Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by BlueBanner
- Sail Date: October 2011
- Destination: Canada & New England
We've been on 11 cruises, but this was our first to Canada/New England. This sailing was enhanced by wonderful weather. The Caribbean Princess is in really good shape for her age. Every crew member we passed always spoke a good morning or good evening. We booked an inside cabin for this cruise because we didn't think we'd use a balcony much. Weather fooled us and a balcony would have been a great place to escape from the crowded conditions. Our steward, Carmen was wonderful and quickly remade the bed with a top sheet and egg crate when asked and knew us by name by day 2.
Overall, the food quality was good. We did not use the Specialty dining venues and always found something good in either the dining room or the Horizon Court. We did Anytime dining and although we never had to wait long,(provided you were willing to share a table) we prefer the traditional seating. We had different servers every day, some were more efficient than others. At times there seemed to be a lack of seating in the Horizon Court. Same applied here, you always had to share a table. We also did not like having to wait to receive drinks and utensils and would prefer to serve ourselves to these. The fresh baked cookies were the best we'd had on any cruise particularly the peanut butter, yum. Tried the pizza once and the ice cream once, both are so-so. Did not use room service.
Entertainment: We loved the MUTS and would like to have this feature on a warm weather cruise. The sound system does need some work though. The Princess singers/dancers were not very good and we only bothered going to see their show once. Comedians were good. Not nearly enough seating in the show venues and you have to get there early to get a decent seat. Other than the MUTS and main shows, unless you were gambling or drinking, there didn't seem to be much to do on this ship.
In the evening and on our last day, which was at sea, the ship was very crowded indoors. There is not enough indoor space or seating for the 3100 passengers on this ship. This crowding probably would not be an issue on a warm weather itinerary, but it really is during inclement weather. If you wanted to get a snack at the IC and sit somewhere, well you couldn't because all the tables were taken with passengers reading, knitting or napping.
Our favorite ports were Newport and Bar Harbor. Boston, Halifax and Saint John are all larger cities and certainly not good for viewing fall foliage. Perhaps if one booked an excursion that went out of the city, but we failed to do this. We used the big pink, hop on, hop off, buses in Halifax and Saint John. Good for an overview of the city, but if you only want to see a particular site, I'll bet a taxi would be less expensive.
We opted for the self disembarkation and we were off the ship and in our car by 8:30 AM.