Lovely Southern Caribbean Cruise: Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by mmemichele

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Lovely Southern Caribbean Cruise

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We left Montreal on US air to head for San Juan the day before our cruise As usual I booked a "blind"hotel on Hotwire I asked for a 4 star and got thre RIO Mar hotel in Rio Grande Only AFTER I got it did I realize we were WAY out of town. The Hotel is close to EL YUNQUE and so we needed hotel transfers which did cost $$$$ Also the next day to port was 75$ Ifound a 1-800 number to request it They were very nice and gave us an Ocean view room ...lovely under the full moon !!!
The Hotel ,a WYNDHAM ,was very nice ,beautiful grounds friendly staff but far from everything so we had to eat there. WE did enjoy the Casino and an early night .I would not return there just because of convenience ...too far from port but for a longer stay very nice place
We arrived at port .landed in the wrong place with our Taxi and had to finangle a porter to help us out with loads of luggage Spanish helped a generous tip ..THey do ask for it A LOT!!!!
Checking in was easy WE were More in our cabin within a short while Having been on CB many times It was easy to find our way
Once again we were on CARIBE DECK aft Cabin 718 Nicely located towards the back of the ship I loved our balcony which we used a lot
PLEASE RETURN OUR BIG TABLE They removed them to donate them in Dominica The little one they left behind is too small and USELESS!!!!I like breakfast on the balcony Little table holds NOTHING
All in all WE loved all the ports we visited
The ship looked fine to me Service was top Knotch as usual I must salute GIANNI in the dining room . Branko at Internet cafe, Joaquin ,Winston Jeffrey and Dragon Who served us in Dining room and buffet
I always sat at the back of the ship and was promptly given my morning serving of papaya and cranapple juice...without asking NOW THATS SERVICE!!!!! THANK YOU BOYS
Branko lent me a lap top and mouse for my 14 days He was most helpful
The few shows we managed to see were repeats for me but very nice otherwise I think its time to change the dance programs

PRINCESS WE need new shows

Although food was GREAT Not fair for Pax on 2 week stretch to have no variety in menus If you sell the cruise as 2 weeks then cater to it as 2 weeks
Loads of repetition in food, entertainment movies etc ...a big no- no Gianni made special meals for me as a result GIANNI WAS THE BEST!!!!!Thank You

The islands we visited were wonderful Although please switch St Lucia for CURACAO IMO the 3 ABC islands are not to be missed skip St Lucia
WE were with Pepper in Dominica Amazing day LOved the snorkeling at Champagne REEF I highly recommend getting the Guide HE was wonderful ...DONNY thanks
Mr Nice's fruit stand was a GREAT treat He is so nice The Chestnuts were out of this world Please do stop to see Mr Nice
In Barbados the BLUE MONKEY is where turtles gather Such a hoot !!!to be so close
Our tablemates from Michigan Ed and Paul were very enjoyable company at dinner and on different excursions
We shared spices and a lovely tour thanks to Alban GRENADA was absolutely lovely
WE met GREAT people Ellen Marty, Marc and Pnina and Yvonne and Coutney whom we salute
We are sorry CB will not be returning to SJU but I understand local authorities give Princess a hard time But truthfully SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN has the BEST ports
I now need to find someone else ie cruise line who does this journey
For us from the GREAT WHITE NORTH ...we need HEAT in winter and truthfully you do not get it until you are really south

So Princess send back a ship to Southern Caribbean

PLEASE PUT IN PITCHERS OF WATER IN CABINS I was always so thirsty on board Celebrity does so please do also
Thank you for your new smoking policy I alppreciate it esp when I sit on my balcony Now get rid of smoking in CASINO!!!!
Disembarcation was a bit of a wait but doable The best thing is to get a porter It just goes faster WE opted for Princess transfer It was fine
All in all LOVED the Southern Caribbean Looking forward to doing it again soon Less

Published 01/30/12

Cabin review: BBc 718 Balcony

Please return LARGE table on balcony Also put in pitchers of water in all cabins

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