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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise to be with friends who were going. The service was pretty good. The room steward as well as wait staff was friendly, considerate and outgoing, with only a very few poor exceptions. Nothing really wowed us though. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be with friends who were going. The service was pretty good. The room steward as well as wait staff was friendly, considerate and outgoing, with only a very few poor exceptions. Nothing really wowed us though. The stateroom was nice, the bed comfortable, the closet huge, but the bathroom was small and the shower was so miniscule, if you dropped your razor you had to step of the shower to be able to bend over to pick it up. The on-board events were scheduled to promote herding from one event to the next which was uncomfortable at best. The pool decks were mostly quiet and peaceful during afternoons and evenings at sea except 1-hour of DJ one day and one hour of band music the next. They could have definitely used some fun beach music or games poolside. Oh, and the DJ played nothing but canned, pre-mixed mega-mixes the entire trip. Never spoke a word, just clicked the play button and sat back with his arms crossed. Pretty boring and the shortened/blended songs were mostly just annoying. The Ocean Medallion held lots of promise, but the reality is a let-down. Be prepared to let the Princess pick your pocket for internet service to unlock the Medallion or it is just a heavy hunk of jewelry masquerading as a fancy room key. We went on a cruise to get away so Internet access was something we did not want. Most important... If you get the Ocean Medallion ahead of time... MAKE SURE YOU HAVE IT ON YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVE!!!. No one tells you the only way to get on the ship is with the Medallion in hand. The printed boarding pass only gets you to the gate. The Medallion is required to get on the ship. If you packed it in your suitcase and left the suitcase on the dock as required, you're kinda screwed. Other than that, the food was pretty good, the service was pretty good, the entertainment was pretty good but the whole experience aboard ship was ho-hum. It wasn't awful. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise 18 months previous to departure. It was the first cruise of 2 of our travelers, and the third cruise (previous one 20 years before) for the other 2 travelers. We chose this cruise and ship primarily for the ports of ... Read More
We chose this cruise 18 months previous to departure. It was the first cruise of 2 of our travelers, and the third cruise (previous one 20 years before) for the other 2 travelers. We chose this cruise and ship primarily for the ports of call. We were interested in the varied shore excursions offered, and the mix of environments at the ports of call. Boarding was simple and it was a pleasant surprise to find we had the option of an escort for embarkation since we were in a suite. Unfortunately, we left port approximately 2 hours late and that impacted our first port of call and tours. The ship was clean and appeared to be in good repair aesthetically. Our cabin had some minor damage, there was some carpet that was torn on the "kick plate" at the edge of the bathroom, and the door stop was broken for the main cabin door. Carpet was somewhat dated, however it was clean and the cabin was comfortable. Beds were nice and provided a good nights sleep. Our cabin steward was excellent, and we always had clean towels and the cabin was taken care of. With the suite, we had Club Class dining in the Coral Dining room, that service and food was excellent. We dined in the Island Dining room the second night we were on ship and there was a huge different in quality and friendliness of service between there and the Club Class dining. Our first night on board, we took advantage of complimentary specialty dining in the Crown Grill (again, a perk of having a suite), and that service and food was also excellent. The buffet was good, as with most buffets, you sometimes don't get a food item that you are interested in because they run out, however that was a minor inconvenience. It was occasionally crowded, but not bad for a large buffet. The breakfast cook to order omelets were great, and a wonderful treat each morning. The International Cafe, with 24 hour sandwiches and desserts left a bit to be desired. Some of the deserts were good and there was a variety; some were definitely not as tasty. The sandwiches were ok, though the chicken sandwich has virtually no meat on it and was very disappointing. We were frustrated that Coffee and Cones never had ice cream sandwiches available, even though they were on the posted menu sign. It also felt as though the specialty coffee drinks at New Grounds took quite a bit of time to create and this often resulted in lines and a wait, so we only ordered them once or twice. The bar service was pretty good, though we definitely found that some of the bars were a lot slower with service and not as friendly as others. Good Times at Sea became our favorite bar, and we would often stop by there to get a drink as we went to another location on the ship. Due to schedule times we only caught one show, a comedian. We did enjoy the night and wished that we had been able to see additional shows and productions. We also sat out on deck and watched the Movie under the Stars, that was fun, though the popcorn was a bit dry and not that tasty. Medallion Class and the OCEAN apps: The medallions made entering the cabin easy and almost hands free, sped up embarkation and disembarkation, made it easy to charge purchases to the room, etc. Much easier than handling and swiping a card for each and every thing. The medallions and OCEAN apps are supposed to make it possible to find those you are traveling with and to message each other. Unfortunately, the system did not work as Princess planned and out of the four of us traveling together, one of us could see 2 of the others, 1 could see only 1 of the others, and 1 could see everyone. We had trouble messaging each other, and since there is no message notification, if you don't constantly check for messages, you never know if ,you received one. This is a major flaw in the system (along with it not working properly for everyone). In addition, OCEAN Now, to order drinks and food did not work properly and also couldn't be used in several locations on the ship. The ports were great, offering a good variety of shore excursions and tours (which is one major reason why we chose this cruise). However we did have some issues. As mentioned previously, we arrived at our first port of call late due to a late departure from Ft. Lauderdale. The captain announced that we would stay in port a bit longer than scheduled and that tours had been adjusted. Unfortunately, they adjusted the tours so that the two we selected overlapped each other and we had to decide which to take. We were told we would receive a refund for the tour that we didn't chose (more on that situation a bit later in this review). For the most part, the tours themselves were as described and stated by Princess (we booked all our shore excursions through the Princess website). We did have an issue in Cozumel with the shore excursion. We chose the "ATV and speedboats", the description stated you drove in a 4 person "ATV" and then 2 person speedboats. What Princess did not convey (and when we spoke to the tour operators, they informed us that Princess chooses what information to list regarding the tours) is that lunch was included and that in addition to speedboats, we had the opportunity to snorkel. Because we didn't now that snorkeling was part of the package, we did not plan accordingly (swimsuits) and missed that opportunity (we also had to change our lunch plans since lunch was included with the tour). Now for the issues: 2 of us purchased the internet package. 1 of us prior to the trip, the other one just after we boarded before we went to our cabin. The front desk didn't input the internet order correctly and only charged for 24 hours though we requested the full week. Both of us had continued internet connectivity issues. This created a lot of frustration (we had family at home that we had to be able to communicate with) and disappointment, especially for the price we paid. When the 2nd person in group lost all connectivity the second day, we went to the Internet Cafe to get assistance. At that time we discovered that the front desk only charged for 24 hours instead of the full week we requested. We then had to deal with getting it refunded and getting charged for the full week (which they then overcharged us for). The second issue which became a major issue by the end of the cruise was with the billing for shore excursions. We prepaid our shore excursions through the Princess website on our Cruise Personalizer 4 months before our cruise started. When we requested a statement of account for each of the people in our suite (4 adults), we discovered that they were charging us $10.05 extra each person over what we prepaid. In addition, due to the fact that we had to cancel a tour due to late arrival in port, we should each be refunded $39.95 for that excursion. This totals $50 per person that was mischarged / not refunded. We spent approximately 2 hours on our last day at sea trying to rectify the billing situation for the shore excursions. It escalated to the Finance Manager and though both he and the Shore Excursion Manager agreed that that the numbers didn't add up, no one could explain why, or solve the issues and correct the billing. We ended up giving up on resolving the issue on ship, and have taken it up with our credit card company. The cruise would have been great, if we didn't have so many little issues to deal with (there were a couple of other little billing issues we had to correct). As it was, the issues we had to deal with (internet, incorrect billing, and wasting lots of time during our last day at sea), overshadowed our full enjoyment. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
The Caribbean Princess is a big ship but is in need of a facelift. The rooms are in need of new carpeting, etc. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The food was good but only that, just good. Drinks overpriced and not poured well, if ... Read More
The Caribbean Princess is a big ship but is in need of a facelift. The rooms are in need of new carpeting, etc. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The food was good but only that, just good. Drinks overpriced and not poured well, if they had liquor in them at all. I'm not a drinker and I couldn't taste the Bailey's in a Baily's w/cream on the rocks! The diving in Honduras as the best ever. I would come back anytime to dive or snorkel here again. The pools were clean and breakfast was the best meal of the day. They had a "private party" in two main areas of the ship each night and we were not allowed to go. Who knew? This took away from activities that could have been for the whole ship, I think that this should be made known at the time of booking so that another date could be chosen. Save your money...don't eat at the Italian restaurant it isn't worth it. Princess should really try to think of NEW things and not just the same old stuff. Sorry to be negative. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Review Caribbean Princess b2b cruise Feb 9-23 2019 Port Everglades Terminal - Medallion line was quick but we waited about 15 minutes on the gangway because of medallion security photos being taken or retaken, the new pinch point of ... Read More
Review Caribbean Princess b2b cruise Feb 9-23 2019 Port Everglades Terminal - Medallion line was quick but we waited about 15 minutes on the gangway because of medallion security photos being taken or retaken, the new pinch point of the process. Our room Baja 743 was all the way to the aft, throbbing noises and shakes, propeller out of balance? Heard others complaining about shaking too. We asked for a room change but it never happened. Comfortable bed & pillows. Large TV in room excellent and lots of movies. Cabin a bit short on storage space. Shower was only a hand held and NO mount, it just dangled there. Very difficult to hold on and shower when ship was moving. Bathroom needs hooks for travel kits. Strangely our cabin phone displayed the wrong name and was not corrected until the 3rd day even though I called about that right away. Our room steward Gerwin was very nice. On first day my Medallion unlocked our cabin door from 15 feet away, my wife had to tap her medallion on the screen for it to work. My medallion stopped unlocking the door after a couple days and had to be replaced twice. The second time they kept the medallion to "check it out" I was told to go back to my room and the medallion would be delivered to me shortly. I expected that they wanted to test it so I waited for 2 hour's (now in port so I could not get off). Went back to desk and was told they were still working on it. It did not get "delivered" till after dinner, with just a note "Please find enclosed your Medallion" without any apology. The Medallions did work sometimes around the ship screens, but it was very spotty and the screens around the ship seemed to hang up often. My “Tag along” only occasionally showed up, but went away so fast it became worthless to try. The best part of the cruise were the production stage shows, they were fantastic! Born to be wild, excellent. Fantastic voyage a bit busy with lights but still very good. Broadway Ballroom and Bravo were excellent. Loved the staging of each show and the use of LED screens, lifts, lights, set, costumes and even drones. Trivia was OK but hard to hear, the hostesses seemed to just be doing it because it was assigned. Do not miss Discovery at Sea - Planetarium "Voyage to the Stars" and the Star talk-walk done one night! We were disappointed they did not have those two programs the second week. I went to the enrichment lectures and they were good the 1st week but I only saw one listed the second week as they had a music cruise people paid for going on. We were told it would not effect the cruise but that was just not true as a lot of things that happened week 1 were not offered week 2. Food was a weak point on the ship. We have had much better on other cruises. Orders were often not cooked correctly, bread and deserts were so-so. This was true in our main dinning room (Island) and the World Fresh Marketplace. Even the The Salty Dog Grill had Burger buns that were hard and the burger was not worth eating, very disappointing. We did try the British-Style Pub Lunch at the Crown Grill and that was good, but a Crown Grill steak I paid for in the Island dinning room was not very good at all. The ship has board games in the internet room but no tables to play them on. Bridge players met in the Crown Grill but that was not an option offered for games. The Ocean Apps were a big disappointment, they show potential but just did not work well if at all. OceanNow was so hard to login to I never got to order a drink at sail away. The App also showed the wrong ship time and asked you to be at the same location for up to 45 minutes, what a joke. OceanCompass was OK but it did not show all restrooms and had mens and Ladies mixed up in places. It could find my wife only some of the time and the routing directions were hard to follow. Ocean Ready was pretty good, and we did use that to get our Medallions delivered at home. I purchased an unlimited internet package and was pleased with the speed of it except for updating or downloading Apps on my iPad or iPhone. Also switching between devices was a royal pain and it would not allow for cut and paste or my password app so each time everything had to be manually entered. Many people had a lot of trouble with logging in and/or getting disconnected without any reason. Ports Princess Cays - Long tender waits even after the first rush. Line for lunch was also very long so we just went back to the ship. San Juan - We took the free trolly as we docked right in the heart of Old San Juan. Speaking of docks NCL Epic tried to dock next to us and destroyed part of the dock. They even had two tugboats. They claimed it was wind but it was not that windy IMHO. Amber Cove - We took the Princess Easy Puerto Plata tour, not a lot to see and it was very hot. Gran Turk - We only got off for a short time and stayed in the cruise compound. Fort Lauderdale - This was our first experience with a b2b cruise. Not a lot of information provided by Princess about how this would work. I was told there would be a meeting about the procedure but it was at 10 am the day we were there, bad form Princess! We wanted to get off the ship and walk to some stores so we got off at about 8:45 am and were back at 11 only to get caught up with all the new people boarding for the first time. Our "Guest in Transit" cards were only moderately useful. Grand Cayman - Took the Trolley Roger tour through Princess. Overpriced and would not recommend. We were late getting in port, all the Princess tours were rescheduled, and then our 1 hour tour was a 40 minutes late from the new time on top of that. Tenders were again very crowded and took and long time to get one. Roatan - We did the Princess AERIAL CHAIRLIFT & MAHOGANY BAY BEACH BREAK WITH KAYAK. The chair lift was fun but once again we were late to port so we did not get full use of our purchase. The Clamshells were not a good rental, avoid them. Also the water craft rentals only allow you to go in a small inland bay area that is not very interesting. Not recommended, but we might purchase the chairlift again. Belize - We waited till after lunch and the tenders were still a long wait. Walked around a bit but did not feel very comfortable in town so we headed back to ship. Cozumel - Half the pier is a long building you have to walk through to get in or out of the "Shopping Village". It was crazy crowded with 5 ships and not worth the crush. Trying to get back onboard was even worse as there was no "lane" to return and you had to "swim" upstream. Poor design. Disembarkation - We got to use the Platinum Lounge and getting off the ship was easy. We used the Mobile Passport App for the first time. However we were surprised that they asked us to have our luggage out before dinner the last night. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Our 14 day cruise around the Caribbean was somewhat different to the other 20+ cruises we have enjoyed with Princess because some of their recent changes have not really worked well. In particular, the earlier meal and show times resulted ... Read More
Our 14 day cruise around the Caribbean was somewhat different to the other 20+ cruises we have enjoyed with Princess because some of their recent changes have not really worked well. In particular, the earlier meal and show times resulted in the theatre being full 45 minutes before the 6.45 and 8.45 pm shows and very little in the way of entertainment after 9.30 in the evening. SHIP Caribbean Princess has a slightly different layout to its “sister ships” with a smoky casino right outside the theatre and very little activity in the Wheelhouse at any time. We always preferred the second (8.15 ish) evening meal time which fitted with the 10.15 pm show but found that we had to arrive in the theatre by 6 pm and then eat afterwards with “any time” dining. After this, there was not much to do except frequent one of the bars. The Promenade deck is narrow, leaving no room for loungers. ENTERTAINMENT Three of the shows were new to us and we thought Bravo was excellent. The new Broadway show was also enjoyable, mainly because the production team had used the LED background well, with scenes instead of the irritating flashing displays. Fantastic Journey had a good acrobatic couple performing amidst the artificial smoke but the production stopped with a technical fault towards the end. It would be wise to take ear plugs and dark glasses because they have thrown everything into the production. The American passengers on board seemed to enjoy the various comedians and the voice impressionist in the theatre but (as Brits) we thought they were mediocre and would have appreciated something better. FOOD & DRINKS The food and service is still of a high standard (being much better than our experience of P&O and Cunard) but cut backs are evident, especially on formal nights. The Silver wine package has gone and most fairly ordinary wines are now 35 USD + 15% service. You can still get a decent sized lobster or steak in the Crown Grill (or other restaurants) but the 29 USD supplement seems rather excessive. The Horizon has been replaced with three alternative buffet style places, called Planks, Steamers and The Market Place, and we liked the modern décor and enjoyed the stir fry at lunch time. Afternoon tea was available daily but it needed to be more leisurely and the Princess’s scones always seem to contain too much bicarbonate of soda. MEDALIANS The recent introduction of the Medallions has been accompanied by dramatically improved wi-fi speeds but we did not find the associated Apps to be of much benefit. The Ocean Compass App has replaced the original Princess Cruises App, but still enabled us to check our account, view the day’s events and connect to the Internet. The Medallions unlock your cabin door (if you are lucky) but do not replace the passenger cards, so you now need to carry both. We found that getting off the ship was now slower and you needed the ordinary card at the port and dining room. CONCLUSIONS We enjoyed our cruise, even though the Caribbean Princess is not our favourite ship. Being launched in 2002, it is a bit dated and needs more than Medallions to make it special. The revised show and meal times do not work well and there was insufficient entertainment in the evenings. Service and food are good but Princess cut backs are quite evident. Most passengers, 684 of whom were Elite, had been tempted by the considerable OBC given, which helped to compensate for the higher cost of drinks etc. We had not been to the Caribbean for almost a decade but it seemed little changed apart from the size and number of cruise ships in every port. We found that half a day on each island was enough because we seldom spend time on the beaches, which are the main attraction. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This 14 day cruise cover the southern caribbean . It has a very good itinary the included St Thomas, Aruba, St Kitts, Barbados, antigua. The only drawback was that the ship did not stay long enough in most of these locations. But we ... Read More
This 14 day cruise cover the southern caribbean . It has a very good itinary the included St Thomas, Aruba, St Kitts, Barbados, antigua. The only drawback was that the ship did not stay long enough in most of these locations. But we enjoyed visting these places especially the nice beaches. We sailed the same ship few months ago and it was great. This time we noticed a significant deterioration in several areas. Food was terrible especially the buffet . It was hard to tell what we were eating and the small area in the Pizzaz where they have some snacks was very bad. We could not see any shows . They have 2 nightly shows that were always completely full as early as 2 hours before each show. We complained to customer relations that we cannot go to the theater 2 hours early but nothing was done. Royal Caribbean handle that much better. Dining was fine but again the quality of food was poor. The medallion system is new and helpful and it could be used to control reservations for the shows . The ship is a little old but nice and pleasant. The majority of passengers on this cruise were seniors and handicapps , there were very few children. Caribbean Princess is not recommended and my advice if you decide to to cruise this ship is to call and ask about the demography of the cruise you are taking. Both emparkation and disembarkation were very smooth and fast. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose cruise because it was 14 nights. Next time would chose a back to back 14 nights because cruisers are younger. Very smooth and Easy embarkation and disembarkation. Service and cabin were great. I paid extra to be on the pool ... Read More
I chose cruise because it was 14 nights. Next time would chose a back to back 14 nights because cruisers are younger. Very smooth and Easy embarkation and disembarkation. Service and cabin were great. I paid extra to be on the pool deck which was one below the fitness center. Tread Mills did not open till 8 so you could not go to early shore excursions or had to not go to fitness room early. Other people were complaining there were no drink servers on pool deck. They wanted us to get drinks with the medallion. sometimes it did not work and you had to get a new one. Food was so so. My husband lost 3 lbs. I could not cut the steak 2 nights. Servers were good sometimes. we had dine around and I had to ask a few times for ice tea. Ship dancers were PERFECT however we missed the first show because they had a PRINTED SIGN (could not believe) which meant they new they had a problem, saying SHOW IS FILLED. After that we had to sit 30 to 45 minutes in show lounge to make sure we had a seat. After a few days, and I guess everyone else were complaining, they put shows on the outside big scream. We went to one outdoor evening movie and it was filled so we left and never tried again. The new medallions they had were suppose to help you find your room mate. Ours did not work when we needed it. Had to get a new one. By using the medallion, it showed you were all things were on the ship and all activities on your phone. Therefore you had to use your phone. I found one on a bus and gave to the driver. They told me later I should have brought it to the ship. They never said anything before to anyone. They need to make a devise to use (charge and refund when it is returned) They don't even have to tell you they included the price. It is better then having to use your phone and losing it. The devise should also let you find other guests on the ship. I would never go on this ship again unless they change their show lounge. Had 3000 guests and only 1600 seats TOTAL! Shame on Princess especially when one reason to take a cruise is for the evening shows. The shows around the ship were not very good, so if you missed a sow lounge show too bad! They need to get entertainment from Americans got talent or american idle around the ship. We have taken 35 cruises and sometimes we had a hard decision to make as to what show to see. Not on this ship! Some of our board credit, which they were holding for 9 months was refundable. We still have not had it put back on our credit card a month later. We were traveling with a man who just lost his wife. He had his own room. It was great entertainment. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this sailing for the 2 week cruise & ports of call. The ship is one of the largest over 3,000 passengers & also one of the oldest in commission. The ship has not been maintained with several defects remaining. ie: ... Read More
We chose this sailing for the 2 week cruise & ports of call. The ship is one of the largest over 3,000 passengers & also one of the oldest in commission. The ship has not been maintained with several defects remaining. ie: elevator doors close rapidly & will slam in you if your not quick. Dining room menus repeat often & not like in the past if you desire a steak you have to pay extra ($20.) Previous menus always included a steak as an option. The buffet is much smaller, poorly staffed, cold food, including eggs. Again not like previous sailings. The omelet station has been moved into an area two dining rooms away from where you will be sitting. Again cold food for breakfast. On numerous days white and or red wines was unavailable by the glass for dinner. Waiters would attempt to encourage you to purchase a bottle as a glass was not available There were two Anytime Dining Rooms, the Island & the Coral. We at first used the Island & were actually hocked at the service. The waiter refused to get us wine by the glass & insisted we purchase a bottle. When he served or dinner it was actually uneatable & when told he refused to listen . When refills of our water were requested this as not done. We next used the Croal & found it great with Joy Diaz & Raymond Dava attending to our every needs. Internet & WiFi while available were at a cost of $20. per day & were very difficult to open and/or close which you were required to do or lose your alloted time. The InternationalCafe which serves a mixture of expresso type coffees, for which you pay extra has previously provided regular coffee free of charge. Now it has began to charge passengers. It seems like the Caribbean Princess has began to "Nickel & Dime" the passengers. The state room (Mini Suite) was adequate. The bed comfortable although equipped with a very heavy comforter which was very uncomfortable in the Caribbean weather. We had to request a change which was provided. The balcony was very poor condition & very dirty with spilled food & debris all over the chairs & table. This condition lasted for two weeks. On numerous at sea days crew members were involved in painting which we were prohibited from using the balcony for which we paid extra . The entertainment was not up to the quality of previous sailings. The theater was inadequate for the number of passengers of which many were refused entry. Several of the preformances were done by crew staff as opposed to past cruises which brought on professionals. While the Caribbean Princess continues to sail itineraries the I would like to revisit, I will not book another cruise on this ship. I will contnue to use Princess Cruises until they use thier other ships in the manner they used this one. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My wife and I just returned from the 10 day Panama Canal Cruise. And I wanted to point out a few things we noticed about this cruise. First off we did have a good time, but we are very flexible travelers. One thing to keep in mind if you ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from the 10 day Panama Canal Cruise. And I wanted to point out a few things we noticed about this cruise. First off we did have a good time, but we are very flexible travelers. One thing to keep in mind if you take this cruise is DO NOT take kids. This cruise is geared towards the 60 plus and I mean Plus age group. If you look forward to poolside parties, belly flop and limbo contests this is not going to happen. What you will find is oldies music, people playing bridge and knitting classes. there are two nice kid areas but no real activities for them. There was about 10 kids on our cruise of 3100 passengers. On the plus side there were no screaming children running around slinging half melted ice cream everywhere. The ship and crew were very nice. The room we had was an interior state room and was the largest interior room we have ever had. But I would not recommend A537 because it was next to the space where the exhaust pipes from the engine room go up to the top of the ship, so there was a constant hum in our room. (My fault for not looking at the deck plan) The stops in Jamacia, Cartegena,Panama,Costa Rica and Grand Cayman were fun and interesting. Here is our travel tip for this and many cruises. Do your research in advance. 90% of the cruise ship excurision you can do yourself and for half the price. First of all don't let the cruise line tell you that you have to take thier excursion. We have found the same activities being sold for half the price as soon as you step on the dock, and 75% less once you get away for the port area. Example princess sold the hop on hop off bus tour for$49.95. we purphased it outside the dock gate for $23.00. So research ahead of time and save a lot of money. We did take a ship excursion in the Canal zone. and had a wonderful tour guide. The only draw back to that trip was our guide had very little interest in letting us shop after a 3 hour walking tour in Panama City, and only relented to stopping after the entire bus instited we stop. Cartegena was amazing but there was not enough time to see much. Princess should really look at arranging the inteneriary to allow for more time there.Now to the biggie. THE FOOD. remember when I said earlier the the cruise was geared for the 60 plus crowd, well guess what. while the food is abundant, and more than you can ever eat, it is bland and was luke warm at best sometimes even cold. The bread was hard as a rock everyday and by day 9 the sight of the breakfast buffet made us ill. The best food on the boat was Planks,Sabatinis, and the Crown Grill, but all of these cost extra. Planks was flavorful and a alot of food. Crown was good. My Porter House steak was very fatty but good (Im a steak Snob) all in all for the price it was ok. I know this may have been long winded but I just wanted to share our experience and hope it helps others. If your looking for a laid back cruise this may be your ticket. If you need a wilder time, it might not be your cruise. The ship, the crew, and the Ports where great. The cruise vibe was a litlle to slow for us. and in the words of Mark Twain Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, hatered and narrow mindedness. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do the partial transit of the Panama Canal and the only other cruise line was Holland America and I didn't like their itinerary. I travel solo and I prefer to eat in the buffet. I was very ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do the partial transit of the Panama Canal and the only other cruise line was Holland America and I didn't like their itinerary. I travel solo and I prefer to eat in the buffet. I was very disappointed compared to other cruise lines I have been on. The buffet was small, the evening food selection was mediocre. The buffet floor in the dining area looked dirty and that's because the servers wipe the crumbs off the table onto the floor. At breakfast the omelet was thin, brown and crunchy, not soft and fluffy. They did have very good oatmeal, there were pre-fried eggs and the bacon, on most days, was just right. If you get the Unlimited Soda and More Package note that at least on the Caribbean Princess, it does not include any caffeine free diet soda. Those will cost you $2.50 a can. There were too many "specialize speakers" who were nothing more than a sales pitch. Walking in Comfort with Good Feet, A Life Changing Introduction to Acupuncture, How to Increase Your Metabolism, How to Look 10 Years Younger, Arthritis and Back Pain Solutions with Acupuncture, Detox for Health & Weight Loss, Free Footprint and Posture Analysis, Relieving Back Pain & Walking in Comfort, Sunglow Mineral Make-up, Burn Fat Faster, Pain Management, Learn How To Prevent Hair Loss, Secrets to a Flatter Stomach, Ladies Pamper Party (Get Educated on the latest skincare and weight loss therapies). Getting on and off the ship was uneventful. The entertainment was good. I always enjoy trivia. I primarily went on this itinerary to go to Cartagena and the partial transit of the Panama Canal. We could have used more time in Caragena. The ship arrived at 6:30AM and all aboard was 12:00. 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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