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We are sophisticated, educated world travelers, accustomed to 5 star accommodations, yet keep coming back to Princess because of its overall excellence, traditions and summer camp spirit, comfort, excursion choices, good food and wine. What a VALUE ! Truly a bargain. This was our 7 th Princess cruise. Sailed once on Celebrity and were disappointed. And are put off by upscale, pretentious, absurdly expensive lines like Regent, Seabourne, Silver Sea etc. There were many dire, negative reviews about this cruise, which generated much pre-cruise anxiety, but none of them materialized for us. Embarkation was slow for regular passengers, but speedy for Elite ones ( Platinum ( us), Suites etc). But overall highly organized. Princess consistently excels at moving large groups of people efficiently. Port of Houston ugly and strange, set amongst refineries, and a boring, unscenic 35 min cab ride from our Four Seasons hotel downtown. But, that said, Houston a relatively short easy flight from California, so we're sorry to hear Princess abandoning this port for good We sailed away 7 hours late due to major underwater repairs ( didn't inspire confidence), but our schedule and itinerary were not affected. The Caribbean Princess decor looks rather dated and tired, but ship was immaculate, spotless. And still a very pretty Italian- built ship. Great care was taken to avoid Norovirus around the ship, in bathrooms and buffet. Our mini-suite was immaculate ( I'm a stickler) and very comfortable, and whoever designed that space initially, a genius. Love the full bath, large closet, generous storage ( more than we heavy packers with 2 50 lb bags could even fill!) 2 flatscreen TV's, down pillows, comfortable, large bed. Comfy waffle weave robes. Terrible stiff towels. But serviceable. Our steward Robert, could not have been more friendly, attentive, responsive, and hardworking. Food choices were varied and good to great ( in Crown Grill and Sabatini's--well worth the extra cover charge). I've been a gourmet cook for decades. My husband is an oenophile and found the wine list excellent and well-chosen. Enjoyed the International Cafe in the Atrium--lovely for a quick bite of pastry, gourmet salads and sandwiches. Service was attentive and professional. Waitstaff mostly well-trained and friendly. Especially ( this applies to all crew) if you make the effort to engage them, inquire about their home country, etc. Only downside, terrible un drinkable poorly mixed cocktails. Entertainment was, well mostly, entertaining. Princess Theatre comfortable and attractive venue. Professional Princess Orchestra/band outstanding. Dancers & singers attractive and talented. Loved their youthful energy. Glitzy, hokey but fast- paced musical shows. Outstanding comic/musician Steve Moris. Standing O. Ship activities: the usual variety. Mostly low-brow and hokey, like bingo. Terrible art auction of unmitigated shlock art. Princess should upgrade with some lectures/ cultural/ nature activities.for the college-educated. But overall, what you'd expect. If you have mediocre expectations, you'll be fine. I do love that something fun and silly is always going on in the pretty Atrium. And enjoy the live music there. Crew was mostly young, friendly, international, trained to please. It's fun to engage them and ask about their home countries. Then many bloom. The rude, impatient Internet Cafe manager was a disgrace. And the Internet pricey and slow. Wonderful, varied, and adventurous excursion choices. Roatan snorkel and catamaran sail delightful. Roatan was a charming stop. Unspoiled island. We had cool weather in Belize. Highly recommend the Lamanai Ruins excursion. But not for the faint of heart--jungle " cruise" is actually wild 50 mile long speedboat ride. Risky but exhilarating. Ship anchored quite far out from Belize City and long tender ride to shore an adventure in itself. More cool weather in Cozumel and our snorkel/ sail was sadly cancelled. But fine to explore Cozumel all day. I should add how impressed we are by the thoroughness and efficiency of the first afternoon's Muster Drill. Princess takes safety very seriously and crew appears well prepared. We experienced a shockingly chaotic one on Celebrity. Now to the tricky part. The demographic that sails with Princess isn't our social/ educational demographic. Some are truly boorish, clueless schlubs and shleppers. The quintessential Ugly Americans. That said, most are solid, friendly, well-behaved middle Americans who are enthusiastic and open to trying something new. They go all-out on formal night. Good for them. But we'd love to make some new like-minded friends on these cruises. Guess the solution is to bring a group of friends. Overall, an enjoyable, well-managed cruise---and tremendous value.

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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Lakelore

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We are sophisticated, educated world travelers, accustomed to 5 star accommodations, yet keep coming back to Princess because of its overall excellence, traditions and summer camp spirit, comfort, excursion choices, good food and wine. What a VALUE ! Truly a bargain. This was our 7 th Princess cruise. Sailed once on Celebrity and were disappointed. And are put off by upscale, pretentious, absurdly expensive lines like Regent, Seabourne, Silver Sea etc.

There were many dire, negative reviews about this cruise, which generated much pre-cruise anxiety, but none of them materialized for us.

Embarkation was slow for regular passengers, but speedy for Elite ones ( Platinum ( us), Suites etc). But overall highly organized. Princess consistently excels at moving large groups of people efficiently.

Port of Houston ugly and strange, set amongst refineries, and a boring, unscenic 35 min cab ride from our Four Seasons hotel downtown. But, that said, Houston a relatively short easy flight from California, so we're sorry to hear Princess abandoning this port for good

We sailed away 7 hours late due to major underwater repairs ( didn't inspire confidence), but our schedule and itinerary were not affected.

The Caribbean Princess decor looks rather dated and tired, but ship was immaculate, spotless. And still a very pretty Italian- built ship. Great care was taken to avoid Norovirus around the ship, in bathrooms and buffet.

Our mini-suite was immaculate ( I'm a stickler) and very comfortable, and whoever designed that space initially, a genius. Love the full bath, large closet, generous storage ( more than we heavy packers with 2 50 lb bags could even fill!) 2 flatscreen TV's, down pillows, comfortable, large bed. Comfy waffle weave robes. Terrible stiff towels. But serviceable. Our steward Robert, could not have been more friendly, attentive, responsive, and hardworking.

Food choices were varied and good to great ( in Crown Grill and Sabatini's--well worth the extra cover charge). I've been a gourmet cook for decades. My husband is an oenophile and found the wine list excellent and well-chosen. Enjoyed the International Cafe in the Atrium--lovely for a quick bite of pastry, gourmet salads and sandwiches.

Service was attentive and professional. Waitstaff mostly well-trained and friendly. Especially ( this applies to all crew) if you make the effort to engage them, inquire about their home country, etc. Only downside, terrible un drinkable poorly mixed cocktails.

Entertainment was, well mostly, entertaining. Princess Theatre comfortable and attractive venue. Professional Princess Orchestra/band outstanding. Dancers & singers attractive and talented. Loved their youthful energy.

Glitzy, hokey but fast- paced musical shows.

Outstanding comic/musician Steve Moris. Standing O.

Ship activities: the usual variety. Mostly low-brow and hokey, like bingo. Terrible art auction of unmitigated shlock art. Princess should upgrade with some lectures/ cultural/ nature activities.for the college-educated. But overall, what you'd expect. If you have mediocre expectations, you'll be fine. I do love that something fun and silly is always going on in the pretty Atrium. And enjoy the live music there.

Crew was mostly young, friendly, international, trained to please. It's fun to engage them and ask about their home countries. Then many bloom.

The rude, impatient Internet Cafe manager was a disgrace. And the Internet pricey and slow.

Wonderful, varied, and adventurous excursion choices. Roatan snorkel and catamaran sail delightful. Roatan was a charming stop. Unspoiled island.

We had cool weather in Belize. Highly recommend the Lamanai Ruins excursion. But not for the faint of heart--jungle " cruise" is actually wild 50 mile long speedboat ride. Risky but exhilarating.

Ship anchored quite far out from Belize City and long tender ride to shore an adventure in itself.

More cool weather in Cozumel and our snorkel/ sail was sadly cancelled. But fine to explore Cozumel all day.

I should add how impressed we are by the thoroughness and efficiency of the first afternoon's Muster Drill. Princess takes safety very seriously and crew appears well prepared. We experienced a shockingly chaotic one on Celebrity.

Now to the tricky part. The demographic that sails with Princess isn't our social/ educational demographic. Some are truly boorish, clueless schlubs and shleppers. The quintessential Ugly Americans. That said, most are solid, friendly, well-behaved middle Americans who are enthusiastic and open to trying something new. They go all-out on formal night. Good for them. But we'd love to make some new like-minded friends on these cruises. Guess the solution is to bring a group of friends.

Overall, an enjoyable, well-managed cruise---and tremendous value.
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