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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Couldn't fault it, but cruising not for us! (though that's not Princess's fault).

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Elane

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2016
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview

Having read a couple of negative reviews I feel compelled to balance it, in favour or Princess who, in our opinion were impeccable. There is one recent review that frankly after reading the 6th sub heading I stopped, and it says to me nothing in this world would seem to please that person.

For us - the service was second to none - the food was outstanding - the cabin was admittedly tiny, but then we expected that, and the sea wasn't 'knocking us from wall to wall' although it was unusually rough, but is that really Princess's fault!!

The beds were incredibly comfy, and my pillow was perhaps the cosiest I have ever had in a 'hotel' style environment.

Our only niggle is the 2 pools are too small for 3.5k guests, but then it is a boat!!

Having said that we feared a mad scramble for sun beds, and there were enough to go around, and incredibly it wasn't crowded either.

Theatre shows - amazing!! West end standard.

Alcohol - a bit expensive, but we knew that, so were grateful we didn't over indulge.

NEVER saw a drunken person once!

We chose to eat 'anytime' dining, and apart from the first night which coincided as my 50th birthday too (where we ate in Coral), we ate in the Horizon buffet every night and we couldn't fault the choice, or quality of food.

We didn't do the formal nights as frankly dressing up and trying to be something we're not wasn't our thing and some sites were to be best forgotten!!

Guys from across the pond - a 'please' and 'thank you' in customer services goes a long way, and believe me, gets noticed when it's short coming!! I was astounded at the amount of times I heard a demand for food or drink with neither word at the beginning or end of the request. The waiters may be waiting, and most were from many different parts of the world, but they didn't need to constantly be made to feel servile.

More so to witness hats being worn at dinner and many not making the least bit of effort to dress for dinner, even if it was just casual dress was disappointing to see. Princess actually ask that guests wear what they would do for a casual dinner - SO, a lot of you go to dinner in short shorts and scrappy T-Shirts do you???

So - in summary, where those choose to put down a company who I believe actually couldn't really have done much more than they did, perhaps if only the company could do a review about the customers, about trying their best to please people who in truth simply will moan at anything, then that would be a review worth reading!!!

As they can't - I've done it for them.

For the reasons above cruising isn't for us, based on being surrounded by people who want to eat and be lazy all day every day (the sites we witnessed proved that one!!). Perhaps there wasn't enough food guys!

I am English - though you would have worked that out I'm sure.

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