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28 Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Panama Canal & Central America from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Food in restaurant was very disappointing (eg. 1 got a seafood entree that only had 1shrimp,4 mussels, 0 scallops and one bite of Sea Bass. All served on a bunch of scallop shells in a broth. It shouldn’t even have been sent up from the ... Read More
Food in restaurant was very disappointing (eg. 1 got a seafood entree that only had 1shrimp,4 mussels, 0 scallops and one bite of Sea Bass. All served on a bunch of scallop shells in a broth. It shouldn’t even have been sent up from the kitchen or served ) (eg.2. Got served a bowl of broth with a piece of fish dropped in it. This was supposed to be a “chowder”. Inedible!) (eg. 3 requested rye toast in restaurant for breakfast and got 2 pieces of warm, untoasted, brown bread). Enough said re restaurant fare. We ended up just eating at the World Fresh Market. ie buffet. This buffet food was very good! The production shows were disappointing. The performers were very talented but the shows were not exactly toe tappers or sing alongs. Most of the staff were friendly especially in the all night International Cafe. When we could not go into Limon Costa Rica ,due to bad weather , the company was very fast at refunding our prepaid excursion costs. Alcoholic drink costs were atrocious so we only indulged once. We ordered 2 glasses of wine on the formal dinner night that ended up costing us almost 30 dollars Canadian. We enjoyed the ports and the people. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Great Panama Canal experience! The Caribbean Princess is an older ship with great upgrades and a fantastic crew! The Cruise Director was unbelievable and was a huge asset to the fun on the cruise. The waitstaff in the dining rooms were ... Read More
Great Panama Canal experience! The Caribbean Princess is an older ship with great upgrades and a fantastic crew! The Cruise Director was unbelievable and was a huge asset to the fun on the cruise. The waitstaff in the dining rooms were great and worked together to make your ding experience a great one! The ships decor was terrific and the flow of the activity decks seemed you were on a much smaller ship. I loved the International Cafe for there fresh Lattes and service. A great friendly smile to start your day. The Guest Services Desk was always full of employees to help with you issues, not like other cruise lines that have a skeleton crew (NCL) to service your needs.Overall, the Princess cruise line is trying and staying way in front of their competition with there Medallian program which is helping non techy's like me to feel GOOD! I hope they continue to be way in front and accommodating! Thanks Princess Cruise Line! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I have never been on a cruise before and I came in with little to no expectations and a positive attitude. At first I was overwhelmed with amount of action going on and the small rooms, food etc. But after the initial first day, which was ... Read More
I have never been on a cruise before and I came in with little to no expectations and a positive attitude. At first I was overwhelmed with amount of action going on and the small rooms, food etc. But after the initial first day, which was stressful because of flying and nothing with the Princess cruise line, everything worked out. Sure, we did not go on one of our port stops due to weather, but safety was the priorty and I understood that. Also, the staff was INCREDIBLE!! Everyone was so personal, kind and nice! Spoiled me rotten from such great service. Entertainment was great and the whole time I was enjoying, having a blast and was always satisfied with everything. And if at any point I had any issues, they were quickly resolved. The game shows and entertainment was too notch, they have things for kids, teens and in betweens. And obviously adults and older adults as well. We watched a movie outside and ate ice cream, I mean what could be better? So all in all, the best vacation of my life. I would totally reccomend. For a lot of people who complain on these forums, these people are natural complainers so I would take it with a grain of salt. I had an awesome time and would 100000 percent reccommend. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Totally satisfied with the entire cruise experience! All the Princess Cruise people were so helpful, bent over backwards to help you. Food was excellent, service was excellent! Saw some reviews that the Caribbean Princess was dated. I ... Read More
Totally satisfied with the entire cruise experience! All the Princess Cruise people were so helpful, bent over backwards to help you. Food was excellent, service was excellent! Saw some reviews that the Caribbean Princess was dated. I did not, enjoyed the art, especially deck 6 entry to the theater. Do go at least 30 minutes prior to the events. I would highly recommend the Caribbean Princess, and would sail on it again. Also purchase the shore excursions well in advance they sell out very fast. The Princess cruise excursions were very good. It’s worth any extra costs to book thru them for the security of knowing they will wait for you. We did Panama canal partial crossing, It was sufficient. They went thru 1st 3 locks to Gatoon Lake. They dropped off Princess excursions to buses for all Princess passengers. Did the Old Panama city Pacific side tour with 1 hour stop at original canal Lock. Ship was going thru being pulled by 4 engines. Fascinating, definitely best shore excursion ever. Highly recommend!!!!!! One other note, If you do a tour you only see half the transit thru The new locks, for me it was fine Seeing the original canal lock and Pacific side on the excursion. Trip of a lifetime! Highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We were excited to view the new locks, which were made for the larger ships. We first went to listen to the excellent lector in the Princess theater, who told us the history of the building of the canal. It was extremely informative and ... Read More
We were excited to view the new locks, which were made for the larger ships. We first went to listen to the excellent lector in the Princess theater, who told us the history of the building of the canal. It was extremely informative and prepared us to better understand what we would be seeing. We had originally booked a mini-suite, and the perks included were additional credits to spend on the cruise, plus no gratuities (a terrific deal) but were pleasantly surprised to find out a few weeks before sailing that we had been upgraded to a mid-ship Club Class suite at no additional cost. As Club Class guests, we had our own entrance to the dining room every evening, plus an upgraded menu. No waiting with 100 other people to enter, we walked right in. And our position in the dining room was separate from all other passengers. By that I mean that it was in a different area with other club class members. We were really spoiled! The new Medallion technology is wonderful, allowing us to speed through embarkation, which took a whole 10 min. for the 3 of us. Debarkation at the end of the cruise was equally satisfying. We had opted for a Princess shuttle to take us to the airport at the end of the cruise, and it was effortless! About midway through the cruise, I came down with my yearly upper respiratory infection and confined myself to my cabin for a few days, but this was my bad, as I should have brought a prescription with me just in case! Oh well, live and learn. The only shore excursion we had to cancel (the girls wouldn't go without me) was our trek through the rain forest and boat ride through the small canals that run through Costa Rica. I have been there before, so no big deal for me, but I hated to see my companions miss out. They did, however, leave the ship to shop for souvenirs at the port, and upon their return said that they were glad we had cancelled, as it was so darn hot. My only disappointment was in the food, the quality of which was not on a par with Carnival, but this is my opinion. Many things in the ships dining room were excellent, but others were not as good as I've had on other Princess ships. In particular the lobster, which was very chewy and not served with drawn butter! My sister opted for the steak (also extremely chewy) and had to politely bury the chewed pieces under whatever remained on her plate. But the service provided by our little Victoria (from the Ukraine) and her co-worker also from the Ukraine, known only as Bo or Baby was excellent! The food up on the Lido deck was hit or miss as well. Some times a terrific selection, and others just a bit below average. And in my opinion, their soups up on Lido were sub-par and watery. I wish Princess would adopt a real deli where fresh sandwiches could be made as ordered, like Carnival. Their sandwiches were pre-made and somewhat rolled up in butchers paper and standing upright in a large container, which made all of the juices run to the bottom and soak the bread. I was not impressed by the food at all. We did the ship excursion in both Jamaica (Greenwood plantation) and city tour of Catahenia, and both were excellent. We got off the ship in Grand Cayman and took the 2 and 1/2 hour city tour offered at the port for just $25. (same tour offered by excursion desk for $49) and it was also excellent! They took us to 7 mile beach (gorgeous) and we also got to see the people swim with and kiss the dolphins at their center for free. We had a choice of seeing the dolphins, or crossing the street to the turtle center. The tour driver was a fountain of knowledge and we enjoyed the tour very much! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Area that we did not like Safety Issue, Saw a passenger fall down two steps, I witness no action from thecrew to come to assist. No medical response team NOTHING Room attendant- Never saw him. He attempt to shine my shoes ... Read More
Area that we did not like Safety Issue, Saw a passenger fall down two steps, I witness no action from thecrew to come to assist. No medical response team NOTHING Room attendant- Never saw him. He attempt to shine my shoes Look like he did with peanut butter! When a attempt to talk to customer service, they would not listen to anything said. Main food did not have a good selection so we ate at buffet the whole time Great getting on and off the boat was great. Very effective and time saving. The last stop waste of money! Drove 30 mile down the beach, turn around drove 30 miles the other way Stop at outlet for 45 minutes which was not enough time Complete waste of $50.00 per person. Also did not like the LGBQ theme on the boat. I would not recommend this cruise to anyone, family friends even my dog Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The service in the dining room was excellent with good menu choices. Try the Curtis Stone pork belly, it’s wonderful! The food and service in the buffet were very sub par. The food was not up tp Princess’s usual standards and the ... Read More
The service in the dining room was excellent with good menu choices. Try the Curtis Stone pork belly, it’s wonderful! The food and service in the buffet were very sub par. The food was not up tp Princess’s usual standards and the service was extremely lacking. Most meals we had to get our own beverages. Very disappointing. The entertainment was very good. There were two dance bands, a Latin based band BA Quartet and a Jamaican band Project 5. Both were very talented but Project 5 tended to talk way too much especially with black patrons. It really just used up time others could have been dancing. The guest Entertainers were very good, especially comedian Bengt Washburn and singer Claude-Eric. This was our second time on the Caribbean Princess and will probably not cruise on it again. We prefer the Regal Princess but will try the Royal, Sky, or Majestic. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We selected this cruise because of the destination (i.e., new Panama Canal) and timing (Winter). We have crossed the old Panama Canal in the Coral Princess some time ago. Adding the new Canal excursion to cross to the Pacific (in the ... Read More
We selected this cruise because of the destination (i.e., new Panama Canal) and timing (Winter). We have crossed the old Panama Canal in the Coral Princess some time ago. Adding the new Canal excursion to cross to the Pacific (in the Caribbean Princess) in a boat was great! We got both new and old experiences of passage, fortuitously. We left Syracuse just as Winter snows were upon us! Despite the rain showers, the temperatures during the voyage were quite enjoyable in swim trunk attire. Prior to departing New York, I had pre-ordered the medallion accessories and uploaded our pics, boarding info and docs to activate OceanReady. This facilitated our embarkation (and disembarkation) immensely! The Caribbean Princess clearly showed improvements from having been rejuvenated in the docks last May (2019). Our balcony cabin reflected what we experienced on several cruises aboard the Caribbean in the past; our cabin attendant did a fantastic job caring for our bedding, ice, and flowers. The variety of dining with seafood and BBQ, in Planks and Steamer, has improved our dining experience. But we would still like to know how to specify a seating in Anytime Dining MDR on the first evening to be reserved every dinner at the opening (i.e, 5 pm); on the first night aboard. Our prime entertainment is Movie Under the Stars with many new movies we had not seen before. We did not experience many Princess Theater entertainments except a comedian. Still, service aboard the ship was excellent with exception to the selection of a table located in the MDR. Ports and Shore excursions were about what had been reported in the Princess online descriptions. We did not travel with our grand-child. Yes, we would go again in the future. But we have other destinations in mind in the Caribbean aboard Princess Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Chose this cruise for the Itinerary, Panama Canal. Wait staff and cabin steward was excellent, as usual on Princess. While the production shows were good they were repeated multiple nights. Was supposed to get coupon books, ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the Itinerary, Panama Canal. Wait staff and cabin steward was excellent, as usual on Princess. While the production shows were good they were repeated multiple nights. Was supposed to get coupon books, despite repeated promises from guest relations that never happened. The new medallion app did not work on my iPhone 10. Several trouble reports supposedly issued but no follow up. The 17 year old ship was supposedly updated in 2018 but other than the medallion system and new TVs the stateroom was original. Was disappointed that their evening dress code for the dining room was not enforced. Most lines have relaxed the dress code and Tuxes are now history on formal nights. But allowing shorts, flip flops and T shirts, even on formal nights is not right. Made Platinum status on this cruise, but Princess's loyalty rewards pale compare to Royal and Celebrity. While we cruise 3 times a year we do not see anymore Princess Cruises in our future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We wanted to cruise to the Panama Canal. We selected Caribbean Princess because we had cruised with them 6 times before (on this same ship), but had not been aboard since 2012. Living in Orlando, it was a 3 1/2 hour drive. Embarkation was ... Read More
We wanted to cruise to the Panama Canal. We selected Caribbean Princess because we had cruised with them 6 times before (on this same ship), but had not been aboard since 2012. Living in Orlando, it was a 3 1/2 hour drive. Embarkation was very fast. Smiling employees show that they are happy to work for Princess, very important to observe. Our cabin was C328 on deck 10 Caribe. Excellent location and great service. Room was clean and great smelling. My wife and I are 70 so location was important to us, and we were quite happy. Princess has a peculiar design and it is very easy to get around without getting lost. Decor was first class as always. This was our first time using the medallion and we loved it. Being connected to the ship was fun, even while waiting for an elevator because there was always a large screen to do things while waiting. Dining was excellent. I was glad that they turned back guests not properly dressed. Service was a 10. Entertainment was a 10. Employees were great and many remembered our names.The ports are well worth visiting. Enjoyed Cartagena Colombia, Panama Canal. Lido deck food was great and varied. The Piazza enjoyable to sit and enjoy. We will definitely travel again. Debarkation was fast, zero problems. Would recommend to anyone looking for a beautiful ship, great food and entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the new locks at the Panama Canal and also some Caribbean ports. I traveled to Panama in 1985 and experienced the old locks at Miraflores and lived in Panama City for a week. Looked forward to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the new locks at the Panama Canal and also some Caribbean ports. I traveled to Panama in 1985 and experienced the old locks at Miraflores and lived in Panama City for a week. Looked forward to seeing how things have changed in 35 years. We chose Princess because we had a great experience last summer on the Ruby Princess in Alaska and the CP is a similar ship in size and layout to the Ruby. We took a train from Ohio to Fort Lauderdale, stayed at the Hampton Inn North Airport overnight and then boarded the CP the next late morning. Hotel is showing some age but the staff was excellent, breakfast was filling and a shuttle took us to the port around 11:30am. Port was very crowded with several ships boarding that same day. Entrance was a bit chaotic with taxis, shuttles and private vehicles creating long lines to the embarkation area. We eventually made it to the offload point. Most of the passengers left their large bags with the porters who put the luggage on large carts to later be loaded on the ship. We walked up and through the entry building. Long lines but they moved quickly, through several checkpoints for passports, luggage screening and then to the desk to get our Medallion and other information. Some passengers had downloaded their Medallion info before boarding and they moved through without as many delays. We picked ours up at the desk, a small metallic pin worn around your neck which opens your doors and provides information when making purchases on board much like the old keycards. We moved to the elevators and found our room on Baja Deck 300 section to be a match to the same room we had on the Ruby. Adequate space, lots of storage in the area outside the bathroom. Twin beds with table in the middle, large TV, refrigerator, lots of drawers to store things, a safe for valuables and mirrors all around to enhance the size perspective of the room. Bathroom and room were very clean and our cabin steward Joseph, took care of us with a friendly and courteous manner throughout our trip. He welcomed us to the ship, asked if we had any questions and said he would bring up the water we had pre-ordered. Our large bags had not arrived yet so we decided to go up to the buffet and have lunch. The Fresh Market Buffet was a bit crowded but we found seats and proceeded to have some grilled fish, potatoes and vegetables. We shared a table with a couple from Alabama, one of the things we enjoy when riding Amtrak is to meet new people from all over the country. Our muster drill was in the Casino so at 3:15 we followed the crowds to that venue to get our safety information. One thing that was very evident was the large % of seniors on this trip. We are in our mid 60s but with all the motorized carts, walkers, etc, it sometimes seemed like a nursing home cruise. Only a few children on board, which made for a quiet voyage but reminded us that we should enjoy life while you can. After muster we went out on the Promenade deck, watched as our ship left the harbor at Fort Lauderdale under a nice sunset. Several other ships leaving as well. A large party up on the Lido Deck, dancing, celebrating, etc. but we prefer a quieter bon voyage. After watching a brilliant sunset, we went back for dinner and prepared for the evening show in the theatre. Gary Delena was a comedian and guitarist and his show was generally funny and entertaining. After experiencing the large crowds that attend these shows on the Ruby we were at the theatre for good seats by 7 pm. Many people waited until half hour before the show and had difficulty finding seats together. The show was over by 9 and we walked through the casino to watch people spend their money and then to the Explorers Lounge to see Symphone, an excellent couple with a backup band that was the best act we saw on the ship. Great voices, personality with the crowd. We stayed until 10:30 , stopped at the another bar to hear female singer and couple Ryan 7, good voice but not the same crowd rapport as Symphone. Back to the International Cafe for a sweet snack (great place open all night and free goodies). Back to room, the Medallion opens the door and a good nights sleep after a very long day.. Joseph had made beds, cleaned bathroom, left a nice chocolate on the pillow, and left our Patter newsletter on the bed with the next day's activities. An enjoyable first day on the CP. Second day was a sea day so we looked to find things to do on board. Breakfast was eggs, toast, fruit. Sat with two sisters from Florida and Virginia and an engaging conversation. We are 500 miles from our next stop in Jamaica and can barely see the Cuban coast off the starboard size of the ship. Sit on the Promenade Deck 7 and watch the ocean pass by, and enjoy the passengers jogging, walking and talking as they move along. Lunch today was the free fish & chips dinner at the Crown Grill. A nice addition that we also experienced on the Ruby. Sat with a couple from Texas who had traveled extensively on cruises in both US & Europe. After lunch was a film in the theatre on the Panama Canal that was very good. Spent some time at the excursion desk checking out a possible train trip in Panama. An excellent pair of young women named Duo Encanto were playing violins in the Piazza, Watched someone pay $35000 for a painting at the art auction. Symphone was playing on the Lido deck for a pool party so we enjoyed more of their music during the afternoon on a nice sunny day about 75 outside. Basketball shooting contest on the sports deck so watched a young woman sink some 15 footers against a middle aged guy who also could shoot. Before dinner we went to the Piazza to hear a steel drum entertainer. Dinner was fish, pasta, chicken and mango cheesecake with a couple from California. Back to our room to change and head to the theatre for the stageshow BRAVO. Ship dancers and singers put on a nice show of Broadway tunes. A special singer soprano from Chicago was a hit during the performance. This was the first Formal Night so many were decked out in their tuxes and evening gowns. Went to Wheelhouse Bar after the show to hear Ryan 7 again. Went out on the Prom Deck to see lights in the distance.. ?Cuba, stop for a late night snack at International Cafe and off to bed for a long day tomorrow in Jamaica. A nice sea day with plenty of activities. Next day we are up and ready for an afternoon in Jamaica. Breakfast with a couple from Kansas City. Omelet, toast, cheese danish, yogurt. Many many choices, food was prepared well, usually hot and areas kept clean. I find the criticisms of the buffet to be overblown. Not everything is perfect in life, but being on this ship is better than the snow and ice back home right now. Enjoy and be mellow. Back to the room to prepare for disembarkation at the Falmouth Jamaica port. We docked a little before noon, a little foggy but warm. This is an "artificial port" created by the cruise line to allow people to roam the area with shops, restaurants, etc but not really see Jamaica. We arranged for a private tour with Patrice Bailey Tours to take us to two of the Great Houses, a tour of Montego Bay and Falmouth. An excellent choice for those of us who do not want to climb up Dunn River Falls or swim with the dolphins. We walked outside the gated port area and found the white tent where private tours are located. We were taken to a meeting location where we met our guide for the day Maurice. We had a nice van to ourselves and Maurice related the history of Jamaica, a trip around Falmouth and then out on the modern highway west of Falmouth. We first stopped at Greenwood Greathouse, a huge estate once owned by the prominent English family named Barrett. A relative of famed poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Entry fee is $20 but an excellent tour of the large house and grounds. A great view of the sea and coast from the porch. Lots of original antique furniture and special apparatus used in the day. Our next stop was further up the highway to the Rose Hall Greathouse. This was the infamous home of Annie Palmer, the White Witch who murdered several lovers and is a ghost roaming the grounds. An excellent guide who led us throughout the house and told of the fantastic stories of its owners. Admission was $25 and well worth the fare. Our tour then took us to Montego Bay, a crowded port on a Friday afternoon. We were unable to stop at some of the sites there since parking was non existent but we did travel throughout the city, saw the historic square and thousands of people on the streets and byways. We then traveled to a third mansion home at Bellefield for a great view of the bay and city. It was getting dark so Maurice took us back to Falmouth, dropped us right inside the gate and we strolled back to the ship after a great day of history and sites in Jamaica. Dinner was pasta, beef stew, scalloped potatoes, some jerk chicken (a bit too spicy for my stomach) and a wonderful chocolate dessert. We got out on Promenade deck to watch the running passengers barely making back to the ship after their tour to Ocho Rios was delayed in returning. Show in the theatre was Yaniv Zarit, who spoke 32 different languages, sang and told stories. He was talented but not as entertaining as other programs. Back to room for some TV news, a movie (of which there were several good choices) and bed. Another sea day tomorrow as we head for Cartegena. Saturday we lounge around as the seas are a bit high today closing the Promenade deck and the pools due to shifting waves. Ship is moving some but since we are used to riding trains, it is really nothing for us to experience shifting floors. Did some shopping in the stores, Had lunch with a nice couple from Washington state. A special program on the Panama Canal in the theatre in the afternoon. Dinner with family from Idaho and California. Lots of good stories. Watch some NFL football on the big screen and then down to the theatre for the show "Born to Be Wild". Ship dancers and singers put on a nice show 60s and 70s rock. Watch some more football and off to bed for a long day tomorrow in Cartegena. Up early as our ship has docked around 6:30. Breakfast with two ladies from Florida. I am off alone for the tour as wife is staying aboard today with a cold. Embarkation is in Casino this morning and then to Deck 4, Our bus is waiting at the pier with our guide Dailys, who is an enthusiastic promoter of her city. We drive through a residential area near the pier and then to the old Fort Castillo de San Felipe for a brief photo stop. Not time to tour the fort, many steps and large facility. Lots of venders who are interesting to me but do hassle some people. Man with donkey to solicit photos was a hoot. Back on the tour bus across the inlet and out to the former residence of Colombia President Rafael Nunez. A nice folkloric dance show there and a tour of the house and the great historic events of the 19th century. Well worth the visit. Then we traveled along the coast wall to the old city. We walked inside the walls and to the square of San Pedro Claver Church where we toured the building, saw many historic items in the museum and experience a service since it was Sunday morning. Walked up another street to the Naval Museum, which had great displays of Columbian maritime history. All exhibits are in Spanish so brush up on your language skills. Very interesting. Walk back through the streets to our bus which then took us on a tour of the beaches and the modern city skyscrapers. Back to the ship via the Boca Grande and Manga residential areas. We were back to the ship by 11:45 for a 12:30 departure. A nice three and half hour tour but could have spent the whole day here. Wish the cruise would schedule more time at this port. Lunch at the buffet and watch some more football on the wide screen. A nice day as we leave port. Sit on Promenade deck and watch the city fade into the distance. Dinner was pulled pork, chicken, squash & peppers, potatoes and some nice mango desserts. Theatre entertainment was Michael Barron, an excellent magician. Some entertainment in the Piazza afterward. International cafe for a treat and then back to room for some football, a movie and then to bed. Early arrival tomorrow at 5:30am for Panama Canal. We are up early, buffet for omelets, and then out on Lido deck to see the lights of the Panama Canal come into view. It is still dark as we enter the bay area waiting to proceed to the Aqua Clara Locks, the new lock system that now allows huge ships to use the canal. As the dawn arises, we enter the first lock and large gates close behind allowing water from storage areas to enter and raise us to the next level. Nearly everyone on the ship is on the deck watching and we found better viewing from the rear of the ship. Another larger freighter is waiting behind us and it is fascinating to watch the process as we proceed from one lock to another. It took about two hours to move to Gatun Lake where our CP dropped anchor. My excursion today would involve a boat transit to shore, where we boarded a bus for a trip along the old Gatun Locks and across a bridge to the new locks visitor center high on a hill overlooking the Aqua Clara Locks. Wife decided to stay on the ship which would eventually return through the locks and dock back in Cristobal where it would await the tour groups to return later in the day. Our tour spent an hour at the visitor center where we could observe our ship in the lake and others as they passed through the locks. A film was shown in the theatre and a small cafe served sandwiches, drinks, etc. There was also a nature trail which I walked approx a mile through some interesting flora. Heard some scattered animal sounds, saw a sloth and then walked back to the awaiting bus. As we left the site the driver stopped along the road as a family of monkeys was passing by. Photo shoot was just in time. We then traveled into Colon and then down a modern highway that crossed through some rainforest areas, the Chagras River, and then into the modern Panama City. An hour long ride but interesting scenery along the way. We eventually passed through the area near Balboa and the old Fort Clayton, where American forces were stationed during the Panama Canal Zone days. Nice memories of my trip here in 1985 but many changes since then. The bus stopped while Subway sandwiches were delivered for our lunch meal. We passed Miraflores Locks and out onto the Amador peninsula where we stopped for a shopping event. Not much there and really was a waste of time except for the good ice cream shop. Would rather have spent some time in the old city but that was not on our agenda. We then moved to the train station where we boarded the Panama Railroad train. A very modern station with some souvenirs. Railroad is operated by Kansas City Southern RR and their locomotives reflect the orange and yellow paint scheme of that line. Coaches were nicely decorated and seating was nice. I sat with a friend Rita who I had met on the ship and a couple from Michigan as we moved along slowly by the canal and industrial areas. Saw lots of birds, a family of iguanas and some monkeys as our train moved toward Colon. The cost of the entire tour was $200 and although a bit expensive, it was worth it for the views of the canal and the train ride. There is a dome car for $40 more on the train but I found the seating in the nice coaches and the opportunity to stand in the vestibule area to see the sites and take photos to be adequate for my needs. We were able to see some parts of the canal and ships moving across the lake. We arrived back in Colon before dark. We received a nice box with the railroad logo and full of snacks which I think were supposed to be handed out at the beginning of the train ride but we got as we left the train. Oh well, a nice souvenir of the train.. Colon is not a town you want to roam around in and the dock area was a pleasant site as we said goodbye to our guides and boarded the ship. Met my wife and we had dinner of pork roast, potatoes, veggies and dessert. Too tired for the show this evening so just watched National Championship game as Clemson beat the Crimson Tide. Rest for another long day tomorrow in Costa Rica. Tuesday morning we arose and prepared to take our excursion at Limon Costa Rica. A large German ship is docked next to us as we walk up the dock area to our bus. Our guide is Porfirio, a nice gentleman who had a sense of humor and spoke excellent English. He told us about his family and life in Costa Rica. We first drove around Limon to see some of the historic buildings and then up a rather narrow and bumpy road to the canal where we boarded a boat to cruise the canal. Lots of birds, iguanas, monkeys in the trees, sloths everywhere, no crocodiles today. A nice tour and our guide moved the boat so that all sides could get photos. A little shower ensued but did not last long and it was a good day in the rainforest. After we left the boat we were treated to lots of fruit, bananas, pineapple, juices and a nice display of native arts and crafts. Good restroom break as well. Back on the bus as we traveled to a siding where we boarded an old train for a short trip back to Limon. I enjoyed speaking with the engineer and conductor at the front of the train as my Spanish was good enough for a lively conversation. The train was pulled by an old switcher engine and two coaches full passengers hoping to see some exotic scenery. But most of the rails pass through an industrial area and except for a few monkeys and a sloth, there was little to view. If you like train rides, it was a nice ride but not overly exciting. We left the train and reboarded the bus for a nice trip in the countryside around rural provinces. Banana plantations and a stop to see more sloths. Our guide Porfirio was excellent and he related Costa Rica history, government and economics as we traveled back to Limon. We arrived back to the port around 12:30 and did some shopping at the large craft market nearby before heading back to the ship for a late lunch. After lunch we went down to the laundry room on the 10th Floor and did a few loads of clothes. A bit of a waiting line but was nice to have some washers close to our room. Met some gents from Alaska, a young man from Toronto and an Englishman from near London as we dried and folded... We decided to hit the pizza place for dinner and then have a dessert in the buffet. Back to the room for the evening show at the theatre. Cheaza, a Whitney Houston reflections singer from Las Vegas was the musical program and was excellent. She went out into the theatre to sing and perform a greatest hits melody. Another great day on our cruise. The following day was another sea day. There was a talk in the theatre on the Cayman Islands that we attended. Both of us are suffering from head colds so we just hung around the room, watched some movies, had lunch in the buffet and then sat out on Deck 7, did some reading, saw some rainbows in the distance as a storm headed away from us. Another formal night on the ship with a program in the theatre but we decided to rest this evening and prepare for a full day in Cayman Islands tomorrow. Sometimes its nice to just enjoy a day of rest and relaxation on a sea day. Thursday morning we are up and feeling better. Breakfast for omelets and fresh fruit. We met in the Island Dining Room for disembarking for our shuttle boat to the shore. All ships must use tenders and there are now six ships in port so it will be a busy day in Georgetown. Our tender is one from the shore and not one of the ship boats so there is more room and not quite as crowded. We land about 8am and talk to a policeman who directs us to the bus terminal about two blocks from the port area. We stop at Fort to read some Cayman history and then arrive at the bus terminal where a group of small van type vehicles are lined up. We decided to take Bus 7B Green bus our own excursion which charged only $10 for a trip around the entire island. Our bus driver Tonyito actually acted like a guide and with one other man on the bus, (who reminded me of the late Anthony Bourdain), we enjoyed a private tour complete with history and scenic views. Stopped in Bodden Town, Wreck of the 10 Sails park and discussion of blue iguanas. Picked up some interesting passengers on the return trip as Tonyito welcomed them on board. An enjoyable ride and much cheaper than the ship excursions. A couple hours later we were back downtown and took another bus that went to Seven Mile Beach, Hell and other quaint places for another $5 each. We returned to downtown, stopped for lunch and then walked to the port for some clean restrooms and treats before walking down to the Cayman National Museum. Nice displays, a good film on history, hands on displays for kids. Back to port and decided to return to ship as it looked like a storm was heading toward the island. Long line for the tender but moved quickly and we sailed past the mass of ships and tenders in the bay. Got back just as the rain came so timing was perfect. Back to the ship by 2 pm as our ship was scheduled to leave at 3:30. Go to Deck 7 to watch tenders returning with passengers. Late comers but we leave by 4pm. Dinner was a cod dinner with a couple from Nebraska. Down to the theatre for the show with Duncan Tuck, classical guitar and humorist. Was o.k. Sailing around Cuba overnight as we rest from another long day of exploring. Friday was another sea day. Pancakes and eggs for breakfast. Ate with a couple from Michigan who have cruised many times. He is from the island of Malta and they have done many Mediterranean cruises. We are now sailing along the Cuban coastline and we sit on Lido deck enjoying the view. Cheeseburgers from Salty Dog Grill and some Pizza from Slice for lunch. Enjoy sitting around the pool and enjoying the warm weather. Do some packing in the afternoon and preparing for disembarkation in FTL tomorrow morning. Staff at customer service very friendly and answered several questions we had about the process. We talked with Joseph about his future plans. He had one more cruise on CP and then he would return home to India for three months. He was an excellent cabin steward and we tipped accordingly. We found all the staff in the dining and buffet to be efficient and friendly. The ship is showing some age and there was a lot of painting and polishing going on while we were sailing. We did not feel any engine vibration in our room and our neighbors were pretty quiet so no problem with noise. Like the new Medallion system even though we did not use it for phone or location purposes. Like that there is still a paper Patter that provides information about ship events. On Saturday morning we ate a quick breakfast in the buffet and then moved our luggage to the Coral Dining Room where our disembarkation meeting was to take place. We chose the self checkout and thus did not put any luggage out the night before. We moved quickly through the port area and only took 10-15 minutes to go through customs and we were on our way. We walked to the taxi loading area and were in a cab in a few minutes to the Hilton Marina Hotel where we got our Enterprise Rental Car for the remainder of our Florida vacation. Enjoyed the cruise and highly recommend this ship, crew, and itinerary if you have never been to the Panama Canal. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Overall, the vacation was as close to perfect as could be. Even having cruised a few times recently, including one on Princess last year, we were still impressed by the service - we were treated like royalty at every step. Other than one ... Read More
Overall, the vacation was as close to perfect as could be. Even having cruised a few times recently, including one on Princess last year, we were still impressed by the service - we were treated like royalty at every step. Other than one VERY minor negative, absolutely everything was top notch. Details: - SHIP: The ship was clean, well run, and not very crowded even though it was full. Of course, central walkways, pool decks and (very rarely) elevators reflect the amount of crowd, but Princess does a great job of having enough to do around the ship that rarely are spaces crowded. Almost always, we could get a seat at all bars/lounges, shows, and deck chairs (except, of course, those right next to the pool on sea days). We didn't enjoy the late muster drill start, which was delayed by 20 minutes waiting for people to arrive, especially since they offered a second muster drill for folks boarding later. But there was plenty to do, inside and out, and some fun games hosted by the cruise staff. It was easy to maintain cleanliness since there were sinks with soap at the entrance to the buffet and all public restrooms suggested opening the door with a paper towel, and had a receptacle by the door. There were also hand sanitizers around the ship, and there was a discussion on personal cleanliness at the muster drill. Still, you'd occasionally see someone sneezing into their hand or whatever, but you can't control every single person's every move. We didn't get sick, didn't see anyone sick, and didn't hear of anyone getting sick. - ENTERTAINMENT: The production shows were good and the performers extremely talented, but there were no "big name" shows such as on other ships. The one show that seemed to be great was "sold out" for both performances, as early as 45 minutes before showtime, so we missed that. That was the only small disappointment in entertainment. We thoroughly enjoyed the bar/lounge entertainment everywhere - a violin duo that played contemporary songs, a guitar player/singer, an amazing piano player, and a classic/soft rock/country duo. We wished we could have gotten to more of them more often! - DINING: We splurged on Club Class and LOVED the dining portion of that benefit. Our dining room staff was top notch and we enjoyed being able to eat at any time with no waiting, while being treated like royalty. There are other perks to Club Class that may or may not appeal to many people, but this by far makes it worthwhile to us. We enjoyed the Crown Grill and Sabatini's and they were both excellent, including service. We availed ourselves of the embarkation day special (BOGO) at Crown Grill; it wasn't full which is why they are promoting it. We tried room service the first day but it wasn't a good choice for us, so we stuck with the MDR on most days. - PORT STOPS: We aren't much into the excursions, but did do a Segway tour of Grand Cayman. That was cool, but mostly because of the Segways. Honestly, we didn't see or learn all that much about Grand Cayman. We stepped off the ship at Falmouth, Jamaica without a planned tour, but it was just a new port district full of jewelry stores and souvenir stops. It's great - clean and safe - if that's the type of stores you're looking for. We didn't get off the ship at Cartegena, Columbia or Limon, Costa Rica. Our view from the ship wasn't very picturesque. - PANAMA CANAL: This is the biggest reason we went, and it did not disappoint. The ship had a destination specialist who gave a talk beforehand that was available on stateroom TVs. The specialist also narrated the entrance to the first lock, which was broadcast outside the ship and on the "ship camera" channel on the TV. There was plenty of time throughout the day to get views from everywhere on the ship, since the transit takes 2.5 hours each way, plus there were a few hours at anchor in Gatun Lake. Besides our balcony, the best spot on the ship to view the passage was the Skywalkers Bar on Deck 18, aft. It was practically empty but had windows all the way around. - FITNESS: The fitness center is small but not too bad. Only one day it was crowded, but of course we avoided it on sea days. I took one exercise class and didn't like it at all - I won't clog up this space explaining why, but if anyone is interested, contact me for details. I didn't like that the walking deck does not go around the entire ship; you have to climb to the next deck. I swam mostly every day, but you can only swim laps in the 2 main pools - the 2 adult pools aren't big enough. However, as soon as you get a few people in the pool, or a couple of kids, swimming laps is tough. - CHILDREN: Please don't skewer me, but we are in the group of people who don't enjoy small kids on cruise ships. There weren't that many kids on this sailing, but to be honest, I wouldn't want to take kids on a Princess ship. It didn't look like there was a lot to do other than go in pools, etc., but I did hear later from someone else that there is a kids' program. Every now and then they got in the way or made noise at the restaurants, but it was way better than the other lines that cater to families. - CLIENTELE: We enjoyed everyone we met; there were LOTS of friendly people. In our 50's, I'd estimate that we are at the young end of the age range, but we enjoyed the group very much. Our favorite thing was to just chat with folks at a bar or restaurant, and we invited another couple to join us for dinner one night later in the trip. Definitely crossed this one off the bucket list. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing the Panama Canal but who doesn't want to spend 2 weeks transiting the entire canal. This trip was a 10-day round trip from Ft. Lauderdale. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because we want to see the new locks, and also for the sail date. This was our ninth cruise with Princess. Princess has always delivered first rate service. This was our first cruise using Princess new Ocean ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we want to see the new locks, and also for the sail date. This was our ninth cruise with Princess. Princess has always delivered first rate service. This was our first cruise using Princess new Ocean Medallion service. The Medallion really enhanced our cruise experience started with check-in. We were on board the ship with in five minuets of arriving at the port. The new internet service was supper fast and a pleasure to use. The staff in the dinning ventures and on board shops were helpful and went out of their way to provide excellent customer service. We did feel the Dome car railroad car excursion in Panama was was a big disappointment and very over priced for what we got. The long bus ride to get to the train was terrible and the Dome car it's self cramped and uncomfortable. The box snack was offered at the end of the tour when we are on our way back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Caribbean Princess 12/9 to 12/19 Panama Canal Cruise Pros: Embarkation was fairly smooth and quick with the new electronic Medallion system. Cruise terminal staff were friendly and helpful. Staterooms were ready for guests upon ... Read More
Caribbean Princess 12/9 to 12/19 Panama Canal Cruise Pros: Embarkation was fairly smooth and quick with the new electronic Medallion system. Cruise terminal staff were friendly and helpful. Staterooms were ready for guests upon boarding the ship. Our stateroom door usually “recognized” our electronic Medallions upon our approach and unlocked the door for us. The ship was decorated for Christmas. Staterooms have extra large closets. The stateroom was fairly clean and relatively quiet. Our stateroom steward was accommodating, providing lighter bedding, extra pillows, robes and ice. Getting off and back on the ship at ports of call was fairly quick with the Medallion system, greatly reducing lines. Most staff in all the dining venues were friendly and helpful. Afternoon tea was done nicely and not to excess. Ship personnel decorated stateroom doors with a sign and balloons for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Final disembarkation went fairly well. Cons: Elevators are small, fill quickly, and skip decks if any other elevator is stopping there, leading to long waits, particularly for the disabled who have mobility aids such as walkers, scooters, wheelchairs. Buffets in the “World Marketplace” casual dining area on the aft Lido deck have been renovated to be somewhat island style, but the islands are crammed into too small of an area and not well separated, causing long lines and difficulty getting through. There is no requirement on this ship for passengers to exercise proper hand sanitation prior to entering the restaurant venues. Thus most guests skipped this step completely. The simple precaution of washing hands and using hand sanitizers might have prevented devastating illnesses from being spread by thousands of guests handling the same serving tongs and spoons. Tables in the buffet areas of the Lido deck are in short supply at meal times, especially near a window where most four person tables were often occupied by just one person or by guests playing cards. Frustrating. Finding a staff member to clean a table was often difficult, too, as was obtaining beverage service. Not all staff carried through with fulfilling requests. Staff was not evenly distributed in the Lido dining areas. The ship is not easy to navigate due to a split center restaurant & galley section that cannot be accessed, so guests must get to the middle elevators (the most popular ones) from other decks and then go up or down to detour around the inaccessible areas. This was a much bigger problem for guests with mobility problems than for those who could use the stairs, especially since most non-disabled guests avoided using the stairs, creating an even larger demand for elevators. Service carts take up so much space in the very narrow stateroom hallways during the daytime that wheelchairs and other mobility devices cannot get around them. All of the passengers had to wait an extra hour at the required muster drill held in SRO (standing room only) lounges because of a group of latecomers instead of just having the late guests wait an extra 30 minutes to attend the already scheduled latecomer muster. The drill itself was a loud and lame video featuring old actors from the 1970’s Loveboat television series that caused guests to either cover their ears or otherwise tune out. Afterward, of course, there was the usual battle for elevator space. The latter ongoing issue is especially frustrating for disabled guests who cannot get on the elevators due to faster passengers rushing ahead of them to fill the space. The stateroom televisions will not allow access to any other programming until the same tedious safety briefing video that is shown at the muster drill has been viewed again. Stateroom televisions are not interactive and do not show restaurant menus, ship schedules or the status of stateroom accounts. The electronic Medallion system has some advantages, but is not without down sides. With the new system, casino kiosks have been installed in several places around the ship, enabling gamblers to play electronic bingo, slot machines and other betting games at any time the main casino is open. During our 11 day cruise these kiosks were not popular with cruisers and were very rarely approached. For one thing, they are in busy public areas where everything the guest does is in full public view but the guest is simultaneously isolated from the “gambling community” and social but anonymous atmosphere of the main casino. For some unknown reason, the Medallion system also automatically displays the photos of nearby guests on large brightly lit panels outside of some elevators, creating a loss of privacy. Guests can also be tracked by their Medallion signals, giving a feeling of being stalked by Big Brother. For those who take advantage of the full Medallion app, tracking may be handy for those searching the ship for family members or stateroom mates, but the loss of privacy can be a price some might not want to pay. Guests are repeatedly told to wear their Medallions at all times, leading to feelings of being shackled. Many staterooms have only one electrical outlet and that is located at the desk, making it difficult to recharge electronic devices, phone batteries, mobility scooters, etc. Surge protected power strips that would provide multiple outlets are not allowed on this ship. The long stateroom closet has its own hallway, which greatly reduces the size of the stateroom and bathroom. Because the ship has few handicapped accessible rooms, those using mobility devices (which cannot be stored in the narrow deck corridors) are forced to store the device in places inside the stateroom that create a trip hazard and also block features such as the desk and refrigerator. Changing the size and location of the closet would eliminate the extra unusable interior hallway and potentially alleviate some of these problems. The stateroom shower was the tiniest we have encountered in 12 years of frequent cruising (6 cruises in 2018 alone) on several cruise lines. A guest cannot even bend over in the shower to reach their feet in that shower. Even worse, the shower head is fixed with no capability of being hand held, making it very challenging to thoroughly wash and rinse every body part. And the single knob temperature control does not work when the water is running, forcing the user to turn off the water for temperature alteration. The provided shampoo and shower gel are dispensed literally one tiny droplet at a time, making the user really work to get enough. Talk about chintzy. There are no grab bars near the toilet, which would be helpful on such a rocking ship or in high seas conditions. Some parts of the stateroom are apparently rarely cleaned, leading to thick amounts of dust on shelving and under furniture as well as doors, walls and door handles that really should be wiped down and sanitized between guests. Unfortunately, we have encountered this problem (and worse) on other Princess ships, as well. Stateroom twin beds are small, not that much bigger than a baby’s crib mattress, leading to problems for tall passengers who end up with their their feet dangling off the end of the bed. Air circulation in the staterooms is poor, leading to high humidity and damp bedding that makes sleeping difficult. The Caribbean Princess is definitely feeling its age, especially in regard to the inefficient design of the staterooms and inner deck access. The open slatted metal gangways were also difficult to manage for those using walkers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The absolute worst aspect of this cruise was the food. We and many other guests studied the generally unappealing daily menus that were posted outside the main dining rooms. In our attempts to find good food, we tried every dining venue on the ship, including the main dining rooms, buffets, casual spots such as the pizzeria and burger/hot dog grill, as well as the specialty restaurants, and they all came up wanting. Mediocre meals and selections were the norm, with very few items one might call good. Dried out meats were covered with spicy sauces. Fruits and vegetables, in particular, were generally bad. Moldy fruits were sometimes found on the buffets and old sprouted potatoes with actual LEAVES emerging from them were baked as is and added to main dining room meals. Entrees and side dishes that had clearly been prepared several days before and then reheated were served in a couple of the very unpopular specialty for-fee restaurants. (“Planks” was especially bad.) Entertainment on the 11 day cruise had a few bright moments but they were greatly outweighed by mediocrity to non-existence. Most passengers resorted to playing private games of cards or reading because there was nothing better to do, although finding a lounge that wasn’t hosting an art auction, staff meeting, trivia contest or spa “seminar” was often a challenge. In addition, the few empty lounges usually blasted guests with perpetual loops of bad Christmas music or, in one case (the Skywalker Lounge,) shook so badly when the ship was moving that guests literally became nauseated. After not being able to shower adequately in their staterooms, most guests avoided getting into the pools and hot tubs with other semi-clean people. Outside of pricey options such as gambling, spa treatments, art auctions and shopping, the main daytime entertainment consisted of occasional trivia contests, art/craft or music “classes” limited to just a few participants, older movies shown outdoors in the hot sun for a few dozen loungers near the pool, and watching the news or a few old television programs in the stateroom. Evenings sometimes included an outdoor movie, a few musicians at various crowded bars and an occasional production show of singers and dancers at the inadequately sized main theater. (Most shows were SRO for those who didn’t arrive very early.) Independent entertainers got onboard the ship a couple of times, but their entertainment value was highly variable, with some audience members leaving after only a few minutes. And a few scheduled entertainment events were canceled due to the ship shaking too much. One event of interest (Voyage to the Stars Planetarium) could only be accessed by signing up during a single 15 minute window early in the morning several days beforehand. Why something so popular would only be offered once to a small percentage of guests was never explained. The Caribbean Princess has some major engine problems that even in calm seas caused a great deal of shaking and noise, reduced the ship’s speed, and created thick black smoke billowing from the stacks. Sleeping at night (under clammy sheets) through the noise and frequent jolts was very difficult and many guests complained about it. One port of call was cancelled when we arrived due to ocean swells we could not see and that clearly did not prevent other cruise ships nearby from tendering at that port. Another port of call was reduced to less than an hour’s stay and was restricted to visiting a vendor tent on the adjacent industrial pier. The cancellations of port calls and entertainment were disappointing, to say the least. Internet service onboard the ship was so bad that many people waited in line for half an hour or more to complain about it and get a refund. Connection with the “special features” of the Medallion app was especially confusing and never did work for us and others, so after a couple of days we simply gave up trying in order to save our sanity. At the Panama Canal, which was the main reason many guests had booked this cruise, instead of cruising Gatun Lake as is traditional, after exiting the initial locks the ship merely turned around and anchored in place next to the locks to await permission to go through the locks again in late afternoon, giving guests nothing new to see and wasting much of the day for those onboard. And after going through the locks again those same guests were not allowed to get off the ship as scheduled at the port of Cristobol (where the guests who had been on excursions all met up with the ship) until less than an hour remained before the ship’s scheduled departure time. The excuse given was that the captain was afraid the excursion guests would not board the ship in a timely manner to depart on time, which they actually did with about an hour to spare. We believe the captain eventually allowed the non-excursion guests to leave the ship for that short while because otherwise the cruise line would have been obligated to refund the Cristobol port fees for many of the guests. Regardless, by the time the initial decision was reversed, many guests had gotten ready for bed and didn’t want to bother to re-dress just to spend such a brief time in a vendor’s tent. Talk about frustrating. At most extremely hot ports of call the ship staff didn’t set up cold drink stations near the gangways for returning guests even though they were very much needed. On the deck of the ship an elderly woman even fainted from the heat but ship’s medics would not allow her to be carried or walk to an air conditioned indoor area less than 5 feet away, but instead brought her a chair to sit in on the hot deck and had her husband fan her with a paper. This made zero sense to us. Summary: For the record, we are very experienced cruisers who went on 6 cruises in 2018 alone. Over the past 12 years we have cruised many times on each of 4 different popular cruise lines but we have no financial or other connection with any of them. Our reviews are as objective and fair minded as we can make them. While there were several significant positive aspects of this particular cruise, the overall deficits were serious enough that, despite our high loyalty status level, we will never book another Princess cruise again. Instead of “coming back new,” we came back stressed, disappointed, and so ill that a week later we were forced to cancel our long awaited holiday travel plans to be with family. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Loved the cruise, but I am 23, and this ship is great for those of the older crowd, as there was only 4 children on board. The ports were amazing, the service staff was amazing, made some amazing friends with the staff and I had a really ... Read More
Loved the cruise, but I am 23, and this ship is great for those of the older crowd, as there was only 4 children on board. The ports were amazing, the service staff was amazing, made some amazing friends with the staff and I had a really good trip. The cabin was clean, and made up every single day at least twice a day and he always came at a good time, The medallion class ship was also worthwhile as I only had to walk up to the door and it unlocked for me automatically. I also purchased the drink package for the first time and made the most out of it, as I drinked 15 drinks for 10 days. Laughable yes, but very much true. The Bar staff was excellent, and funny, and also always offered water! I wish the columbian port was longer because we only had 4 hours there. The staff was fantastic, as many were young and hip and even the older ones were fantastic, I will never forget my bar experience and how they treated like I was special. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My wife and I cruised exclusively on Princess for many years and stayed on cruise ships months at a time. Needless to say we reached the Elite level some time ago. One of my favorite cruise ships was the old Caribbean Princess (before ... Read More
My wife and I cruised exclusively on Princess for many years and stayed on cruise ships months at a time. Needless to say we reached the Elite level some time ago. One of my favorite cruise ships was the old Caribbean Princess (before renovation) ugly ice cream cone and all. The food on that ship was very good. We recently took a 10 day cruise and were pleasantly surprised by the new renovation. The crew and service were terrific as usual. The new layout, decor and amenities of the Caribbean Princess were a joy to see. The cabin spacious and spotless and there are no shortage of entertainment day and night. However when we reached the buffet we were dismayed at the selection and quality of food time and again. It was by far the worst eating experience on a Princess cruise ever. Most of the meat was served stuffed with something, MeatLoaf, stuffed pork, stuffed lamb and even stuffed chicken. Sandwiches are plentiful if you want one for lunch or dinner. Cold stuffed lamb was served in a cheap gray paper plate, meatless spaghetti sauce in a jar and self service wine and beer machines. You get the drift. It is all about cutting cost and in this case to a fault. As a stock holder of CCL and frequent cruiser, I hope the food offering on the Caribbean does not become the norm on other Princess ships since I heard plenty of complaints from fellow passengers. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Wanted to try this line because it has so many avid followers. Now we know why. This is a very relaxing environment, without constant announcements and loud music. There are always areas where one can sit and enjoy the view, with or ... Read More
Wanted to try this line because it has so many avid followers. Now we know why. This is a very relaxing environment, without constant announcements and loud music. There are always areas where one can sit and enjoy the view, with or without entertainment. Plenty of choices to keep as busy as one wants. Great service at all of the bars, and especially recommend Vines which has complementary tapas and sushi. Everything is well thought out to avoid lines. Painless tender experience to Princess Cays and a very organized disembarkation. Not many kids on board and no teens, which is good because I am sure they would be bored to tears. But Princess knows its customer base and provides just what we want. The right mix of formality and tradition with happy, friendly, well trained staff. Although we have sail the Caribbean many times, we had some new ports of call which we enjoyed. Overall, a really great cruising experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This ship caters to elders. If your looking for variety of options from activities, entertainment, shopping, dining DO NOT choose this ship. Store hours were short. Everything expect the casino and a couple bars closed by 10 pm. I found ... Read More
This ship caters to elders. If your looking for variety of options from activities, entertainment, shopping, dining DO NOT choose this ship. Store hours were short. Everything expect the casino and a couple bars closed by 10 pm. I found information was misleading or lacking for a couple excursions so once paid and on them it wasn't what a person thought. It'll be a headache to fight for a refund so lesson learnt. This was my honeymoon and we did make the best out of our days and really did enjoy most of the ports. We found the ship though in the evenings and sea days boring. Unless you showed up a hour early for entertainment don't count on getting a seat. One theater and it filled fast. Many many rude passengers which isn't the cruise lines fault however elders have great ability to lack feelings and thoughtfulness of others and the average age had to of been min 65. This was Not like any experiences I've had on other ships. The boarding was fast, prompt which was nice. There was little waiting. My husband and I wouldn't choose this ship again unless your a elder. This Cruise line/ship Wasn't for us at all. It was stated the ship had been renovated but still alot of older touches to it but clean. Staff work hard and non stop. Our balcony was awesome. I wouldn't cruise without one. Really do research when booking your next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The ship was very difficult to navigate, we had dinner on the 6th floor, most elevators do not go to the 6th floor, so we had to go down to deck 7, then take stairs down to 6. This was an issue for my husband who uses a cane. Only 2 ... Read More
The ship was very difficult to navigate, we had dinner on the 6th floor, most elevators do not go to the 6th floor, so we had to go down to deck 7, then take stairs down to 6. This was an issue for my husband who uses a cane. Only 2 elevators went all the way down, but most of the time they went right past us. The cabin C-238 had problems with the a/c, we had to call 3 times, and they finally got it right. Very disappointed. The balcony was larger than most, however, I would rather have a smaller balcony and have a love seat sofa to put our luggage on to pack to come home. Our room was only vacuumed 2 times in 11 days and we kept sneezing. The curtains out to the balcony were very dirty at the bottom. In the shower where you pulled the curtain closed there was black mold in the ceiling. My husband is allergic to mold, he was coughing something terrible! The grout in the tiles behind the sink was all pulling away from the wall. Breakfast was good at both the dining room, and the marketplace, however, lunch was such a problem. Everything was spicy, or had sauces which we don't eat. We were stuck eating pizza a lot, which I will say was very good, but when spending so much money, I would have like better choices for lunch, by the way other people were complaining as well. The chefs have to learn that not everyone's insides can handle spices. Dinner was good and Rui in charge of the dining room was excellent. They had the Baked Alaska parade, but when we received our piece, it was about 2 inches by 3 inches, very small. My husband cannot have certain things, and Rui always came to our table with the following night's menu, so he could pre-order. That was wonderful, thank you Rui! The Crown Grill was awesome! The food was outstanding, as was the service. The blonde women in charge at the front desk was fabulous! Sorry I can't find the paper she wrote her name on, but she was extremely wonderful! The entertainment was just ok. There was one show that we really liked, and one of the comedians was good. Other than that, not as good as MSC. Shore excursions were pretty good. We did the Scenic Drive of Cartagena & San Pedro Claver church. That was good, but terribly hot in the church. It was not air conditioned so very uncomfortable in the court yard area. We went to see a show and that was very good. We really enjoyed it. We also did the Scenic Drive & Folkloric show, this was good as well. Very talented performers. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed ourselves. They had fresh fruits cut up for us as well as water. We also did the Trolley Roger Train Scenic Tour of Georgetown. This was nice, but very hot. The gym on the ship was ok, we used the treadmill, the recumbent bikes, and a couple of other machines. It was on the warm side there as well. I will say that getting on the ship was very confusing. We were told to wait in one area, then told we should not be there. We were the first all Medallion class ship to go out. So I guess they have to work out the bugs in the system. I did think it was neat how the medallion would recognize you and unlock your door for you. Disembarkation was a night mare as well. Again, we were told to wait in one area, then we were told to go somewhere else. We kept getting wrong information. I will stick with Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Firstly was a 10 day eastern carribean not 20 day Panama as stated above., the cruise in itself was an enjoyable holiday but only because I made it that, the food was pretty good on board the staff are all hard working and very pleasant , ... Read More
Firstly was a 10 day eastern carribean not 20 day Panama as stated above., the cruise in itself was an enjoyable holiday but only because I made it that, the food was pretty good on board the staff are all hard working and very pleasant , although storm Florence dictated the itinerary and we ended going to places I wouldn't have considered prior to booking but at least we all arrived home safely. My main gripe is that we had a change to itinerary because of the storm probably a good choice by the crew but surely offering 20% discount for future cruises is a form of piracy by ensuring if I want to cash In I MUST book a princess cruise (not going to happen) , offers of on board benefits may have softened the blow like maybe free access to the Internet to at least allow us to let family and friends know we are safe and to lighten the disappointment of not going where we thought you were. The captains circle get free access to this as well as free everything else it seems and from my experience seeing circle members at work you must first dump your manners and treat the staff like slaves and look down your nose at fellow passengers. 13 dollars 50 cents per person per day surcharge should be made a lot clearer that this can be removed on request as I didn't hear about it until departure time and managed to rectify before I got off. Paying for water whilst in your room or leaving the ship on port days is a nightmare and surcharges added to all on board purchases makes this a very expensive way to spend your holiday when you would expect the cost of the holiday to cover this on board stuff. The on board entertainment was very limited and can't say it inspired me to look forward to night time mostly posh captains circle type classical and stuff one end of the ship and and common cinema type evening the other end really do need to look at your passengers and maybe don't run boring , acupuncture classes or muscle relaxation entertain us not medicate us. I could go on, as a holiday I enjoyed it but when on board I was actually boredstiff waiting to ports I could get off and have fun. And before you all jump on my back I am a very late 50s person not an energetic a youngster incase you all get me wrong. Princess Cruises I probably won't ever be back on board anytime soon and you will probably be pleased that it is another 20% refund you will save but please get the itinerary and the costs on a par with the performance of your crew and maybe just maybe you might get me to change my mind. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Booked this cruise late (within 30 days) mainly because the price was so unbelievable. We had an BC balcony cabin on the Riviera deck that was very nice clean and comfortable although the room steward left a lot to be desired. We are ... Read More
Booked this cruise late (within 30 days) mainly because the price was so unbelievable. We had an BC balcony cabin on the Riviera deck that was very nice clean and comfortable although the room steward left a lot to be desired. We are frequent Princess cruisers and alway enjoyed the ships, food and service. A few observations on this cruise; 1, Very disappointed that Princess has discontinued the BOGO+1 drink deals. They also discontinued the Elite/Platinum 5PM get together. 2, Always seems they have elevator problems that never get fixed during the cruise. 3, Speciality dinning, Crown and Sabatini's has changed for the worse. I want to give special kudos to the staff at Crooners lounge, Jasper, Joseph and Saly who always has a smile and pleasant manner. Also the future cruise director, Tracy was very pleasant and super helpful. The ship had propulsion problems but they were un-noticalbe. We did not do any excursions as we have been to the ports before. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Embarkation was very easy and simply. Cabin a little small, but definitely bring an extension cord. Could not even use the outlet in bathroom. Speciality restaurants not worth the money. Overrated and overpriced. The regular dining rooms ... Read More
Embarkation was very easy and simply. Cabin a little small, but definitely bring an extension cord. Could not even use the outlet in bathroom. Speciality restaurants not worth the money. Overrated and overpriced. The regular dining rooms and buffets are just as good. Signs need to be posted in buffet lines “please do not eat off your plate until seated at your table”. I saw people eating from their plates, putting their fingers in their mouth and then touching serving utensils.. Effy jewelry sales people way to pushy. Bamboo Beach Club very disappointing. Very little sandy beach, can’t walk in the ocean because of the rocks. All other tours were fine. Early disembarkation (7:30AM) needs better organized. Groups ABCD needs to be separated into different areas of the dining room and just not all thrown together. Luggage blocking the aisles made it hard to leave when it was your turn. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The Panama Canal was on our bucket list for years. We love Princess due to the maturity of the passengers, quality of service, and fewer children. We love children, but not on a relaxing cruise. Over the years we have found Princess to ... Read More
The Panama Canal was on our bucket list for years. We love Princess due to the maturity of the passengers, quality of service, and fewer children. We love children, but not on a relaxing cruise. Over the years we have found Princess to have better ship upkeep. We have sailed on 5 different lines. The Ft. Lauderdale terminal for all cruise lines is one of the worst we experience. We had a balcony which was great for the Panama Canal. We could sit on our deck and watch the world go by. We love nature and chose excursions that involved the National Bird Aveary in Columbia, swam with the dolphins and sting rays in the Grand Caymans. As usual we ate too much and came back several pounds heavier, but what is a cruise for anyway. For a cruise line, we found Princess great on liquor prices and strength! We love the wine bar where we could experience many different wines by the glass without having to buy a bottle when we were not sure. We WILL go again.....perhaps next time we will go all the way through and get off the ship in California. World cruise is next on the bucket list.....needless to say....we are retired and some of our stocks did well this past couple of years. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We have never sailed with Princess before. The staffs on the ship seemed very happy and were always at your side to offer assistance. Excellent service at every level in every interaction was standard. We dine at the Palm restaurant every ... Read More
We have never sailed with Princess before. The staffs on the ship seemed very happy and were always at your side to offer assistance. Excellent service at every level in every interaction was standard. We dine at the Palm restaurant every night the food and service was at its best. The Canal experience was wonderful, especially because we had been told to reserve space on deck 17 in the Sanctuary... We were however disappointed with the sensation of pressure to spend and the hidden gratuity fee on many services. It seems Princess now nickels and dimes the passengers on each and every detail while onboard. Although smoking is restricted in all but the starboard side and casino, we did observe vaping (electronic cigarettes) and regular cigarettes in the Crooner's bar and the promenade deck 7. While on 15th deck for a relaxing day at the pool the man washroom was clog and the maintenance crew started chipping the washroom floor with jackhammer. Meanwhile the painting crew started vanishing a wooden deck ceiling having a strong vanish epoxy smell. We had to move. We don’t need that. Our cabin (E-328) had a very nice king sized bed and adequate shower, closet space. However, we were somewhat disappointed when we found a sandal under the bed which seems has been left there for some time. This gave us the chill feeling that carpet cleaning of the cabin between cruises is done quickly or not at all. My wife has allergy and she found it hard to breed while in the cabin throughout the entire cruise. We don’t need that. We always dream of cursing with Princess Line. Probably the Love Boat Episode. We must admit we expected more from Princess. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
As Platinum Elite members my wife and I have cruised with Princess many times. We have decided that our recent 5 day cruise will be our last with Princess. The cruise line's food quality and serving size has declined substantially in ... Read More
As Platinum Elite members my wife and I have cruised with Princess many times. We have decided that our recent 5 day cruise will be our last with Princess. The cruise line's food quality and serving size has declined substantially in all of the dining areas. Very poor taste and quality, and presentation. The specialty restaurant price has increased 16% from $25 to $29 per person while the meat quality and serving sizes have deteriorated. No additional items such as lobster can be added to one's entree without an additional $29 charge. These prices have crossed the line with us. For room service, if ordering a pizza, there is a charge of $3 in addition to the service charge and requested tip. It seems Princess now nickels and dimes the passengers on each and every detail while onboard. This in spite of a $2 billion dollar profit for 2017. Although smoking is restricted in all but the starboard side and casino, we did observe vaping (electronic cigarettes) in the Crooner's bar. Vaping is just as harmful to one's health as smoking. For 2018 we cancelled two future cruises on Princess and re-booked with Holland America and Celebrity. No more Princess who has declined to the level of Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
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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