I sailed on the Caribbean Princess from January 28 through February 5, 2017. I have sailed most of the major cruise lines, taking approximately 25 cruises. Grand Princess has been my favorite ship for years but Caribbean Princess has just pushed her to the side and won my heart. She is a beautiful ship. Every piece of wood is shined to a high sheen. No fraying carpet, peeling paint or spotted upholstery, she is in tip top condition.
Caribbean Princess is going in to dry dock in April 2017 to be changed to a Medallion Class ship. She will become completely computerized. The passenger will wear a medallion, either on the wrist, around the neck, on a key fob that will open doors, make reservations, connect internet service, etc.
Embarkation Day. I arrived at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. I had Princess transfers and it was a long wait, about 90 minutes, for the transfer bus. Only a 15 minute ride to the port. When I arrived at the cruise terminal I had asked for wheelchair assistance to get up the gangway. I went to a Princess Representative and he gave me a number and I waited about 30 minutes for a wheelchair, it was first come first serve, even though I had previously made reservations through Princess for the chair. I was brought in to the terminal and up to a handicapped desk and less than 5 minutes later I was being pushed on the ship. Because of my late arrived to the port, from the wait for the transfer bus, I was able to go right to my cabin.
Ocean View Cabin L103, Lido Deck, Deck 15. I loved this cabin. When I made my reservation, over a year ago, I spent a lot of time looking for an Ocean View with a lot of space. I found 4 cabins at the front of the ship, which Princess called an obstructed view. The obstruction was the Promenade with a wood handrail that could be seen from the bottom of my window and a small deck that only the crew used and then a wonderful view of the ocean or the port right in front of my window. There are 4 cabins in this group, L101, L102, L103 and L104. All of these cabins are larger than most balcony cabins. I won’t book a balcony because I never use it, I just want to have a window. The cabin had two floor to ceiling closets with an overhead shelf in each. A third closet had the safe and four shelves in it for purses, shoes, etc. After the closets was a desk with three drawers and a refrigerator under it. Next to the desk was a chair and table but a love seat would have fit in here perfectly, it would have been a great place to sit and read, right by the window. Across from the desk was the king size bed with a nightstand on either side. The mattress was very comfortable and four big fluffy pillows. There was so much room in the cabin, I brought some passengers I met at the Meet and Greet to see it and they said it was bigger than their balcony and the other couple said it was almost as big as their suite. It had the standard small bathroom with a small shower. The only problem I had with this room was a door that passengers could use to walk out on the Promenade slammed shut every time someone walked out there and it shook all the walls in my cabin. This door to the Promenade was only unlocked from 8 am to 6 pm. Next time I will book either L101 or L102, they were in the middle not near the door. The cabin stewardess was great, the cabin was always clean, neat and inviting.