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We took this cruise because it left from Houston (we live in Texas), it was a transatlantic, and it went to ports that are not on the usual transatlantic crossings. Everything was pretty much what one can expect on a 3,000 passenger ship like the Caribbean Princess but there were some obvious changes designed to make more money for Princess. Laundry which is supposed to be free for Elite passengers and ready the next day was extended to 72 hours but really delivered in 4 days. This did not stop Princess from selling a bag of Laundry for $20 to any passenger. Why was this done when the laundry could not handle what is had? The cabins are beginning to show some age but still nice and the common areas are fine. Dinning was as expected with minimum repetition of menu items and usually pretty good. Service in the dinning room and throughout the ship was excellent. There was a wide variety of entertainment from production shows to comedy, singers, ventriloquist, illusionist etc. All good with an excellent production show "Bravo" with Jennifer Fair: possibly the best production show we have seen. The ventriloquist Jimmy Tamley was outstanding and quite a bit better than usually seen on cruises. As I said, the ports were unusual and not often included in a transatlantic such as Liverpool (took the Beatles Tour) and Hamburg during its annual Harbor Festival where we toured the Miniatur Wunderland a warehouse full of miniature villages with trains, cars, trucks and airplanes (check it out online as there is too much to describe here and you won't want to miss it). We also toured the Normandy beaches from Le Harve. All our tours were with others found on Cruise Critic or from info found on Cruise Critic. My rating of tours is not a rating of Princess tours; we did not take those. We did experience one major foul up by Princess when we went through UK immigration. This had to be unexpected since Princess totally screwed up the whole process. All tours were delayed a couple of hours. Everyone on board had to have a face to face with the UK immigration officers. Passengers were given a letter with a time and venue to go to. The problem, everyone wanted to get off so the majority went as soon as they were ready resulting in massive crowds. Furthermore, Princess had everyone line up to get a number and once you got that number you got in line to get into the venue you were assigned to. Interesting concept - line up to get a number so you can line up again. As I said, the majority of passengers paid no attention to the time assigned so the lines were ridiculous. Lesson learned for the future - IGNORE ANY REFERENCE TO TIME ASSIGNED, JUST GET THERE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. As I indicated earlier, there was a problem with laundry. Free laundry is a perk for Elite passengers but because this ship had so many Elite passengers were told next day delivery would now be 72 hours. Now if you think about this it is illogical. If your laundry staff that usually gets laundry back the next day will now need 72 hours IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE and TAKE LONGER and longer; as it did, eventually getting to 4-5 days. Now this is supposed to be a perk but apparently only when there aren't too many Elite passengers. That tell me not to count on free laundry, just be happy if I get it and take more stuff just in case. NOT MUCH OF A PERK ANYMORE. All in all, this was a great trip; you have to expect a few foul ups, just don't let them get to you. Remember this is Princess, not Crystal - you get what you pay for. As cruise prices go down charges for extras go up and more extras are added.

Princess is not what it used to be!

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by TexasTripper

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We took this cruise because it left from Houston (we live in Texas), it was a transatlantic, and it went to ports that are not on the usual transatlantic crossings. Everything was pretty much what one can expect on a 3,000 passenger ship like the Caribbean Princess but there were some obvious changes designed to make more money for Princess. Laundry which is supposed to be free for Elite passengers and ready the next day was extended to 72 hours but really delivered in 4 days. This did not stop Princess from selling a bag of Laundry for $20 to any passenger. Why was this done when the laundry could not handle what is had?

The cabins are beginning to show some age but still nice and the common areas are fine.

Dinning was as expected with minimum repetition of menu items and usually pretty good. Service in the dinning room and throughout the ship was excellent.

There was a wide variety of entertainment from production shows to comedy, singers, ventriloquist, illusionist etc. All good with an excellent production show "Bravo" with Jennifer Fair: possibly the best production show we have seen. The ventriloquist Jimmy Tamley was outstanding and quite a bit better than usually seen on cruises.

As I said, the ports were unusual and not often included in a transatlantic such as Liverpool (took the Beatles Tour) and Hamburg during its annual Harbor Festival where we toured the Miniatur Wunderland a warehouse full of miniature villages with trains, cars, trucks and airplanes (check it out online as there is too much to describe here and you won't want to miss it). We also toured the Normandy beaches from Le Harve. All our tours were with others found on Cruise Critic or from info found on Cruise Critic. My rating of tours is not a rating of Princess tours; we did not take those.

We did experience one major foul up by Princess when we went through UK immigration. This had to be unexpected since Princess totally screwed up the whole process. All tours were delayed a couple of hours. Everyone on board had to have a face to face with the UK immigration officers. Passengers were given a letter with a time and venue to go to. The problem, everyone wanted to get off so the majority went as soon as they were ready resulting in massive crowds.

Furthermore, Princess had everyone line up to get a number and once you got that number you got in line to get into the venue you were assigned to. Interesting concept - line up to get a number so you can line up again. As I said, the majority of passengers paid no attention to the time assigned so the lines were ridiculous. Lesson learned for the future - IGNORE ANY REFERENCE TO TIME ASSIGNED, JUST GET THERE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

As I indicated earlier, there was a problem with laundry. Free laundry is a perk for Elite passengers but because this ship had so many Elite passengers were told next day delivery would now be 72 hours. Now if you think about this it is illogical. If your laundry staff that usually gets laundry back the next day will now need 72 hours IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE and TAKE LONGER and longer; as it did, eventually getting to 4-5 days.

Now this is supposed to be a perk but apparently only when there aren't too many Elite passengers. That tell me not to count on free laundry, just be happy if I get it and take more stuff just in case. NOT MUCH OF A PERK ANYMORE.

All in all, this was a great trip; you have to expect a few foul ups, just don't let them get to you. Remember this is Princess, not Crystal - you get what you pay for. As cruise prices go down charges for extras go up and more extras are added.
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