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We chose this cruise (actually changing from another cruise line) because it had a stop in Le Havre and the Normandy beaches. The embarkation was one of the smoothest we had - no lines to speak of and on board in approx. 30 minutes. We went with a Guarantee cabin and that was a mistake because we end up in the very front of the ship on deck 5. The location was fine most of the time but the noise as the ship left or docked or hit stronger waves was enough to keep one awake. The room itself did not allow for space on both sides of the bed, so one person always had to crawl into bed from the foot of it - that's the first time we've ever experienced such an arrangement, and one we didn't appreciate the lack of space! The service and wait-staff were excellent! They met our every need, from cabin steward to dining staff to passenger services! On the other hand, the food was definitely not up to par. We ended up eating in the World Market buffet most evenings because the selection in the dining rooms was very limited and not to our liking. We did eat in the Pinnacle Grill one evening, and the food there was very tasty! Most activities on board during sea days did not interest us. We did attend the shore information talks with Humberto and they were good - but we've had better on Princess. We attended 2 presentations by locals, and one of the was fine, but not beyond what we already knew about the port/location. The other one read his information to us, which made us wonder why he was chosen to do it. The ship provided transportation from the ship to towns in some ports where the distance was great (Dublin) but not in others (Edinburgh). In nearly all stops, there were locals at the port with information about their city and the local attractions. The disembarkation was again very smooth - we basically didn't have to wait at all and our luggage was available by the time we arrived in the building. I do have to mention that we did not stop in Guernsey for our fist port. The captain announced after the life boat drill on embarkation day that we would not stop there due to expected wind and waves. That was truly disappointing since we had read a great deal about the island! As a result, the ship did not leave Southampton at its scheduled 5:00 pm; it left at 2:30 am. Not much you can do when you've just gotten on board and you're not leaving at a time to see things during daylight! (Also, see the noise of leaving port above!! at 2:30 am!!) Wondered why he couldn't arrive at Cobh earlier or left on time or .......?

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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Otsego

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We chose this cruise (actually changing from another cruise line) because it had a stop in Le Havre and the Normandy beaches. The embarkation was one of the smoothest we had - no lines to speak of and on board in approx. 30 minutes. We went with a Guarantee cabin and that was a mistake because we end up in the very front of the ship on deck 5. The location was fine most of the time but the noise as the ship left or docked or hit stronger waves was enough to keep one awake. The room itself did not allow for space on both sides of the bed, so one person always had to crawl into bed from the foot of it - that's the first time we've ever experienced such an arrangement, and one we didn't appreciate the lack of space! The service and wait-staff were excellent! They met our every need, from cabin steward to dining staff to passenger services! On the other hand, the food was definitely not up to par. We ended up eating in the World Market buffet most evenings because the selection in the dining rooms was very limited and not to our liking. We did eat in the Pinnacle Grill one evening, and the food there was very tasty! Most activities on board during sea days did not interest us. We did attend the shore information talks with Humberto and they were good - but we've had better on Princess. We attended 2 presentations by locals, and one of the was fine, but not beyond what we already knew about the port/location. The other one read his information to us, which made us wonder why he was chosen to do it. The ship provided transportation from the ship to towns in some ports where the distance was great (Dublin) but not in others (Edinburgh). In nearly all stops, there were locals at the port with information about their city and the local attractions. The disembarkation was again very smooth - we basically didn't have to wait at all and our luggage was available by the time we arrived in the building.

I do have to mention that we did not stop in Guernsey for our fist port. The captain announced after the life boat drill on embarkation day that we would not stop there due to expected wind and waves. That was truly disappointing since we had read a great deal about the island! As a result, the ship did not leave Southampton at its scheduled 5:00 pm; it left at 2:30 am. Not much you can do when you've just gotten on board and you're not leaving at a time to see things during daylight! (Also, see the noise of leaving port above!! at 2:30 am!!) Wondered why he couldn't arrive at Cobh earlier or left on time or .......?
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Oceanview
Cabin OF P203
Cabin was narrow, not leaving space on both sides of the bed - one aleays had to crawlinto bed from the foot. Shower very small, and frequently the shower curtain left water on the bathroom floor!
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