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We had a great time last year on the Caribbean Princess, but not this time on Sky Princess. The embark/disembarkation was easy, the Medallion worked fine to get in and out of the room and buy drinks (all we used it for). Very nice basic balcony room, clean, nice and brightly lit bathroom. Polite staff. BUT, the crowds of people made a big difference this time. We knew we had to get to the theater early (45 min to 1 hour for production shows), but we did not expect to be shut out of most other evening events in Princess Live or the piazza on 5. If you went to the 8pm theater show, then you were unable to get seats for 9pm events elsewhere. This was the first time we ever ended up watching movies in our room at night. We really enjoyed Mike Misko the magician/comedian. He was the best entertainment and it was great that he had 2 shows. The buffet on sea days was a madhouse at breakfast time and lunch. Yes, it is huge...but it could take 5-10 minutes to wander around to find a seat even for 2. As many others have said, bland food barely warm. Very good omelets. Not enough sinks, and poor compliance with hand washing. The deck chair situation remains awful, not a chair available at 9am even on a cloudy day! Finally got 2 chairs at 2pm. With chairs at a premium - no one should be using the nice padded chairs for footrests!! There was rarely a spot to sit if you got pizza or a burger at poolside. I also think it is strange that Princess uses the passengers to provide entertainment in the piazza area. All dance and Zumba classes are smack dab in the center of the piazza, with all the surrounding chairs filled with guests watching the classes. I am too self concious to Zumba around with hundreds of strangers watching, but I would have taken classes if they were in a lounge or the gym. The MDR was fine, the service was so fast that you could not have a leisurely meal. All the beef dishes were delicious, most other options were beautiful but boring. Just no flavor. Enjoyed Alfredo's atmosphere, the calzone was good and piping hot!! That said, we spoke with people who had been on the ship for 3 weeks in a row and they were happy. Next time I will choose a smaller ship, or one with fewer sea days. Coastal Cay Cruise - overpriced and boring. Vessel too noisy to hear what guide said. Under Two Flags Tour - very good with great guide, Dennis. Lasts longer than 2 hours due to traffic, so be prepared if you book another tour after this one. Lagoon Kayak - very strenous kayaking in a busy waterway with massive yachts. Not "serene and leisurely" as describe. Nice guides.

Nice ship, but too crowded.

Sky Princess Cruise Review by Armonk27

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2020
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We had a great time last year on the Caribbean Princess, but not this time on Sky Princess. The embark/disembarkation was easy, the Medallion worked fine to get in and out of the room and buy drinks (all we used it for). Very nice basic balcony room, clean, nice and brightly lit bathroom. Polite staff.

BUT, the crowds of people made a big difference this time. We knew we had to get to the theater early (45 min to 1 hour for production shows), but we did not expect to be shut out of most other evening events in Princess Live or the piazza on 5. If you went to the 8pm theater show, then you were unable to get seats for 9pm events elsewhere. This was the first time we ever ended up watching movies in our room at night. We really enjoyed Mike Misko the magician/comedian. He was the best entertainment and it was great that he had 2 shows.

The buffet on sea days was a madhouse at breakfast time and lunch. Yes, it is huge...but it could take 5-10 minutes to wander around to find a seat even for 2. As many others have said, bland food barely warm. Very good omelets. Not enough sinks, and poor compliance with hand washing.

The deck chair situation remains awful, not a chair available at 9am even on a cloudy day! Finally got 2 chairs at 2pm. With chairs at a premium - no one should be using the nice padded chairs for footrests!! There was rarely a spot to sit if you got pizza or a burger at poolside.

I also think it is strange that Princess uses the passengers to provide entertainment in the piazza area. All dance and Zumba classes are smack dab in the center of the piazza, with all the surrounding chairs filled with guests watching the classes. I am too self concious to Zumba around with hundreds of strangers watching, but I would have taken classes if they were in a lounge or the gym.

The MDR was fine, the service was so fast that you could not have a leisurely meal. All the beef dishes were delicious, most other options were beautiful but boring. Just no flavor. Enjoyed Alfredo's atmosphere, the calzone was good and piping hot!!

That said, we spoke with people who had been on the ship for 3 weeks in a row and they were happy. Next time I will choose a smaller ship, or one with fewer sea days.

Coastal Cay Cruise - overpriced and boring. Vessel too noisy to hear what guide said.

Under Two Flags Tour - very good with great guide, Dennis. Lasts longer than 2 hours due to traffic, so be prepared if you book another tour after this one.

Lagoon Kayak - very strenous kayaking in a busy waterway with massive yachts. Not "serene and leisurely" as describe. Nice guides.
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Very nice, clean. Comfy bed. Great lighting in the bathroom, and a big mirror and desk by the balcony which is a good location to do hair and makeup.
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