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Always wanted to cross the Atlantic, and very happy we did. Many complained that Princess failed them when they dropped a couple of ports and substituted a couple of others, but we didn't mind - it's all about the ship for us and CB was looking sharp coming out of her major dry dock. We sailed her only a year ago, so the changes were obvious for us. Most Notable: Horizon Court is no more. Replaced by "Market Fresh" (or was that "Fresh Market"). What we liked: No more "point and wait" sweet and sandwich area, it's all grab and go now, so much more efficient. The hot food was little changed. The room itself looks far more elegant and tidy, I really liked it. Some have complained that tables are spaced out a bit costing some capacity. Princess seems to have dealt with this by keeping both sides open for seating whether or not food is actually available or not, we never struggled to find a seat, even with our many sea days. The burger bar is slightly updated with a few menu changes including the addition of surprisingly good chicken tacos. Some more variety. Likewise, the pizza bar has a slightly increased menu including new "California Toasts". Again, a few changes to liven things up. We didn't eat at the new barbecue place "Planks" which operates nightly in one of the former cafe Caribe locations (the other being "Steamers"). Both of which we intended to try, but simply ran out of time. The big highlight of our trip was our first experience with Club Class which really impressed us on a nightly basis. This ended up being a very small space within the Coral dining room. Not in any way blocked off (so we didn't feel weird) the approximately 18 tables in Club class had a dedicated staff of 10 plus a dedicated head waiter. Food was the same as all other dining rooms with one additional entree every evening, often prepared by the headwaiter. Service was great, the main advantage however was rarely having to worry about a seat, we only once had to wait and even then less than 5 minutes. We enjoyed the experience but are unlikely to pay the large premium for Club on future cruises. Caribbean herself was in good shape, we loved her last year and the updates improved an already good thing. There was literally nothing I could complain about with the ship itself. Embarcation in Southampton was far and a way our worst ever experience there. Boarding was chaos mainly due to the fact that this sailing included more than 1200 Elite passengers most of whom were convinced they should be boarding FIRST. Staff did a very poor job controlling the crowd, disappointing. Predictably the problems recurred in Ft Lauderdale when all 1200 Elites wanted to depart concurrently. We spent much time in the sanctuary and throughly loved the service there and the few other guests who showed up daily, first in the quite chilly days in Europe and later the very warm South Florida approach.

Westbound Trans Atlantic

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by jondfk

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Window Suite
Always wanted to cross the Atlantic, and very happy we did. Many complained that Princess failed them when they dropped a couple of ports and substituted a couple of others, but we didn't mind - it's all about the ship for us and CB was looking sharp coming out of her major dry dock. We sailed her only a year ago, so the changes were obvious for us.

Most Notable:

Horizon Court is no more. Replaced by "Market Fresh" (or was that "Fresh Market"). What we liked: No more "point and wait" sweet and sandwich area, it's all grab and go now, so much more efficient. The hot food was little changed. The room itself looks far more elegant and tidy, I really liked it. Some have complained that tables are spaced out a bit costing some capacity. Princess seems to have dealt with this by keeping both sides open for seating whether or not food is actually available or not, we never struggled to find a seat, even with our many sea days.

The burger bar is slightly updated with a few menu changes including the addition of surprisingly good chicken tacos. Some more variety.

Likewise, the pizza bar has a slightly increased menu including new "California Toasts". Again, a few changes to liven things up.

We didn't eat at the new barbecue place "Planks" which operates nightly in one of the former cafe Caribe locations (the other being "Steamers"). Both of which we intended to try, but simply ran out of time.

The big highlight of our trip was our first experience with Club Class which really impressed us on a nightly basis. This ended up being a very small space within the Coral dining room. Not in any way blocked off (so we didn't feel weird) the approximately 18 tables in Club class had a dedicated staff of 10 plus a dedicated head waiter. Food was the same as all other dining rooms with one additional entree every evening, often prepared by the headwaiter. Service was great, the main advantage however was rarely having to worry about a seat, we only once had to wait and even then less than 5 minutes. We enjoyed the experience but are unlikely to pay the large premium for Club on future cruises.

Caribbean herself was in good shape, we loved her last year and the updates improved an already good thing. There was literally nothing I could complain about with the ship itself.

Embarcation in Southampton was far and a way our worst ever experience there. Boarding was chaos mainly due to the fact that this sailing included more than 1200 Elite passengers most of whom were convinced they should be boarding FIRST. Staff did a very poor job controlling the crowd, disappointing. Predictably the problems recurred in Ft Lauderdale when all 1200 Elites wanted to depart concurrently.

We spent much time in the sanctuary and throughly loved the service there and the few other guests who showed up daily, first in the quite chilly days in Europe and later the very warm South Florida approach.
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Cabin Review

Window Suite
Cabin S7 F307
We are fans of the Window Suites and have in fact stayed in this very cabin once before. This is a good S7 suite about halfway down the short hallway that all such cabins share. These rooms are however getting a bit dated with a few chips here and there and fixtures that are far from new. Still, we like the large size, really more like a studio apartment than any normal cruise ship cabin.
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