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We took this cruise because we wanted to see Fall foliage, enjoy some cool weather and visit a part of the country we hadn’t yet visited. The ship went to great measures to avoid a repeat of an apparent increase in the level of GI outbreak they experienced on the previous cruise. Crew was constantly wiping down, and no passengers were allowed to handle buffet serving utensils for nearly four We had to endure four long sea days due to cancellation of two port calls caused by high winds up to 95 KPH. Very disappointing. We were only offered 20% discount on a future cruise as compensation. Saw very little fall foliage color change until our departure home out of Montreal. We took no excursions, as they didn’t look very interesting and were VERY pricey. The onshore taxi tours available were much less expensive. Highlights were the Newport mansions from the “Gatsby” era and the Marine museum in Halifax. The port cities themselves were pretty dull. Very modern buildings, lots of museums and old cathedrals. The dining room and buffet food was very underwhelming. Carved offerings, deserts, breads and pastries, were lousy. Lots of casseroles (perhaps re-purposing?). Minimal veggies. The Indian food was okay. First cruise I’ve gained NO weight! Buffets and seating areas were very crowded, and a lot of walking involved to find everything. The Crown Grille was the exception; outstanding food and service! The outdoor deck ice cream and coffee bar had the best soft-serve ice cream I’ve had. Hot dogs and pizza by the pool were good, but the burgers were mushy. The chili they use is NOT chili. Very limited boutique on-board shopping with very small selection. The biggest surprise was the entertainment! Best we’ve experienced on a cruise! All the performers were so highly experienced, multi-talented, professional and gifted! Every show was worth attending, even more than once! Great variety of superb entertainers! The Medallion system used by Princess is really innovative and worked well. Great ease of room entry, ordering drinks, gaming, embarking/disembarking, locating your fellow travelers, chatting, etc. The internet was the best we’ve found on a cruise. Easy to connect, pretty fast and great value for unlimited use of four devices. The barista style coffee drink package was a very good deal. Very limited live TV in cabin, but good movie choices. The shower was smaller than those found in a travel trailer. Don’t drop the soap! The new beds are wonderful! The cabin steward we were assigned was excellent and very friendly. Most of the rest of the crew always seemed like they were pissed off about something. Nice outdoor movies, but usually too cold and wet to enjoy. Not much else going on outdoors this time of year. The hot tubs were just lukewarm, so no one used them. There were no kids on board other than a few babies. Lots of seniors like us. Many walkers, wheel chairs and scooters on board that seemed to get around without too much difficulty. Bottom line, this cruise was several notches down from the last Princess cruise we took in 2005. But then so were the last Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Holland America cruises we’ve taken in recent years. It seems great food and service has moved to the higher end cruise lines. Everything on the cheaper lines seems more geared toward families and individuals wanting to consume mass quantities with little discretion toward quality.

Nicely re-furbished older ship, but the cruise did not meet our expectations

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Richard D

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We took this cruise because we wanted to see Fall foliage, enjoy some cool weather and visit a part of the country we hadn’t yet visited. The ship went to great measures to avoid a repeat of an apparent increase in the level of GI outbreak they experienced on the previous cruise. Crew was constantly wiping down, and no passengers were allowed to handle buffet serving utensils for nearly four

We had to endure four long sea days due to cancellation of two port calls caused by high winds up to 95 KPH. Very disappointing. We were only offered 20% discount on a future cruise as compensation. Saw very little fall foliage color change until our departure home out of Montreal.

We took no excursions, as they didn’t look very interesting and were VERY pricey. The onshore taxi tours available were much less expensive. Highlights were the Newport mansions from the “Gatsby” era and the Marine museum in Halifax. The port cities themselves were pretty dull. Very modern buildings, lots of museums and old cathedrals.

The dining room and buffet food was very underwhelming. Carved offerings, deserts, breads and pastries, were lousy. Lots of casseroles (perhaps re-purposing?). Minimal veggies. The Indian food was okay. First cruise I’ve gained NO weight! Buffets and seating areas were very crowded, and a lot of walking involved to find everything. The Crown Grille was the exception; outstanding food and service! The outdoor deck ice cream and coffee bar had the best soft-serve ice cream I’ve had. Hot dogs and pizza by the pool were good, but the burgers were mushy. The chili they use is NOT chili.

Very limited boutique on-board shopping with very small selection.

The biggest surprise was the entertainment! Best we’ve experienced on a cruise! All the performers were so highly experienced, multi-talented, professional and gifted! Every show was worth attending, even more than once! Great variety of superb entertainers!

The Medallion system used by Princess is really innovative and worked well. Great ease of room entry, ordering drinks, gaming, embarking/disembarking, locating your fellow travelers, chatting, etc. The internet was the best we’ve found on a cruise. Easy to connect, pretty fast and great value for unlimited use of four devices. The barista style coffee drink package was a very good deal.

Very limited live TV in cabin, but good movie choices. The shower was smaller than those found in a travel trailer. Don’t drop the soap! The new beds are wonderful! The cabin steward we were assigned was excellent and very friendly. Most of the rest of the crew always seemed like they were pissed off about something.

Nice outdoor movies, but usually too cold and wet to enjoy. Not much else going on outdoors this time of year. The hot tubs were just lukewarm, so no one used them.

There were no kids on board other than a few babies. Lots of seniors like us. Many walkers, wheel chairs and scooters on board that seemed to get around without too much difficulty.

Bottom line, this cruise was several notches down from the last Princess cruise we took in 2005. But then so were the last Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Holland America cruises we’ve taken in recent years. It seems great food and service has moved to the higher end cruise lines. Everything on the cheaper lines seems more geared toward families and individuals wanting to consume mass quantities with little discretion toward quality.
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Nice new big flat screen TV, awesome new mattresses and bedding, fairly soft towels, nicely re-furbished room. Very clean always. No key or card needed for entry with Medallion; you just need to be close to the door. Tiny shower. HUGE closets for a cruise ship! Very satisfied with the value for a small, inside cabin to save money! Didn’t miss the window or balcony at all!
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