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Arrived Saturday prior to cruise at 10:00 p.m. and stayed at the LaConcha hotel. Got it for $115 on Priceline which is a great deal since the rooms run $300+ per night. Hotel was completely sold out and as was mentioned in a previous review the De La Hoya fight was being broadcast in the hotel and out by the pool with a big crowd. Hard to find any seats, but we couldn't hear it in our room (facing the ocean). One note here, I was told over the phone by people at LaConcha since we got our room through Priceline we couldn't get an ocean view room. This was not the case at all. We stayed before the cruise and after and both times had no problems getting an ocean view room with a balcony. Beware of the breakfast buffet in the Level 25 restaurant. It's $20 per person. We didn't know and wanted something quick on embarkation morning. Lesson learned. The pools were very good and service exceptional all over the hotel. I've stayed at many hotels and this was probably one of the nicest, with the best bed and pillows I have ever experienced. They also have a newly opened casino, which isn't large, but they give you free drinks if you play. Plenty of restaurants and a Walgreens near the hotel within walking distance. We walked to Walgreens and bought a case of water to take on board with us and got last minute essentials we didn't want to carry onto the plane. EMBARKATION: Okay, since this was our first cruise, we couldn't wait for embarkation (it was supposed to be from 2:00 p.m. and after 3:00 for faster service). We took a cab around 1:00 p.m. to the pier and were onboard by 1:30. Very small line, but it moved quickly. We brought our tequila and countreau with us in our rumrunners, packed in our checked luggage, and we had no problems getting it onboard. We could have bought our alcohol right at the pier and carried it on in our carry on. I saw a lot of people doing this and no one had their alcohol confiscated. The only problem I had was buying the "mixers" for my margaritas, which the liquor store did not have. So here I sat with my smuggled tequila and no way to make margaritas. Definitely a lesson learned. Always bring along your mix, or go to the store before boarding to get it. I should also note that I purchased some rum at St. Lucia and carried it right on in my beach bag. We went straight to our room on the Dolphin deck (mini suite) aft, and it was ready for our arrival. The bed had our egg crate, which was previously requested by fax, but we didn't have the robes. We had to request those from our room steward, Martin. While we didn't see Martin very often, he always took very good care of our room and always left us ice in the refrigerator. After dropping off our carryon luggage, we went to get lunch at the buffet. SHIP: the ship is definitely showing signs of wear, but it will all be revamped when it goes into dry dock in January. It was still very nice and beautiful. We never had any problems with A/C in any areas on the ship. DINING: We had anytime dining and LOVED IT! We never had a wait on any night, but we were willing to sit with others. The first night was the cold seafood buffet (lobster claws, crab legs and shrimp) in the buffet. You do need crab crackers for the lobster. We didn't bring any and had to use our forks to dig the meat out of the claws. The crab was split, so they were no problem. On the first formal night (Monday) the Caribe Cafe had lobster again (but not cold), so we had some appetizers before we had our formal dinner in the Palm Dining Room. We ate in the Palm dining room, because of the advice we got here on the board since it is hard to get to on the ship. We ate at both specialty dining restaurants, as we wanted to experience it all on our first cruise. Both were exceptional and my husband really loved Sabatinis, because of all the varieties of food you get to try. My favorite meal had to be the balcony dining. We decided on this to celebrate our anniversary. It cost $100 per couple, but well worth it. We got appetizers, crab quiche, salad, very thick filet mignon and a HUGE lobster tail, along with chocolate mousse for dessert. With all this came fresh roses, two cocktails, a bottle of champagne and our own private waiter singing happy anniversary to us. Our new friends were on the deck above us out on the balcony singing along with the waiter. What could be better? So romantic. We thought all of the food was very good, at all of the restaurants. We ate breakfast at the buffet every day as it had a large variety and only had problems on the last day finding a seat. This day was a mad house as everyone had to be out of their room by 8:00 a.m. so they were all in the buffet trying to eat breakfast. ENTERTAINMENT: We went to the Explorers Lounge to see Gary Delena at 7:00 p.m. No problems getting a seat if you get there a few minutes early. Otherwise it fills up pretty quick. Gary Delena is a comedian and was very funny. He had another show on Saturday night in the Princess Theatre so we went to that also, and sat on the front row. We also saw Dan Horn, who is a ventriloquist and he was good too. Both have been on Jay Leno and David Letterman, and well known. On Friday night we went to Club Fusion and signed up for the Marriage Game, similar to the Newlywed Game on television. We somehow got picked with two other couples and it was so funny and embarrassing as well with those questions! We didn't win, but had a lot of fun, and got a Princess bag and a rose. There were several other shows during the week but we didn't make them. PORTS OF CALL: We arranged all of our own tours with our new friends we met here on Cruise Critic roll call and saved a lot of money over the Princess excursions. DISEMBARKATION: We were the last to disembark since we were on the Dolphin Deck and didn't get called until 10:40 a.m. Everything went smoothly, but the line for a taxi was very long and had a long wait. It was not very organized.

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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by kitkat9438

Trip Details
Arrived Saturday prior to cruise at 10:00 p.m. and stayed at the LaConcha hotel. Got it for $115 on Priceline which is a great deal since the rooms run $300+ per night. Hotel was completely sold out and as was mentioned in a previous review the De La Hoya fight was being broadcast in the hotel and out by the pool with a big crowd. Hard to find any seats, but we couldn't hear it in our room (facing the ocean). One note here, I was told over the phone by people at LaConcha since we got our room through Priceline we couldn't get an ocean view room. This was not the case at all. We stayed before the cruise and after and both times had no problems getting an ocean view room with a balcony. Beware of the breakfast buffet in the Level 25 restaurant. It's $20 per person. We didn't know and wanted something quick on embarkation morning. Lesson learned. The pools were very good and service exceptional all over the hotel. I've stayed at many hotels and this was probably one of the nicest, with the best bed and pillows I have ever experienced. They also have a newly opened casino, which isn't large, but they give you free drinks if you play. Plenty of restaurants and a Walgreens near the hotel within walking distance. We walked to Walgreens and bought a case of water to take on board with us and got last minute essentials we didn't want to carry onto the plane.
EMBARKATION: Okay, since this was our first cruise, we couldn't wait for embarkation (it was supposed to be from 2:00 p.m. and after 3:00 for faster service). We took a cab around 1:00 p.m. to the pier and were onboard by 1:30. Very small line, but it moved quickly.
We brought our tequila and countreau with us in our rumrunners, packed in our checked luggage, and we had no problems getting it onboard. We could have bought our alcohol right at the pier and carried it on in our carry on. I saw a lot of people doing this and no one had their alcohol confiscated. The only problem I had was buying the "mixers" for my margaritas, which the liquor store did not have. So here I sat with my smuggled tequila and no way to make margaritas. Definitely a lesson learned. Always bring along your mix, or go to the store before boarding to get it. I should also note that I purchased some rum at St. Lucia and carried it right on in my beach bag.
We went straight to our room on the Dolphin deck (mini suite) aft, and it was ready for our arrival. The bed had our egg crate, which was previously requested by fax, but we didn't have the robes. We had to request those from our room steward, Martin. While we didn't see Martin very often, he always took very good care of our room and always left us ice in the refrigerator. After dropping off our carryon luggage, we went to get lunch at the buffet.
SHIP: the ship is definitely showing signs of wear, but it will all be revamped when it goes into dry dock in January. It was still very nice and beautiful. We never had any problems with A/C in any areas on the ship.
DINING: We had anytime dining and LOVED IT! We never had a wait on any night, but we were willing to sit with others. The first night was the cold seafood buffet (lobster claws, crab legs and shrimp) in the buffet. You do need crab crackers for the lobster. We didn't bring any and had to use our forks to dig the meat out of the claws. The crab was split, so they were no problem. On the first formal night (Monday) the Caribe Cafe had lobster again (but not cold), so we had some appetizers before we had our formal dinner in the Palm Dining Room. We ate in the Palm dining room, because of the advice we got here on the board since it is hard to get to on the ship. We ate at both specialty dining restaurants, as we wanted to experience it all on our first cruise. Both were exceptional and my husband really loved Sabatinis, because of all the varieties of food you get to try. My favorite meal had to be the balcony dining. We decided on this to celebrate our anniversary. It cost $100 per couple, but well worth it. We got appetizers, crab quiche, salad, very thick filet mignon and a HUGE lobster tail, along with chocolate mousse for dessert. With all this came fresh roses, two cocktails, a bottle of champagne and our own private waiter singing happy anniversary to us. Our new friends were on the deck above us out on the balcony singing along with the waiter. What could be better? So romantic. We thought all of the food was very good, at all of the restaurants. We ate breakfast at the buffet every day as it had a large variety and only had problems on the last day finding a seat. This day was a mad house as everyone had to be out of their room by 8:00 a.m. so they were all in the buffet trying to eat breakfast.
ENTERTAINMENT: We went to the Explorers Lounge to see Gary Delena at 7:00 p.m. No problems getting a seat if you get there a few minutes early. Otherwise it fills up pretty quick. Gary Delena is a comedian and was very funny. He had another show on Saturday night in the Princess Theatre so we went to that also, and sat on the front row. We also saw Dan Horn, who is a ventriloquist and he was good too. Both have been on Jay Leno and David Letterman, and well known. On Friday night we went to Club Fusion and signed up for the Marriage Game, similar to the Newlywed Game on television. We somehow got picked with two other couples and it was so funny and embarrassing as well with those questions! We didn't win, but had a lot of fun, and got a Princess bag and a rose. There were several other shows during the week but we didn't make them.
PORTS OF CALL: We arranged all of our own tours with our new friends we met here on Cruise Critic roll call and saved a lot of money over the Princess excursions.
DISEMBARKATION: We were the last to disembark since we were on the Dolphin Deck and didn't get called until 10:40 a.m. Everything went smoothly, but the line for a taxi was very long and had a long wait. It was not very organized.
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Cabin D703
Our cabin was large, with a great balcony and in a great location. Once you got off of the elevator, you turn right and there it is! All you had to do is walk down three flights to deck 6 and get to the Palm Dining Room. Very convenient. There were no lounge chairs, but 4 regular chairs and a table on the balcony. Dolphin deck is uncovered, but we had no problems with privacy or people staying down at us.
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