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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Early-50s mom cruising with mature and independent 16-year-old girl. Great itinerary to visit my dad in Fla. before boarding. We had a fabulous time, with carefully chosen excursions at all 4 ports and lots of fun or quiet reading in ... Read More
Early-50s mom cruising with mature and independent 16-year-old girl. Great itinerary to visit my dad in Fla. before boarding. We had a fabulous time, with carefully chosen excursions at all 4 ports and lots of fun or quiet reading in between. We never went in a ship pool, and thus avoided any louder kids under 10, but there were not many of those on June 8 week anyway. Indeed the whole ship rarely felt crowded, in part due to the crew's hard work and efficiency. Embarkation and disemb. both a breeze -- major kudos there! Medallions a great value-add that smoothed everything, every day. Loved having my stateroom unlock on my approach, and being able to locate anyone in your party on the many big screens around the ship. FOOD: Don't let any reviews dissuade you on this basis. I'm a major S.F. foodie who cooks a great deal myself--but boarded with "appropriate" expectations for a cruise ship serving 2000+ passengers. I am here to tell you: SOLID job, and sometimes outstanding. Food was reliably very good throughout the week, with lots of variety, including for "traditional" dining. There were just a few disappointing dishes or appetizers, compared with a solid handful that were truly excellent. We never ate in Planks, Steamers, or any other specialty restaurant as there was simply no need. The World Fresh Marketplace (buffet), excursion lunches, the International Cafe and Slice for occasional snacks, and Palm Dining Room had it all covered very nicely. ENTERTAINMENT: Only went to the theater two nights, as we were tired after shore days and 7:30 dinner. Comedian was HILARIOUS (and I went in skeptical)! Really, I laughed so hard I cried. ;-) Production show the first night was good but just not our cup of tea. Never went to casino, but our dining companions did and had a great time. CABIN: We had a big balcony on deck 10 mid-ship---a major plus. Room itself wasn't beautiful to look at (finishes need refreshing), but great beds and amazing amount of storage ... we packed appropriately (not over or under) and never even used two of the desk drawers. Except in the tiny bathroom; there I strongly recommend the cruise trick I picked up online beforehand: a $15 (Target) shoe holder hooked over the bathroom door---presto, 20 clear pockets to hold all your stuff, in easy reach of the shower and sink. PORTS: Had a great time in all. The tour guides work so hard to please! MUST BRING each day: 5s and 1s for tips, other cash for the less commercial vendors who can't take cards, sunscreen, and most importantly: one *reusable* water bottle from home for EACH person, which you should fill with ice and then top with water at World Fresh Marketplace before leaving the ship. Especially in Roatan, the one port with inadequate sources for drinks onshore where you meet your guides, and the most intense sun! We aimed to avoid using disposable plastic bottles, and it was just good to know we had ice water on hand to start each day. Even bringing all that water, we still had to buy Arizona iced teas along the way, in addition to the drinks served with our cooking lesson in Cozumel (awesome!!), catamaran lunch on way back from snorkeling in Roatan (best roast chicken I can remember eating in my life), etc. Caribbean in June is very warm. VIBE/ACTIVITIES: Lots of variety; something for everyone, especially on sea days--though I would have liked to have a yoga class in the mornings. Very recent movies in cabin and on big screen near pool on Lido Deck, for those who want that. Great that they showed Game 6 of the NBA Finals in a big lounge! Average age of passengers 58-62, I'd say, but plenty of older folks and also lots of families. No rowdy teens or heavy drinking, at least that I ever saw going to bed by 10:30 every night. No overselling of art/jewelry/future cruises, and I'm very sensitive to that; we were able to enjoy looking at everything with only mild overtures that we respectfully declined and that was that. Overall I thought it was a great value for the price paid. Having waited a week to write this, the experience has "grown" in retrospect to one I'll think super-fondly of for years to come. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Just returned from a fabulous 7 day cruise to Grand Cayman, Roatan-Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. The Caribbean Princess is one of the bigger ones and has just been outfitted with Ocean Medallion. The biggest plus for this is the excellent ... Read More
Just returned from a fabulous 7 day cruise to Grand Cayman, Roatan-Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. The Caribbean Princess is one of the bigger ones and has just been outfitted with Ocean Medallion. The biggest plus for this is the excellent internet service. You can now purchase internet for the entire voyage. It is quick and you don't have to log in and out to save minutes. BUT be sure to purchase on the first day at a greatly reduced price. The ports on this itinerary were excellent - 4 days of non-stop fun. The entertainment on board was fabulous. It was nice to see new shows and entertainers and Princess is really trying to appeal to a younger crowd now with their shows. There was a much younger crown on board than I've previously seen on Princess but there was something for everyone-us slightly older folk and the younger cruisers. I can always count on Princess to deliver a quality experience. Entertainment is one of their specialties with the Voice of the Ocean to culminate a great week of entertainment and game shows/trivia. If there is a choir offered on board, I always join that as it's a great way to meet people. This time you could learn the steel drums and our fellow passengers delivered a really great concert on the final day. Grand Cayman- port is right downtown George Town. I did the tourist things like going to the Tortolla/Rum factory for tastings (very busy place), visiting the town of Hell and going to the Turtle Farm - I really enjoyed them all.Then I bought a brand watch in town - was very grateful for the Princess discount offered to me. Roatan-Honduras-this is a beautiful port made specifically by Carnival Corp. I did a dolphin encounter to Anthony's Key Resort. I loved the small group we had and the fact that our dolphins were in a very beautiful, natural setting. They were very healthy and having so much fun with us. The trainer was excellent. It is only an encounter, not a swim though. Water was lovely and warm. Then back at port, I couldn't resist taking the chair lift to Mahogany Bay beach - a man-made beach resort - I enjoyed the ride so much I did it twice. It costs US$14 at the port or US$12 bought through Princess for unlimited rides. Great views as you are taking the 5min ride and right next to the cruise ship. The beach area is noisy though and appeals to a younger crowd. I was so glad to hear that the port area provides lots of jobs for the locals as this is a very poor island and is an eye opener to see. You need to have compassion for the locals. Belize-the people of Belize are very warm and friendly. I took the tour to the Lamanai ruins. It was the highlight of my trip. You are taken by bus to a boat dock area and taken by speedboat to the Archaeological site of Lamanai deep in the jungle. We did an hour's hike round 4 of the best sites - the Jaguar Temple, the High Temple, the Mask Tempe and the Ball Court. You could climb a staircase they had built to the top of the High Temple - highly recommended - views are amazing. It feels surreal standing on top of a structure that was built over 3000 years ago. Walking trails are uneven so wear good closed toed shoes and it is HOT so bring lots of water. Back at the boat dock we were given a nice lunch of chicken, rice and beans, potato salad and fruit punch - all very welcome after a hot hike. Cozumel-I did a dolphin swim at this port and an encounter with manatees which are sweet, docile creatures. This is a commercial facility that churns out dolphin swims by the thousands each day so, whereas I was glad to fulfill a bucket list item of swimming with dolphins, I enjoyed my gentle encounter at St. Anthony's Key Roatan much more.The port shopping area is teeming with multiple ship loads of people so be aware of the crowds. Overall I chose this itinerary because of the port stops on offer and felt that visiting 4 ports in the 7 days made my trip really good value. Highly recommended. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I have cruised with Princess many times and not been disappointed. But This was the best ship ever on Princess, Great Activities, shows, music, food, many pools to suit everyone. quiet pools as well as kiddie pools and music pools spa ... Read More
I have cruised with Princess many times and not been disappointed. But This was the best ship ever on Princess, Great Activities, shows, music, food, many pools to suit everyone. quiet pools as well as kiddie pools and music pools spa pool hot tubs deep pools shady pools. Easiest embarkation ever. Luggage delivered to my room 2 hours before scheduled Front Desk handles all request, fun parties, wonderful kid programs - get the kids to join you won't be sorry. Buffet is awesome. Hard to believe the number of breakfast items to suit all tastes. Burger shop, pizza shop Gluten free, sugar free desserts every day. Best service ever at the buffet. There were 186 teens aboard and they were kept very busy. St Marten 10 best sites excursion is well worth $49.95 and if you are lucky enough to get "Ash" you'll see and learn more about this Island than you knew existed. Have fun and Don't hesitate Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise for the ports that were on it & heard that Princess was a nice company to work with. First, the medallion system was great for quick entries & exits on the ship, finding out how to get where we wanted to ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports that were on it & heard that Princess was a nice company to work with. First, the medallion system was great for quick entries & exits on the ship, finding out how to get where we wanted to go and where things were located. Loved this system & wish other lines would follow along. The cabin itself could use an updating but was clean & the service was great. I especially liked the huge closet area that separated the bed from the bathroom. Loved the balcony. We liked the food in general and ate one night at Steamers/Planks, we were able to order from both at the same time, which was a nice feature. We tried to do a bit of everything Re: entertainment, some trivia games, casino. The seats in the theater seemed to be one size fits all and seemed to be a bit cramped. We took 2 shore excursions through Princess, A tour in Roatan with gardens & a butterfly garden and a stop at an animal place, stops at a restaurant for drinks & a stop at a cameo factory. In Cozumel we chose a sunset catamaran cruise which was just beautiful with perfect weather. In Grand Caymen, we were the only ship docked, so we just walked to the pier area and picked a tour of the area which was very nice. The only small problems were not enough clocks around the ship and the lack of a food area for midnight snacks. This was a great cruise and I can see us going on Princess again in the future. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Got a good deal on a cruise for my wife, daughters and their respective beaus' so we decided to take a family vacation from the Pacific Northwest to the Hot Caribbean, and hot it was. The ship was very clean and well kept up and ... Read More
Got a good deal on a cruise for my wife, daughters and their respective beaus' so we decided to take a family vacation from the Pacific Northwest to the Hot Caribbean, and hot it was. The ship was very clean and well kept up and the staff was exceptionally pleasant throughout. Matt the cruise director and his first mate Andy were great and very entertaining and kept us in stiches the whole time we were on board. Our room steward was never far from sight and the room was always impeccable. Food was good but it has digressed form the Princess of 15 years ago but I guess that is true of a lot of things as the accountants take over. Overall the cruise was great and we all had a wonderful time and the Caribbean Princess is a well run well kept ship. We would cruise again on her without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
I love Princess! Rooms are amazing, and the beds are more comfortable than my own. Staff pampers you and there are many great things to do. We are already planning our next Princess cruise. Princess is our preferred criuse line. Took a 14 ... Read More
I love Princess! Rooms are amazing, and the beds are more comfortable than my own. Staff pampers you and there are many great things to do. We are already planning our next Princess cruise. Princess is our preferred criuse line. Took a 14 day European cruise on Princess last year as well and was amazed with the ship experience as well as the excursions. You can relax and enjoy your time and thete is something to do for all ages. The only way to vacation for me now will be cruising. Pools, casino, ocean view, great food, bingo, and night time entertainment all wrapped up in one. It is even better with the medallion, makes everything so easy. Love the room service and speed and quality of the food. Lookung forward to the many many more cruises I will be taking with princess. Bon voyage until we cruise again. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose our cabin after my husband researched the aft ones. The view could not be beat, as one can see almost all of the port or other islands. Embarkation/Disembarkation was worse than going through TSA at any airport hub. It totally ... Read More
We chose our cabin after my husband researched the aft ones. The view could not be beat, as one can see almost all of the port or other islands. Embarkation/Disembarkation was worse than going through TSA at any airport hub. It totally should have taken a lot less than the 30 minutes, coming and going in Port Everglades. Our cabin did not disappoint, as it had lots of closet spaces and plenty of drawers. However, the bathroom could have used an extra sink and some shelves for toiletry storage. The bathtub, with its jets was a complete dream. So good for a soak and rest! Wished that I could have folded it up, and put in the suitcases! The shower was a good one, with a great showerhead that could be adjusted for different streams. The overall shower needed to have a different kind of door that sealed, as there was a stream of water that escaped out the bottom and flooded the bathroom! Dining did not disappoint...plenty of venues and choices. Whether your tastes run to steak, seafood or ice cream, it was all good. The wait staffs and managers were totally top notch!! We had one of our shore excursions cancel, due to nature, and the others were a complete surprise with the places we saw and areas we viewed! Would do it again in a heartbeat!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We took this cruise to celebrate our anniversary and this was the only ship doing the eastern caribbean itinerary at this time. We’ve been on the Caribbean Princess 4 times previously were curious to see the changes after the wet dock. ... Read More
We took this cruise to celebrate our anniversary and this was the only ship doing the eastern caribbean itinerary at this time. We’ve been on the Caribbean Princess 4 times previously were curious to see the changes after the wet dock. We felt that this experience was more of a 3.5 - 4 rating. What we liked/loved: Service everywhere was very good, and the staff seemed happy and friendly. We were approached immediately in the buffet sometimes by multiple people to ask if we wanted drinks. Club Class waitstaff was attentive and excellent, but we only ate there 3 nights because some night the menu options didn’t appeal to us. Our room steward Renante was efficient and friendly. All of our needs were met and our special requests were handled quickly. Our aft suite views were breathtaking, we felt like we were the only people on the ship when we were out on our balcony. The sound of the wake is almost hypnotic. The cruise director and staff seemed fun, energetic and personable. Breakfast for suite guests in Sabatini’s was delicious with lots of food options and again, attentive service. Really enjoyed the Salty Dog Grill, the pizza, and Coffee and Cones on the Lido deck. Never had a problem finding lounge chairs at one of the pools. And we liked that towels didn’t have to be checked in or out. Loved the salad bar area in the World Fresh Market, and the desserts were plentiful. Thought the Fantastic Journey show was contemporary and fun. Loved the aerialists and the singing and dancing were great. Comedian Troy Thirdgill was so funny, a little edgy and not the typical cruise ship humor so many if them repeat over and over. What we feel could be improved: Started off really liking World Fresh Market until we realized half way through the cruise that food choices were very redundant. For lunch and dinner, we found It was a good thing that we like salads, lol! Lounge chairs on our Vista suite balcony would have been perfect if they reclined all the way (or at all for that matter). Table was too short and not dining height. We would have ordered the ultimate balcony dinner, but didn’t want to eat hunched over. Suite bathroom had no shelving over the sink which was inconvenient and our shower water was cool/luke warm all week. Someone came to fix it, but whatever they did didn’t help. The shelf in the refrigerator door was too short and anything in there fell out every time we opened it. Princess, do you have any women ship designers? And if so, don’t any of them shave their legs? A little shelf or foot rest in the showers would be so convenient. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
I do have to admit a bit of bias for this one- my wife and I got married on this cruise, so we received outstanding extra treatment by the ship's staff including the Captain- Mario Ciruzzi. That said- I saw a lot of mixed reviews ... Read More
I do have to admit a bit of bias for this one- my wife and I got married on this cruise, so we received outstanding extra treatment by the ship's staff including the Captain- Mario Ciruzzi. That said- I saw a lot of mixed reviews for this ship before we headed out. It is smaller than the Royal Class ships I had been on before, but in some ways that made it nicer. It wasn't quite as crowded and was at least slightly easier to get around. We got a mini-suite stateroom (D715) and were very surprised at how much room it had. The cabin was very comfortable with two nice flat-screen TVs and an air conditioning system that actually worked (unlike my previous cruise). Medallion Class embarkation was just as-advertised. After a quick passport check and scanning in our medallions, we went to a nice waiting lounge for the ship to start boarding. It was a lot easier and faster than the old cruise card check-in process. Once we boarded- we explored the ship to figure out where everything was. We went up to check out where our stateroom was, and our steward already had it finished (almost an hour early!). As I said in my summary above- we were very surprised at how much space it actually had. We LOVED the large bathroom and sitting area, and extra-large balcony. The furnishings and ship itself are a bit dated. While the electronic systems have all been updated, the furnishings and decor are a bit older and showing some wear. Everything was clean and in good condition though. Most of the lighting is fluorescent, which I found a bit annoying compared to the instant-on LED lighting of the newer ships. Things I loved about the ship: Lots of pools! They have a Sanctuary pool, but beside it- there are two large main pools and one adults-only pool on the aft side of the ship, along with hot tubs at all of them. This gave us a lot of options for different music and crowds while we were onboard. I think the Explorer's Lounge is an upgrade from "Princess Live" on other ships. Very nice bar area and lounge, with frequent entertainment options. Skywalkers. It has kind of a 70s vibe and I'm not really into dancing, but it is a unique feature that I thought was fun and special about this ship. Negatives: The only real negative I have, which I have complained about before, is the almost-constant marketing, in particular from Effy. Beyond that- the "usual" complaints pretty much everyone has about a cruise ship- I felt like I spent way too much time waiting for lifts, and the food choices, particularly in the buffet, weren't the greatest. The latter is really subjective though. Princess Cays: I complained a lot about this place on my last cruise. This one was better. It was actually raining pretty hard when we first got there, but it cleared up after an hour or so and we had a great time. We rented a clamshell/chairs and a paddleboat, and enjoyed a lot of beach time. The beach is rocky part-way out- so bring water shoes, but the sandy areas and water itself were wonderful. Bar service is still slow- they seem to be trying to implement medallions, but still do all of the orders on paper, which is very inefficient. The food was okay for what it was, and the service there was pretty fast. The only real feedback/complaint I have this time is they really need more showers and foot wash areas. We explored St. Thomas on our own, and overall had a great experience shopping and hanging out in the local bars and restaurants. We were supposed to go on a tour (not arranged by Princess) and the guy overbooked and took off 10 minutes before he was supposed to leave, so we missed it. Fortunately we didn't pay in advance! On St. Maarten we did the SXM Airport Adventure boat, booked through Princess. They had a great bar and food on the boat, and took us around to the bay in front of the famous Princess Juliana International Airport. We watched jets and other planes take off and land while enjoying great music, food, and drink. There was snorkeling and floating off of a platform attached to the boat, and the crew was fun and very helpful. I highly recommend that excursion. After that we explored the local shops and bars, and spent a couple of hours on the beach next to town. There are a few sections there where you can rent a beach umbrella and chairs cheap. (We paid $15 for an umbrella and two chairs for the afternoon.) Debarkation went even more smoothly, as they had "EZ-Check" to our airline (Southwest), so we checked our bags through to our destination from our cabin. I think it took less than 10 minutes from our cabin to the shuttle bus to the airport. This is a great service Princess offers if you can take advantage of it. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
Honestly the best service, food and entertainment I’ve ever experienced on a cruise. St. Thomas and St. Maarten are still trying to recover from the hurricanes so I’m not going back there for a while. I would go on the same cruise ... Read More
Honestly the best service, food and entertainment I’ve ever experienced on a cruise. St. Thomas and St. Maarten are still trying to recover from the hurricanes so I’m not going back there for a while. I would go on the same cruise again ASAP but I’d skip the off ship opportunities. If you are a music fan and or even a karaoke whore like I am, you will love their licensed version of the “Voice”. Princess has an exclusive and they do a great job with it. Of course there isn’t a big contract or check wait for the winner...just a keepsake trophy. I was a finalist and while I didn’t win, I did get to sing on stage to a packed house...lots of fun! Program alert...the food is awesome and everywhere all the time. Don’t go if you are on a diet! Don’t miss the production shows or the staged games like Marriage Match. They are worth the price of the cruise by themselves. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
The ship had just come out of a yard period in which changes were made to deck 16 & 17 to attract more family cruises. They also did some routine maintenance around the entire ship. Since we have cruised the Eastern Caribbean many ... Read More
The ship had just come out of a yard period in which changes were made to deck 16 & 17 to attract more family cruises. They also did some routine maintenance around the entire ship. Since we have cruised the Eastern Caribbean many times we only we only got off in St Thomas. The ship was in great condition and clean in everything we used. Below was my assessment of this cruise. 1) Service could have been better in the bars and Lido deck. 2) Food was very good. 3) Production shows were top notch. 4) Lounge entertainment was lacking especially having no piano player in Crooners. Heard from a Ship Officer that there were 1500 first time Princess cruisers on this cruise. I guess summer Caribbean cruises will be popular. My cabin D725, a mini-suite, was in the rear of the ship and we could feel pronounced vibrations coming the engines. Think I will stick with cabins more in midship area. If you sail on the Caribbean Princess and enjoy a quiet area to read try the Skywalker Lounge on Deck 19. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Crew is exceptional: friendly, attentive and experienced! Bar staff: best at sea! Be sure to visit Tijana at the Good Spirits Lounge I’m Deck 5! Bedding is heavenly! Entertainment second to none! If sailing on her, be sure to visit the ... Read More
Crew is exceptional: friendly, attentive and experienced! Bar staff: best at sea! Be sure to visit Tijana at the Good Spirits Lounge I’m Deck 5! Bedding is heavenly! Entertainment second to none! If sailing on her, be sure to visit the Wheelhouse for a terrific band and dancing and take in the comedian’s act - he is hysterical!! Embarkation and disembarkation, cabin access via Medallion access, was fast, easy and fabulous. The Crown Grill boasts delicious and forks tender steaks - yum! The Horizon Buffett has been upgraded to a fresh market place. Lighter and brighter with more room and seating than before. Princess now offers EZ transfer service. Your luggage is picked up from your cabin and you don’t see it again until your destination airport. No overweight fees! Your check in is completed for you. Your boarding passes and airline luggage tags are provided to you. Service is only $25 pp, a GREAT bargain sooooo civilized! Can’t wait for our next Princess Cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our 4th Princess Cruise and completing our 48th day on Princess. We have 3 more Princess Cruises booked! We love Princess! The entertainment was fantastic! Production performance was very upbeat and well done. Broadway ... Read More
This was our 4th Princess Cruise and completing our 48th day on Princess. We have 3 more Princess Cruises booked! We love Princess! The entertainment was fantastic! Production performance was very upbeat and well done. Broadway caliber! The Medallion Internet upgrade was very much an improvement on Princess. Internet was fast. You paid by the day and not by the minute which was a tremendous improvement! Passengers would wear a Medallion which could be a locator for other guests that you approve on your own app in advance. All parties have to approve of this. Also crew and waitstaff can fill orders right to you without them being present to take the order. You can use the Compass Locator to find a destination step by step. You can pull up the onboard event schedule. Food was great! Even the buffet had choice food with excellent presentations. Overall the trip was very pleasing! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
This is are first cruise on princess overall staff were very good the cabin steward was very nice he let us in our cabins as the medallions did not work when we arrived at our cabin he said it was due to the time we arrived was early but ... Read More
This is are first cruise on princess overall staff were very good the cabin steward was very nice he let us in our cabins as the medallions did not work when we arrived at our cabin he said it was due to the time we arrived was early but late they did work.Our luggage arrived very early compared to our last cruise that was nice,My daughter had a blast in the kids club my son did not have a great time in the teen club as on 2 other teens showed up.We had 2 cabins side by side aft ship inside which was very quite and around the corner from the elevators the casino was very small and not ran very well small smoking section and as far as smoking on the ship on deck 7 aft smoking sections was closed a lot and the other 2 smoking sections are forward deck 6 and 16 and it was a long walk from aft.shows are ok.and the food was just ok nothing to write home about.embarkation was fast on the ship within a few minutes anytime dinning was mid ship deck 5 and 6 the down side was they did not have eggs benedict for breakfast like all the other lines.also disembarkation was very smooth.i would like to try another princess ship a newer ship would be nice as this ship is 15 years old. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
Perfect 4 day trip to Cozumel. Embarkation was extremely fast. Arrived at 11am. We were on board within 30 minutes after parking our car at Park-n-Go, love those guys. Best deal, $6/day. Our luggage was in our room 1 hour later. Had ... Read More
Perfect 4 day trip to Cozumel. Embarkation was extremely fast. Arrived at 11am. We were on board within 30 minutes after parking our car at Park-n-Go, love those guys. Best deal, $6/day. Our luggage was in our room 1 hour later. Had friends that were first time cruisers on Princess and they were so impressed with everything. Day 2 was a sea day so lots of pool time. Then we did Sabatini's for dinner. Just awesome food and service. Day 3 Cozumel. Pool time in the morning then did a half day excursion. We had our own jeep and went to a private beach where a late lunch was provided, A local feast, so much food. Day 3, back to the pool for lots of cold beers and live entertainment. Such a fabulous trip and our friends were so glad we talked them into booking the cruise. Til next time, which will be very soon. Love Princess Cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was my 24th cruise, 3rd on Princess, 1st on this ship. My sister went with me. It was her 1st time on Princess. I choose this cruise because it was in May and it was a short cruise, and I wanted my sister to sail on Princess. ... Read More
This was my 24th cruise, 3rd on Princess, 1st on this ship. My sister went with me. It was her 1st time on Princess. I choose this cruise because it was in May and it was a short cruise, and I wanted my sister to sail on Princess. Honestly, I read every review on this ship since January and I was more than a little scared about what I had read regarding the condition of the ship. But the purpose was to spend time with my sister so off we went. We flew down the night before and stayed at The Conrad. It was great. The next morning we went to the port at 12:30. We had already received our Medallions and had registered everything prior so we basically were able to walk on the ship. We immediately went up to the Sanctuary on deck 16 to reserve space. This cruise only had 1 port day and 3 sea days. All the loungers were booked (at 12:40) but the cabanas were available Cabanas are a bit pricey, at $140 for half day, but included several things, so we decided to spurge and booked the first and last mornings sessions. Next we went down a deck and ate lunch at the buffet. We walked the entire length of the buffet areas and found everything from the food to the service to the furnishings to be top quality and just excellent. The Planks and Steamers areas décor was beautiful and brand new. Now on to our guestroom. We booked a Club Class Mini Suite, D504 on the Dolphin Deck. When we walked up to the door, the door automatically unlocked, this was great, When we got inside I was SO HAPPY. Everything in the room was BRAND NEW. The beds were new, the carpet was new, the sofa and chairs were new, the drawers and their knobs were new, the TV's were new. In the bathroom the tub was new, the toilet was new, the shower doors and head were new, the floor tiles were new. After unpacking, we explored some of the ship. Just beautiful, everywhere we went everything looked pretty much brand new except for the theater. It didn't look bad, just a bit outdated and the chairs were very small. We went to the muster drill and then I had to go to the medical center because I left some medicine at the hotel and needed to get it replaced. The Doctor and her staff were nice. The cost to see the doctor (they would not just let me get the meds) was $95 plus the cost of the insulin pen $20. I was glad they had the medicine. First night of Club Class Dining- We went early and there was no wait. Service was wonderful and food was very good. We found out from our server that this ship had just spent the last month getting engine repairs and a face lift. That explains everything being brand new. I have to say that Princess must have listened to all the reviews, and they did something about it.. Also, whatever they did to the engines, we felt NO movement on this ship. We did not even have "sea legs" when we got off the ship, which was a first for me. First night show was a comedian. He was funny. Show started at 7:30 and was 90% full. Now, to the casino. I belong to the Princess poker player's club. I recommend this to everyone, as you get special deals emailed to you once in a while. Anyway, I like to play craps and poker. No one was at the poker table, so I played craps. There were only 3 of us playing, but I had a few long rolls. There was a gentleman playing a dragon slot machine right next to us who hit for $10,000. Lucky him! Off to bed. We had breakfast in the dining room. Disappointing. The choices were extremely limited. I ordered a ham and cheese omelet, which came with no ham or cheese. The second one was not much better. I think they just want everyone to go to the lido to breakfast. Off to the Sanctuary. Our cabana was very nice. It included a sofa, chair, 2 loungers, fruit bowl, TV, bar set up, welcome drink and lunch . This area has a great view and easy access to the spa pool. My sister doesn't drink, and I had the alcohol beverage package, so the bar set up was wasted on us, so they gave us a bottle of wine instead. They did take our lunch order too late so we didn't get it before we left. They chased after us saying they would bring it to us to a different location, but we passed on that. I did appreciate the effort. Now to a meeting. Before the cruise I had received an email and an opportunity to participate in a focus group on the ship. I got selected and went to this meeting located in a dining room. About 120 people, we were divided based on the survey we filled out. I was put in the celebrations group (my sister's birthday). The moderator was very good, asking several questions on lots of subjects. We were all able to express the good, the bad, and suggestions. My suggestion was to have some alcohol packages that were per day or a drink card with a certain number of drinks, instead of the whole cruise only package which is way too expensive for people who only want a couple drinks a day. And now the bad news. Starting the night before, I had been coughing and feeling just ok. Now, after this meeting, I met my sister and we had the pizza. It was voted best pizza at sea, and it is the best pizza I have ever had on a cruise. And then I started feeling worse and worse and worse. Bottom line, I went back to the medical clinic. I had a bad sinus infection. The doctor gave me a z pack and Benadryl. I hardly was able to leave my stateroom after that. I only left to get something to eat. We had reservations at the steakhouse that night. We went and it was good, but then I went back to the room. I was coughing so much and so loud that I didn't want to ruin a show and didn't even feel well enough to gamble, which is really saying something. My sister and I had been looking forward to this cruise for months. We don't get to spend much time together and this was going to be extra special being her birthday. We didn't get to see any other shows or even visit some of the nightclubs. My sister stayed with me and read on her ipad. We did not use our cabana on the last sea day, but some one came to our cabin and told us they would not charge us. That was very nice. My sister and I did get to talk and be with each other, which was what we wanted from this cruise. So even with missing out on most of the activities on this now brand new beautiful ship, we both had a great cruise. I would highly recommend this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Princess is a class act. It was my first Princess Cruise. I’ll start with the bad. I found roaches in my cabin. Reported it when I found them at midnight. I was able to kill one so I had it as proof. They moved us to another cabin. ... Read More
Princess is a class act. It was my first Princess Cruise. I’ll start with the bad. I found roaches in my cabin. Reported it when I found them at midnight. I was able to kill one so I had it as proof. They moved us to another cabin. This cabin was very dirty, had tv not working and ac not working. Technician came, tv was fixed, ac was fixed at 2:00am. 5:00 am it was blowing heat at us full force. Called the front again. Was told basically sorry, there’s nothing we can do. This was not ok. We disembarked into Cozumel. Had a great day even with only getting about 2.5 hours of sleep. When we got back, the Passenger Services Director summoned me and said they knew they’d have other cabins available that day and gave us one. I wish I had known that in the morning. I wouldn’t have been angry. She said the staff I spoke with were unaware. They should have been aware. All of this said, Princess made this right by us. They resolved it the same day. I wish the information would have been communicated right away but I’m not going to complain about that too much. The crew on board is very good. I loved the relaxed atmosphere and no hard selling of anything on the ship. Different than others I’ve been on. It just felt like a different class. The food was very good. Can’t complain about that at all. Spa services were wonderful and we really enjoyed movies under the stars. The biggest difference I saw was the very few extremely drunk passengers compared to other lines I’ve cruised with. Overall, I loved this cruise and would cruise with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose the first 4 night adventure after Caribbean Princess had a several week yard period to get a preview of the Caribbean Princess for a later cruise and are very happy we did with using the Medallion. We registered before the ... Read More
We chose the first 4 night adventure after Caribbean Princess had a several week yard period to get a preview of the Caribbean Princess for a later cruise and are very happy we did with using the Medallion. We registered before the cruise date and had our Medallions delivered to our home and embarkation was a breeze. We had no issues with the Medallions during the cruise and we were surprised with what some of the features were with them. The ability to use the directions and use the 2-D feature on the screens helped us find our way around the ship quickly. The entertainment was very good; the Fantastic Journey production show was not very good. The songs were hard to understand and there just seemed to be no sense to the production. The comic was funny and we went to his show in Club Fusion also and it was better in a very small venue vice the theater. The magician was also very good having been on Americas Got Talent a few seasons ago. The food was typical Princess, always good and a great variety. Our one stop was in Cozumel, enough said. We have a 10 day Panama Canal cruise in March 2020 on the Caribbean and are very much looking forward to that cruise after experiencing using the Medallion. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
This was my second cruise with Princess can't say enough good things about it. Princess provides an exceptional experience from the beginning to the end, they honestly think of every detail. We stayed one night in Florida, which made ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Princess can't say enough good things about it. Princess provides an exceptional experience from the beginning to the end, they honestly think of every detail. We stayed one night in Florida, which made our travel to the ship so much better as we were not exhausted from traveling once we were on the ship. There is plenty to do on board, entertainment at just the right times and time to relax and do your own thing. The spa is amazing, casino and bars were fun, pool time was great - several to choose from and each with a different experience (music, TV, quiet...), entertainment/activities were also really good. So much to choose from, you have to plan your day/activities. The shows at night were so impressive, very talented singers and dancers! Excursions at the islands were so fun! I would recommend the Catameran cruise and snorkling - best time! (Castaway Girl was fantastic at St. Thomas! as was Swimming with the Stingrays on Cays Island) Dining, food and overall service is excellent. Plan to eat one night at the Italian restaurant, it was amazing, best meal we had! Princess does a great job of providing a wonderful dining experience while also serving really great food. I will definately travel with Princess again, such a great cruise! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I've been waiting 50 years to go on a cruise and I hate to say that I picked the wrong ship and the wrong cruise line. The size of our mini-suite was great and the beds were comfortable but the furniture was rather outdated and worn. ... Read More
I've been waiting 50 years to go on a cruise and I hate to say that I picked the wrong ship and the wrong cruise line. The size of our mini-suite was great and the beds were comfortable but the furniture was rather outdated and worn. The couch was a tired green with a few holes and the furniture on the balcony needed an upgrade. The food in the buffet was worse than Golden Corral and there was very little entertainment on the ship. The three sea days we were bored to tears and ended up watching movies in our room each night. I guess if you are 75 or older you might enjoy this cruise with nightly Bingo and knitting classes or playing cards on deck but my daughter and I were so disappointed because we had heard and seen videos from friends who have been on cruises and were told of all the deck parties and all the fun activities on the ships. We never saw any or maybe if we would have known that there was a LGBT convention we would have picked another cruise because there were tons of activities for them or if we had known that 90% of the passengers were over the age of 70, we would have picked another cruise. I wish I could say that the dining was at least good, but I can't. The table we had assigned to us for the whole cruise each night sat over one of the engines I guess, because the whole table and all of our chairs shook every night except one and that is because we were still docked in St. Thomas. There were several menu choices each night but the food was just ok. I had again heard stories about how wonderful the food is on a cruise and how you come back home with a few extra pounds and I can honestly say that I didn't. Our two wait staff that we had for the week were super nice though. I have to give them credit for that. Siti and Dadang were great. The service on deck and out by the pool area was not so great. If you wanted a drink while sun bathing you had to go and get it yourself because there was never anyone walking around asking if you wanted a drink. Also if you decided to grab a slice of pizza, which by the way was the best thing I ate all week and needless to say we ate sliced pizza every day, you could never find anyone to bring you a glass of water or iced tea. It would have been nice if they would have at least had some sort of beverage stations set up around the ship to get a drink without having to pay $10 for an alcoholic one. I believe half the trip I was dehydrated from lack of water. Oh and let me fore-warn you to NOT TAKE PART IN THE TEETH WHITENING in the LOTUS SPA. WHAT A RIP OFF. We got suckered into it because we were told upfront that the cost would be $129 each for teeth whitening that would last 2 to 3 years. Well, after the process was done, you then get told that for it to last 2 to 3 years you have to pay an additional $249. WOW. So the $129 that I just paid is only good for a few days! So I broke down and bought the additional packets that were $49 for 12 treatments, which I was told was only good for 1 week of whitening AND WHEN I GET MY CREDIT CARD PRINTOUT THE GUY TAKES IT UPON HIMSELF TO ADD A $39 TIP. WOW was all I could say. The only good part about the whole cruise was the ports we visited. That was what I was most looking forward to was seeing the beautiful blue waters and that did not disappoint. We enjoyed a nice bus tour of St. Thomas and we had a great time walking through all the shops and open markets of St. Maarten. I will say that come Saturday morning, the day we got back to Ft. Lauderdale, I was up at 5am and ready to get off the ship! At least if you carry your own luggage off, you can disembark at 7:30 instead of waiting until 8:30 or in some cases 9:30 depending on what floor you were on. If I ever decide to go on another cruise I will certainly do more homework of the ship and will probably chose Royal Caribbean for sure! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
My sister and I got a great price on the cruise at the last minute. I had been on the Caribbean Princess twice when it first came out, and this was to be my 12th Princess cruise. We last cruised on the Regal Princess twice. What can I ... Read More
My sister and I got a great price on the cruise at the last minute. I had been on the Caribbean Princess twice when it first came out, and this was to be my 12th Princess cruise. We last cruised on the Regal Princess twice. What can I say...I felt during this cruise like everything was not...bad....but not up to what I expected and had experienced on my other cruises...not as "crisp"..I don't know..hard to put my finger on. My sister felt the same way. Staff was unfailingly polite! Cabin steward was great! But, for instance...I sat at one of the tables for two in the Cones and Coffee section. Servers or wait staff that usually roam to take plates away and ask if you want anything..well, they would come down so far from each end and then turn and go back. I felt like I was in no man's land. One day, my dirty plate sat there for two hours. No one approached me to ask if I wanted something to drink. Odd. We thoroughly did not enjoy the World Marketplace buffet...breakfast was good as always, but then on to lunch and dinner...great salad makings, fruits, decent dessert choices..but the entrees?? I get it that they are trying to have foods that represent "the world", but one whole section every day was Indian food...another section everyday was mexican food...odd little cups of things like "slaw on the bottom, a shrimp, a cherry tomato, and a dollop of goat cheese! Now I'm making that up, but...stuff like that. Two days of the cruise, the carving station had leg of lamb. One day a giant poached salmon..never a ham, one day a beef at one of the meals... I'm sorry, just not the entrees or support dishes of the past where most of the time, the buffet "mirrored" what was being offered in the dining room. Our experience with the Ocean Medallion thing was spotty. We WANTED to love it and did love some features..but I have an iPhone and every time my display (set for five minutes) went dark, I lost the connection and had to log on again. I tried to locate my sister one day and the app said she was in the casino..which she was...but for the rest of the cruise, refused to show her anywhere else. So I think when the kinks are worked out, it will be great..but it needs work. And, I think the wait staff is so concerned about delivering food and drink to people who order on the app, that they lose sight of the rest of us. Sorry..I'll definitely do princess again, but not this ship, and I sure hope this World Marketplace doesn't go fleetwide. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
I chose this cruise because of the ship size, fewer children's amenities, the ports of call and ship ratings. I especially enjoyed the entertainment in the evenings and during at sea days. The cruise director did a great job lining ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the ship size, fewer children's amenities, the ports of call and ship ratings. I especially enjoyed the entertainment in the evenings and during at sea days. The cruise director did a great job lining up varied genres and great talents. The variety of food and dining choices was very good. The mini-suite was large and the beds were excellent. The elevators were right outside our stateroom and we never heard any noise relating to our position. Our steward was efficient, but did not always do as thorough of a job cleaning as I might have expected. The room furnishings were somewhat in need of replacement, but since the ship went into dry dock at the end of our cruise, I would suspect that there will be some upgrades during that time. The EZ Check out service was amazing! Try It! I will definitely cruise on Princess in the future - perhaps sooner than later! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Princess is our current preferred cruise line. We particularly enjoy the Medallion Class ships: - Excellent internet (best in the industry). - Smooth and carefree embarkation - Ordering beverages from your location without ... Read More
Princess is our current preferred cruise line. We particularly enjoy the Medallion Class ships: - Excellent internet (best in the industry). - Smooth and carefree embarkation - Ordering beverages from your location without needing to find a bar or a waiter - Wearable medallion Entertainment is great: - 4 production shows in 7 days - Live orchestra - Variety of guest entertainment (comedy, solo artists, etc.) - Current movies under the stars AND in your stateroom - Major athletic events are streamed to your stateroom, outdoors, and in some bars - Bar live entertainment in groups and individual performers to meet a variety of preferences Princess ships are currently designed to fill the preferences of adult passengers. The Caribbean princess is adding a water park targeting children following the current dry dock upgrade which will make it more suitable for children. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our experience on the Caribbean Princess. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Our mini suite was nice , but the bathroom was outdated and rusty. Deck chairs were old and dirty. The ship seems to cater to the 70 plus crowd. I did not have a lot of fun on this cruise . If you are under age 60, I would suggest Royal ... Read More
Our mini suite was nice , but the bathroom was outdated and rusty. Deck chairs were old and dirty. The ship seems to cater to the 70 plus crowd. I did not have a lot of fun on this cruise . If you are under age 60, I would suggest Royal Caribbean for a more upbeat lively time and more activities. For the prices of a princess cruise , the rooms should be beautiful as well as the bathrooms . The pool area is small and lacks enough seating I will say the food is excellent and staff very nice . The World Market where the breakfast and lunch buffet is lacks seating during peak times . The elevators are slow at best and you can barely hear the chime if someone is talking . The layout of the ship is confusing. As a passenger , I should not have to walk to the other end of the ship to get to the 15th floor Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise because of its destinations and our first cruise was on Princess 12 yrs ago. The food was great in the traditional dining. We were somewhat disappointed in the destinations themselves. The marine life that you ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its destinations and our first cruise was on Princess 12 yrs ago. The food was great in the traditional dining. We were somewhat disappointed in the destinations themselves. The marine life that you would expect from "The Virgin Islands" did not match our expectations. It would seem they the cruise lines would invest in artificial reefs ect.. to bring in more marine life. The queen bed in our suite was amazing. I would actually suggest doing research on the different ports so you know exactly what you getting into instead of a brochure feeling. The entertainment: the comedian great, the dancing singing programs once you see one you have seen them all. Sure the music and costumes change but it really seems the same. The Voice at Sea was really fun and that was new to us. Also, the cruise director was a pretty funny guy. There was also a female dancer that taught little mini dance lessons "the salsa" and she was a sweetheart. Read Less
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 3.9
Family 3.5 3.9
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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