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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,698 Reviews

Great cruise from embarkation to disembarkation

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by worcesterite

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We enjoy Princess because it fits our style as a couple: Princess ships are fundamentally ships, not floating amusement parks. The decor is very pleasant, particularly the piazza area. The balcony cabins are comfortable, and we find the food to be excellent. Regarding dining, we enjoy the buffet for breakfast and dinner, but use the main dining rooms in the evening. We will never sail with a cruise line that does not have open dining with tables for two, such as Princess's "Anytime Dining". Particularly on this cruise, getting a table was never a problem. The food and service in the main dining rooms were fine. We happened to receive a complimentary dinner in Sabatini's Italian restaurant, and were VERY impressed. Nex time we will be happy to pay the $25 each. The International Cafe and coffee bar is a highlight for us. The specialty coffees are reasonably priced and quite good, and the snacks and pastries are excellent. This ship had the new "Medallion" feature and vastly upgraded internet service. The medallion made embarkation go very smoothly and quickly and the internet service was almost like land-based wifi in its speed. Of course it is not free, but a much better value than the previous glacially slow service. Some of the ports were new to us: Belize and Roatan. In Roatan we just walked to the adjacent beach for free - very pleasant. In Belize (a long tender trip from ship to shore) we took the excursion to the Altun Ha ruins and were quite impressed. It is a treat to be able to climb on the pyramids, and seeing a little of Belize on the way was interesting.

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Cabin Review

Cabin BE C242

A standard Princess balcony cabin, in good condition with a mini fridge and a huge flat screen TV, but very few live TV channels. The balcony is quite large.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Port Everglades is always a bit of a zoo but if you arrive early the embarkation is not bad. Around noon it can be gridlock. We always take Uber or taxi from the airport or hotel, NEVER a shuttle. The shuttle may go to 5 or 6 other ships before yours, inching through gridlock at the port. That is torture as you are waiting for your free lunch on the ship!!

Semi Submarine Tour

The semi-sub tour was good, not like snorkling but we did see quite a lot of coral and many fish. The narrator was very good. The trip also included the sea turtle breeding facility which was quite interesting. It would have been preferable to skip the stops at "Hell" and a rum cake place but they did not take long.

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The free beach was very nice. There is also a shopping village built just for the cruise ships. This area (Mahogany Bay) is owned by Carnival that owns Princess.

Altun Ha

The ruins were more impressive than we expected and the trip was both informative and enjoyable. Both the bus guide and the Altun Ha guides were very friendly and reasonably knowledgeable. The tender ride and the bus ride are rather long but definitely worth it in our opinion.

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Deluxe Sail, Snorkel and Beach Party

This excursion was run by the Fury company that apparently runs excursions in several ports. It was a great trip - more than we expected. The snorkling time is rather short but enjoyable. The boat then sails to Fury's private beach with free lounge chairs, paddle boards, water toys, etc. And both the boat and beach have free margaritas (weak but free) and beer. The boat had a large and very friendly crew that made the trip feel like a party.

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