. Do you spend the night complaining, or do you choose your battles wisely and roll with things. I'll give you an example, there's a special drink I like on the platinum/elite lounge menu, I'd order it every day, and it was consistently made wrong. Instead of sending it back each evening while my wife drank her cocktail, we'd joke about if they were going to make it correctly or not each time. They got it right only once. A miserable record, but great folly for us. Some people seemingly take comfort in berating the help, I witnessed some doozies on this sailing. I would never let folks talk to my employees that way. So....if you don't like standing in lines, go before or after everyone else does. Don't get angry at the Maitre D because it's your anniversary and you can't get a window table. If it's so important to you, make arrangements ahead of time. Plan ahead, so you can enjoy later. You're on a floating hotel in the middle of the ocean, if you can't somehow enjoy yourself, you deserve to be miserable. Read Less
Sail Date July 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
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
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
I chose this cruise for the port convenience. It has been a dream to see the Panama Canal. The passengers were older and their gears obstructed most of halls, centers, restaurants, etc. I enjoyed watching many of the older passengers ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the port convenience. It has been a dream to see the Panama Canal. The passengers were older and their gears obstructed most of halls, centers, restaurants, etc. I enjoyed watching many of the older passengers dance, talk and interrelate with others. The food was standard as in other cruises. The music for dancing was not appropriate for this type of cruises passengers although the other entertainment groups were excellent. Accommodating to other cultures besides Canadians and Europeans would be ideal and recommended. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole crew in charge of the International Cafe and the bar. They were excellent in their always efforts to please us and make us happy with our requests. In particular thank you Julio, David, Vanessa, Basutto, Julio Sosa, and the rest that I can’t remember now. Thank you Pierre at curtesy desk for his patience in trying to fix an issue I had with travel agent. Gerardo from the Casino was great, so was the members of the Pinnacle Band especially Astrid. What a perfect contrast resulting in a great compliment resulted with Roger the “Electric Man” with her. Our cabin keeper was great also Thank You. And hope my time spent in expressing the above words can be taken into consideration. Sincerely, Carmen Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The itenary started out good, but due to circumstances beyond their control we were unable to complete the tours originally booked. The traditional dining food was good, the menu unexciting and the service was disappointing. Our ... Read More
The itenary started out good, but due to circumstances beyond their control we were unable to complete the tours originally booked. The traditional dining food was good, the menu unexciting and the service was disappointing. Our CABIN(E214) was situated a floor above the Princess theatre and as a result we were bombarded with continual noise from about 11 am to 11 pm. Also the cigarette smoke from the casino seemed to permeated the floor from the stairs to the forward sections. The CABIN itself needed a lot of repairs walls with gouges, toilet repairs and the thermostat could not maintain temperature. We experienced great service at Vines, International Cafe and with our room steward. The ship needs upgrades to their internet service, the in room televisions, and the delivery system. It uses an analog cable system providing noise and distortion in the video. Our room safe locked our items with a low battery display just before debarcation to a prepaid tour. Often when we called for maintenance, they sent someone illprepared to fix the problem. I had to tell their customer service people twice that they weren't providing service and needed to escalate the issue to get resolution. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We sailed the Caribbean Princess from Southampton 9/22/17 to Ft Lauderdale 10/7/17. It was our 45th cruise, but first transatlantic. We used Princess’ EZ Air for Virgin Atlantic BOS to LHR and enjoyed a day in London pre-cruise. ... Read More
We sailed the Caribbean Princess from Southampton 9/22/17 to Ft Lauderdale 10/7/17. It was our 45th cruise, but first transatlantic. We used Princess’ EZ Air for Virgin Atlantic BOS to LHR and enjoyed a day in London pre-cruise. Overall we had a very good, relaxing time. We love sea days; the first two were very cool, but the other eight were fantastic. We relaxed on a Lido Deck chaise alternating between napping and reading. Deck crew did an amazing job removing debris left on unoccupied chaises! We have sailed the Caribbean Princess a couple other times, so readily acclimated to the layout. Our stateroom was obstructed view E515; the location was fantastic with quick access to mid-ship elevators and a short walk to the aft elevators. We went forward only for the evening shows in the theater. Our stateroom view was only slightly obstructed nicely positioned between lifeboats. The first day’s Patter advised us that we would enjoy FOUR production shows over the course of our 15 night cruise; our cruise director “Gary” echoed that information at the Welcome Aboard Show. Unfortunately we actually got to see only three production shows: Bravo, Born to be Wild and Broadway Ballroom. My husband loved the first and actually went to two showings of it. I strongly preferred the last one, but we both enjoyed them all. We were very disappointed that, although told we’d also see “Piano Man” it was never performed and we did not receive any explanation. Fly on entertainment included vocalist Todd Adamson and violinist Chris Walker, both of whom did a great job. We also had a magician whose show consisted of only sleight of hand tricks, mostly performed and displayed by overhead projector…in a theater that seats more than a thousand guests. We also had a musician who played a couple unusual instruments for 30 minutes…on a formal night. “Voice of the Ocean” is essentially the karaoke finals presented as the evening’s entertainment. We really enjoyed about half of the shows, but were seriously unimpressed by some of the others. Many evenings the group “Nexus” performed in the Explorer’s bar and they were wonderful for listening and dancing. Passenger demographics on this sailing was predominantly retirees; we love Movies Under the Stars and expected movies would be planned accordingly. Not so. We were treated to flicks like "Lego: the Batman Movie." There were a few that we really enjoyed but our cruise had only a half dozen kids and the movies presented were absolutely not tailored to the primary demographic on board. We booked all of our shore excursions with Princess so we didn’t have to plan, think or worry. The motor coaches and narrators all did fine jobs. We enjoyed the cobblestone streets and canal of Brugges, absolutely loved Paris and our dinner cruise, Lisbon was OK. Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda was beautiful. I’m certain we didn’t lose weight on board. We had breakfast in the dining room only once; the buffet breakfast was exactly the same thing day after day. But the omelette station (far aft) was very good, bacon was crispy and Princess has the absolute best ever (raisin free) bran muffins. We bought the coffee card and enjoyed a lot of fresh brewed coffee from the International Café. We had lunch in the dining room three times, but the menu wasn’t anything special, so we grazed on the Lido Deck most of the time. This cruise is the first time (of 45 cruises) that we left feeling rather disappointed in the food. There were always some odd casserole concoctions, pre-made sandwiches, very repetitive mediocre soups and too often we ended up having pizza. I tried the burger place twice, but the “American cheese” is actually the wrapped slices of processed cheese food (51% cheese, 49% oil,) NO, thank you. The “ice cream” is actually some artificial frozen dessert mix that is neither rich nor creamy; I tried it once and hubby tried it twice – very disappointing. The MDR for dinner was much better. Service was very good and we never had to wait more than a few minutes to be seated. Although we did have to choose from the Princess favorites too many times (salmon or fettucine alfredo) the food was well prepared and well presented. I left a 15 night cruise seriously impressed by ONE meal…the chicken pot pie. Neither of us usually eat dark meat, but this was absolutely delicious. I had dessert only two times – once just ice cream, but the texture had ice crystals and the other time was supposed to be New York Cheesecake, but the texture was too soft, not firm as that item should be. My husband had and enjoyed dessert almost every night. Our biggest food-related disappointments were the quality of Lido Deck options and that the aft section is now set up as extra charge dining outlets. On prior cruises, we loved having dinner with table linens, but casual Lido atmosphere with some MDR selections on the buffet. We are booked on our next Princess cruise to Hawaii (for the third time.) But cancellation is an option due to our disappointment in the casual dining food. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise for itinerary. Unfortunately the second half ports were changed before final payment. We thought long and hard about canceling. Sorry now we didn’t. We flew to Heathrow on Princess EZ air. Flights went well. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for itinerary. Unfortunately the second half ports were changed before final payment. We thought long and hard about canceling. Sorry now we didn’t. We flew to Heathrow on Princess EZ air. Flights went well. We landed at 6:15 am and it took almost two hours to get off the plane and through passport control. A nightmare. We found our princess transfer easily and were on our way to South Hampton by 8:45. We arrived at the ship about 10:15, had to wait to get our cruise cards, then had to wait to board the ship. I think we were on by noon. For the first time ever we had booked a mini suite. I wasn’t impressed with the cabin. The carpet was very worn. The bathroom floor had chipped tiles. The grouting was dirty. The balcony was very rusty and appeared to have paint stains on the floor. On the plus side, there was plenty of room and storage. The bed was very comfortable. And thanks, Princess, for allowing a catholic priest to say Mass on Sunday. It was much appreciated. We had traditional dining, in the Palm, early seating. We had a terrific waiter for the first 12days. She was very friendly, outgoing, enthusiastic. Unfortunately someone decided to move her for the second leg and we got an older guy just back from vacation. He obviously had a difficult time getting into the routine again, as he forgot several second courses, never made any recommendations, didn’t serve ladies first.. just a bad experience. The menus were ho hum, and the same choices were offered several times. I had spaghetti and meatballs one night and the meatballs were undercooked. The waiter tried to tell me they looked red because they had catsup in them. I know when meat isn’t thoroughly cooked. We found the buffet choices very repetitive, especially at breakfast. Lunch always had lots of choices. Dinner wasn’t so great. We had burgers at the grill. They were good. Pizza from Slice was cold. We enjoyed the pub lunches. There was a pizza lunch in Sabatini’s one day. We each got a small pizza which was freshly made, so service was slow. I suggest having slices to choose from. Loved the ice cream. The entertainment was hit or miss. Some was okay, some was awful. We had seen many of the production shows on other cruises, and they were repeated from one leg to the next. Other activities were always the same. Too many sales, raffles, art shows, photo ops. Didn’t particularly like the cruise director. He spent most of his time dancing. A big plus was the staff. Most were very friendly, helpful and seemed happy with their job. Right out of the gate we missed our first port. Then a strike at LaHavre prevented our stopping there. I was very disappointed because we missed our tour to Normandy and the American cemetery, one of the reasons we chose this itinerary. The tender experience left a lot to be desired. Disembarking at ports was slow and confusing. Getting back on the ship was also slow, because they had only one security station open most of the time...poorly handled. The weather for the most part was chilly, windy and rainy. The seas were also rough a couple of days and nights. We would not travel on this ship again. After several cruises on Princess, we are thinking of canceling the one we have booked for next summer and trying another line. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Pricing: Princess originally offered this 5-port transatlantic voyage at $2k each for midship balcony cabins. Upon eliminating 2 ports and substituting 1 port, the balcony price reduced to $1,500. We were told the skipped ports were ... Read More
Pricing: Princess originally offered this 5-port transatlantic voyage at $2k each for midship balcony cabins. Upon eliminating 2 ports and substituting 1 port, the balcony price reduced to $1,500. We were told the skipped ports were because the ship was operating on only one engine instead of two, and could achieve only 18 knots instead of the normal 20-something.Onboard we learned that some people received phone calls offering $399 for balcony cabins. I telephoned Princess weekly, asking for the lowest price, but my $1,500 was never reduced. Princess engages in oddly discriminatory and capricious pricing. Onboard: Onboard activities are thin: same old trivia; "the wake show" up-selling liquor & up-selling costly onboard restaurants; bad movies suitable for teenage boys, Princess Players trying to update their offerings but failing; huge casino and bingo push, art auctions and sales, fakey raffles for overpriced jewelry, hard sell for onboard "boutique" and jewelry stores; "specials" for overpriced liquor drinks; constant daily "blowout sales" of crappy t-shirts and poor quality clothing and junk jewelry; just awful offerings. No port history/culture lectures at all, few documentary in-person presentations, with gawdawful screen projector slides, no innovative activities at all. Every square inch of the Caribbean Princess is a profit center, to be exploited in addition to the fare for the voyage. Renovated Caribbean Princess: Princess touts a multi-million-dollar so-called renovation of the Caribbean Princess. Reality: the Horizon cafeteria on Deck 15 was renamed Marketplace Fresh with no menu changes; the cafeteria seating area has new window coverings and white walls, and the floor covering was changed. Hand washing stations were added to each end at the cafeteria entrances, but the soap dispensers did not work. If any cabins were renovated, it's a well-kept secret. My midship Aloha Deck cabin had the same old carpet, furniture, and accessories as my previous three Caribbean voyages, other than the new mattress which was quite a good improvement. Paint throughout the ship has breakthrough rust, varnished railings on my balcony were peeled and worn down to bare wood, the blue plastic balcony floor pad was splattered with white paint and indistinguishable stains, the tiny shower shelf was missing the bar that keeps things from falling, the shampoo/conditioner on-wall shower dispenser plungers did not work well and the products were positively abysmal. Bar soap is now a wafer thin round which came packaged in paper, much smaller than is easily handled. Planned maintenance was ongoing. Hot tubs were shut down one by one for installation of new parts, service people were repairing various components on outside decks, and it was clear that Princess was undergoing maintenance at sea that appropriately should be undertaken between voyages, all at inconvenience to customers. Cabin: The cabin felt like an inexpensive hotel; not luxurious, not furnished with upscale thoughtfulness; it was just plain old and tired and depressing. The television had a screen too small to be viewed nicely from the only place to watch, the bed. And it didn't work well; much of the time the audio worked but not the video, and the remote worked with difficulty even after two attempts by maintenance to fix it. No replacement was offered. Excursions: Bruges, Belgium canal cruise excursion was wonderful. Lisbon's trip to Sintra and Cascais produced a 4 hour bus ride with 35 minutes in Sintra and 1 hour in Cascais. Clearly not worth the pain. LeHavre's trip to Honfleur, France was unremarkable, as the small town is primarily dozens and dozens of restaurants at the river, with a semi-interesting old wooden church and a couple blocks of "old town" viewed by walking down the street but not actually going into or experiencing anything along the way. Worth skipping. We entertained ourselves in Bermuda. Overall, excursions were a huge disapppointment, as it seems Princess is offering reduced experiences for greater cost. The bottom line is worshipped by Princess. Employees: They are uniformly well trained, unctuous, and courteous. It is, however, interesting to note that employees in the public areas of the ship are expressionless, unengaged, and trained to be unflappable in the face of unhappy passengers. I found that stultifying. Room stewards were more happy with their jobs, perhaps because they have much less face time with customers, and because they can nearly always accommodate requests by customers. The front desk employees have but a thin veneer of knowledge, being wholly unable to appropriately respond to a gigantic flap that ensued when "transfers" to the airport and hotels in Ft Lauderdale at the end of the cruise proved to be a significant ordeal. I paid Princess in advance for a transfer from the ship to the Ft. Lauderdale airport to make my Princess E-ZAir flight. The front desk invalidated my transfer, telling me they could not get me to my flight on time. They told me to arrive at the onboard transfer location at the appointed time, even without a transfer ticket, to be led off the ship with the group, and to get a taxi on my own and hope for the best. The front desk woman advised me Princess of course would not try to change my flight, as this would be "very expensive". Wow. The transatlantic crossing was uneventful during October, no storms. I'd like to see Princess return to its old upscale status, but it appears they are headed to the basement. I am wholly disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We got an unbelievable offer to take this cruise, and truly could not pass it up! This was my 15th cruise with Princess and my husband's 13th. I have to say, Princess' EZAir is amazing! We got a phenominal price for the ... Read More
We got an unbelievable offer to take this cruise, and truly could not pass it up! This was my 15th cruise with Princess and my husband's 13th. I have to say, Princess' EZAir is amazing! We got a phenominal price for the airfare and had a good flight over to England. We opted to take Princess' transfer from Heathrow to Southampton and was very pleased with it as well. We boarded the ship and were happy campers! The first production show, Bravo, was amazing!!!!! I met, by accident, the lead singer in the production the night before, and she was truly wonderful!!!! The swells were pretty bad but neither my husband or myself ever got sick. They did put out the barf bags but fortunately, we didn't need them. I have 2 main concerns about this cruise. First, I felt that the food was NOT good, whether it be the MDR or the Buffet. Everything seemed to taste and smell the same day in and day out! I ate a lot of fruit and even lost 5 pounds on this cruise!!!! The best food and the hottest food was the hamburger place...and that is pathetic! Our waiters in the MDR were fabulous! They couldn't do enough for us despite problems. I preordered and prepaid for 3 bottles of White Zinfandel a month in advance to the cruise, to enjoy on the cruise. When I called down to the Room Service....I was informed that they had not gotten any White Zinfandel on the ship in Southampton, and I would have to take something else. Needless to say....I was NOT a happy camper!!!!!!! I ended up drinking 3 bottles of Chablis but wasn't happy about it. I have to say the cabin was very comfortable. The new beds were truly heavenly! We both slept very good!!!! Lots of storage! Love the International Cafe(especially the Cashew Chicken) and always buy the Coffee Card! We took one shore excursion in Lisbon, Portugal, and was a little disappointed in it. Mostly on the bus riding but did stop for an hour to shop! I would have loved to stop at other areas rather than the beach for an hour to shop. All in all, it was a good cruise, but the food was not what we would expect from Princess. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Always wanted to cross the Atlantic, and very happy we did. Many complained that Princess failed them when they dropped a couple of ports and substituted a couple of others, but we didn't mind - it's all about the ship for us ... Read More
Always wanted to cross the Atlantic, and very happy we did. Many complained that Princess failed them when they dropped a couple of ports and substituted a couple of others, but we didn't mind - it's all about the ship for us and CB was looking sharp coming out of her major dry dock. We sailed her only a year ago, so the changes were obvious for us. Most Notable: Horizon Court is no more. Replaced by "Market Fresh" (or was that "Fresh Market"). What we liked: No more "point and wait" sweet and sandwich area, it's all grab and go now, so much more efficient. The hot food was little changed. The room itself looks far more elegant and tidy, I really liked it. Some have complained that tables are spaced out a bit costing some capacity. Princess seems to have dealt with this by keeping both sides open for seating whether or not food is actually available or not, we never struggled to find a seat, even with our many sea days. The burger bar is slightly updated with a few menu changes including the addition of surprisingly good chicken tacos. Some more variety. Likewise, the pizza bar has a slightly increased menu including new "California Toasts". Again, a few changes to liven things up. We didn't eat at the new barbecue place "Planks" which operates nightly in one of the former cafe Caribe locations (the other being "Steamers"). Both of which we intended to try, but simply ran out of time. The big highlight of our trip was our first experience with Club Class which really impressed us on a nightly basis. This ended up being a very small space within the Coral dining room. Not in any way blocked off (so we didn't feel weird) the approximately 18 tables in Club class had a dedicated staff of 10 plus a dedicated head waiter. Food was the same as all other dining rooms with one additional entree every evening, often prepared by the headwaiter. Service was great, the main advantage however was rarely having to worry about a seat, we only once had to wait and even then less than 5 minutes. We enjoyed the experience but are unlikely to pay the large premium for Club on future cruises. Caribbean herself was in good shape, we loved her last year and the updates improved an already good thing. There was literally nothing I could complain about with the ship itself. Embarcation in Southampton was far and a way our worst ever experience there. Boarding was chaos mainly due to the fact that this sailing included more than 1200 Elite passengers most of whom were convinced they should be boarding FIRST. Staff did a very poor job controlling the crowd, disappointing. Predictably the problems recurred in Ft Lauderdale when all 1200 Elites wanted to depart concurrently. We spent much time in the sanctuary and throughly loved the service there and the few other guests who showed up daily, first in the quite chilly days in Europe and later the very warm South Florida approach. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first time with Princess. We loved how on embarking, you were not forced to eat in the buffet. Past cruises have guided all guests to this area. So, that was a good start. Because most of the activities were scattered in ... Read More
This was our first time with Princess. We loved how on embarking, you were not forced to eat in the buffet. Past cruises have guided all guests to this area. So, that was a good start. Because most of the activities were scattered in other areas of the ship, the atrium was a relaxing place to sit and listen to the music, while enjoying a tea or coffee. Didn't like having to pay for a pot of tea though! On other ships, tea and coffee were free, but, it was worth it to have the tea made properly, in a pot. Loved the afternoon tea served in the dining room, at no extra charge. It was also nice to be able to sit and have a sandwich and a pastry in the atrium area. Less temptation than going to the buffet! Cabin could do with a bit of TLC. Cracked tiles in the bathroom. Activities got a bit repetitive and shows were not as good to other cruise ships we have been on. Shore excursions were a little rushed. Could have done with more time in the towns. However, the staff were the friendliest staff we have ever experienced on a cruise ship, and every one of them spoke almost perfect English. Disembarking was also very well organized. I am assuming that, because this was a transatlantic cruise, and longer than some cruises, was the reason that there were not too many children on board. We found that most of the passengers were our age or older, and the activities were geared to our demographic. It may have been our first time with Princess, but it won't be our last. I would recommend them to friends and family without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was my 2nd Transaltlantic with Princess and my 6th overall with them. We really enjoyed ourselves. Check in was easy and although I am Platinium, I was not given priority boarding until I showed my number to a Rep. and she then let us ... Read More
This was my 2nd Transaltlantic with Princess and my 6th overall with them. We really enjoyed ourselves. Check in was easy and although I am Platinium, I was not given priority boarding until I showed my number to a Rep. and she then let us aboard, not a biggy, but for sure can set a tone. Our inside cabin on Riviera Deck was fine, every thing we really needed, It was our first inside for such a long cruise, but it really was fine, never had an issue with space and our Cabin steward was fantastic !, we really didn't need any thing special, but he was always around and ever so friendly. Always room by the pools, the only thing I did notice, was the pool hogs at the adult pool every morning by 8;00. I would pass that way to get to the gym in the mornings. There was always ample room by all pools, not sure why they needed to( reserve )these seats so early. Gary, our Cruise Director, was Fabulous !. Never a dull moment when he was around. We enjoyed all the activities he hosted. The other cruise staff was good, but he for sure outshined them all. Thank you , Gary. You made our cruise. As for food, I understand everyone has an opinion, For us, while we may not have found every nights menu right for us, we still very much enjoyed all our meals. The specialty Pizza lunches at Sabatine's, were great, we did lunch there 3 times and every Pizza was excellent. If we didn't like the main dinning rooms menu, we went to Food market or even had Tacos by the pool. Not every thing was perfect, but there was plenty to pick from. I enjoy a cup of coffee every morning and usually a tea in the afternoon. The international Cafe is great for that. I did find though, that it was rather hard to get a servers attention, so always had to order at counter, and forget the Bartender serving you. All in all a wonderful cruise, the small things were just that,small, you really had to time your laundry just right, as there are only 2 washers and dryers per floor, and for a 15 day trip , a very busy place.. We have 2 more Princess cruises booked . Princess meets all our needs and we always have a great time !. Hope this helps any one. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I just read a review from someone who sailed on this cruise who claimed Le Harve was experiencing a port strike and they missed going to Normandy because the ship didn't dock there. This is false. We certainly did dock in Le Harve and ... Read More
I just read a review from someone who sailed on this cruise who claimed Le Harve was experiencing a port strike and they missed going to Normandy because the ship didn't dock there. This is false. We certainly did dock in Le Harve and many, many of the guest on board went to Normandy. I spent a very lovely day with my friend, who traveled with me, in Honfleur. Others went into Paris, but we've were recently there and returning in the winter so it seemed not very logical travel 3 hours there, then 3 back to spend 3 hours in the city. We loved Honfleur and I would enjoy it again as well as Zeebruggee, a substitute for Amersterdam and, in my opinion, a wonderful substitute. This was my 3rd Princess cruise and we upgraded to a mini-suite that included some amenities that were lovely, such as a Club Class dining room. I've been on many cruises and many cruise lines so when I say the food was outstanding in Club Class, I'm comparing it with Celebrity, RCL, Viking, etc. It was certainly 100% better than the food we had in the main dining room last year on Emerald Princess. The service in Club Class is very personalized and charming. I thought the money I spent on the upgrade was well worth it for the food choices alone. Food on the buffet, on the other hand, was pretty poor even though I only had lunch there once and usually just some steamed fish for breakfast with coffee. The coffee was particularly awful and after trying the scrambled to death eggs once, I never tried again. Fresh fruit was plentiful even though we had 8 straight sea days, but the choices, were hard pears, hard bananas, sour kiwis, and no fresh berries. We could get grapefruit served with coffee by room service in the morning, but couldn't get it on the breakfast buffet. Our room D415 was spacious and comfortable even though my roomie was sea sick, along with many other people on the ship a number of days. Rough English Channel, Rough Atlantic. However, there was problem with something squeaking every time the ship rolled that kept us awake at night, and, even though someone from engineering came to see about it, it never was resolved. T.V. channels were mostly boring and useless, however, happy to see they didn't play endless loops of the Love Boat as they did on our last cruise. There were a lot of participation activities for those of us who like to move, such a Zumba, but it was difficult with the ship pitching and rolling and I really wish they offered pilates as a free activity instead of something you have to pay for. The bar where Zumba was held as well as line and ballroom dancing was not big enough to accommodate everyone who wanted to participate. The Explorer's Lounge would have been a better choice, but that was usually filled with people participating in what seemed like a half a dozen trivia games each day. WHY? i realize that most of the people who cruise use the ship as the destination and just want to eat loads of bad food and then sit around and eat a drink, but I honestly don't know why there are so many trivia contests. There was some very good entertainment from Nexus, a band with singer that had a wide a varied music catalog. Also a pianist that did some great funky soul music and a duo of young ladies on stringed instruments. The big theater shows were poor to awful and we couldn't sit though any of them. The highlight, however, was Chris Watkins, who played a crystal embellished electric violin like the devil went down to Georgia and presented it to him personally. He was great! We had dinner at Sabitini's and enjoyed every mouthful, however, the desert was way too big even for my chocolate loving traveling companion. The pasta was fabulous and the herbed breadstick was totally indulgent on my part and I didn't feel bad about it for a second. It was so worth it. Our server was kind enough to share with the kitchen that I wanted the fresh fruit, but couldn't eat raspberries so they prepared a dish without them for me. A big shout out to Mr. Silva Sousa at the customer service desk. When you go on vacation you never expect to receive a message from home that says urgent, call as soon as possible. My mother died suddenly when we were eight days out from our next port. It was shocking and extremely hard to deal with emotionally, not to mention the pure logistics of trying to arrange a funeral home. He was professional and kind and very, very helpful. We enjoyed all the ports, but probably least liked Bermuda. Everything was so overpriced, and, although I realize they have to ship everything in, I still thought they overcharged for a lot of items. Because the ship had some engine issues we were not able to go to some of the ports originally proposed such as Amsterdam and the Azores, so the long period at sea, especially with the rough seas, was hard for some, however, I enjoyed myself and although had a sad experience while on the ship, it wasn't the fault of Princess. Looking forward to my next Princess adventure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Chose this cruise because of the sea days. Ports of Le Havre, Bruge, and Lisbon were very interesting with perfect sunny weather. Did not take any of the overpriced Princess shore excursions. Caribbean Princess is beginning to show its ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the sea days. Ports of Le Havre, Bruge, and Lisbon were very interesting with perfect sunny weather. Did not take any of the overpriced Princess shore excursions. Caribbean Princess is beginning to show its age, but is still a nice ship. Dining room service at dinner was very good, but open-seating breakfasts and lunch had only so-so service. Fish dishes were very good, but I can't say the same for beef entrees. Not as many on-board things to do with the Princess Patter showing many revenue-producing events. "Bravo", one of the main dance shows, was great, and the other 2 dance shows very good. The sound in the Princess Theater was far to loud and tinny sounding. No problems with embarkation and disembarking. Recommend using a taxi to FLL instead of Princess transfer: $14 and change to get to the airport. Uber is available and cheaper, but due to popularity not available in a timely way. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The only reason we decided to do this cruise was because it was such a fabulous bargain. I mean $398 for a balcony on a 15-night cruise ... How do you pass that up? Add in to the calculations the $250 OBC for being a veteran, and the deal ... Read More
The only reason we decided to do this cruise was because it was such a fabulous bargain. I mean $398 for a balcony on a 15-night cruise ... How do you pass that up? Add in to the calculations the $250 OBC for being a veteran, and the deal got even juicier. Finally, as an extra, extra bonus, they gave us each $100 OBC for the change in itinerary. We seriously debated whether or not to do such a long cruise all by ourselves. We were concerned we would be bored. That NEVER happened! The activities were fabulous all day long ... excellent Enrichment Lecturer (a former CBS and CNN News Producer), fun game shows (even though they weren't new to us, the team made them so much fun), ballroom dance classes that were both fun AND beneficial that were taught by the best Cruise Director (Gary Golding) that we have had with ANY cruise line. We got home today and are still smiling from the wonderful 15-day experience. We enjoyed the ports we went to, even though there were only 4 of them. However, our onboard experiences and our new cruise buddies made this one of our very best cruises ever! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We enjoyed the ports of call except for missing Le Havre on the 12 day British Isles portion of the cruise. But the ship needs some serious work done on it. The air conditioning didn't seem to work all through the night --we would ... Read More
We enjoyed the ports of call except for missing Le Havre on the 12 day British Isles portion of the cruise. But the ship needs some serious work done on it. The air conditioning didn't seem to work all through the night --we would wake up sweating. The shower water temperature was never regulated. It would go from Hot to cold & back again after just a couple days into the cruise. I reported numerous times but it still was not resolved by the time we got off the ship & no one ever got back to us. the drawers would open of their own accord when the seas were rougher & that never got resolved either. Our cabin steward tried to tell me they were designed that way. Steamers was a total disappointment--miss the Crab shack. The food was not very good in Steamers---I will never try it again it was so bad. 4 of us went & all of us agreed not worth the extra $$ charged for it. The food was pretty good in the regular dining room. The fish was nicely cooked but the duck was so overcooked. The shows were enjoyable for the most part--some great entertainment. We love Bravo --saw both shows --Love the Sopranos. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Recently returned from back to back cruises on Princess in Europe and the UK. Our experience on the Crown Princess was fine but the same cannot be said for the Caribbean Princess. Although it has recently been renovated after dry dock and ... Read More
Recently returned from back to back cruises on Princess in Europe and the UK. Our experience on the Crown Princess was fine but the same cannot be said for the Caribbean Princess. Although it has recently been renovated after dry dock and looks nice, the changes are all cosmetic. Princess is quite obviously attempting to force passengers out of the dinner buffet and into paid dining facilities as the entire aft area of the buffet is now fee based, and the food items remaining in the one side open buffet are very limited. We also found the food in the main dining rooms to be sub-standard, although the service was excellent as usual. We normally only eat in the buffet for lunch, we still found this obvious attempt by Princess to limit passenger non-fee options at dinner to be a bit too much. As we told Princess, if you need to raise fares to remain competitive do so but please do not reduce the quality of the cruise experience or they will lose long time cruisers to other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We had an adequate transatlantic crossing. It had some good points, but overall was just OK. We've been on 22 cruises and traveled many lines, some luxury and some mass market, but this was our first time on Princess. First the ... Read More
We had an adequate transatlantic crossing. It had some good points, but overall was just OK. We've been on 22 cruises and traveled many lines, some luxury and some mass market, but this was our first time on Princess. First the things we liked: Embarcations & Disembarkations: The ship was delayed in reaching Ft. Lauderdale for our departure, but we received warning e-mails, and we followed instructions and did not arrive at the port until after 5:00, thus avoiding all crowds. We simply walked on board. At all ports, leaving the ship and returning were seamless experiences, and our departure in Southampton was super smooth and quick. Much better than some other large ships we have been on. Food in the Coral Dining Room: We ate most of our meals in Club Class in the Coral Dining Room and we were pleasantly surprised by the food quality and variety. This was some of the best food we have had on a ship. The service was also excellent as we were served by the same team at each meal and they made an effort to know us. Lovely experience. Full Suite: We pampered ourselves with a full suite and thus were very comfortable with all the space and the lovely rear-facing balcony. Casino: Probably the most active and fun casino I have found on the sea. Lots of passengers playing and having a good time, very friendly staff. Now the things that made it just an average cruise: Ship Design: This is not a handsome ship, nor is it modern or stylish. From the outside it looks like a shoe box on the water, designed to hold the maximum number of people. On the inside, the design is like a suburban Holiday Inn. There is nothing wrong, but there is no beauty or luxury. The Caribbean Princess had just come out of dry dock where they had installed new carpeting, but they were still completing the job while at sea, and the workers were quite sloppy. Not a good look. Service: Other than in the Club Class dining, the service was just OK. No special or personal touches, just doing their jobs. Food in Other Venues: We ate in Sabatini's, the Crown Grill, and had a few lunches and breakfasts at the buffet. The specialty restaurants were all right, but not on par with fine dining on land, plus their interior design was tacky. The buffet was adequate, acceptable quality but not finely-prepared or presented food. We were surprised that the new Steamers buffet was not open at lunch, even though the daily program said it was. Now the things that were lacking: Entertainment and Activities: In these areas Princess seemed to go for the low-cost options. Way too many activities that involved selling you something, or things that were cheap to operate, like movies. I went to one enrichment lecture and it was sloppy and not interesting. Live music was too often like that in a lounge at an airport hotel. The headline entertainers were mediocre or bad, like an Elvis impersonator (really?) and a comedian/juggler who was neither funny nor competent. Cheesy. Fitness Center: My pet peeve, unfortunately. The center is large and affords splendid views. But no one has assessed the popularity of the aerobic equipment and purchased accordingly. They had only 2 recumbent bikes and they were occupied all the time with people waiting. This is my favorite form of exercise and how I work off the calories. At the same time they had 20 treadmills which were never 50% occupied. The fitness staff were absent. We might take Princess again. It was very affordable. But we did not book while on board and will not be hurrying back. It was just OK. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Chose this cruise to get to Ireland. We have sailed about 18 times with Princess. The newly refurbished updated Horizon Court was very nicely appointed. The problem was the food at lunch was not very good. There was not much variety and it ... Read More
Chose this cruise to get to Ireland. We have sailed about 18 times with Princess. The newly refurbished updated Horizon Court was very nicely appointed. The problem was the food at lunch was not very good. There was not much variety and it didn't seem fresh. Everything seemed tired and had that leftover feeling.the space felt small as much of the room was taken up by two new pay to play restaurants for evening time. The entrainment on board was very average and lacked any imagination or appeal. Very average talent and quite old feeling. The passenger games were very crowded because there were not enough scheduled and people were searching for something to do. There were no sports broadcasts for much of the journey. The ship was fresh out of drydock but the women's public restrooms were mostly broken the entire trip. Always had to scramble to find a working public restroom when attending shows, activities or bars & restaurants. This was below average of all the Princess cruises we have been on. With about 18 cruises, we were disappointed and will not be sailing on the Caribbean Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and wanting to take an east bound t/a having done several crossing west bound. Knowing the ship was coming out of dry dock gave us some concern which proved correct in our thinking. Much ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and wanting to take an east bound t/a having done several crossing west bound. Knowing the ship was coming out of dry dock gave us some concern which proved correct in our thinking. Much refurbishing was still being performed during the cruise such as carpeting still being laid down and an annoying banging/grinding noise below our cabin mid ship. Cannot understand how when you have the all inclusive beverage package the International Cafe still managed to charge us and customer service could not correct the issue, we just gave up. This has put us off from cruising with Princess in the future. Lesson learned about missing a shore excursion due to illness. You must get a doctor note in order to get you money back. Now we know but to late, out several hundred dollars. The new Club Class dinning was very nice and service superb but there is no wall between Club Class and the mdr so a lot of noise. Celebrity offers a separate dinning room which is superior and more intimate than Princess. Wise to thank Olena, Nelson and Velson for such attentive service! Vines bar was a great place to hang out prior to dinner with a glass of wine. Flynn, the bar steward knows his wines and was a blast to talk to. Overall outside of my husband getting sick with a uri and being charged for two shore excursions that were missed, I had a decent time but will probably not cruise on Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I had read that there could be problems with a ship leaving dry dock and it was true. There is no need to list everything that was wrong, but there were many things that took about five days to remedy. That being said, the prices had been ... Read More
I had read that there could be problems with a ship leaving dry dock and it was true. There is no need to list everything that was wrong, but there were many things that took about five days to remedy. That being said, the prices had been discounted drastically which did compensate for most of the problems. If this had been my first cruise on a Princess ship it would have been my last. I hope people who were on this cruise consider this when judging the line. Along with leaving dry dock, they were changing a lot of venues, menus, and how things are priced. Cruise food for the inclusive venues reflect the price of the cruise and is sort of like going to Denny's or Applebees. Many of the changes were wonderful, but when you are used to certain things being there it is an adjustment. It seems that waffles are a thing of the past along with peppermint tea being replaced by a spearmint version. I used to look forward to those items on the vacation. As Princess rolls the changes out on the rest of their older ships I hope they listen to their loyalty members regarding the changes. Many of the complaints I heard were from people who have cruised on more expensive lines and their comparisons were like comparing Morton's Steak House with Sizzler. If you want Morton's you are going to have to spend the cover and go to The Crown Grill. The staff doing the art auction we not as friendly, except the blonde, Lanna. The main auctioneer was brash. She liked to promote her non-profit in Africa, and herself. Also, other Princess ships auction staff gave free mass produced prints out for attending any events, this group didn't even give them after the last two hour auction. Many older people have problems with knees and hips and need to use an exercise bike instead of a treadmill. They only had a few bikes, they don't let the spinning bikes be used. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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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