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I chose this cruise as part of my 50th birthday holiday, we love Canada and other than Toronto, have mostly traveled in Western Canada, so wanted to check out what the East Coast had to offer. We had a few days in New York before we hopped on the ship, and whilst it isn't a place I would want to visit again, we did enjoy our time there and made the most of it. Sailing out of New York past the Statute of Liberty was a great start to the trip. We were very disappointed in the ship and in particular the food. There were several times where we struggled to find something of interest on the menu in the dining room, and then when we did it just was not up to standard, for example a Creme Brulee that was more like scrambled eggs than a dessert. Having been on the Diamond Princess the year before and enjoyed beautiful food of a good portion size (not large and mass produced tasting), we had hoped for the same on this ship. The Horizon buffet just doesn't cut it, often the food there is the same as the dining room (giving you an idea of the quality that is being served in the dining room), sadly the only highlight food wise for us was the burger bar, where they did a nice burger and hot dog, generally not a place that we would eat. If you request a table for two, then you might as well be sitting at a large table as the tables are that close you can hear all of your neighbours conversations, at times the noise in the dining room was deafening, and on two occasions we had overflow people from the anytime seating and you couldn't hear yourself think and there was an extremely long delay in getting our food delivered to us. Was very frustrating to say the least. Our room was okay, we were at the front on the right in a balcony room, we had no noise, although it is a long walk to anywhere when you take a room right at the front, but that didn't bother us. We weren't that impressed with the shows on offer, some we had seen previously so knew we didn't want to see them again. It got very crowded very quickly in there, so we ended up having to go early to get a seat, then you are just wasting time in there waiting for the show to start, and once, we made the mistake of sitting towards the middle and the show was terrible and we couldn't leave. It was a Whitney Houston tribute and it literally made your ears bleed it was so bad, but then others loved it, perhaps you need to be a diehard Whitney fan to appreciate it. The comedian guy was very good though and went to both of his shows. Skywalkers for the Platinum and Elite people was always very busy and the food wasn't that great, sadly they need to remember that not everyone is a fan of seafood. We tried to avoid sitting near other people so we didn't have to chat to them, some people we liked and found interesting, but others were just painful, with limited space in Skywalkers we tended to have to sit with others, which often made it less enjoyable. We are Australians so we just don't get the issue with what State people are from and what that means, and quite frankly don't want to know, which it seems is all they wanted to talk about. The ship is old and due for a refurbishment, it lacked the polish and grandeur that we were hoping for. There weren't really any activities on, probably because of all the port days, but the year before on our Japan cruise there was lots and we loved it, so we missed that part of the experience as well.

We enjoyed the itinerary, however, the ship was a let down.

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Tracy H

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I chose this cruise as part of my 50th birthday holiday, we love Canada and other than Toronto, have mostly traveled in Western Canada, so wanted to check out what the East Coast had to offer. We had a few days in New York before we hopped on the ship, and whilst it isn't a place I would want to visit again, we did enjoy our time there and made the most of it. Sailing out of New York past the Statute of Liberty was a great start to the trip.

We were very disappointed in the ship and in particular the food. There were several times where we struggled to find something of interest on the menu in the dining room, and then when we did it just was not up to standard, for example a Creme Brulee that was more like scrambled eggs than a dessert. Having been on the Diamond Princess the year before and enjoyed beautiful food of a good portion size (not large and mass produced tasting), we had hoped for the same on this ship. The Horizon buffet just doesn't cut it, often the food there is the same as the dining room (giving you an idea of the quality that is being served in the dining room), sadly the only highlight food wise for us was the burger bar, where they did a nice burger and hot dog, generally not a place that we would eat.

If you request a table for two, then you might as well be sitting at a large table as the tables are that close you can hear all of your neighbours conversations, at times the noise in the dining room was deafening, and on two occasions we had overflow people from the anytime seating and you couldn't hear yourself think and there was an extremely long delay in getting our food delivered to us. Was very frustrating to say the least.

Our room was okay, we were at the front on the right in a balcony room, we had no noise, although it is a long walk to anywhere when you take a room right at the front, but that didn't bother us. We weren't that impressed with the shows on offer, some we had seen previously so knew we didn't want to see them again. It got very crowded very quickly in there, so we ended up having to go early to get a seat, then you are just wasting time in there waiting for the show to start, and once, we made the mistake of sitting towards the middle and the show was terrible and we couldn't leave. It was a Whitney Houston tribute and it literally made your ears bleed it was so bad, but then others loved it, perhaps you need to be a diehard Whitney fan to appreciate it. The comedian guy was very good though and went to both of his shows.

Skywalkers for the Platinum and Elite people was always very busy and the food wasn't that great, sadly they need to remember that not everyone is a fan of seafood. We tried to avoid sitting near other people so we didn't have to chat to them, some people we liked and found interesting, but others were just painful, with limited space in Skywalkers we tended to have to sit with others, which often made it less enjoyable. We are Australians so we just don't get the issue with what State people are from and what that means, and quite frankly don't want to know, which it seems is all they wanted to talk about.

The ship is old and due for a refurbishment, it lacked the polish and grandeur that we were hoping for. There weren't really any activities on, probably because of all the port days, but the year before on our Japan cruise there was lots and we loved it, so we missed that part of the experience as well.
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Cabin BF R201
The cabin was fine, its an old ship so its tired looking, however, the size is suitable and it was well maintained by our cabin steward. The bed was actually very comfy so it was a nice place to relax to after a hard day of sightseeing.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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