We choose the Caribbean Princess based on recommendations from some friend who are big time cruisers. This was our first cruise so we really had no idea what to expect. We set off for a two week East/West Caribbean cruise to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. Here are a few things that we'd like to share.
The Caribbean is absolutly beautiful!
The ship was beautiful and dang big. Takes days to see it all!
We had smooth sailing even in somewhat rough seas.
You're going to be around people from all over the world and our country, we really enjoyed this!
The food was much, much better than we expected in every restaurant!
The wait staff was exceptional!
The nightly entertainment was much better than expected.
There was always something going on. No matter what age, you'll find something fun to do!
Loved the workout room, the sauna and steam rooms.
There is a adult only "sanctuary" area for some quite pool/sun time.
The high energy band "Static" was incredible!
Most all entertainment was really good!
We received $600 in onboard spending money. They took back $420 in mandatory tips for the hotel staff. Essentially, you're paying their wages for Princess Lines
We had really good service and really lousy service. Regardless you're going to pay an additional 18% mandatory tip on all purchases regardless of service. We didn't like this.
Spa prices are way over priced, especially the facials.
The rooms are really small, showers are even smaller!
Off shore excursions are over priced. Do your research and you'll find better for less.
Our excursion to Xcaret was time limited and missed the best shows
If you do a facial, a massage or acupuncture be prepared for the sales pitch to buy the over priced products.
Getting through to the front desk on the phone will drive you nuts.
You're going to be nickel and dimed to death.
We have traveled the world, I traveled for a living for 30+ years. This was big event for us, so we did it all. We had the balcony room, did the spa, acupuncture, facial, ate at a nice restaurant a couple of times. Drank some good wine and a lot of margarita's. After two weeks onboard, we had a great time but to be honest when I got the final bill, I just don't think the value was there. Paid a premium for above average vacation. Will make some changes and do more research for the next cruise.
Smaller than a cheap New York City hotel room.....