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This was our first cruise on Princess Cruise Lines. After much researching on the internet, we decided on the Grand Princess. We had previously sailed on Royal Caribbean: Sovereign of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, and the Enchantment of the Seas. We decided on a larger ship and even went all out and booked our first balcony room. When we arrived at the Princess terminal in Fort Lauderdale there was a long line of passengers waiting to get into the terminal. After a few minutes, the line moved quickly, but then we had to line up again according to the deck we were staying on. The Princess staff seemed a little confused and it took quite some time to get on the ship even after we filled out all the required information on-line. When we entered the ship, we were very impressed that many crew members were situated all over the ship (even on each deck at the elevators) to greet and help the new passengers. The crew was very friendly and made us feel welcome. We went on our own tour of the beautiful Grand Princess. This is a gorgeous ship, very elegant with its rich wood tones. The artwork all over the ship is lovely and creates the elegant atmosphere. We were able to go to our room on the Caribe Deck within an hour of entering the ship. The room steward, Jay, was there within minutes explaining his hours and how he was there to please. We requested robes and filled out the form to request fruit in our room each day. Jay had our robes to our room within minutes. The stateroom was larger than those on RC. We had a refrigerator and a sitting area. Princess allows you to preorder liquor for your room . We also brought wine onboard and this really saved on our bar bill. Each room has a card which displays a diagram of the ship and is very helpful to keep in your pocket. We went to the dining room for our first lunch onboard. The food and service was wonderful. We originally arranged to have second seating dinner, but after the first night we switched to personal choice dining. We enjoyed eating when we wanted and with whom we wanted to. Many nights we chose to eat at a table for two. The service was outstanding and the food was much better than RC. Many seafood entrees were offered and the desserts were delicious. Princess is definitely much better than RC in the area of dining. The Horizon Court Buffet was open 24 hours a day with a large variety of food options. The only negative about the Horizon Court was the confusing arrangement of stations, but after the first day most passengers seemed to know where they were going. The entertainment was excellent, much better than RC. Princess had shows going on simultaneously, you just had to choose which one(s) to attend. The comedian Don Friesen was hysterical and he did two very different shows during the week. The Princess dancers and singers were wonderful and their production shows were very professional. All lounges and bars had continuous entertainment, all of which was very good. We went to one comedy show which was not the same quality of the others. We should have left because there were many other better entertainment options. The champagne waterfall in the atrium on formal night was quite an impressive sight! Compared to RC, Princess is more low-key, yet very elegant. The cruise director, Neil Roberts, and his staff did an excellent job of keeping the entertainment going without interrupting passengers with continuous announcements. This itinerary was great because it gave passengers two days to relax a sea before stopping at St. Thomas. We went to Sapphire Beach (prettier than Magen's Bay) on St. Thomas and it was beautiful. From the beach you look directly across at the island of St. John. Sapphire Beach is equipped for visitors with lounges and equipment. That afternoon we went jewelry shopping in town. Our next port was St. Maarten and we went to Dawn Beach. Dawn Beach was also lovely and set up to make visitors comfortable with lounges, etc. Across the water from Dawn Beach you can see the island of St. Bart. This beach was just beautiful! Our last port was Princess Cays. We only stayed for a few hours because it was very crowded and the beach was very rocky. Water shoes are really necessary at Princess Cays. We enjoyed going back to an almost empty ship and having the pool area to ourselves. The dining room and the Horizon Court was still open for lunch. The Grand Princess is certainly an elegant ship that is designed so you don't feel like you're on a large ship. Many of the rooms are compartmentalized to create a smaller ship atmosphere. The twinkling stars on the ceilings in the dining rooms are beautiful. The elevators are equipped with voice announcements; they tell passengers which deck they're on. Rarely, did we wait more than a minute for an elevator. The air conditioning worked great on the Grand Princess. We have been on RC Enchantment of the Seas where we were so uncomfortable because the air conditioning wasn't cool. The carpets on the decks are color coded to make it easy for you to get to your stateroom. The pool areas are gorgeous with elaborate tile work all around. The Princess Theater and the Vista Lounge are both lovely; there's hardly a bad seat in either one. All in all, the Grand Princess is truly a grand and elegant ship with many entertainment options

Grand Princess - Eastern Caribbean

Grand Princess Cruise Review by d.frasca

Trip Details
This was our first cruise on Princess Cruise Lines. After much researching on the internet, we decided on the Grand Princess. We had previously sailed on Royal Caribbean: Sovereign of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, and the Enchantment of the Seas. We decided on a larger ship and even went all out and booked our first balcony room.
When we arrived at the Princess terminal in Fort Lauderdale there was a long line of passengers waiting to get into the terminal. After a few minutes, the line moved quickly, but then we had to line up again according to the deck we were staying on. The Princess staff seemed a little confused and it took quite some time to get on the ship even after we filled out all the required information on-line.
When we entered the ship, we were very impressed that many crew members were situated all over the ship (even on each deck at the elevators) to greet and help the new passengers. The crew was very friendly and made us feel welcome. We went on our own tour of the beautiful Grand Princess. This is a gorgeous ship, very elegant with its rich wood tones. The artwork all over the ship is lovely and creates the elegant atmosphere. We were able to go to our room on the Caribe Deck within an hour of entering the ship. The room steward, Jay, was there within minutes explaining his hours and how he was there to please. We requested robes and filled out the form to request fruit in our room each day. Jay had our robes to our room within minutes. The stateroom was larger than those on RC. We had a refrigerator and a sitting area. Princess allows you to preorder liquor for your room . We also brought wine onboard and this really saved on our bar bill. Each room has a card which displays a diagram of the ship and is very helpful to keep in your pocket. We went to the dining room for our first lunch onboard. The food and service was wonderful. We originally arranged to have second seating dinner, but after the first night we switched to personal choice dining. We enjoyed eating when we wanted and with whom we wanted to. Many nights we chose to eat at a table for two. The service was outstanding and the food was much better than RC. Many seafood entrees were offered and the desserts were delicious. Princess is definitely much better than RC in the area of dining. The Horizon Court Buffet was open 24 hours a day with a large variety of food options. The only negative about the Horizon Court was the confusing arrangement of stations, but after the first day most passengers seemed to know where they were going.
The entertainment was excellent, much better than RC. Princess had shows going on simultaneously, you just had to choose which one(s) to attend. The comedian Don Friesen was hysterical and he did two very different shows during the week. The Princess dancers and singers were wonderful and their production shows were very professional. All lounges and bars had continuous entertainment, all of which was very good. We went to one comedy show which was not the same quality of the others. We should have left because there were many other better entertainment options. The champagne waterfall in the atrium on formal night was quite an impressive sight! Compared to RC, Princess is more low-key, yet very elegant. The cruise director, Neil Roberts, and his staff did an excellent job of keeping the entertainment going without interrupting passengers with continuous announcements.
This itinerary was great because it gave passengers two days to relax a sea before stopping at St. Thomas. We went to Sapphire Beach (prettier than Magen's Bay) on St. Thomas and it was beautiful. From the beach you look directly across at the island of St. John. Sapphire Beach is equipped for visitors with lounges and equipment. That afternoon we went jewelry shopping in town.
Our next port was St. Maarten and we went to Dawn Beach. Dawn Beach was also lovely and set up to make visitors comfortable with lounges, etc. Across the water from Dawn Beach you can see the island of St. Bart. This beach was just beautiful!
Our last port was Princess Cays. We only stayed for a few hours because it was very crowded and the beach was very rocky. Water shoes are really necessary at Princess Cays. We enjoyed going back to an almost empty ship and having the pool area to ourselves. The dining room and the Horizon Court was still open for lunch.
The Grand Princess is certainly an elegant ship that is designed so you don't feel like you're on a large ship. Many of the rooms are compartmentalized to create a smaller ship atmosphere. The twinkling stars on the ceilings in the dining rooms are beautiful. The elevators are equipped with voice announcements; they tell passengers which deck they're on. Rarely, did we wait more than a minute for an elevator. The air conditioning worked great on the Grand Princess. We have been on RC Enchantment of the Seas where we were so uncomfortable because the air conditioning wasn't cool. The carpets on the decks are color coded to make it easy for you to get to your stateroom. The pool areas are gorgeous with elaborate tile work all around. The Princess Theater and the Vista Lounge are both lovely; there's hardly a bad seat in either one. All in all, the Grand Princess is truly a grand and elegant ship with many entertainment options
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