Great Cruise and Ports: Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by KCL214

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Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
This was our first cruise on Princess. The last two summers we cruised on Disney and did not think there was any way Princess could compare. Well, we were wrong. Princess was fantastic and totally won us over. We still love Disney, but we would not hesitate to cruise Princess again, (especially since the price is so much less!)

We live in New Jersey and chose this cruise mostly because it left from New York and we did not have the expense of air fare. Leaving from Brooklyn was a breeze. We arrived at the terminal at 11 and we were on the ship having lunch by 12:30.

The Ship was beautiful and very clean. We had an inside cabin, and while it is not the best, we found it fine for our family of four, my husband and myself and our daughters, 15 and 18. We were on Deck 5, which is where the atrium is located and the International Cafe. This was so convenient, and we spent a lot of time relaxing with a coffee in the Piazza. We literally never heard any noise ever the More whole week.

The Cruise Director's staff was very friendly and funny. We love trivia and nightly game shows, the staff on the ship were so engaging, they made all of these things extra fun. They also had a great comedian at the beginning of the cruise. However, the comedian the second half of the cruise was one of the worst I have ever seen, it was embarrassing for him. Also, the large theater productions were lacking, this is one place that Disney is way ahead, and the comedy team Alfred and Seymour, who we had enjoyed on our Disney cruises, were on the Ship on the first night, but had to leave the Ship for some unknown reason, this was a disappointment to us.

The food in the dining room was mostly very good to excellent, with a few items I did not care for. Our server was fantastic and really did a great job to make the meals perfect for us. We had one lunch in the dining room which was excellent, with a wide selection. The buffet was very good for breakfast and good for lunch. It was often hard to find a table in the buffet area at breakfast, and we pretty much gave up on finding a table where our group of 9 people could sit together. It is nice the way they set the tables and bring your drinks to your table in the buffet. The pizza by the pool was surprisingly good. The International Cafe on Deck 5 was excellent for both breakfast and snacks the rest of the day. This is a really great feature on the Ship.

We enjoyed all the ports. We had to tender in Bar Harbor and Newport. In Bar Harbor we left the ship at 8:30 and had no wait to tender. In Newport we left closer to 11 and had about a 20 minute wait. Overall not bad, but in the future I would try to leave the Ship earlier to avoid any wait.

My family had a fantastic time on this trip! Less

Published 09/01/11

Cabin review: KP236

Small, but ok for a family of 4 with 2 teenagers. Plenty of storage, we even had empty space. The beds were comfortable. The location was great, near the atrium and the International Cafe, which was a big plus. We never heard any noise. I would get a room on this floor again for the convenience, and I would get the exact inside cabin if on a budget.

Port and Shore Excursions

In Bar Harbor we did a four hour private tour with Mary of At Your Service Taxi Company. She showed us around Bar Harbor and then we went into Acadia National Park. We started at the Visitor Center and then we went up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, truly stunning views. We stopped along the way to pick, and taste, wild blueberries. Then we continued to tour the park stopping at Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and many other places in the park. She gave us as much time as we wanted at each stop.

She then gave us a short tour of the town and dropped us off for lunch at the West Street Cafe. This restaurant is about a block fron the ship's tender. We had the special of lobster roll, chowder and blueberry pie with blueberry beer - amazing!! We then walked up Main Street for some shopping in the cute stores. A beautiful Town.

We did a Princess Tour "Historic Boston and Cambridge" This was a 3-1/2 hour tour. We had a brief stop at the Old North Church and then a longer stop at Harvard. There was narration along the way and we drove by many of the sites of the City. It is hard to do justice to such a great City with a tour like this, and in the short amount of time the Ship was here.

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We did a four hour private tour of the City and Peggy's Cove with Your Cab Tours. We started with a drive around Halifax and a stop at a beautiful park in the City. Canadians seem to love flowers and their gardens are lovely. We then did the 45 minute drive to Peggy's Cove. We spent one hour at Peggy's Cove. We walked all over the rocks, took tons of pictures and walked around the small village for some shopping. On the way back we stopped for lunch at Shaw's Landing. We sat outside on the water and had Alexander Keith's beer and lobster rolls, one of life's perfect moments. The tour ended on the boardwalk near the dock, so we could walk a bit and see that area before went back to the Ship. Our driver was Joy, the owner Jonathan's wife. She was a lovely woman who was proud to show us around her home and we enjoyed spending time with her. I would highly recommend the Tour company and seeing Peggy's Cove.

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We tendered and walked around the shops near the dock. Mostly generic t-shirt stores that can be found in any resort town. A mansion tour probably would have been more interesting.

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We got off the Ship and went to the left toward the Market. As we were walking we came upon a two hour narrated bus tour that is run by the City. It was $20 per person and $5 for children under 16. The bus took us through the whole City and to Reversing Falls. We stopped briefly at the Market if anyone wanted to get off and get back on a later bus. We then stopped briefly at a point where we had a good view of the Ship and then we stopped for about 20 minutes at the reversing falls, which was enough time to take pictures and use the rest rooms if necessary. The falls were at slack tide when we were there so we didn't get to see much and my teenage daughters found this to be very disappointing. The narration was interesting and this was a great way to see the City. After the tour we walked around briefly and went to the indoor mall and through the walkway to the Market. We then went outside and walked down hill back to the Ship.

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