1st Timer - Enjoyed Crusing: Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by cruisersfrompa

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1st Timer - Enjoyed Crusing

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Very impressed with the staff, cleanliness, appointments & comfort of our cruise. We stayed in an oceanview between two lifeboats. Balcony for sure next cruise. Rough seas through late 1st night of the cruise & rain. Even on this 3100 passenger ship, a number of people were ill. Not I.

Passage to San Juan was overcast & a bit rainy. Needed the break from the sun anyhow.

Passage to Grand Turk was a breeze.

Captain & crew did a pretty good job at weather avoidance on our homebound passage. Seas were moderate & on a number of occasions we could see weather happening port & starboard. Insofar as the shipboard happenings:

1. Food & Service - Our late seating dining tablemates were fun & conversations were lively. Mehalla was our server, and she was terrific. Food was very good to excellent. Exceptions were frogs legs (kind of boring sauce) & a pretty tough NY Strip Steak that was also over-cooked. Buffets were More varied & themed meals on buffet were pretty cool.

2. Bars - Martini's & beer were NOT 'watered-down'. Heard some wining about fruity drinks. Tenders were polite, only the Martini bar had real personality as far as I could glean.

3. Pools - Spent most free time at or near pools. Hot tubs were pretty inconsistent on jet operation, It's a scramble to get lounge chairs.

4. Shows/events - saw Troy Thirdgills for the last 2/3's of his act. Verrry funny. Like I said above, we were poolside for much of the trip. Less

Published 06/02/10

Cabin review: E626

Slept well in a nice Oceanview. Mid-ship location seemed to be better when we did have some rough seas.

Port and Shore Excursions

It's a postage stamp of an island. Had planned to fish there, but the Department of Resources was on a long lunch. Bailed on fishing & went to Pillory Beach. You really need to swim out a ways to see much sea-life, and not near the diversity of Coki. Kathy Williams of "Kathy & Jack" taxi was our ride. From Pillory, she got us to Barbie's restaurant for conch fritters, cracked conch & refreshments. She picked us up about 45 minutes from drop off, gave an informal tour of the Salinas (pelicans, flamingos & other neat birds). The random roaming horses, donkeys & cows were a crack-up. Margarittaville's beach probabaly had better snorkeling than Pillory in hind sight, but we were more interested in libations at Jack's Shack & the M-Ville swim up bar.

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1st port - Bermuda was a blast. Ferried to St. Georges from Royal Dockyards. We walked St. Georges, then spent the day on Tobacco Bay Beach. Mid May water was a little chilly when you got to the ocean, so glad we had wet suits. Also hit a "Glass Beach" about a mile from our berth near the Royal Naval Cemetary, very cool.

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Took the free trolley to El Morro, nice drive & it took us all the way to the gates. Very pretty scenery & simple trip. Started raining at 3PM, so we retreated to Chicago Burger near the cruise terminal & watched the Flyers game on NBC. Pretty slim sports offerings on ship TV channels.

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3rd port - St. Thomas. Planned on doing the cable car ride, but after our taxi to Coki Beach - we were vista'd out. Tremendous views of Megan's Bay from the hilly terrain. Coki was the top snorkel of our trip! Scads of sea life. Not really wowed by the shopping in town, got some rum, tobacco & t-shirts.

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