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Reason for cruise was bucket list destination of the Panama Canal - Princess choice based on value with solid reputation for good food and entertainment which we have experienced on prior Princess Cruises, which did not disappoint on this one; however have noted a decline in food quality, type and variety in buffet since previous cruises with them - Elite status for this cruise. Was older ship that needs updating in bathrooms and particularly the shower (compared to previous cruise on Celebrity with nicer room and restroom / shower). Compared to very same previous cruise, Princess much better in main show and average entertainment and cruise director. Very efficient embarkation was a nice surprise in Fort Lauderdale with Princess ground personnel and medallion - the port location itself has allot to be desired - old dilapidated and congested airport and cruise port - not Princess fault; also very mismanaged departure back to airport if using independent shuttle service that we acquired through hotel to port and upon return to airport, with disorganized and horrible waits and wait areas - also not cruise line’s fault; in fact for same price would recommend using cruise line transfers or taxi to airport. Different cruise lines have their various plus and minuses compared to others I have sailed - this one overall good experience and a great time.

Excellent bar service and price and best entertainment experience so far

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by PaulBod

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Reason for cruise was bucket list destination of the Panama Canal - Princess choice based on value with solid reputation for good food and entertainment which we have experienced on prior Princess Cruises, which did not disappoint on this one; however have noted a decline in food quality, type and variety in buffet since previous cruises with them - Elite status for this cruise. Was older ship that needs updating in bathrooms and particularly the shower (compared to previous cruise on Celebrity with nicer room and restroom / shower). Compared to very same previous cruise, Princess much better in main show and average entertainment and cruise director. Very efficient embarkation was a nice surprise in Fort Lauderdale with Princess ground personnel and medallion - the port location itself has allot to be desired - old dilapidated and congested airport and cruise port - not Princess fault; also very mismanaged departure back to airport if using independent shuttle service that we acquired through hotel to port and upon return to airport, with disorganized and horrible waits and wait areas - also not cruise line’s fault; in fact for same price would recommend using cruise line transfers or taxi to airport. Different cruise lines have their various plus and minuses compared to others I have sailed - this one overall good experience and a great time.
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Had excellent location on pool / buffet deck in front near stairs / elevator - excellent bed in size and comfort - dated and small bathroom and shower on older ship
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