14 NIGHT CARIBBEAN HEAVEN!: Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by TRUEBLUE66

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Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Apart from a mini cruise in Asia a few years ago with the kids we hadn't given cruising much of a thought, but having an anniversary approaching we decided to try this 14 nights' port intensive one away from the winter weather.We like exploring new places and this appealed to us.
We flew from Scotland,via a great overnight stop in New York {great walking through Central Park in the snow!} to San Juan.The airport to terminal ride went smoothly and we had little queueing to do before boarding the ship.I had done a lot of research prior to the trip but nothing prepares you for the actual size of these ships! Be prepared for your luggage not to arrive at your cabin for a few hours after boarding so your not left wearing your winter woolies like us!! Our cabin was a mini suite on dolphin deck, and I know what people mean when they say its not covered and everyone above can see you, but found everyone so friendly that it wasn't a problem.We loved having the extra space and the full More bathroom and nothing was too much trouble for our cabin steward, Renante. Bed comfortable.
We ate in the 2 Anytime dining rooms and thought the food was very good. The staff were helpful and you could go 'off menu' if nothing tempted you, but we didn't feel the need to. We also ate in the speciality restaurants, Sabatini's and the Crown grill, which were excellent.
The ship was at capacity, and in the mornings at the Horizon buffet it felt like it! No complaints with the food here, staff a bit off at times, maybe been up late working!
We had only 2 sea days during the cruise and spent the first lazing by the pool at Neptunes reef.This was the one day you really noticed how full the ship was as plenty couldn't get a sunbed, mainly for lots of people, some next to us, towel blocking and then hardly using them!The second sea day we managed to get into the Sanctuary, which was bliss! The "in transit" mid cruise day back in San Juan was a highlight as we hadn't expected the Old Town to be exactly that. Colourful old buildings, cobbled streets and city walls made for a great day {found a Ben & Jerry's in a beautiful old building, doubt they have a better setting anywhere else!}
The evening entertainment onboard proved to be a mixed bag. The comedians and the mentalist were very good but the "shows" were very average with no storyline as such, just mainly songs run together. Had believed from the brochure that 'broadway style shows'would be put on.
The cruise overall was well run and packaged and the ship appeared to be getting painted and touched up as we went. Our only slight complaints were that as we walked frequently around the promenade deck, we had to push through large crowds of crew having a smoke.Not quite as pleasant as when on duty!
The formal nights gave the vast majority the chance to dress up, although it was annoying that some were allowed to attend in jeans and T shirt, one even with a baseball cap and ripped jeans and trainers!
Anyone thinking about cruising, we say, please go. The way we describe it to others is just think of unpacking only once during 14 days and waking up in a different place each day in a floating 4 star hotel. Less

Published 03/04/12

Cabin review: D522

We booked D522 on deck 9- Dolphin deck.The cabin decor was calming and fresh.The art on the wall was good as it was throughout the ship. We had a full bathroom with bath and overhead shower.Lots of hanging and cupboard space for 14 nights, which included 4 formal nights. The bed was comfortable and bedding of a high standard.A small fridge is provided which we used for the small bottles of water we brought onboard.Decent TV channels for the little time I watched.Balcony was good size with 2 adjustable chairs and a small table. Could order room service free 24 hrs a day for food, handy if you got back on between lunch and dinner and Buffet closed.Never heard anyone else either through walls or outside in the corridor.Cabin Steward was excellent.

Port and Shore Excursions

Booked the eco kayak and snorkel and again lived up to expectations, with the exception of the 'hiking' part, which was a 2 minute walk up a hill for a viewpoint and back down! plenty rum! Walked around town next to cruise terminal.pleasant for souvenirs. No matter where you went, the 2 cruise ships were tallest structures around.
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Small island only recently added to ports of call. Very much Dutch influenced but not a bad thing.Went on the cycle ride which we enjoyed, however if you go on this excursion to see flamingos then give it a miss as they have all but gone due to chemical spillage at Goto lake, which we were not told about until we got to the lake! Small town next to cruise terminal was nice.
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Here's a port that's really set up for the cruise ships. Short walk or boat trip to main town where its shop,shop,shop! We went on the eco kayak to other side of the island and had a full workout due to the strong wind that meant kayak was going nowhere.Enjoyed it, probably as much for the antics of the guide, Dominic, who had an alternate Scottish or American accent.

Beach Break

Driven through main town and up hill to viewpoint of Magens beach. Thereafter dropped off at beach for 2 hours. Despite 4 cruise ships being in port the beach was not crowded and we swam and sunbathed. Beach is routinely in top 20 in the world and could see why! Dropped off in town for a walk around before short boat ride back to ship.

Booked a snorkel trip on Aristocat catamaran I'd seen on tripadvisor and there were only 5 couples for the day! Snorkeled at 3 different sites and saw first large turtle! Everything included in the price & had a great day! Plenty rum! Didn't see any of mainland Tortola but looked like the Scottish Islands from the sea, except for the 80 degree temp!!
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