Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Mitchum
- Sail Date: January 2009
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
Well!! Enough about the small annoyances, because that's how we treated them, most people we talked to had it worse than we did, but most that we spoke to didn't let it spoil their overall impression of the time we spent on our home away from home for the Southern journey. Thank goodness for a crew and entertainment, they wiped nearly all memory of sunday from our minds almost immediately. The wonderful food and great shows were much appreciated even though we must admit to overindulging in both. But that is what cruising is all about. Kudos to the wait and housekeeping staff for their wonderful attention and sunny dispositions even though I'm sure they saw a lot of sour faces the first day or two after finally leaving San Juan.
Never having dreamed of being so far from home as to see the mainland of South America, I can safely say that I was amazed at the variety of islands that we were to see on a 7 day cruise.
Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Thomas.
Each had it's own flavor and sights and yet they all provided a wonderful getaway from our everyday life. But it's the people you meet and the ones you travel with that make your vacation memorable. Wonderful tour guides and colorful locals provided an insight into the constant political changes and violent weather that these peoples must overcome.
Had a wonderful glass bottom boat tour on Aruba with some beautiful schools of fish being hand fed from under the boat by one of our guides. Very nice bus ride to and from the pier with some local information about the different resorts thrown in.
Did a private snorkeling adventure with some shipmates on Bonaire, followed by an impromptu tour of the salt flats and the southern tip and windward side of the island which really showed us how much our oceans have been spoiled by refuse and garbage that seems to pile up in the most windswept of locations.
Did the spice tour and saw the volcano lake and hot sulfur springs, which really brings the term, rotten eggs to life. Really have to respect the ability of the drivers on the islands of Grenada and Dominica. Those roads are really some challenge to the skill and nerve of the tour drivers and they should be commended for keeping their customers safe and well entertained with both the history and the diversity of their respective islands. Their pride and enthusiasm are very evident.
St. Thomas was our only repeat from our first cruise and we enjoyed our 2nd island tour with Sonny Liston and can't help but admire this beautiful island and our stop at Coki beach. Wonderful sand and snorkeling, along with a great island tour are a sure way to finish our 7 days in paradise on a wonderful high.
I wouldn't be truthful if I said everything was smooth sailing but as the saying goes, "A bad day on vacation is better than a good day at work." I believe all of the wonderful people we met on our trip would have been more than happy to join the large number of passengers who were doing B2B cruises and stay aboard for a second week to enjoy yet another group of islands and excursions on this absolutely immense ship. Her crew should be very proud of both the ship itself and their part in making our stay aboard her a pleasure and a lot of fun.
2 cruises and numerous sighting of her from both near and far and I can still say, the Caribbean Princess still takes my breath away. Not much more to say except, "Yes I did miss Bert Straton." But I'll still remember a wonderful cruise with Princess to the southern caribbean.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
ArubaDid the glass bottom boat excursion, wished I had taken my own goggles and jumped in with the fishes but saw a wonderful assortment of reef fish and corals.View All 1,688 Aruba Cruise Port Reviews
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BonaireLived up to its reputation as a wonderful place to snorkel, and only 3 minutes from the port to the beach beside the airport, where we saw an abundance of fish and beach life including crabs and birds and even some starfish in the tide pools.View All 620 Bonaire Cruise Port Reviews
Did an impromptu trip around the southern part of the island and saw the salt flats and the tiny accomodations the workers had to endure to survive there.
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St. ThomasCoki beach is just amazing for both the view and the snorkeling located close by. Not perhaps as secluded as some would like, but for the most part it was very relaxing and quiet on most parts of the beach area. Located near a marine area for jet skiing and boating but not near enough to be annoyed by the noise of the motorboats and pwc crowd.View All 4,757 St. Thomas Cruise Port Reviews
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