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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,698 Reviews

Still disorientated !!

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by LilyM

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2011
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We arrived at Pier 12 at noon to be pleasantly surprised by a quick and efficient embarkation procedure with only a short wait before boarding the ship. Our cabin was ready and luggage followed very soon after. We went to the dining room for a very nice lunch ( horizon Court was very busy).The cabin was lovely and spacious with the best storage I have seen and the bed turned out to be very comfortable. Our steward Marlon was extremely efficient and pleasant, providing bathrobes on request and also shower gel which we had assumed would be provided but was not - only soap!.He also brought ice every day without being asked. We had set 8pm dining in the Palm dining room which was really good with extremely efficient waiting staff ( Elias and Oliver) for whom nothing was too much trouble. The food was good although not a lot of choice. We never ate in the Horizon Court as it was very difficult to find a seat and people were wandering around with plates of food, although some tables were being used by passengers to play card games which should not have been allowed in this area.

We enjoyed the ports although we did not like the way we were herded like sheep into lines to disembark the ship. We did not get to see much of the entertainment as the theatre was always packed to capacity and we were not prepared to stand. There is also a problem with the lifts on board as we were on deck 15 the lifts were always full before they reached our deck and we had to wait ages for one to reach our deck. There was also a problem finding somewhere to sit as every area was packed with people especially on sea days.We were unable to dock at St John as the wind was too high and this showed up a real problem as it was too cold to sit on deck and everyone wanted to be inside. There just was not enough space for everyone. Disembarkation was a bit chaotic but the luggage organisation was good. Overall a pleasant trip but we felt there were too many passengers on board and not enough facilities provided eg. Lifts, seating, theatre seats and Horizon buffet seating. I was also very cross to find that we had to pay for coffee in the International cafe as I have not come across this before on any other ship. I also found it very difficult to find my way around the ship and it was a bit disorientating.


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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BA L205

Nice cabin, adequate balcony, small bathroom but well fitted, extremely large storage space, quiet location.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Newport

we took a trolley bus tour from the visitor centre which was very informative and reasonably priced. Easy enough to walk around the town by yourself.

Boston

In Boston we met up with a family member and had a lovely time together.

Bar Harbor

Very pretty town, were booked on a trip to Acadia park and Cadillac mountain which was a bit of a let down as the weather was rainy and thick cloud so unable to see anything. We came back into town and enjoyed a delicious lobster lunch at the West Side Cafe. spent some time wandering around the nice shops although the weather was rubbish.

Halifax

Went on a trip to Peggy's Cove which was very pretty but packed with people as approx 20 buses were already there and it was cold and windy and we were unable to access any of the facilities such as cafe and toilets. Also went on the hop on and off bus which was not necessary as you could walk quite easily around the town.


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