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We sailed the Caribbean Princess from Southampton 9/22/17 to Ft Lauderdale 10/7/17. It was our 45th cruise, but first transatlantic. We used Princess’ EZ Air for Virgin Atlantic BOS to LHR and enjoyed a day in London pre-cruise. Overall we had a very good, relaxing time. We love sea days; the first two were very cool, but the other eight were fantastic. We relaxed on a Lido Deck chaise alternating between napping and reading. Deck crew did an amazing job removing debris left on unoccupied chaises! We have sailed the Caribbean Princess a couple other times, so readily acclimated to the layout. Our stateroom was obstructed view E515; the location was fantastic with quick access to mid-ship elevators and a short walk to the aft elevators. We went forward only for the evening shows in the theater. Our stateroom view was only slightly obstructed nicely positioned between lifeboats. The first day’s Patter advised us that we would enjoy FOUR production shows over the course of our 15 night cruise; our cruise director “Gary” echoed that information at the Welcome Aboard Show. Unfortunately we actually got to see only three production shows: Bravo, Born to be Wild and Broadway Ballroom. My husband loved the first and actually went to two showings of it. I strongly preferred the last one, but we both enjoyed them all. We were very disappointed that, although told we’d also see “Piano Man” it was never performed and we did not receive any explanation. Fly on entertainment included vocalist Todd Adamson and violinist Chris Walker, both of whom did a great job. We also had a magician whose show consisted of only sleight of hand tricks, mostly performed and displayed by overhead projector…in a theater that seats more than a thousand guests. We also had a musician who played a couple unusual instruments for 30 minutes…on a formal night. “Voice of the Ocean” is essentially the karaoke finals presented as the evening’s entertainment. We really enjoyed about half of the shows, but were seriously unimpressed by some of the others. Many evenings the group “Nexus” performed in the Explorer’s bar and they were wonderful for listening and dancing. Passenger demographics on this sailing was predominantly retirees; we love Movies Under the Stars and expected movies would be planned accordingly. Not so. We were treated to flicks like "Lego: the Batman Movie." There were a few that we really enjoyed but our cruise had only a half dozen kids and the movies presented were absolutely not tailored to the primary demographic on board. We booked all of our shore excursions with Princess so we didn’t have to plan, think or worry. The motor coaches and narrators all did fine jobs. We enjoyed the cobblestone streets and canal of Brugges, absolutely loved Paris and our dinner cruise, Lisbon was OK. Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda was beautiful. I’m certain we didn’t lose weight on board. We had breakfast in the dining room only once; the buffet breakfast was exactly the same thing day after day. But the omelette station (far aft) was very good, bacon was crispy and Princess has the absolute best ever (raisin free) bran muffins. We bought the coffee card and enjoyed a lot of fresh brewed coffee from the International Café. We had lunch in the dining room three times, but the menu wasn’t anything special, so we grazed on the Lido Deck most of the time. This cruise is the first time (of 45 cruises) that we left feeling rather disappointed in the food. There were always some odd casserole concoctions, pre-made sandwiches, very repetitive mediocre soups and too often we ended up having pizza. I tried the burger place twice, but the “American cheese” is actually the wrapped slices of processed cheese food (51% cheese, 49% oil,) NO, thank you. The “ice cream” is actually some artificial frozen dessert mix that is neither rich nor creamy; I tried it once and hubby tried it twice – very disappointing. The MDR for dinner was much better. Service was very good and we never had to wait more than a few minutes to be seated. Although we did have to choose from the Princess favorites too many times (salmon or fettucine alfredo) the food was well prepared and well presented. I left a 15 night cruise seriously impressed by ONE meal…the chicken pot pie. Neither of us usually eat dark meat, but this was absolutely delicious. I had dessert only two times – once just ice cream, but the texture had ice crystals and the other time was supposed to be New York Cheesecake, but the texture was too soft, not firm as that item should be. My husband had and enjoyed dessert almost every night. Our biggest food-related disappointments were the quality of Lido Deck options and that the aft section is now set up as extra charge dining outlets. On prior cruises, we loved having dinner with table linens, but casual Lido atmosphere with some MDR selections on the buffet. We are booked on our next Princess cruise to Hawaii (for the third time.) But cancellation is an option due to our disappointment in the casual dining food.

Awesome service, some great shows, disappointing food.

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by GottaLuvCruising

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We sailed the Caribbean Princess from Southampton 9/22/17 to Ft Lauderdale 10/7/17. It was our 45th cruise, but first transatlantic. We used Princess’ EZ Air for Virgin Atlantic BOS to LHR and enjoyed a day in London pre-cruise.

Overall we had a very good, relaxing time. We love sea days; the first two were very cool, but the other eight were fantastic. We relaxed on a Lido Deck chaise alternating between napping and reading. Deck crew did an amazing job removing debris left on unoccupied chaises!

We have sailed the Caribbean Princess a couple other times, so readily acclimated to the layout. Our stateroom was obstructed view E515; the location was fantastic with quick access to mid-ship elevators and a short walk to the aft elevators. We went forward only for the evening shows in the theater. Our stateroom view was only slightly obstructed nicely positioned between lifeboats.

The first day’s Patter advised us that we would enjoy FOUR production shows over the course of our 15 night cruise; our cruise director “Gary” echoed that information at the Welcome Aboard Show. Unfortunately we actually got to see only three production shows: Bravo, Born to be Wild and Broadway Ballroom. My husband loved the first and actually went to two showings of it. I strongly preferred the last one, but we both enjoyed them all. We were very disappointed that, although told we’d also see “Piano Man” it was never performed and we did not receive any explanation. Fly on entertainment included vocalist Todd Adamson and violinist Chris Walker, both of whom did a great job. We also had a magician whose show consisted of only sleight of hand tricks, mostly performed and displayed by overhead projector…in a theater that seats more than a thousand guests. We also had a musician who played a couple unusual instruments for 30 minutes…on a formal night. “Voice of the Ocean” is essentially the karaoke finals presented as the evening’s entertainment. We really enjoyed about half of the shows, but were seriously unimpressed by some of the others. Many evenings the group “Nexus” performed in the Explorer’s bar and they were wonderful for listening and dancing. Passenger demographics on this sailing was predominantly retirees; we love Movies Under the Stars and expected movies would be planned accordingly. Not so. We were treated to flicks like "Lego: the Batman Movie." There were a few that we really enjoyed but our cruise had only a half dozen kids and the movies presented were absolutely not tailored to the primary demographic on board.

We booked all of our shore excursions with Princess so we didn’t have to plan, think or worry. The motor coaches and narrators all did fine jobs. We enjoyed the cobblestone streets and canal of Brugges, absolutely loved Paris and our dinner cruise, Lisbon was OK. Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda was beautiful.

I’m certain we didn’t lose weight on board. We had breakfast in the dining room only once; the buffet breakfast was exactly the same thing day after day. But the omelette station (far aft) was very good, bacon was crispy and Princess has the absolute best ever (raisin free) bran muffins. We bought the coffee card and enjoyed a lot of fresh brewed coffee from the International Café. We had lunch in the dining room three times, but the menu wasn’t anything special, so we grazed on the Lido Deck most of the time. This cruise is the first time (of 45 cruises) that we left feeling rather disappointed in the food. There were always some odd casserole concoctions, pre-made sandwiches, very repetitive mediocre soups and too often we ended up having pizza. I tried the burger place twice, but the “American cheese” is actually the wrapped slices of processed cheese food (51% cheese, 49% oil,) NO, thank you. The “ice cream” is actually some artificial frozen dessert mix that is neither rich nor creamy; I tried it once and hubby tried it twice – very disappointing. The MDR for dinner was much better. Service was very good and we never had to wait more than a few minutes to be seated. Although we did have to choose from the Princess favorites too many times (salmon or fettucine alfredo) the food was well prepared and well presented. I left a 15 night cruise seriously impressed by ONE meal…the chicken pot pie. Neither of us usually eat dark meat, but this was absolutely delicious. I had dessert only two times – once just ice cream, but the texture had ice crystals and the other time was supposed to be New York Cheesecake, but the texture was too soft, not firm as that item should be. My husband had and enjoyed dessert almost every night. Our biggest food-related disappointments were the quality of Lido Deck options and that the aft section is now set up as extra charge dining outlets. On prior cruises, we loved having dinner with table linens, but casual Lido atmosphere with some MDR selections on the buffet.

We are booked on our next Princess cruise to Hawaii (for the third time.) But cancellation is an option due to our disappointment in the casual dining food.
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Cabin IC E515
Our stateroom was obstructed view E515; the location was fantastic with quick access to mid-ship elevators and a short walk to the aft elevators. We went forward only for the evening shows in the theater. Our stateroom view was only slightly obstructed nicely positioned between lifeboats.
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