What Colours: Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by david the pirate

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david the pirate
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What Colours

Sail Date: October 2009
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
This was our first cruise based in America. we have cruised around 30 times in the past, mostly the South Pacific with 3 line voyages and a couple of European cruises. We cruised on the Diamond :Princess in January 09 (New Zealand) and as far as I can see, the Caribbean Princess is almost the same except for having an extra deck of cabins and Sky-walkers nightclub was located at the stern. This didn't mean that the ship was crowded. We only came across crowds at showtime, when people were vacating the theatre. This cruise attracted a younger crowd that we expected but at 50ish we were among the youngest. Definitely not a cruise to take children on. Although the ship had plenty of facilities to cater for them, the itinerary would not hold their attention.

We found the ports of call on the whole very good. we Particularly enjoyed Boston. We were a little disappointed that Mother Nature had not put on the spectacular colours the region is noted for. Maybe it might become a thing More of the past if the world warms up too much.Anyway this is what I thought of the voyage.

the Cabin was an inside. we always book an inside as we like the dark and the money we save we spend more on other things such as tours. The room was clean however the linen was showing signs of wear and was not changed daily. The toiletries were rationed and I had to ask several times for more supplies. The same for ice. I asked the steward on the first day to please fill the bucket so we had ice for the afternoon. This was rarely done and I would have to ask him almost daily. He was friendly and polite and never rude but seemed to ignore requests. The cabin itself was small but sufficient as we don't spend much time in it. The small table is a waste of time, it is in the way most of the time. the bathroom was similar to all ship bathrooms. Small. Hanging space is plentiful with more than enough space. The wardrobe was an open space and might be an issue for those who don't want others to see their clothing.

The Ship was in good order and showed that maintenance was a priority. There were some internal trims and glass that needed to be replaced but most would not notice. the furnishings in the public rooms were in very good order and the overall ambiance of the ship was similar to all the Princess ships We have travelled on. Nothing outlandish, quite muted timber and neutral colours. there are many areas to be alone in as there are many places to be amongst a crowd. I like the way Princess ships are laid out and if you have been on 1 you can easily find your way around them all.

With this itinerary the ships facilities were vastly underutilised and we had no problem with getting a spa, deckchair, seat at the buffet. the evening shows were different. If you weren't there half an hour before the show, forget it. Entertainment, was similar to the usual fare we get in OZ but of a higher standard. One of the comedians was a riot and the other a flop but it could be a matter of taste.

Food was a disappointment. We have mentioned it many times to Princess that the menu needs to change. The food (menu)is the same on every princess & P&O Australia ship we've been on. Albeit minor differences. The food at the Buffet is generally bland, over cooked and not hot enough. The Dining room is better however the dishes sound exotic in the menu they turn out to be meat and two veg. Princess really need to lift their game here. The only place you could get a meal that was hot and tasty was the Pizza Restaurant. The grill and pizza bar on deck were nowhere near as good as on the Diamond. we ate at the Chef's Table and it was the best meal we had on board ($75 per person)but it wasn't as good as the Clam chowder and lobster roll in St John!

Overall we had a wonderful time on the ship and in port. I would recommend this cruise, however don't think that it will be a relaxing time as there is only one sea day and the rest of the time you'll be exploring the rich history, nature and food of this beautiful part of North America. Less

Published 12/02/09

Cabin review: IIl216

Port and Shore Excursions

Although it pored down with rain we had a great time in Bar Harbour. We were one of the first asdhore in the first tender. We were not going to do a tour as such here but because of the weather decided to book a trollly tour. Agian we should have booked through the ship as the trolly that was left for those who made their own arrangements was the oldest, leakiest and noisiest. there was no demister and the driver had to stop every 500m so that he could wipe the windscreen. he passes paper towell back for us tourests but it was not effective. the commentary was good. Infact the guide gave too much information. I'm sure that on a fime day the scenery would have been great but not on a wet day. We had god food (lobster & Chowder) from a cafe / bar that had yellow weatherboard walls. Excellent! also the fried pickles. The post office is well worth a visit. The shopping was very good as we were at the end of the season. I've never seen so many parkers and fleece tops bought in my life.

Boston is truly a beutiful city. There is history everywhere. We walked the freedom trail and found out so much about American early history. The architecture is charming. The place is ultra clean and you feel very safe. The Taxi driver told us that it would be better to start the trail from the other end as it would be easier to get a taxi back to the ship from the city centre. This was yery good advice as the taxis were mostly ful in the afternoon with office people and locals as well as us tourists. Again great chowdwe in the market. Booston is almost flat so a waking tour is easy. i will definitly go back to explore more.

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We actually saw only a small portion of Halifax,as we spent most of the day tidal bore rafting. We did see a fair amount of the natural beauty of Nova Scotia during our trip to and from the river. The city seemed to be fairly substantial. It was very clean and I would like to go back for a longer stay.

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Newport is a lovely looking place but if you read all the signs on the buses and billboards it must have a huge drug problem.There seemed the be signs everywhere about rehab clinics and domestic violence. I didn't see any evidence of drugs or violence. It was very strange. The place looked very ivy league. It is interesting to see what can be achieved when money is no object. The homes of the U.S. elite from the early last century are something to see. We did a tour which we booked from the information centre. The staff were very informative and I'm sure that because of them we got the most out of the day. The place was also very clean. Again Great lobster and chowder.

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A lovely place to visit, especially for those who have a liking for nautical history. a very clean place. The population seems a bit more multicultural than Halifax. the locals were friendly and didn't seem to mind that we were "off the ship" The food and beer here was excellent and it was interesting to compare the produce in the market. The local bus was cheap and a good way to get around. A note of warning for those who want to do a tour from the wharf. there were only two buses running tours from the dock and you had to wait in line to purchase your ticket as you boarded. So if you really want to do a coach tour I strongly suggest that you book through the ship to avoid disappointment. we saw many people refused entry to the bus after wasting nearly an hour in line. The cost of the ship tour was only a couple of dollars more. Shipping companies often monopolise the market and if there is another ship in port or two,then the tourism resources become very stretched. My advise is don't let a maybe once in a life time opportunity slip by by trying to save a few bucks.

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david the pirate
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