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Sail Date: April 2019
To get away with my mom and sister. The cruise was nice but things on the ship or dirty. All of the people that worked on the ship were so nice very helpful and just great overall. The ships furniture was dated and old our cabin was grimy ... Read More
To get away with my mom and sister. The cruise was nice but things on the ship or dirty. All of the people that worked on the ship were so nice very helpful and just great overall. The ships furniture was dated and old our cabin was grimy with the couch that was worn, had holes in it and just needed to be changed and updated. Stateroom attendant worked hard and was great. The entertainment was great and the destinations were wonderful. We loved our balcony and seeing the sun rises in the morning. The excursions were nice and the locals on the islands we visited really try hard to please the tourists. We didn’t want any excursions that were too physical because our elderly mother was with usWe were very pleased with that. Overall it was a nice cruise. I would like to see the rooms updated for the money you pay for that cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary (stops in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel) and the fact that it was recently refurbished. It was also a great price since we booked six months prior. This cruise was during our ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary (stops in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel) and the fact that it was recently refurbished. It was also a great price since we booked six months prior. This cruise was during our daughter's Spring Break as well as her 16th birthday. She was very excited to travel to so many Caribbean countries in one week. As for the ship itself, we took a Princess cruise to Alaska in 2013 and were very surprised to find the Caribbean Princess had the exact same layout as the one we sailed on then (don't recall the name). It made things easier to find as it was familiar to us, but it was slightly disappointing to feel like we'd been here before after so many years. We wanted an aft facing mini-suite but they were sold out even six months in advance, so we ended up midship. This was absolutely fine, but I think the aft facing provides the best views since you can see both side of the ship while in port. As for the food, the Coral and Islands dining rooms had good decor, great service, and a nice menu. We ate in the Crown dining room for our daughter's birthday and had excellent service and food (the filet Mignon was the best). Well worth the extra $29 per person. We also ate in Steamers, but weren't impressed. The menu is intentionally extremely limited (only clams or fried seafood, nothing broiled) and the placement of the restaurant is where the ship rumbles and shakes during the whole meal. Not worth the extra $12 per person, for us. The International Marketplace buffet was fresh and tasty and we didn't grow bored as the selection kept changing (veggie lasagna was the best!) Entertainment was the best by far of my five previous cruises. The dancing and singing were top notch and the Voice of the Ocean competition was well done (congrats to Hannah on her win for Abba's Dancing Queen!) Most activities were targeted for the very old (e.g. arts and crafts). Average age was 65, I’d guess. Also, each time there was something we were interested in seeing it was at 9:00 a.m. after a late night, so we didn't attend anything other than Bingo and that was as expected. Finally, I was pleasantly surprised at the Casino's selection of slots and variety of table games. I enjoyed myself at the Casino three of the nights (even though I didn't end up winning - big surprise). One downside of this itinerary on Princess is you change clocks four times. Twice one hour behind, then twice one hour ahead. Made for a wonky jet lag experience every morning. On Carnival, we stayed on ship’s time no matter the port time. All in all, it was a wonderful vacation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Typical Caribbean cruise. Not much to see/do unless you like beaches. A beach excursion at every port. Other than that, we liked the swimming with the sting rays at Grand Cayman, the iguana farm at Roatan and the port at Cozumel. ... Read More
Typical Caribbean cruise. Not much to see/do unless you like beaches. A beach excursion at every port. Other than that, we liked the swimming with the sting rays at Grand Cayman, the iguana farm at Roatan and the port at Cozumel. Unless you like those things, stay on the ship and enjoy being able to beat the "chair hogs" for the prime loungers near the pool. The Movies Under the Stars was great. Make sure you get there early and get a chair directly in front of the screen - otherwise, you won't be able to hear the dialogue. Cabin was very small and bathroom even smaller - enough storage room, however. The TV was by far the largest and the best reception we have ever had on a cruise. Food was "meh". Both in the cafeteria and the dining room. They are trying to get you to go to the specialty restaurants and pay extra. Entertainment was surprisingly good. Broadway quality. Those kids are really talented! Finally, take lots of $$. They don't like to take credit cards at ports and will charge you extra to "swipe" one. You will be tipping at every turn - not much ($1-$5), but they live on those $$ and you really don't mind giving it to them. Only one stop where there was a little boy begging. I gave him $1. One last comment on the excursions: typical in that they always make a "shopping" stop. Everyone has the same "stuff." But, if you want see an example of what life is like on those islands, take an excursion and don't fall asleep on the bus ride. Look out the window and be thankful for what you have and understand why the US is having a crisis on the southern border. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Itinerary was one of the main reasons to go on the Caribbean Prince. We have already cruised on this ship and loved it. We were celebrating a few things. My wife's Birthday, my 70th Birthday, and our 25th Weddings ... Read More
Itinerary was one of the main reasons to go on the Caribbean Prince. We have already cruised on this ship and loved it. We were celebrating a few things. My wife's Birthday, my 70th Birthday, and our 25th Weddings Anniversary. First time getting a larger suite, mainly for the size of the room and balcony. Was a little disappointed in the suite, because of the noise, no sun, sleeper sofa, and closet door making so much noise. Also my wife got her finger slammed in the door. Loved San Juan going to the Bacardi Rum distillery was the best your ever. Wish we had more time there to see more of New San Juan. The staff and service was great. Loved going to the Club Class restaurant every night. Everyone was so polite and helpful, all the way from the wait staff to the head chef. So happy with the new Medallion set up. The value for this Cruise was good. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This our 4th with Princess and the first questionable experience. We had 2 other couples with us on their first cruise. They always seemed understaffed. Drinks especially soft drinks were difficult to get. Mixed drinks were higher priced ... Read More
This our 4th with Princess and the first questionable experience. We had 2 other couples with us on their first cruise. They always seemed understaffed. Drinks especially soft drinks were difficult to get. Mixed drinks were higher priced than I remembered. It wasn’t until the fourth night that we found a waiter that we enjoyed enough to remember and and asked for her again. The food at the restaurants were just average, nothing outstanding. We ate at the Crown Grill one night. Good but barely worth the up charge, we did this on the other 3 cruises and it was always something special but not this time. Breakfast buffet was good every day. The Princess theater shows were outstanding. We get up Monday morning (day 3) and our toilets don’t flush. Neither do our fellow travelers. Our whole section of mini suites are all out. Ninth floor. Steward called it in at 7:30 am. An hour later I go to the front desk and get an indifferent “we know about it and the plumber will be working on it soon”. About 3 hours later the plumber is in the hallway with a snake routering out the line. We go to lunch and mess around a while then return to the room and it is fixed. No message or anything. I returned to customer service and explained the situation and the rep said he would check with his boss and get back to me. He did and we met again the next day and he offered us a free meal at Planks bbq for our inconvenience. Offering a group from Texas BBQ is risky to begin with. The food was actually good and the service was very good but I don’t know how they keep this restaurant open. Hardly anyone else was there. The medallions were fine but we couldn’t get the apps to work consistently. We and our traveling friends paid a lot for the mini suites and I just expected more service and quality food like we had on previous Princess trips. Somewhat disappointed. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Our first impression was that the ship is old and in need of some refurbishment. Our room was dirty when we arrived. If the room was not ready for us then they shouldn't have let us board early. Food was average at best, Steak only ... Read More
Our first impression was that the ship is old and in need of some refurbishment. Our room was dirty when we arrived. If the room was not ready for us then they shouldn't have let us board early. Food was average at best, Steak only offered twice during our 7 day cruise. Specialty menu's were offered every night in Any time dining but had to pay extra 19 dollars. We ordered late night traditional dining but was put on standby for that, and had to anytime dining instead. We like having the same dining mates and waiter every night but that was not to be. We were #5 on the waiting list for traditional dining and never got lower than that. Deserts were good. Caesar salad was bland so WE opted out for garden salad instead but had to ask for it since it it was not on menu. Coffee was good. We stuck with drinks-of-the-day since they were cheaper $8.95 than regular drinks but hardly any alcohol in them, didn't even get a buzz! We heard they are taking ship out of service for 30 days to refurbish it. Wait staff friendly but overheard pool bar staff not very friendly. We noticed a lot of families with kids, found out it was school winter vacation in Ohio and mid-west. Lots of kids in hot-tub and pools. Signs saying no jumping or diving into pool were not observed. and were also throwing balls and cups of water at everybody, No supervision at the pools. Surprised they didn't go on Carnival instead. Beer bottle glasses were allowed to be in pool area, a definite no-no. Told staff and they didn't care. They were doing repairs outside our cabin some morings waking us up early, banging and sanding, Not cool. They did have designated smoking areas but walkers had to share deck 7 with smokers, Cough, cough! Would not book Princess again unless it was a new ship. I like Celebrity and Royal Caribbean much better. 'Entertainment was by the Princess dancers and did 3 different shows but quality was way below other cruise lines, Comedian was very funny and Symphonee black band was excellent, played around ship. Rear pool was very wind and in the shade most of the time because of skywalk night club blocked the sun. Heard there wasa Sanctuary pool that was free to use but had to pay extra for chairs, we never went, has a small golf putting surface all the was up on top. This cruise just did not impress me. Stops were ok Princess Cays (private island) own by Princess was just ok. Gave us a BBQ, Hot dogs (bad) Burgers (worse) and ribs (ok). Did some snorkling , saw maybe 5 fish. Disappointing. Oh well, there's alway next year ! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my 11th sailing with "Princess" and I have enjoyed there service , amenities entertainment and food at all the venues. I have sailed with other lines but found "Princess" to be my favorite . This line is ... Read More
This was my 11th sailing with "Princess" and I have enjoyed there service , amenities entertainment and food at all the venues. I have sailed with other lines but found "Princess" to be my favorite . This line is consistent and I know what to expect when I book my next cruise. I am now enjoying many different perks and comps at the level of loyalty I have reached and will enjoy even more when I reach the next loyalty level. I intend to book many more cruises with this line . Everything I have experienced on board was up to the standard I expected each time I sailed. I enjoyed the on board amenities and the ports that were visited, Many of the ports have been built to make sightseeing and shopping a pleasure . I'm looking forward to my next cruise and a great time on board. I have found the service and the crew to be excellent , they go out of their way to make your onboard experience a pleasure . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Mid-March is the perfect time to get away from winter. The Western Caribbean cruise was wonderful with hot weather, calm seas and clear sunny skies. The staff onboard the Caribbean Princess was attentive, helpful and courtesy. ... Read More
Mid-March is the perfect time to get away from winter. The Western Caribbean cruise was wonderful with hot weather, calm seas and clear sunny skies. The staff onboard the Caribbean Princess was attentive, helpful and courtesy. You're in for a treat with the entertainment that is scheduled onboard the cruise. The comedians are always top shelf and "The Voice of The Ocean" guarantees three nights of lively entertainment!! The food and drinks flow freely and the staff is very conscious of keeping everything clean a sterile. There are wash stations and sanitizers outside of every buffet dining rooms with staff nearby to keep these areas clean. Throughout the ship hand sanitizers are plentiful. There are staff members waiting for you when boarding the ship from an excursion with cool wash rags to wipe your hands and face. Also present are staff members with ice cold containers of flavored lemon and cucumber water. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Our week onboard was wonderful, good food, very nice staff, fun excursions. Cruise director Matt was a great guy, encouraging us to have fun and enjoy our vacation. Embarkation was easy even though we did not upload all our data on the ... Read More
Our week onboard was wonderful, good food, very nice staff, fun excursions. Cruise director Matt was a great guy, encouraging us to have fun and enjoy our vacation. Embarkation was easy even though we did not upload all our data on the Medallion ahead of time (my phone is too old to download app). Our room was very nice and the bed was really comfortable. Cabin steward Elmer was so friendly and helpful. Disembarkation was equally efficient. Medallion worked perfectly, although we needed 2 visits to the help desk to figure out how to use the internet. Once we got the hang of it we were fine. Our bill was accurate, no odd charges. Entertainment was very good. We enjoyed all the shows, and noted that if you want to go to the 7:30 show you should show up by 7 to get a decent seat. Shows were full by 7:15 every night. Did not do the movies by the pool, but other folks really enjoyed them. The sales staff did not browbeat you to buy things, we attended a meeting to learn about shopping in the ports which was fun and lots of people won nice prizes. Art show activities almost every day, if you like that. The big buffet upstairs had a huge selection of food, and you could also get a nice choice of food in the coffee area on the 5th floor. A very large latte was $3.50, so you can decide if the coffee card is worth it for you. We could not drink enough to justify the liquor package, and I doubt we drank enough for the soda package that we did buy. Princess says they have an IPA beer, but they do not. We had anytime dining and never waited in line, although if you want to eat at 7pm you will most likely have a line. The food was good, sometimes the ingredients were a bit weird for my taste. the mussels were way too salty and the lobster very small. Steak choices were good. Shrimp cocktail was 4-5 very tiny frozen shrimp. Dessert looked good, but were so-so. Anything hazelnut was good, and the pistachio pudding was the best. We used a ship excursion for the twister boat at Cozumel and it was a blast!! Arranged our own trips in Roatan and Costa Maya, and Grand Cayman. We had a wonderful time and I would book Princess again in a minute! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We've done many cruises with Princess so we wee not surprised that this one was so lovely. This is our second voyage using Club Class and it is worth every extra penny. The ease of dining, the uptick in service and food choices and ... Read More
We've done many cruises with Princess so we wee not surprised that this one was so lovely. This is our second voyage using Club Class and it is worth every extra penny. The ease of dining, the uptick in service and food choices and those incredibly comfortable beds make it our favorite at sea experience. LOVED the ease of Medallion class. While it still has a few bugs in the Internet, it is much improved from previous experiences. Service is what Princess does best and it did not disappoint on this voyage. Having been on cruises before where there were long waits to embark, and long waits to get into the cabin, and what seemed like endless waits to get baggage, it all goes so smoothly it's hard to believe there are 3,000 other passengers. Since this trip was during spring break we saw lots of families on board, which we love to see. Any cruise is what you make it, but with the staff of the Caribbean Princess, it was easy to make it a perfect vacation. Read Less
Caribbean Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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