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Travel reservations via Princess Air were excellent with clean planes and adequate time between connecting flights to clear security, immigration and customs. Embarkation took forever and did not adhere to times posted on website. Caribbean Princess is a large ship, larger than Ruby Princess. Public areas clean, staterooms spotless and cabin stewards friendly and helpful. Any requests for help from service desk were handled quickly.

Those are the good points. What made this cruise disappointing were the poor quality fo the food, the poor quality of the entertainment, the dearth of activities on the ship and the generally mediocre quality of the tour guides.

The food was tasteless. If I closed my eyes I could not tell what I was eating. I saw other passengers pouring pepper on their meals. The meal selection in the dining room leaned heavily on fish and vegetables and many dishes with weirdly mixed ingredients. None of the selections were appetizing. Breakfast was the only recognizable meal, and it too was absent of taste.

Entertainment choices were limited. Many very late-night venues, but most of the passengers were up in years and not likely to party into the wee hours. The casino was closed most nights due to UK regulations, and nothing else to do.

The tour guides were not top quality. Adequate, but did not address tour passengers needs to really stop a minute or two to see some of the sights. I always felt rushed. Here I am comparing these tours to the great ones in Mediterranean ports.

Disembarkation was the best I have ever been through. Quick and efficient. Travel back to the airport was pleasant. I'm glad I took this cruise. The scenery and history were definitely worth the expense. And the day in Paris, even with a 2 1/2 hour bus ride from the port to Paris, was great, if too short.

British Isles beautiful scenery; ship not so great

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by clearanceshopper

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Travel reservations via Princess Air were excellent with clean planes and adequate time between connecting flights to clear security, immigration and customs. Embarkation took forever and did not adhere to times posted on website. Caribbean Princess is a large ship, larger than Ruby Princess. Public areas clean, staterooms spotless and cabin stewards friendly and helpful. Any requests for help from service desk were handled quickly.


Those are the good points. What made this cruise disappointing were the poor quality fo the food, the poor quality of the entertainment, the dearth of activities on the ship and the generally mediocre quality of the tour guides.


The food was tasteless. If I closed my eyes I could not tell what I was eating. I saw other passengers pouring pepper on their meals. The meal selection in the dining room leaned heavily on fish and vegetables and many dishes with weirdly mixed ingredients. None of the selections were appetizing. Breakfast was the only recognizable meal, and it too was absent of taste.


Entertainment choices were limited. Many very late-night venues, but most of the passengers were up in years and not likely to party into the wee hours. The casino was closed most nights due to UK regulations, and nothing else to do.


The tour guides were not top quality. Adequate, but did not address tour passengers needs to really stop a minute or two to see some of the sights. I always felt rushed. Here I am comparing these tours to the great ones in Mediterranean ports.


Disembarkation was the best I have ever been through. Quick and efficient. Travel back to the airport was pleasant. I'm glad I took this cruise. The scenery and history were definitely worth the expense. And the day in Paris, even with a 2 1/2 hour bus ride from the port to Paris, was great, if too short.

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Cabin Review

Cabin 215

Mini-suite nice size. Adequate closet space. Bathroom with full tub. Sliding door to balcony stuck for half of cruise-finally fixed.Cabin near front of ship-a verylong walk to laundry and most activities and meals.

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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Have never seen such lovely countryside. A lot of walking from tour bus to causeway. Well worth it.

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  • Malahide Castle

    Bus tour to malahide Castle. Tour guide also added in a brief city tour.

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Large, very old castle perched high on a hill. Also included city tour.

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  • Royal Mile

    Walking tour. For the physically fit/ Glasgow (Greenock) Scotland not on drop down menu-abus tour there. OK.

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  • Beatles Tour

    Enjoyed Beatles Museum and actual Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields (an orphange). This tour guide really knew her history and we had a good day.

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  • City Tour

    Too much to see and not enough time. Sights just whizzed by. A beautiful city. Wish we had more time there. Tour guide sometimes difficult to understand. Fewer restroom stops and more photo stops would have been great.

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  • Castle Cornet

    Walking tour. Plenty of time to visit castle and take photos.
    Also stopped in Cobh (Cork) and went to Blarney Castle. Great tour-the castle is on many acres of lovely gardens.

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