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28 Princess Bahamas Cruise Reviews

This was the first cruise for my husband and me. Four days was optimal... in case one or both of us hated it. We approached it in an unconventional way but had a great time. What I mean by "unconventional" is that we purposely ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my husband and me. Four days was optimal... in case one or both of us hated it. We approached it in an unconventional way but had a great time. What I mean by "unconventional" is that we purposely avoided sit-down dining, any event that we had to "dress" for and did limited activities at the ports. We basically wanted to see if we liked being on a ship. That being said, getting to the port was fine--flight on Jet Blue and transfers were fine. Unfortunately, we must have hit peak time for boarding, but the lines moved fast. Our cabin was decent sized---balcony room on Caribe Deck, mid-ship. As I said, we did not do any sit-down dining---only the buffets and pizza. All of the food was really good and the pizza was to DIE for. Pizza is a personal-type-of-thing...some like thin crust, some thick...this was perfect fire-grilled, Brooklyn style. Only other food that I had was high tea one day, which was very nice and I had wished I had gone on the other days. At the ports, we really only sat on the beach. This was a time to relax for us and we did not want to have to rush back to the ship---just sit and enjoy the 80 degree weather at Grand Turk and Princess Cay. The "shopping" at Grand Turk was not as great as the staff made it seem but it was very pretty and clean. Princess Cay had crystal-clear water and the BBQ was nicely done. I only hit one show--Jim McDonald (comedian) who was not particularly funny---I wish I had caught the other comic---Sarge. We "spent" money at the casino---it was nice to see $5 tables and the slots actually paid out well. MUTS was GREAT! I hit the spa for "ladies night"---$99 for a facial, massage, foot rub, scalp rub, champagne, and steam room. Very nice and perfect for my last night on the ship. The fitness facilities was also very clean and had a good amount of cardio equipment. Only complaint there was the water from the fountains was a bit warm. I found the other passengers to be a mix of old, younger, and very few big families. The crew was pleasant. No one from the crew stood out to me as providing horrible or stellar service. Back at Fort Lauderdale, it was MUCH quicker to get off and find our luggage. Transfer back to the airport was fine. Only issue was Jet Blue had changed our return flight and we were stuck in the airport for 8 hours, as all other flights were booked. Had I realized how fast we would get off the ship, I would have looked to change the flight to another airline when Jet Blue altered their schedule. Now I know for next time! I cannot wait for my next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2008
When I saw this itinerary, I contacted some family members and talked them into going. I normally don't submit to these boards, but after reading the previous review from ab.... I had to submit my review. First off, this was my ... Read More
When I saw this itinerary, I contacted some family members and talked them into going. I normally don't submit to these boards, but after reading the previous review from ab.... I had to submit my review. First off, this was my first cruise on Princess, but my "28th" cruise. I am certainly not an expert, but after sailing many lines I can make a good comparison. The Caribbean Princess is big, but even with a total compliment of passengers, you did not feel cramped. I opted for an outside cabin since I was traveling solo and it was good. Only complaint it had a partially obstructed view, but how long was I going to sit and look out the window. My family and friends had AB category balcony cabins on C deck. Their cabin size was exactly the same as mine, but they had a large balcony that fit 4 chairs and a table. They were impressed. The food was outstanding! We had breakfast and lunch in the Horizon Buffet and the choices and quality were impressive. On our departure from Ft.Lauderdale, they offered an all you can eat lobster claw, crab leg and shrimp buffet in the Horizon, and that also included the normal selection for the night. It was awesome! We chose anytime dining and were able to make a reservation each night in the coral dining room. The food was exceptional and the service excellent. The ports of Grand Turk and Princess Cays were fun. And even though they were crowded, you did not feel cramped. Upon disembarkation in Ft. Lauderdale, we opted to carry our luggage off and were schedule to disembark at 0800. At 0745 they called our number and we were off the ship, through customs and at the taxi stand in less than 20 minutes. My first impression of Princess was beyond my expectations. I am looking forward to my Island Princess Alaska cruise this coming week! Read Less
Sail Date May 2008
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: We're in our mid to late 40s. We've been on many cruise ships with various cruiselines, including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. We live in Florida, so when we see a good deal, we snatch it up and leave. ... Read More
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: We're in our mid to late 40s. We've been on many cruise ships with various cruiselines, including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. We live in Florida, so when we see a good deal, we snatch it up and leave. ;) EMBARKATION: Went very smoothly, and was on the ship in a matter of minutes. SHIP INFORMATION: Caribbean Princess is an absolutely beautiful ship, and even though she hasn't been in dry dock for quite some time and the carpeting could be replaced, it's still an absolute gorgeous ship. SERVICE: Everyone was very pleasant and the stateroom attendant greeted us by name. We were surprised to find that there were attendants inside the ship when we got on that led us to the elevators and escorted us up to the buffet for lunch. No other ship has ever done this for us. We definitely have no complaints about any service on this ship. STATEROOM: Magnificent. This was the best room that we've ever had on any cruise. The size of the room alone was unbelievable. I've stayed in motel rooms that were smaller than this room was. We enjoyed our room with our balcony sooooo much. It became our home away from home. SHORE EXCURSIONS: We originally booked a 4 night cruise, but was called to ask if we wanted to do a "move over" to the 3 night cruise that did not include Grand Turk. We were skeptical at first because we really did want to go to Grand Turk, however, when we were told that the cruise would be free, except for the taxes, fees, etc., we jumped on the 3 night cruise immediately. Can't beat a free cruise. So, we ended up going to Nassau, and Princess Cay. "Princess Cay" - Private Island. Didn't see any hammocks hanging between trees like some of the other private islands, and their lunch on the island was not as nice as some of the other cruiselines. We just browsed around and took pictures, and then laid in some lounge chairs under a shaded tree and watched the people walk by. Was there only a few hours and then got back on the ship. Really nothing to write home about. DINING: The best. I ate food that I've never had in my life before. Everything was perfect. We ate at the buffet every meal, and loved it every single time. We were really surprised when we went to the buffet one night for dinner, and they had Crab Legs, Lobster Claws, and Shrimp. I'm a seafood lover, and everything was cooked perfectly. The food is so good on this ship, that we're tempted to stick with Princess cruises only, just for the food. ;) ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainment was wonderful. There were jugglers, a magician, and the production shows were superb. The shows were so good on this ship that we could have watched them twice and enjoyed them both times. DISEMBARKATION: This has been the only cruiseline that we've been on that allowed us to sit in a restaurant to wait to get off the ship when our bus service arrived. All the other cruiselines insisted that we have to get off about the time our eyeballs open. This showed me that Princess Cruiselines really think of their customers. SUMMARY: Out of all the cruiselines we've been on, we definitely rate Princess the best. The food is superb, the service is fantastic, and there was not one thing that I seen that was wrong with anything on this cruise. Absolutely perfect and we can't wait to go on another Princess Cruise coming up this November 2008. We're even thinking of booking another one next year in 2009. Read Less
Sail Date May 2008
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