Above Par: Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Holomoku

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Above Par

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: San Juan
We have sailed with the Captain and Cruise Director before and both did the same high quality job as before. Captain Mancuso made some decisions for our safety and comfort that did result in the Port of Dublin stop being shortened, but that was fine with us. Better safe and enjoying a smoother sail than have the entire day in one of the Ports. Nothing is guaranteed when sailing the world's oceans.
Dan Styne had the same enormous amounts of energy and this was evident in his staff's approach to all the activities. Sea days are what we prefer and they were so full of activities that I did not have time to use all my minutes of computer time. Up too early and to tired in the late evening. Having three shows each evening made it possible to see all the entertainment and not have to rush through supper. We really like this change from the two shows per evening.
Embarkation went very smoothly once the doors were opened to the port embarkation building. The line from the More port doors was very long, but once it started moving we were in our cabin in less than 30 min. Disembarkation was again done in a very efficient manner and we had our luggage gathered and were through Customs in less than 30 min. from our assigned gathering time on board.
We did not eat in the Speciality Rest. this cruise so cannot comment on those. The Horizon Court had plenty to chose from for Breakfast and was different each day. The Dining Rooms at anytime seating were great with no waiting and the waiters honored my one small special request on the three occasions I put it forth. I still have not figured out how the waite staff can remember not only a special request but ones room number a week or so later in the cruise?
Our room steward did a great job and was Johnny-on-the-spot with any requests we made, he also was quick to learn our familiar names and use them.(Not the formal names on the registration)
All in all we really enjoyed our time on board the Caribbean Princess. Less

Published 06/02/12

Cabin review: ABd630

Good location, did not make much use of the extra space(no entertaining), quiet location, not much motion from the movement of the ship.

Port and Shore Excursions

Can't really speak to this one, due to having the day there cut to only a couple of hours. Necessitated course changes on the TA meant we missed the tide that is needed for the Caribbean Princess to dock there. We did go into town for walk around and saw several things to go back and see in more detail.
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Peggy's Cove

My DW and friends took the HoHo tour to Peggy's Cove and really were looking forward to a Lobster Lunch. The tour was good but no one told them that to have the lunch they would need to go right in there and not go around Peggy's Cove and take photos. They missed what my DW had been waiting for as a highlight of this cruise. Perhaps the tour could have informed them of this before arriving in Peggy's Cove.

It would have been so much better to have docked in Manhattan and been able to make more use of the free transportation for us 1st timers to N.Y. Brooklyn did make for some interesting experiences using the bus system and subway. All of the people in N.Y. were very friendly eager to help one learn the ways to get around and where to get off for different sights. It is so much nicer to pull up to a normal cruise terminal in a port rather than a shipping yard area. We did ride a ferry, subway, bus, and HoHo bus in the short time we were there.

This was just a disembarcation port and all we did was get our private tour for the day up to London.

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