This was a well needed, and awesome 10 day vacation on a beautiful ship with a fantastic crew. We cruised with another couple and all 4 of us had a wonderful time. Having sailed over 20 cruises, (Princess, Celebrity, Holland America, RCI, ... Read More
This was a well needed, and awesome 10 day vacation on a beautiful ship with a fantastic crew. We cruised with another couple and all 4 of us had a wonderful time. Having sailed over 20 cruises, (Princess, Celebrity, Holland America, RCI, Norwegian) we’re glad to say that we really haven't had a bad one yet! From start to finish Princess had a well organized embarkation and disembarkation. We arrived in NY (JFK) from Boston at 10:30 and took the Princess airport transfers to the ship. We were on the bus at JFK by noon and arrived at the Brooklyn terminal 1 hr later. (I must say how fortunate we were because on route to the terminal, the bus was cut off on the highway by a hit and run driver. The crash caused the bus windshield to crack and ripped off the left side headlights and bumper! The driver of the car took off, and fortunately the bus was able to continue to the cruise terminal. (lucky for us no one was hurt) We arrived at the cruise terminal and on board within 15 minutes. Our rooms were ready, so we dropped off our baggage and proceeded to the Lido deck for lunch. (as crowded as it was, after a few minutes we found a table for 4) lunch was very good.
Our room was just right. I love that Princess has lots of storage areas, and that the closet area is separate from the main room which allows you space to dress. (I never miss a sunrise while cruising (I’m up at 5:30am and can get dressed in that space without disturbing my sleeping husband) The bathroom is small but not too bad. We were on the Caribe deck and had a wonderful balcony (half open and half covered). My husband and I found the bed very comfortable to sleep in. Our room steward did a great job keeping it clean and after requesting 2 wine glasses, he made sure we had 2 fresh wine glasses every day.
We ate most mornings in the Lido buffet area. No complaints for us. Loved their sunny side up eggs (already made so no waiting) and Belgium waffles, and they had plenty of items to choose from. There was also an omelet area where you put in your order and they would call you when ready (meanwhile you could get the remaining breakfast food you wanted) Honestly, I don’t understand how people have complained about the buffet, they really serve almost every item you can imagine, and it was always fresh.
Sometimes at the Lido, (many varieties of food) great salads, and we also enjoyed going to the International Cafe’ in the main lobby for their awesome sandwiches and delectable chicken salad. (Waldorf style with apples and cashews!....so good) I think my favorite spot for lunch was here!! We also ate at the Crown Grill for lunch (it was "ok”) and main dining room, which was also good. I'd like to note that the pizza was the BEST onboard pizza around!
We had 1st sitting Coral Dining room. We had a table for 4 (table #303 w/ocean view) But what made this table the BEST were our waiters Michael and Misa. We felt at home the instant we sat down. They made our meals so enjoyable and fun. The four of us found the food to be exquisite. Usually when I’m on a cruise for 7 to 10 days, by the 5th day it all starts to taste the same....Not on this trip. It was a 10 day cruise and we were all delighted that each meal was enjoyable. Kudos to the Master chef on the Caribbean Princess.
Coffee - International Cafe’
My husband purchased a coffee card which entitles you to 15 specialty coffees and fresh coffee, premium teas all day/night long. This was well worth the price (you can order the card before your cruise (Item #524 for $31.00) this includes free hot chocolate too.
We went to most of the shows. They were very good. Funny comedian, an astonishing magician, and a great male vocalist (who sounded like Barry Manilow).
Casino - machines were pretty tight. Thought they should have a least 2 more black jack tables, as it was hard finding a seat, especially after dinner.
A bit disappointed that our original itinerary changed. I booked this cruise mainly for the stops that were originally posted. After several months Aruba (our favorite stop) was cancelled and changed to Curacao...this was a big letdown. Another disappointment was our stop to Grand Turks was cut short by 4 hours. (we were originally scheduled to leave at 4pm, around 2 months before the cruise we were informed we would have to leave at 12:30pm) 2 changes to our itinerary and we haven’t even left yet! When I called Princess to ask why, they told me "they didn’t need to give me a reason” "They can cancel ports at anytime” according to the contract we sign when we originally booked. I told her I was aware of that and through my experiences the only time we’ve missed a port was due to weather (dangerous docking conditions, etc.) which is all understandable. I was discouraged with customer service (even spoke w/a supervisor who was quite rude when discussing this.) I was just curious as to why these stops had to be changed all of a sudden. (I’m close to believing that this was false advertising, and once everyone was locked into booking things were changed)
Our stops to Grand Turks was nice, we love it there, just cut short. Curacao: we took a bus to Mambo beach and enjoyed the refreshing water. Grand Cayman: great beach day too, took a taxi to 7 mile beach) Cozumel: it rained (poured) for several hours so we had to cancel our trip to the beach and just shopped.
All and all this was a great ship and vacation. The crew was fantastic and went out of their way to help. I love the several pools onboard and the fact I could always find a comfy chair by one of those pools. You won’t be disappointed with the Caribbean Princess. (I just hope that if I sail with Princess again, the itinerary will not change unless there’s a good reason.) Read Less