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My wife and I wanted to do a different cruise this year so we decided on the New England to Quebec cruise. After looking at several cruise lines we choose Princess because of the itinerary and the reputation. We arrived 2 days early in ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to do a different cruise this year so we decided on the New England to Quebec cruise. After looking at several cruise lines we choose Princess because of the itinerary and the reputation. We arrived 2 days early in New York and stayed in Brooklyn not far from the cruise terminal which worked out great, as we could drop our bags in the morning and then take the NYC Ferry to NYC and back to the terminal. Embarkation was smooth and so easy with the Medallions. Our room was nice, the bathrooms are what you can expect on most ships. The bed was a bit short. Comfortable but short. Our steward was very nice and did a great job. He kept the room clean and always had ice in the fridge. Our only real room glitch was we ordered some items to be in the room on arrival to the room but they were not there. We ordered robes to be in the room and I ordered a Stanley Bear to be in the room. The robes did not show up till a full day or more later and I had to go get the Bear at the shop, which kinda killed the surprise. Oh well. We went to the Steakhouse on the first night and it was lovely. Wonderful food and attentive staff. We used the buffet for breakfast a few times, had the Ernesto Burger by the pool, went to anytime dining, went to tea in the dining room twice and had our daily coffee at the International Cafe. The buffet was your average buffet. The food was good and tasty, I would have liked to see more fruit, including bananas. Due to a gastro-intestinal issue on the previous cruise we could not handle the salt and pepper which made seasoning eggs and such a pain. We ended up buying salt/pepper shakers on an excursion as well as some hot sauce and took it to the buffet and morning dining room. The international cafe and the coffee card were perfect for us in the AM. and the egg muffin sandwich was great for early excursions or on debarkation. Loved the International Cafe. The Ernesto burger was very good indeed. Well worth the 15 minute wait. The anytime dining was good. The food was on par with other cruise lines I have been on. Service was a bit slow but not terribly so until the last 3 days and it seemed to get slower and slower. We did have a couple of mix ups at dinner. Like not having the curry sauce on a dish with curry sauce and not getting a appetizer portion of some pasta even though it was ordered. I eat too much on cruises so that last one is not a real issue. The desserts were great especially the chocolate items. I would have like to see more vegetables though. The itinerary was action packed. 9 stops in 10 days. All of them were excellent and offered something for every one. We planned our own excursions or simply walked around town. there was plenty of time a each to enjoy the port. I had a couple of disappointments with the overall experience which makes me think that maybe Princess is not for me. 1. On board activities often overlapped so I could not get to all the things I liked. for instance the photo classes and the go pro classes were at the same time or overlapped so i could not do both. I did as much of the trivia challenges as I could but many were so tight on the schedule I could not do them all. 2. I love the medallion. It made getting off and on the ship a breeze and getting into the state room easy. Paying for stuff was also easy. The Apps were not as flawless. there is a disconnect between the website the apps and the written items on the ship. Also the staff does not understand the app or what they can do so sometimes I ended up know more than the staff . I felt like a beta tester and that the apps were a little rushed to get out. Overall I really did enjoy the cruise and the ship. I just don't feel that Princess is the right line for me at this time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The itinerary was great. Food quality was not the same as it has been before when we sailed in 2016 with Caribbean Princess. - [ ] New York receiving people are not very helpful - [ ] Once onboard the Safety training had nothing to ... Read More
The itinerary was great. Food quality was not the same as it has been before when we sailed in 2016 with Caribbean Princess. - [ ] New York receiving people are not very helpful - [ ] Once onboard the Safety training had nothing to do with safety - [ ] Food was not up to past princess sailings - [ ] Sanitizing was way out of control. Sinks in fresh market slowed the process. - [ ] Wait staff not friendly nor very helpful. - [ ] Security staff are out right rude! - [ ] room steward was excellent - [ ] Medallion made it easy to enter cabins. - [ ] Medallion apps are somewhat confusing and I’m a tech guy. - [ ] Cabin was cold. - [ ] No posting of dinner menu, as I was rushed at dinner by the waiter this would have been helpful. - [ ] Medallion made embarkation easy. - [ ] Poor choices in dinner menu. - [ ] Sabatini was the best meal and service I had on board. - [ ] Quebec city representatives were very helpful. - [ ] Itinerary was very good. - [ ] Polite cabin stewards. - [ ] Port exits were good. - [ ] Excursions were good and timely. - [ ] Entertainment was good but not enough seating. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The itinerary and the dates of travel worked for our busy schedules. We especially liked the itinerary only having 2 sea days and we wanted to finish in NYC. Boarding in Quebec was efficient and we really enjoyed having the overnight ... Read More
The itinerary and the dates of travel worked for our busy schedules. We especially liked the itinerary only having 2 sea days and we wanted to finish in NYC. Boarding in Quebec was efficient and we really enjoyed having the overnight in port. The stateroom was as we expected, very clean and comfortable. Our very pleasant and attentive cabin attendant introduced himself to us immediately and made us very welcome. Everything in regard to our stateroom and service was fabulous. We had traditional dinning, 2nd seating hoping that we would not feel rushed unfortunately we still felt that we had to order and eat quickly each time. Soups on the menu were lacking flavour and it was quite obvious that the cream of tomato soup one night was the same used for the minestrone another night with a few beans and bits of pasta added. There was a definite lack of finesse in plating, little or no garnish and the same potatoes on many of the plates but with a different name. We had one night at Sabatini’s with the up-charge of 25.00 per person here I would rate the food a 10 out of 10 but the ambience a 2. It was loud and cafeteria like having no tablecloths or carpeting, the waiter station directly behind my chair with the rattling of dishes and at numerous times very distracting not at all conducive to an romantic dinner to celebrate a special occasion. There were people walking past on the deck and at one point a crew member obviously doing some maintenance work hanging in front of the window with a paint brush. As in the main dinning room I felt rushed and hurried through my meal. Entertainment on board was very good from the orchestra to the company of singers and dancers and the guest performers. I guess my overall comment was that it was an “OK” cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We just returned for Canada and New England cruise on the Caribbean Princess yesterday. We sailed on this same ship 5 years ago and don’t recall any problems, but even this it was refurbished 4.2017 it’s just old and not kept up ... Read More
We just returned for Canada and New England cruise on the Caribbean Princess yesterday. We sailed on this same ship 5 years ago and don’t recall any problems, but even this it was refurbished 4.2017 it’s just old and not kept up well. The good: We booked this cruise for the itinerary which we really enjoyed. We booked a Club Class Mini Suite due to booking so late and not many choices. The cabin size and location was fine and very nice sized tho it’s a bit weird having 2 really large screen TV’s nearly back to back but not an issue. Balcony was nice tho we didn’t use it too much, it had a table, 2 chairs and 2 footstools. The MedallionNet WiFi was excellent, never had an issue and very reasonably priced, loved it. We really enjoyed the club class dining room, yes it is on the side of the MDR but much less hectic and quieter, excellent crew from our fav Josmy at the door to servers who were outstanding, friendly and always smiling - thank you Oxsana, Tim, Ucecil and Rollin. The not so good: This ship is just old, outdated and tired. Yes, the carpet, sofa and some bedding in the cabins have been updated but even after such a short time it’s not taken care of. The furniture and ‘headboard’ is OLD, nicked and beat up. Large outdated canvas pic in cabin had tears in it and the walls looked like they had been washed but left splotchy wall paper. The only thing that could help it is to be replaced. All thru the ship we noticed lack of upkeep, and found it odd that we were told to please use the toilets in your cabins rather than the public ones??? Sorry but the Love Boat theme drove us nuts, maybe we just have no sense of humor. The Muster drill was ridiculous, many of us lined up in hallways and many paid no attention to the safety part of the drill, talking, laughing, disregarding the instructions and crew didn’t enforce it. Food: Seems like Princess is cheating out on the dining, no longer steaks on the Everyday Menu, now replaces with a hamburger....really? There’s a fairly extensive extra menu with meals at extra charge, yes, in the MDR. I get the speciality restaurants if you choose to pay but a daily extra cost menu? No surf and turf night(s) tho one night lobster was offered, very tiny lobster tails. Our final night was surf & turf, a small filet with 2 large prawns, one of the servers commented the prawns were larger than the lobster a few nights prior. Food in MDR was tasty enough but not one meal delicious. The Lido buffet, what a joke, crowded and many selections but not much flavor and not tasty, lots of cheap food which appeals to the masses. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t starve but the quality was horrible. Interesting note: prior to our last night I read on CC that the departure for the ship on 9.24 was going to be delayed and no one could check in before 3 pm due to extra sanitizing after gastrointestinal issues. Hmmmmm never heard about it before reading it here. All in all, we will not be doing another Princess cruise, especially on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Chose this because we were traveling with friends who didn't want to fly far. LOVE the new Medallion. It makes everything so easy-opens your stateroom door, makes purchases easy, easy off and on the ship. Makes embarkation and ... Read More
Chose this because we were traveling with friends who didn't want to fly far. LOVE the new Medallion. It makes everything so easy-opens your stateroom door, makes purchases easy, easy off and on the ship. Makes embarkation and debarkation so much faster.The updating on the CP was well do-everything seems fresh. Our cabin was larger than we expected with lots of storage but small shower. The food was a little above average although not fantastic. The Buffett breakfasts and lunches were very good-huge assortment and kept hot and cold as needed. The Crown Grill is awesome-looks just like a New York steakhouse and the food is amazing. Well worth the $29 upcharge. Sabatini's italian is also very good. The entertainment on this ship was better than almost any we have ever seen on the 15 cruises we have taken. The production show sets were absolutely incredible and the singers and dancers were great. We also had a singer, a piano player and a comic, all of whom were wonderful. Now for the not so good. Most of the ports are boring! We enjoyed Quebec very much but Saguenay was much ado about nothing, Chalottetown just OK. Loved Peggy's Cove but you're only there for an hour. Sydney is a total waste of time. Enjoyed Halifax. Our best excursion was going out on a lobster boat in Bar Harbor. We have been to Boston many times so we didn't do much there but some might enjoy it. Overall, we found this cruise little dull. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our 35th cruise and our first one on Princess in about ten years. We left from NY and stayed at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott the night before embarkation. The hotel was great and everyone was friendly and helpful. My brother and ... Read More
This was our 35th cruise and our first one on Princess in about ten years. We left from NY and stayed at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott the night before embarkation. The hotel was great and everyone was friendly and helpful. My brother and his wife traveled with us on this Canada cruise. We arranged though the hotel to get a van to take us to the port about noon and boarded with a short wait. The ship looked fine and we had no issues with our balcony room. I don’t think we are as picky as some. However, the bathrooms was the smallest we have had in many years. Our room steward was quick to introduce himself and did a great job for us the entire 10 nights. We used room service a couple of times and it arrived earlier than our earliest requested time by ten minutes. We like that Celebrity calls when it is on the way. The breakfast menu was more of a continental breakfast, but the coffee was good & hot. We found the Buffett, Grill and the MDR food disappointing. I disagree with the review that said the food was like a Cracker Barrel, more like A Golden Coral buffet If your not familiar with Golden Coral they serve a lot of Buffett food but not of high quality. The speciality restaurants were pretty good especially the steakhouse. We ate at the steakhouse the first night (coupon book buy one get one free) and it was a disaster(service) but the second time was fine. The Italian restaurant was just OK. We had the drink package and were very disappointed in the wines by the glass available. The ones available were generally good like Decoy Chardonnay and Merlot. Mixed drinks were generally fine and well prepared. The bottled water for the drink package was small Kirkland bottles, yes Cosco water. No soft drinks in a can but fountain drinks only for the drink package. If your not not on the drink package you could get canned soft drinks and nicer bottled water. Pretty cheap on Princess! Entertainment was good but as other reviews noted you had to be in the theater at least 45 minutes prior to the show to get any seat. We do think Princess does better overall entertainment at lounges, main theater, etc. than most cruise lines we have been on lately. Overall service in dinning room and lounges was very good. We rarely had to wait for anytime dinning going about 6:30 or a little latter. Overall we had a good time but would probably not choose Princess for our next cruise due to food quality issue and not the being able to get a seat for the shows in the theater. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Greenland has always been on my bucket list and when Princess announced they were doing a round-trip from New York with three port stops in Greenland, the price was a little high but I signed up immediately. We did get a substantial price ... Read More
Greenland has always been on my bucket list and when Princess announced they were doing a round-trip from New York with three port stops in Greenland, the price was a little high but I signed up immediately. We did get a substantial price drop, at the expense of my husbands AIB package. We have sailed the Caribbean Princess several times, she is and older ship and she tends to show her age, but Princess is attempting to update he with the implementation of Medallion class in May this year. We utilized Princess EZ-Air from FLL to LGA, never again! LGA is under major construction and our Princess Transfer from the airport to the port took close to 3 hours, one hour to get out of the airport alone. Once at the port Medallion made check in a breeze. We visited Halifax and Sidney before heading to Greenland to visit Nuuk, Qaqortog and Nanortalik, with a stop in St. Johns NF on the way back. Princess offered limited excursions for all the Greenland stops and we were very disappointed that there were no enrichment lectures in regards to the ports. There was one lecturer on board who talked about Hollywood, Disney and film. The demographics of this cruise were mostly seniors who are elite Princess cruisers who are very demanding (as said by several crew members), we are also elite members but much younger then the average on this ship. While we heard that the production shows were excellent, we did not see them as they began to line up 1 1/2 hours before each show and the theater was always full when we arrived at the 1 hour mark, we refuse to go any earlier as we find it absurd to go any earlier. We were able to catch the simulcast of guest entertainers in the lounge and did enjoy most of these shows. There was a lack of evening entertainment, no deck party, no theme parties, guess they figured that most guests were in bed after the show. Ports: Halifax - We did a private excursion "Halifax Titanic Historical Tours with Paul McNeil". We found this small group excursion through our CC roll call. Paul was so knowledgeable of the history of Halifax and proud of his city and this showed through his narration through the whole tour, he also had photo's and videos that were shown on a large display in the front of the van. We were able to hit all the highlights of the city well before all the tour buses returned from Peggy's Cove. We visited two of the Titanic cemeteries with a drive by the third which no longer allows visitors, Paul was very respectful while viewing the sites, insisting we not walk on the graves. We also visited the Memorial to the Halifax Explosion, where he explained several hidden facts throughout. We finished off the tour with a stop for a fabulous lunch in a small uncrowded fishing village which served the best fish & chips we have every had. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking to get away from the crowds and tour buses. Sidney - we did a ship tour to the old Gaelic Village which we found very interesting. This is an interpretive village with several "players" who were in character for their era in time. We found it quite interesting the changes they went through over the years. After the tour returned we walked through town and enjoyed a local brew and some lobster poutine at a local pub. Greenland - Our ship stopped at three ports in Greenland, Nuuk, Qaqortog and Nanortalik all three were scheduled as tender ports, however at the last minute we were able to dock in Nuuk. Princess offered limited tours in all three ports and most were quite expensive for what they offered so we opted to walk all but Nanortalik on our own. My research showed that they all offered museums, churches and were quite walk-able on your own. In Nuuk we were off the ship early and able to get to the church, memorial and museum well before the tour buses from the ship dropped off. We enjoyed the beautiful city with it's quaint colorful houses. We walked the waterfront and climbed what appeared to be newly build stairs up the bluff. After we found a local brewery and enjoyed a local brew. Qaqortog was a tender port and did not offer much more than Nuuk, we visited the Museum which was much smaller than the one in Nuuk. Again we walked the town, enjoying the stone art carvings that were displayed throughout town, we visited the fish market and church before we went off the main road and found a path to the top of lookout that provided a great view of the ship in the bay, the town and a nearby lake. Our last stop was Nanortalik, this was also a tender port. We had an excursion so we were one of the first off, but we heard later that some without tours waited for almost 4 hours to tender off the ship. We booked our excursion through the ship as I could not find any private excursions, I felt the price was very over inflated when I booked it and still fell the same. We took a small boat (six people) to the glacier where we were able to walk on the rocks and had a shot of scotch over glacier ice. Our tour guide and boat driver were locals and provided us with a wealth of information about their small town of less than 1000 people. After our tour we walked through the small town and visited the museum before getting in line for the 2 1/2 hr wait to tender back to the ship. We felt that this small town was not prepared for the 3000+ people from our ship, although we were happy to donate to the church and school which seemed in need. St Johns, NF - Our last port, we booked a 2 hr harbor cruise with Iceberg Quest, while we did not see any icebergs or whales, we did see the lighthouses, caves and I spotted a puffin. We then leisurely walked through town, we stopped by St. John the Baptist Church, but it was Sunday and they were having services. We stopped by the YellowBelly Brewery and enjoyed a local brew before heading back to the ship. Upon our return to New York disembarkation was a breeze. We can now cross Greenland off our bucket list, but we consider it a one and done, we won't go back there is not much to see and do, excursions were few and over priced. We will however visit Halifax, Sidney and St. Johns as there is so much we did not get to see. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I wanted to visit Greenland and since the ship was going right out of NYC near where I live, I thought it was an easy choice. I'd gotten an upgrade from obstructed to unobstructed view but they'd forgotten to mention that it ... Read More
I wanted to visit Greenland and since the ship was going right out of NYC near where I live, I thought it was an easy choice. I'd gotten an upgrade from obstructed to unobstructed view but they'd forgotten to mention that it was right above the forward gangplank so whenever we got to a port, we were woken very early. :( The ship was well maintained and comfortable. However, I have a number of complaints. 1) The food was only okay (even the specialty restaurant we tried was okay) and I think Princess needs to work on making the food more flavorful and their steaks less tough. 2) The entertainment was good (the last show was excellent) but we had to get to the theater an HOUR plus before the show just to get any seats. It was standing room only for the productions shows and we didn't even see one because of the crowding. They really need to have other things going on during the shows so that more people would have something else to do. 3) The tender situation in Greenland was awful. The two GL ports with tenders had hours long lines to get in and out. We waited 2 hours to get off the ship and about an hour to get back on in one port. The other GL port, Nanortilik, was worse. If you go, get off as soon as the ship docks early in the morning. That being said, Greenland did not disappoint. I was sooooo glad I went. It was gorgeous and the people friendly. 4) Back to the ship. There were NO port talks at all so except for the printout for each port, there was no way to get information as to what to do there. This was completely unacceptable especially since GL had very little info online anyway. 5) And don't even get me started on the excursions. I waited for months for the GL excursions to come up so I could book them but much as I checked, they never appeared on the Princess website. So by the time I got to the ship, everything was booked and there were waiting lists. Since I'd gotten frustrated 5-6 months before the cruise, I did book a trip with Viator in Nuuk on my own and I'm very glad I did because I'd have been very frustrated otherwise. 6) They are starting a new thing with medallions. I really didn't like them and found them creepy (your face came up on the room screen before you got into the room and other places, too - the privacy issues were a problem for me). Also they didn't work if you were ordering drinks since the bar staff had to take down your name and room number anyway. The not complaints The embarkation and disembarkation were very easy. The ship was lovely. The ports were great. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Caribbean Princess is a lovely and clean ship. Embarkation went quickly and smoothly with the new medallions. We enjoyed the shore excursions, a private beach in Roatan and Mayan Ruins in Belize City. The staff was pleasant. Our room ... Read More
Caribbean Princess is a lovely and clean ship. Embarkation went quickly and smoothly with the new medallions. We enjoyed the shore excursions, a private beach in Roatan and Mayan Ruins in Belize City. The staff was pleasant. Our room steward and waiters in the dining room were very friendly and did a nice job. Our 2 children loved the kids club and the nightly shows in the princess theatre. However they were disappointed they could not swim because the pools were overrun with people, mostly adults drinking (even in the "family" pool). People would "claim" all the pool lounge chairs by 9:00AM by putting towels on them leaving them for hours at a time preventing others from using them. I never once saw staff removing towels from these chairs even though the policy said they would after 20 minutes of non-use. Our biggest problem was the noise in our cabin at night. Our cabin was located directly above a night club where a band played until midnight. It was so loud, we could have been inside the club! I take responsibility for not studying the ship plans better before selecting this cabin. However choices are limited for a cabin that sleeps 4. So if you are booking and have children that need sleep use caution! The biggest problem was the people in the cabin next to us. Every night they had parties n their room until 3:00AM. I have cruised before and never heard neighbors so I know rooms are sound proofed. These people were so loud, screaming, slamming doors, blasting music and even trying to open the locked adjoining door into our room. We complained to guest services on the second night when we realized it wasn't a one time thing. Their response was an apology and a security guard that came by 30 minutes later (of course, after the party had ended so they didn't believe us), and a bouquet of flowers that aggravated my allergies for the rest of the week! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Medallion embarkation started the cruise off strong. But Medallions didn't exactly work as advertised. Had to download 4 apps to get full use and some in our party couldn't download and/or us all of them so we were limited in ... Read More
Medallion embarkation started the cruise off strong. But Medallions didn't exactly work as advertised. Had to download 4 apps to get full use and some in our party couldn't download and/or us all of them so we were limited in functionality. Can't add shipmates to your medallion if they are minors not in your cabin (privacy issues) yet all the cabins list every occupant even if they are underage...seems like a privacy issue. Desserts in the Main Dining Room were disappointing every single night so we usually went to the buffet upstairs for dessert. Not sure why this cruise was so bad for desserts...for example, on Italian night there was no tiramisu in the Dining Room. But the buffet had tons of it. Probably a blessing in disguise from a weight perspective. The entrees started off strong but got progressively weaker throughout the week. Missing flavor and consistency. Not sure I would go again unless we got a really good deal and the itinerary was fantastic. Regal or Royal are hands-down superior. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was an adult only trip with me and my boyfriend We’ve always traveled on mega ships with kids and we wanted to try this ship out but knew that this was not something for the kids as they’re used to mega RCCL ships with lost of ... Read More
This was an adult only trip with me and my boyfriend We’ve always traveled on mega ships with kids and we wanted to try this ship out but knew that this was not something for the kids as they’re used to mega RCCL ships with lost of entertainment. The embarkation was super fast and smooth, our room was even ready when coming onboard! (That’s a nice surprise becaus RCCL makes you wait for the room for hours!) The ship has been refurbished and it’s shows in several places, but a lot of the lounges and walkways were dated. We had a balcony room. The rooms are nice but also a little dated. Mattresses/ pillows/comforters are super comfy, we slept like babies all week! The medallion makes it easy to enter rooms and worked great for us using it at bars where their tablets sensed us approaching and our names and pictures would pop up in their screen without us even having to scan the medallion for payment. Buffet was a disappointment. It looked like a good size buffet but there were not many choices, mostly side dishes and items for salads. Desserts were also disappointing. I have to say that RCCL truly our does it self in this department comparing to other cruise lines. I was hoping for some different, ethnic foods to try at the buffet but there was nothing. One night Indian style okra was served with rice, it’s was ok. The next day the left overs were served again. There was just nothing good at any day that we went. The good part is the way they run the buffet, there’s always one side open and you can walk in for water, tea and food if you’re hungry. There’s never a down time when the buffet is closed due to turnover from i.e. lunch to dinner, as we’ve experienced on other cruises. There are also many different options, Steamers had free lunch which alternates Raman noodle bar and Mongolian buffet (stir fry). There also a pizza place on deck 15 and Salty Dog where they serve burgers and hot dogs. The traditional dining was just OK. The wait staff is friendly and nice, but again, nothing as professional and efficient as other cruise lines. Waiters were not very personable and we never even knew their names. Entertainment on the ship was ok. I wish that there were more adult comedy shows as the cruise caters more to adults. We stopped at Grand Cayman where we did a stingray excursion that we booked with a third party because the cruise excursion was sold out and we were put on a wait list. I actually liked the third party one better because it was early in the morning before all the crowds arrive at the stingray spot and we also only made one more stop to snorkel, so we were done early. We ate at a local restaurant and went Bach to the ship. Next was Roatan where we rented a car and drove to west bay beach. Well, what a horrible experience that was. The beach was overfilled with tourist from ships and those staying at the resorts. People were literally rubbing shoulders in the water and the ocean was all murky from the sunscreen. Vendors harassing everywhere, if not to buy something then for a massage. We paid $20/pp to get into Paradise Beach resort and we’re told the price included a beach chair and umbrella. When we walked out on the beach, there were no chair or umbrellas available. The attendant offered to bring out two chairs and squeeze them in between the already packed tiny square of beach that belonged to the resort but said that they didn’t have the “free” umbrellas and we’d have to pay for one. So we already had spent $40 and now they wanted more. After saying there for 20 minutes, looking for a spot and arguing about the umbrella, we decided to just leave. We went back to the gate where we were charged the entrance fee and asked if they’d give us our money back since they didn’t have beach chairs or umbrellas. Nope. They refused. Didn’t even want to look at us. We got in our rental and drive off to find a free, remote beach where there aren’t 1000’s of people and we found just that! The locals weren’t cooperating in giving us directions to a less busy beach, they all get a kick back for the people they bring to the busy resorts, so we looked it up on the map and drive off and buy was it worth it. The west bay beach was truly horrific. Beautiful place but so over crowded. Next port was Belize, we didn’t do any excursions but wanted to walk around and take a picture at the Belize sign. Well, we could barely make it out of the port. The vendors formed a wall that we had to walk through, asking us to buy, take an excursion, braid our hair etc. small kids were also asking for $5. It was horrible. We ran over to the sign where we were asked for money and then ran right back to the port where they could get in. Next was Cozumel. We had planned on renting a car like we always do when we’re there but after getting really sick from the Mongolian buffet at the ship, we had no energy so we walked around the port, stopped at Fat Tuesday and went back to ship. Back to Fort Lauderdale next morning with a easy stress free disembarkation unlike other ships. Those are the worst days because I always feel like everyone’s rushing, they want you out of the room etc. We didn’t feel like that at all - and somehow they still manage to have rooms ready for people embarking way before other cruise lines do. Rooms have to be vacated by 8.30. Other things; the ship shakes and vibrates a lot! When sitting at the buffet, our glasses litter lot were sliding on the table from the vibration and it was maki g me sick to my stomach and hard to eat. The waitress told us that it’s something on that particular side of the boat, that it shakes so much. This ship is comparable with RCCL Enchantment of the Seas; it’s not that big, doesn’t have that many shops and the “happening place” is the piazza. Coffee on the ship is undrinkable. I don’t have coffee for almost a week. We bought coffee by the ice cream bar and it was a little better than the buffet. They do have good movies On Demand that you can watch in your cabin for free. Would I bring my kids on this ship? No. There’s not much to do, no zip lines, no flo riders, they wouldn’t like the buffet, not many pools like they’re used to, movie theater or ice skating, but that’s only because they’ve seen the best and we’ve been on more family friendly cruises. This definitely caters to an older clientele. The ship has lots of lounges and bars, I think 11 of them! People sit and play cards, games etc. Would I go again? Maybe another adult cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We just returned from a 7 night cruise on the Carribean Princess. It was just OK. Maybe we are spoiled because our last cruise was on the Regal Princess which was amazing. Pros -Medallion Class is awesome. I could always find my ... Read More
We just returned from a 7 night cruise on the Carribean Princess. It was just OK. Maybe we are spoiled because our last cruise was on the Regal Princess which was amazing. Pros -Medallion Class is awesome. I could always find my travel companions. -Concierge website was great to check account balances and events. -OceanCompass and OceanNow are great. -Embarkation and disembarking were so fast and easy. -Friendly bartenders that remembered you. No long lines for drinks. Shout out to Melissa at the casino & Mo at Churchill’s). -Decent Casino with room to move around. -Crown Grill was fantastic and went twice (shout out to Alexander & Christian) -Sabatini’s was good -Good itinerary -Quality food in main dining room, but not as good as Regal -Excellent fitness center, large and spacious -Decorated our door for my birthday and gave a free specialty restaurant cover and $25 for on board shops. A really nice surprise. -Good variety of table games in the casino -Churchill’s Cigar bar is large with a great bar inside it -Excellent Internet speed. I could stream Netflix with no issue. -Beds were very comfy. Cons -The buffet layout is atrocious. If one side is closed you have to go outside and come in another side. No sign telling you the side is closed. Traffic in buffet is disarrayed. Food is ok, but not great (lunch) -Ship Layout is awful. You can’t get there from here....up, down, around. -Constantly out of pizza. The pizza was great....if you wanted to wait while the lines stacked up -The adults only pool in the front has only about 12 loungers which are taken bright and early and not given up even if people were not there. No other space or shade. -The thermal spa is tiny with only 4 loungers. Not worth the price. -Limited smoking areas and none with loungers. Mostly under cover or standing only. (pro or con, depending on your point of view Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We choose the Caribbean Princess based on recommendations from some friend who are big time cruisers. This was our first cruise so we really had no idea what to expect. We set off for a two week East/West Caribbean cruise to celebrate our ... Read More
We choose the Caribbean Princess based on recommendations from some friend who are big time cruisers. This was our first cruise so we really had no idea what to expect. We set off for a two week East/West Caribbean cruise to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. Here are a few things that we'd like to share. The good- The Caribbean is absolutly beautiful! The ship was beautiful and dang big. Takes days to see it all! We had smooth sailing even in somewhat rough seas. You're going to be around people from all over the world and our country, we really enjoyed this! The food was much, much better than we expected in every restaurant! The wait staff was exceptional! The nightly entertainment was much better than expected. There was always something going on. No matter what age, you'll find something fun to do! Loved the workout room, the sauna and steam rooms. There is a adult only "sanctuary" area for some quite pool/sun time. The high energy band "Static" was incredible! Most all entertainment was really good! The bad- We received $600 in onboard spending money. They took back $420 in mandatory tips for the hotel staff. Essentially, you're paying their wages for Princess Lines We had really good service and really lousy service. Regardless you're going to pay an additional 18% mandatory tip on all purchases regardless of service. We didn't like this. Spa prices are way over priced, especially the facials. The rooms are really small, showers are even smaller! Off shore excursions are over priced. Do your research and you'll find better for less. Our excursion to Xcaret was time limited and missed the best shows The ugly- If you do a facial, a massage or acupuncture be prepared for the sales pitch to buy the over priced products. Getting through to the front desk on the phone will drive you nuts. You're going to be nickel and dimed to death. We have traveled the world, I traveled for a living for 30+ years. This was big event for us, so we did it all. We had the balcony room, did the spa, acupuncture, facial, ate at a nice restaurant a couple of times. Drank some good wine and a lot of margarita's. After two weeks onboard, we had a great time but to be honest when I got the final bill, I just don't think the value was there. Paid a premium for above average vacation. Will make some changes and do more research for the next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We booked this strictly for the Iteneriary. It was a b2b and we would not book b/b again with Fort Lauderdale. Ship was great, service was stellar, food was very good. Enjoyed Planks and Seafood the best. Coffee was HORRIBLE at best ... Read More
We booked this strictly for the Iteneriary. It was a b2b and we would not book b/b again with Fort Lauderdale. Ship was great, service was stellar, food was very good. Enjoyed Planks and Seafood the best. Coffee was HORRIBLE at best ...unless you had coffee package and went to Int. cafe for espresso or speciality coffee's. It is all syrup!! So disapointing to finish off an elegant meal in dining room and served instant syrup coffee. Come on Princess! You used to a classy ship, your standards have slipped. Loved the many lunch and breakfast options, and the Ramen noodles were amazing! Princess needs to revisit it' s excursion providers : prices are very high and snorkel tours only went to areas that have bleached and dead corals with moss growing on them. I booked 7 excursions and not one went to a healthy reef! As an avid snorkeller and booking this itenariary for snorkelling I give Princess excurisons 3/10. There are healthy areas out there, please make sure your excursions people update their locations. I feel for 130 C$ I should have seen some life and served better snacks. Belize tour to the secluded island was okay. Medallions are GREAT, we loved them. They were very problematic to set up but once you bare on the ship it so perfect. I bought the bangle bracelet and wore it all the time snorkelling with no problem and it looks elegant as well. Good move on this Princess! Internet was also terrific and fast. We had 1 device which meant only one person on at a time and sharing unlimited was no problem for us. Bought internet and all excursions ahead of time. Ez air was good too. Read Less
Sail Date June 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
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
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
Sail Date April 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 $1. One last comment on the excursions: typical in that they always make a "shopping" stop. Everyone has the same "stuff." But, if you want see an example of what life is like on those islands, take an excursion and don't fall asleep on the bus ride. Look out the window and be thankful for what you have and understand why the US is having a crisis on the southern border. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because it offered a Saturday to Saturday itinerary that could accommodate 3 couples. We have sailed with Holland America, Carnival and Royal Caribbean twice. This cruise was a little disappointing in a few areas. My ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it offered a Saturday to Saturday itinerary that could accommodate 3 couples. We have sailed with Holland America, Carnival and Royal Caribbean twice. This cruise was a little disappointing in a few areas. My review seems mostly negative, but hey, I had sun, fun, and relaxation! I am just writing things that I would have liked to have known. First, the embarkation and disembarkation process went very smoothly. We took the Princess transfer from the airport to the cruise ship terminal - 19$ per person. Next time, we will probably take a taxi (15$): you have to wait for everyone to show up (not a tremendous amount of time though) and we had some bad luck - our bus got hit by another one (took our mirror off) therefore we had to wait for a new one. Not the end of the world I suppose! We were supposed to disembark at 8:00 am, but as we were staying in Florida for one night, there was no problem leaving later. Second, the ship decor is a little dated: carpets, walls, etc. Our cabin for instance had the flat screen tv, but it was on a shelf that probably held the big square tvs... It would make more sense to mount it to the wall and get rid of that shelf. The bathroom is also the smallest I've experienced on a cruise ship. The bed was ok, but the pillows were very uncomfortable. The closet however was a very good size. On sea days, it is obviously more crowded, but very manageable. Third, the dining. The breakfast buffet was fine - what you expect at any buffet. We never went there for lunch nor for dinner. We enjoyed Slice Pizzeria and The Salty Dog by the main pool. Also, The International Cafe has a great selection of sandwiches! We ate at Planks one evening (12$ per person) - good food but HUGE servings! The main dining room was disappointing compared to other cruise lines. We were not very impressed with the food selection. One good thing is that we had selected the My time dining and never had to wait for more that 10-15 minutes for a table of 6. The service was mostly good. However, on our last formal night the waiter dropped some red wine on my dress and my husband's shirt (black so not really a big deal). They took my information down in order to clean my dress, but the service was never rendered. Pretty disappointing. The bar service is fantastic! The tastiest pina colada is by The International Cafe!! Fourth, the ports and shore excursions. Our first stop was at Princess Cays, Bahamas. You need to tender out (it went smoothly) for about 10 minutes. We reserved a clam shell (29$), but the day was a little cloudy and there are quite a few trees for shade. However, if you're planning on getting one, you need to do it on the ship. Once on land, we went to our left, would go to the right - it seemed to be less crowded. If you purchase a beverage package, it works on the island. The Bar-B-Q lunch was good: burgers, hotdogs, chicken, ribs, salads. Our second stop was in Puerto Rico. We decided to do a walking tour on our own. Take a left when you get off the pier! It is a beautiful city. We saw a lot of statues and fountains. The men visited El Morro fort (7$) and enjoyed it. If you plan on going to the Barrachina (first pina colada), try to make reservations; it is very busy. Our third stop was at Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. DO NOT take the Puerto Plata and Cabarete Beach tour. When we got to the beach, we were whisked to the bathroom (by the way ladies, there is only one for us - I ended up going into the men's where there are two...(sorry guys)), then we were seated at a table at the restaurant (Tuva). There was a bit of a language barrier (my sister ordered whiskey and we're not sure what she got - stick to beer!!), the debit/credit machine was down, it lacked organisation. The beach was fun though! The waves are big, which is fun to jump, but be careful! We then went on the city "tour". Our guide (Eladio) took us to a souvenir shop - that he called the market - (Island Treasures) and made a 5 minute speech about the stones found on the island and this is the place to buy it and you won't find better, blah, blah, blah. I bought a mask - which was 2$ cheaper at the port shop of the same name. It didn't break the bank, but I am a little disgusted by this. We then visited a church where a service was in progress - WHAT? Not one person on the tour was impressed. When we finally got back to the pier, we had very little time to shop. Our fourth and final stop was in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos. We have been to many islands in the Caribbean, this is the clearest water I've seen! We booked a White Sand Snorkel tour on our own. Zero regrets: great service, great snorkeling, rum punch!, FRESH conch salad and a beautiful sting ray encounter! If you're planning on doing a beach day, the clam shells, chairs and umbrellas are free!! Very nice touch! Overall, I got some much needed sun and a lot of fun! But for the amount of money you put towards a cruise? I just wouldn't book with Princess again. Read Less
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
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
Princess has been a step above Carnival, but over the last few years, the gap is shrinking. All announcements and especially the music were of such volume that it was physically demanding to tollerate. When asked to lower the volume, ... Read More
Princess has been a step above Carnival, but over the last few years, the gap is shrinking. All announcements and especially the music were of such volume that it was physically demanding to tollerate. When asked to lower the volume, ship’s staff responded that it was necessary to be loud to create a party atmosphere. Food was below par, and service was simply average. I was served Cream Bule! That had obviously been sittyng long enough for the carmelization to melt and the pudding to decompose at the bottom. Ships dancers and singers were the absolute best! Every show was like a broadway performance. Bravos to them. Ship condition was really bad. Paint peeling off the ship, hand railings varnish was crinkling. Several sharp ends exposed. Electrical closets left open in passage ways. No water to rooms between 3 and 5 pm two days due to replacing water lines. Our safehad low batteries on second day. Key pad was also malfunctioning. Replaced batteries. Next day, replaced key pad with key pad with low batteries. Had to come back a third time to change batteries in the replacement key pad. Necessitated us having to stir our valuables in a friend’s room safe for a day. The new Medallion program might be fine in the future, but because of poor training of the ship’s crew, they were learning the system as were the passengers. I spent the entire first day of the cruise trying to figure it out. I should have been given a discount for having to do the work of the crew and loosing nearly an entire day of relaxation on the cruise. Suggest avoiding the Medallion cruises untill Princess rolls it out in a more user friendly manner. The last thing was that this cruise ship appeared to be a crew training ship. Supervision of staff was slim to none. Our sendoff was cold coffee in the zHorizons on the morning of departure. We asked for hot coffee and were told by the server that the coffee machine was broken and there was no hot coffee. Appropriate ending to a very disappointing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I took my granddaughter and her college friend on SPRINGBREAK...EMBARRASSEnD! We found two pair of dirty underwear in our room upon arrival. Very nasty! There was a contact lens stuck to the wall of our bathroom for the entire trip. ... Read More
I took my granddaughter and her college friend on SPRINGBREAK...EMBARRASSEnD! We found two pair of dirty underwear in our room upon arrival. Very nasty! There was a contact lens stuck to the wall of our bathroom for the entire trip. Plastic and paper trash was under both beds. We were given a free meal in one of the specialty dining rooms for our room being dirty . For the first time ever in my experience this room Steward was surly. The excursions were great, the food was very good. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth. The staff on the ship other than the room Steward were very nice and friendly we enjoyed the excursions but will never utilize Princess Cruise Lines again. There were some pretty bad stains on the carpets in some of the public areas I think they could have been cleaned better. I don't give bad reviews very often but this is one that needed to be relayed sorry Princess Cruise Lines but this was a failure on your part. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
First, the good...This is an EXCELLENT cabin. All balcony views unobstructed. Nice bed, fridge, big tv, nice desk and a surprisingly huge closet... And quiet! Sandwitched between 2 quiet areas...I slept like a baby! The check-in/out ... Read More
First, the good...This is an EXCELLENT cabin. All balcony views unobstructed. Nice bed, fridge, big tv, nice desk and a surprisingly huge closet... And quiet! Sandwitched between 2 quiet areas...I slept like a baby! The check-in/out process was amazing, both at the embarkation and on the excursions. They know how to move the people well. Now the bad...The food at the main dining rooms was just mediocre. Presentation was good but the meat, sauces and gravys were all tastless; except one meal...I think they dropped the salt shaker into the food. The buffet was ok, became bored with the same things everyday. Far too much lamb and east indian/asian cooking. The desserts looked amazing, tasted like crap. And, the ugly...We had 2 seperate incidents with rude staff. Felt ripped off with every "lecture" being a high pressure sales job. Real people cannot affort $17,000 necklaces!!! Really needed some "beginners" training, not scheduled 2 hours long right at sailing time, maybe 3 or 4 short sessions over the first 2 or 3 days, to talk about issues as they develop. Where to go for help, how to get a coffee in the morning without paying 4.50 a cup, can we bring food to the rooms, can we bring food ashore, where can we smoke, what does "tender" look like, when I shop onshore what can't be brought back, where to go to buy an asprin...so many more questions...all the little things. Probably won't cruise again, maybe will try a European river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The ship was nice and clean. The staff was always helpful and pleasant. We didn’t see shows or use the gym. The food was just okay. The scrambled eggs tasted like powdered eggs. I’m probably the only one who ever looses weight ... Read More
The ship was nice and clean. The staff was always helpful and pleasant. We didn’t see shows or use the gym. The food was just okay. The scrambled eggs tasted like powdered eggs. I’m probably the only one who ever looses weight on a cruise due to lack of good food choices. The fish was either over cooked & dry or over cooked & mushy. The beef Wellington was tuff but had a good flavor. The only descent meat was in Planks. The BBQ chicken was delicious. I think the wait staff in Planks was in training. Our stateroom with balcony was good size with plenty of storage. Bathroom was okay but on days it did have an odor. Don’t book a stateroom on the 14th deck (aft) your right below the pools and can hear the crew putting out or taking up the pool chairs. Or people walking heavy footed. We were not impressed with the stop at Princess Cays. We booked the snorkeling & boat tour. The boat tour was cut short. The cruise line did provide a bbq lunch on the beach. The only drinks provided was water, unless you purchased booze. The bathrooms on the beach were gross. They look like they hadn’t been cleaned in ages. The local workers didn’t seem to happy we were there. We stopped at St Thomas and St Maarten. Both of these excursions were nice. It would have been nice to have had more than 2 destination stops. We should have done more research before booking. One thing we wish cruise lines wouldn’t do is try to sell you stuff you don’t need or want. To many events trying to sell things/services. Who’s got $10,000 to spend on a painting? Most of the art work is just prints and not the actual paintings. Overall we had a good time and would try Princess Cruises again but a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Caribbean Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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