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Sail Date: January 2011
We booked in December to go on a Caribbean cruise with sea princess in January. We have cruised before with M.S.C, Celebrity and years ago with a cheaper tour operator around the Med.

I would consider us to be very well travelled ... Read More

We booked in December to go on a Caribbean cruise with sea princess in January. We have cruised before with M.S.C, Celebrity and years ago with a cheaper tour operator around the Med.

I would consider us to be very well travelled and have spent time in Europe, Africa and an extensive time in the far east as well as the Caribbean.

I was looking forward to the cruise as we had had a hectic time at home and were ready for a break.

We flew with first choice and I was disappointed to see that it was this plane as we had had 2 horrendous flights with them in the past. The flight was excellent and cannot fault the crew or service.

We arrived in Barbados to a swift transfer to the pier. We boarded swiftly and was soon in our cabin.It was an inside cabin all that I could get when we booked. I was on first examination a little disappointed I find that after that journey anyway it does not take long to be disappointed.

The cruise just went better and better.

Highlights for us were:

Chefs table: please don't miss out on this for $75 each it is amazing value with the finest of food wines and service and a real insight into the working of the food preparation and feeling like you have been waited on like royalty.

Movies under the stars: we loved this as something different.

Wine: we spent a lot on wine on the ship our bar bill was of magnificent proportions but we were allowed and did bring wine on from every port.

Coffee: word if warning if you like coffee bring a jar of your own as we did the coffee on board is awful.

We wish there were tea and coffee making facilities in the room and lots of others felt this way too.

The photos on ship are a really steep price if they lowered the price of these they would sell much more.

We enjoyed any time ding and played Russian roulette with our dining companions sometimes a hoot and others losing the will to live but the latter less so.

We are not keen on Tabago or Grenada and Jamacia means running the gauntlet through the throngs of tour sellers and the like.

Aruba for diamond I was lucky that my husband treat me to a superb diamond ring here. On returning to the UK I have had it valued at double the price.

Best cruise and in fact in the running for the best holiday ever. Would we cruise Princess again that would be a no hesitation yes.

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Sail Date: January 2011
On arriving at Gatwick 4 hours before take off we had to complete a health check assessment - questions about had we had sickness/diarrhoea or coughs/colds in the week previous. Yes to these questions and we would have been barred from ... Read More
On arriving at Gatwick 4 hours before take off we had to complete a health check assessment - questions about had we had sickness/diarrhoea or coughs/colds in the week previous. Yes to these questions and we would have been barred from checking in. We were asked again on the dockside in Barbados. This gave us the feeling that Princess were keen on preventing infections on board. However I was amazed that the only hand sanitizers were outside of the buffet restaurant and none outside the main restaurants or on the dockside of the gangplank. My experience and information was, and confirmed by other cruise passengers, that because of the epidemics that have ravaged cruise liners in the recent past hand sanitizers are used extensively on liners and indeed extensively in hospitals. I complained to senior ships crew - the Maitre D and no less than the Staff Captain but regrettably they didn't seem concerned nor interested and nothing was done about it. Although my health check and my wife's was sincerely clear before checking in and on the dockside I developed a feverish cold within 3/4 days of the cruise and my wife had sickness and diarrhoea for 36 hours. My wife developed the cold in the second week of the cruise. I cannot recall the last time I personally had a cold and I have never been on holiday where I have experienced so many people with colds, sneezing, coughing etc. The medical Centre we were told was inundated with people with ailments. Surely it would have been, and would be, prudent,sensible and good hygiene management to have taken the simple and non expensive precautions which seem to be the norm throughout the rest of the cruising industry. Is this the case where an epidemic is waiting to infest itself with the well known after effects?

There were a number of unavoidable incidents including a passenger being taken ill and being airlifted off the ship and another passenger threw themselves over board which required the Captain to adopt a search pattern along with a search Airplane and a Tanker which took all day without success.

The food was moderate and the buffet could have been more exciting. Embarkation and disembarkation were very efficient and the flights both ways were on time and the aircrew made the journey even pleasanter. Cabin/balcony and bathroom were cramped but clean. All members of the crew including bar staff and dining waiters were pleasant and efficient. Entertainment and excursions were passable.Excursions were expensive and it would have been more cost effective to hire a taxi on the dock with other passengers to reduce the individual cost.

Apart from the above and particularly the first paragraph, the cruise was an enjoyable and restful and warm holiday.

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Sail Date: January 2011
This was our second cruise with Princess - we previously sailed to Hawaii with Regal Princess in 2007, which was a rather mixed experience. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary - 11 Caribbean ports in 14 days - while the idea of ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Princess - we previously sailed to Hawaii with Regal Princess in 2007, which was a rather mixed experience. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary - 11 Caribbean ports in 14 days - while the idea of direct charters (bypassing the US and a lot of luggage carrying) was also rather appealing. The flight out from Manchester was fine, but we arrived with another five Thomson charters (2 more from Manchester, 2 from Gatwick and 1 from East Midlands) and thus had to queue a while, albeit mostly reasonably comfortably (in the aircraft and on buses) before getting aboard just in time for our first sitting dinner.

We had an inside cabin - a first for us. We booked an outside guarantee, but were contacted a few days before departure to be offered a downgrade (outside cabins oversold apparently - its getting just like airlines!!) to an inside cabin at a vastly reduced cost. This was an offer too good to resist, and we decided it was a good opportunity to see what we thought of inside cabins for future reference. (Conclusion: fine on this cruise or probably any with relatively few sea days, or when the weather was likely to be less than brilliant, but we still feel an outside or balcony cabin is best under other circumstances). Anyway, the cabin was fine, if relatively small (although no smaller than other cabins on Sea Princess I understand), and was in a quiet location tucked around the corner at the stern of the ship on Deck 10. It was well looked after by our steward Randi, who was very friendly and obliging and kept everything in good order.

As I mentioned we were on first sitting, and had been allocated, as requested, to a table of 8 in a very nice location, rather than the thoroughfare you sometimes get! We had very good company, with a couple from Leicester and 2 couples from Cheshire, thought that the food was generally very good in the evenings (we only went in for breakfast a few times and lunch only once), and that our waiter and assistant Orlando and Enrico, were very helpful and efficient.

A lot of previous cruisers on Sea Princess thought that she looked a bit tired and needed a bit of TLC, but we thought she was fine (having cruised on Costa Romantica last November we know what 'a bit tired and in need of TLC' can really mean!!). We found a good choice of food in the buffet, which was generally fairly well laid out without too many queues or shortages of seats, and the Corniche Cafe on Deck 8 was good for pizza the one time we went there. One thing we loved about the Sea Princess was the promenade deck. All these newer larger ships with lots of balconies no longer seem to have one, but it was wonderful to be able to sit in the shade on wooden steamer chairs in relative peace, avoiding the noise, ongoing activities and large movie screen by the pool, which my husband quite liked, but I certainly didn't. It was also possible to walk all the way around the ship at this level, which was also nice, and gave shelter not only from the sun, but also from the not infrequent rain showers!

Moving on to the ports of call, which was the most important bit for us, we mainly did our own thing, with only two trips booked via the ship. I must say that the Shore Excursion Staff were some of the worst I have ever encountered - unfriendly bordering on surly and with no practical knowledge about the excursions, or apparent interest in finding out in response to queries. We found all the other crew members on the ship cheerful, helpful and efficient, but really felt that there were serious problems with the excursion staff, particularly as they were trying to sell very expensive (not to say overpriced) trips and I think would have fared better if they had a better manner. We booked a horse riding trip, including taking the horses in the sea (not swimming, despite the description) and it was really enjoyable, if very expensive. More practical details about how it worked, what we could take with us and what we should wear (or not) would have enhanced the experience even more, but enquiries of the excursion staff produced no answers or interest in finding out.

We also took a ship's excursion in Trinidad, having read about how it can be dicey for tourists there. This trip, called Rainforest Hike and Asa Wright Centre, was very expensive and very disappointing. It was supposed to be a nature walk, but with one guide and 30 guests of different mobility levels, it consisted of very little. The centre itself was fantastic and with better organisation and investment in more guides and much smaller groups, the trip could have been excellent. But by the time the one guide had got everyone together and made sure they had all seen a small bird on a distant tree barely visible to the naked eye, you can imagine how little was achieved on a 1.5 hour walk, covering perhaps half a mile. It just confirmed my impressions of over-priced, dumbed-down ship's excursions. I passed my thoughts on to the Shore Excursion staff when I returned (constructively, suggesting two or three guides and graded walks) but there was an almost visible lack of interest wafting across; I did fill in a comment form, but I expect it was probably filed in the waste bin!

Other places we had some really good experiences (fortunately). We went to Fort George and the waterfront in Grenada before taking a water taxi across to the beach. We went on a fantastic drift snorkel in Bonaire with Woodwind - run by marine biologist Dee. The trimaran took us over to two different sites off Klein Bonaire and Dee freedived to point out all manner of interesting things - coral, fish, turtles, stingrays, etc., while we allowed the current to carry us effortlessly along. Fantastic!!! We had an interesting walk around Curacao on both sides of the river, using the pontoon swing bridge. On Grand Turk we did the horse riding as I mentioned. In Tortola we took the ferry to Virgin Gorda and went to the famous Baths, where we scrambled through rocks, sand and water to Devil's Beach and back. It was a bit rough for swimming and snorkelling that day, but we had a good time nonetheless.

St Maarten was most notable for the 21,000-plus cruise passengers there with us - it was heaving! We were berthed with Oriana behind us, Carnival Dream and Ruby Princess the other side of the jetty, and Oasis of the Seas (what a size she is!!!) and Celebrity Solstice on the next jetty. We took a minibus trip over the French side and there we saw Wind Surf moored off Marigot and tendering people in - I think she had the right idea!! After visiting various points, including the market at Marigot and Orient Beach, we returned to the ship for lunch before walking downtown to look around the shops (although we are not great shoppers normally).

The next stop was Antigua, where we again went on minibus trip including Nelson's Dockyard and Shirley Heights. We had been there before but it is worth at least a second look and we also went on to a place called the Lookout, which was new to us. We were dropped off at the beach with another couple on the way back and the driver came back two hours later to pick us up.

St Lucia was really good - we had got our act together for once and booked ahead for an island trip with Cosol Tours. We met Cosol, but our driver and guide was Yellow Bird. We tasted wonderful St Lucian food at a private house high up overlooking the sea, passed through villages, went to Soufriere and the sulphur springs (heavens opened while we were there, but it did improve the amount of steam coming out of the vents!), then we were taken in a boat round to a beach between the Pitons for very good snorkelling and swimming. Drinks flowed freely, including rum punch, beer, water and soft drinks. It was a very, very good day. Not cheap (although not as expensive as the ship's trips, of course) but a very full itinerary and worth doing we felt.

In St Vincent we took another minibus trip to the Mesopotamia Valley in the rainforest and then up to Montreal Gardens, a fantastic garden developed by an Englishman called Tim. He was there to welcome us, and our driver, Derek, showed us around - it was a truly wonderful place with fantastic views, lots of colour and a vast range of plants. I have already mentioned our trip in Trinidad - enough said.

Up till this point it had all been marvellous and remained so until we were checked in at the airport and awaiting our flight home. Our 51 hour 53 minute (!) delay has already been mentioned on this site, so I guess you probably know the details (dead plane), but all things considered I think the aircraft ground staff (Sea Princess had already sailed off on her next adventure!) did their best to look after us under difficult conditions, although communication could have been better. But that is always the case in these situations in my experience - it can be very stressful all round. Having been delayed in Bangkok for 8 days in December 2008 when the airport closed, we were better off than many, having been taught the hard way that these things happen and its best to be prepared and just accept them.

All in all a very enjoyable cruise and I was amazed that Princess are no longer doing the direct flight charters to Barbados next season, as there were loads of repeat cruisers and the ship was full. But then again, after our experience with our return charter flight, perhaps they knew something that we didn't!!

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Sail Date: January 2011
In 2000 we went on the Dawn Princess to the Caribbean which is a sister ship to the Sea Princess and really liked the ship and the Sea Princess is great as well as it is a good size and not too big like some of the newer ships. Our cabin ... Read More
In 2000 we went on the Dawn Princess to the Caribbean which is a sister ship to the Sea Princess and really liked the ship and the Sea Princess is great as well as it is a good size and not too big like some of the newer ships. Our cabin was on Cariba deck 9 and we only book inside ones as we don't spend much time in the cabin with such a lot to do on the ship. We thought it a reasonable size and there was plenty of places to store your clothes. It made more room in the cabin if you had two single beds as it gave space down the middle. We had a good flight from Manchester with Thomas Cook and were surprised to step off the plane straight onto a bus to the ship and our luggage had arrived by 6 pm although for some people it was a couple of hours later. We had no checking in to do at Barbabos airport and after putting our cases out the night before just had to pick them up at Manchester.

I have never been on a cruise before with so many British people onboard as there were about 1800 with only about 20 American and a few other nationalities but that was because Princess had chartered a few planes from England.

We didn't have to queue very long at embarkation and were soon in our cabin and then in the Horizon sampling the food.

Our Captain was great and had the typical Liverpool sense of humour.

Although the weather was hot on our cruise we did have some heavy, quick showers which is why the islands are so green. However, warm rain was much better than the cold rain we are used to.

We have found Anytime dining suits us better as we can decide when we would like to dine depending on what we have done during the day and what we would like to do in the evening. Because we enjoy the shows it was better for us to dine early so we could go to the Princess Theatre for the 8.30 pm show which you had to get to early as sometimes it was standing room only, we could then go to the Vista Lounge where they had a quiz each evening and then a different show. I was glad that we weren't on the 8.30 pm sitting as we would have had to choose which show to go to instead of being able to see both of them. The shows put on by the onboard singers and dancers were very good and there were some enjoyable entertainers like Jimmy Tanley a Ventriloquist who was funny and a hilarious comedian from Yorkshire called Andy Wilkins. There was a magician who was very good, but we didn't really enjoy the Hypnotist. Gary T Thompson was a good Vocal Impressionist and Sam Kane a pleasant singer. Avoid Al Katz an American Comedian who just wasn't funny, although perhaps he would appeal to the American sense of humour but I doubt it.

We had no complaints about the food, but much preferred eating in the restaurant for breakfast and dinner as it was much better than wandering round the Horizon buffet trying to decide what to have, and then you couldn't both go for your next course as you would find your table taken when you got back. We just had one breakfast when we needed an early one and a couple of lunches in the Horizon when we were late back. You can dine in the Italian Restaurant called The Corniche without any extra charge and we tried it once for lunch. It is very pleasant sitting there overlooking the lovely Atrium.

I enjoy the formal nights and seeing everyone in their lovely outfits - we had formal nights on the first two sea days and on the next but last day when we were in St Vincents. It can be rather unpleasant sometimes with the air-conditioning on your shoulders so remember to take a shawl with you.

We only go on sightseeing tours as we don't really like sitting around on beaches all day and can't snorkel or dive so can't give you any advice about those sorts of tours, but perhaps I will be able to help about other tours. The ship's tours are very expensive and not good value for money and expect to pay two or even nearly three times as much for a similar tour to one you can pick up at the ports. As you come off the ship you will see lots of taxis and small minibuses and even if you are on your own you will have no problem joining other people on the tours. We enjoyed taking a morning tour, going back on the ship for lunch and then just having a short walk round the nearest town. However, it was rather hot wandering around so we were soon back on the ship to sit in the shade and have a read.

Everywhere you go you are pestered by people asking if you want a taxi or to buy something, and even though I tried to keep thinking they are only trying to make a living, I did find I was getting rather fed up with it by the end of the cruise. Even on the Sea Princess the emphasis was on shopping and not about the ports and island you were visiting.

Grenada - As we were rather tired we decided not to take a tour, although it was possible to pick up a tour at the port, but just to have a walk round St Georges and to the fort which cost two dollars. There really isn't very much at the fort but you do get rather a good view of the ship

Bonaire - We got on a coach with Achie Tours for a tour of the North and South of the Island. The other tour companies appeared to just do the North for the same price of 25 dollars. It was a three and a half hour tour and covered the slave huts and salt plains and then on to the North side and I can really recommend the tour. It was possible to have a walk round the town from the ship.

Curacao - We took a tour from the port on an orange bus with painted scenes on the side and did a one and a half hour tour for 15 dollars. It was worth that to be able to see a bit more of the island and allowed time to look round the town where there were lots of nice shops. There is a pontoon bridge to the other side of the town which opens to let ships through, and even though there is a ferry across when it is open, a few people only just made it back to the ship on time as they had been stuck on the other side, so make sure you allow plenty of time.

Grand Turk - Carnival apparently dug out the sea bed near the beach so ships can go right in and they own all the complex by the beach. We didn't want to go on the beach all day so took one of the taxis which were charging 5 dollars each to go Downtown but it was disappointing as it was Sunday and nothing much happening, in fact, I think it would be quiet any time and probably better just to stay at the beach or take a boat tour. There were longer taxi tours which were 35 dollars each for one and quarter hours which was excessive towards tours from other ports.

Tortola - We had booked a ship's tour at 29 dollars online, 35 dollars on the ship, but a similar tour was only 20 dollars at the port and lasted about two hours. The tours for both are on very unusual large open sided taxis seating about 16 people. We had a pleasant tour of the island and a stop at Pussers Landing, an attractive harbour.

St Maarten - I have never been in a port where there have been at least six large cruise ships in like there was at St Maarten, one of them being the Oasis of the Seas which has 6000 passengers. It was far too commercialised. There was plenty of choice of minibuses you could take for a tour but someone we know had booked with Bernard's Tours so booked us on as well - http://www.bernardstours.com/ It had been confirmed at 35 dollars by email but had apparently gone up to 40 dollars but they honoured the original price. The tour lasted over six hours and included two hours on Marigot Beach. The tour guide was very generous with free beer, water and rum punch. You could walk Downtown in about 15-20 minutes or get a water taxi which was either 5 or 6 dollars, or also a taxi.

Antigua - We had a tour on a small bus with Carl who was a very nice, careful driver and I can recommend him if he is still there when you get off the ship or you may be able to booked beforehand - www.antiguapremiertours.com - 25 dollars plus 7 dollars to enter Nelson's Dockyard and Interpretation Centre which were worth doing, although we could really have done with more than half an hour at the Dockyard. Although he said the tour would be for two and a half hours, it ended up being over four hours and was very enjoyable.

St Lucia - We took a tour from the port on a minibus which cost 25 dollars for two hours. There were other tours available which took longer for 55 dollars. It was about 15 minutes walk to the town centre.

St Vincent - We shared a taxi with two ladies and paid 25 dollars each and had a very nice tour of the island, visiting where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed and stopped at a small waterfall. We had a nice, steady driver called Rodney and were rather pleased he didn't drive too fast as St Vincent is very hilly. Fortunately Del Boy wasn't driving!! It was possible to get a water taxi to the beach. It was only a few minutes walk to town which was market day and very busy. Some people walked to a botanical gardens which was uphill from the town, or you could get a taxi.

Trinidad - The only island where we were given a list of what to do and not to do eg walk in groups and don't put much jewellery on, and as I had heard you had to be careful in Trinidad I had booked a ship's tour, the Highlights and Scenic Tour which was 39 dollars to book online but 45 dollars to book on the ship. Some people caught taxis and some did walk into and around town and had no problem.

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Sail Date: January 2011
Jjust returned from our Caribbean Cruise yesterday so it's all still so fresh in my mind! This was our second consecutive booking with Gill's and our first Princess cruise.From Gatwick to Barbados (with all immigration done on line)

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Jjust returned from our Caribbean Cruise yesterday so it's all still so fresh in my mind! This was our second consecutive booking with Gill's and our first Princess cruise.From Gatwick to Barbados (with all immigration done on line)

From Gatwick to Bridge Town Barbados, and straight on to the ship with no hassle - excellent!. Within just over an hour of landing, we were up on Horizon Court having lunch! Our cabin was ready and the cases came along later. Unfortunately one case had been badly damaged somewhere in transit but the ship's staff immediately did the necessary paperwork and on the day before departure made sure that the case was secure enough for us to use on our homeward flight. We were a little disappointed with the cabin being smaller than we have had on other ships, but didn't let it detract from the fact that we were not going to spend the next fortnight in it very much!

From beginning to end we had a fabulous Caribbean cruise. We've "done" most of the islands before so it was nice just to take our time, have a wander around the towns on our own, although we were put off by the information attached to the Princess Patter about the dangers of going too far in Trinidad. However, we enjoyed our time there but will probably take an organised tour if we visit there again. New to us was Bonaire and Curacoa (our favourites). This was also the first year I managed to swim in the sea at Grand Turk. The Sea Princess was the only ship docked that day and there were plenty of deck chairs everywhere. Our day in St Maarten was highlighted by 6 ships in port (apparently a total of 17,000 passengers going ashore!). The sailaway that night was great fun - had to be seen to be believed. The noise was almost like the Last Night of the Proms!

We chose Anytime Dining for the first time since we started cruising and were quite apprehensive about how it would work, but found it absolutely great. We asked for a "sharing" table each night so did not have to queue and formed some very good friendships in finding familiar faces at a table (in fact, a really good way to meet so many different people). I can honestly say that we had entertaining company every night and were nearly always the last table out! The waiting staff in the Rigoletto Restaurant could not do enough for us. At every table we were treated so well by the staff. They were pleasant and helpful and always brought anything asked for that may have been slightly different to the set menu. Just could not fault it. Most days we had breakfast and lunch at Horizon Court and were impressed by the standards of staff and food there as well. Every day I could find something different and if my husband fancied a change, , he could always have a hamburger at the Riviera Grill and bring it in and join me. He even tried a pizza one day at the Cafe Corniche and enjoyed that. Overall, I thought the variety, quality and standard of food excellent, bearing in mind the fact I do not eat anything with flour in it, so sadly had to turn a blind eye to the delicious looking bread, rolls, danish pastries, muffins, doughnuts etc....!!! The chefs and waiters were very good by always finding me alternatives if I wanted them, but I found plenty to eat!

Up on the sun decks by the pools, we could always find a sun lounger and most people were very considerate when it came to not leaving towels unattended for too long. My husband thoroughly enjoyed watching football on the big Movie Screen and it was fun to sunbathe and watch a film at the same time! I enjoyed swimming in the main pool, although it did get rather overcrowded at times!

On a couple of Sea days we saw a good film in the theatre and my husband was also able to watch football in the Casino - so he didn't miss out on watching his team win!

Most evening we went to the Princess Theatre or Vista Lounge (10.45 performances) and were thoroughly entertained by various acts - our all time favourite of the cruise being the ventriloquist who had tears running down our faces from laughing so much.

There was such a good atmosphere on the Sea Princess during our cruise which we can only put down to our fellow passengers - all of whom we spoke to who were also thoroughly enjoying themselves. Everyone was so friendly and it was great meeting new people and enjoying new friendships - some of which we hope will be lasting!

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Sail Date: December 2010
I have seen some reviews of this ship which complain about how dull it was - with few "fun" activities on ship. That because it's aimed at "the Brits" and not the Amerians, it is dull.

Well - I applaud it for being so. ... Read More

I have seen some reviews of this ship which complain about how dull it was - with few "fun" activities on ship. That because it's aimed at "the Brits" and not the Amerians, it is dull.

Well - I applaud it for being so. The thought of 2 weeks of organised fun and games is what would have me running away screaming. Not that we stayed on the Ship very much except where we were forced to on the "days at sea".

We did not go on any organised tours, but simply walked off the ship and found a driver in each port to either take us to a beach - or to go to some place on a mini-tour before finishing at the beach. And that approach was perfect - especially for Dunns River Falls... we got there around 9:30am and had the whole place practically to ourselves. Climbed the falls twice (the 2nd time, the organised tours had started to arrive and it isn;t nearly as much fun in a group of 30 people... believe me).

This approach was far cheaper and much more relaxed (and relaxed is precisely what we were looking for... if you want "get up and have fun" then perhaps club 18-30 is what you should be looking for).

Annoying things... as has been commented on... the "German" approach of grabbing sun loungers before 7am and then waltzing off to bed befor finally taking your place at 11am... Very tempted just to wander around chucking towels and books into the sea. It wasn't too bad - we would find somewhere around 8:30am on the back of the boat and stay there until we fried... Often surrounded by sun-bathing towels.

And smoking.... We had a balcony and it was great to sit out in the sea breeze as we approached each island in the dawn light. Until the people in the cabin next door woke up coughing and spluttering, desperate to light the first cigarette of the day. And promptly the smoke would blow into our balcony. So much for fresh sea air.

If Princess allow smoking, then they should group all the smokers together on one side of the boat and on the lower decks and let them poison each other instead of letting them involve everyone in their habit. That one really annoyed me.

One of the kids (16) found lots to do when we were on the ship. The other (15) was "bored" a lot... but that's teenagers for you. We ourselves enjoyed the fact we could relax and not have to do anything unless we chose to.

We found that it was advisable to book the table (we were on "eat anytime" in the Rigalettos restaraunt). Not booking meant often being in a 20 minute queue to be seating. Booking is free and meant no waiting.

DO NOT think that if you have 2 kids, you can share a "double room". They do have some of these where they will fit extra beds in somehow. I cannot imagine how cramped that would be... the double was fine for two of us, but we could never have fitted the kids in there... We had them in an inside cabin (originally we were going to have them in our room but thought better of it... thank God!).

Other reviews mention bad attitudes from the staff - we never saw that. Except for the Thomas Cook check-in lady in Manchester who was the most miserable and rude person I have ever met (and I travel A LOT). As the first point of contact for Princess, I think they might want to reconsider using TC ...

But I got over that fairly quickly and really enjoyed the 2 weeks... How can you not enjoy all those perfect beaches, crystal clear waters and fantasticly relaxed locals?

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Sail Date: December 2010
We have cruised many times before but this was our first experience of a cruise at New Year and everything possible was done to make this a very special holiday experience.

Sea Princess is a well thought out ship with a ... Read More

We have cruised many times before but this was our first experience of a cruise at New Year and everything possible was done to make this a very special holiday experience.

Sea Princess is a well thought out ship with a lovely Atrium plus a quiet adults only pool, which suits us, but what seemed to be plenty of entertainment for the younger ones. New Year's Eve And the Great British Sail Away were wonderful occasions. The entertainment staff should be congratulated.

Although the entertainers around the ship were nothing special the shows were excellent and the comedian Garry T Thompson, brilliant.

For us what always makes or breaks a cruise is the food, and everything was first-class.

We particularly liked the anytime dining and the option of the Pizzeria for a change.

Service was excellent and we were impressed by the extent of the assistance available in the buffet restaurant where coffee and juice was served to your table at breakfast and cutlery always laid out

The itinerary was good and the weather generally very kind to us, although a little bit more local information on each port of call would be welcome.

We understand that Sea Princess is being sold off, which is a great shame as the ship seemed to be in overall good condition.

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Sail Date: November 2010
We booked in june 2009 to sail on the Sea Princess departing from Manchester on 1Nov 2010.At the time of booking we requested a table for 2 at the second sitting in the dining room. About 4 weeks before sailing we emailed Princess Cruises ... Read More
We booked in june 2009 to sail on the Sea Princess departing from Manchester on 1Nov 2010.At the time of booking we requested a table for 2 at the second sitting in the dining room. About 4 weeks before sailing we emailed Princess Cruises regarding this request and received a reply saying as we had booked so early our request should be granted but areminder of our request would be sent to the maitre d.

On checking in at Manchester Airport at 0715hrs for a 1040 flight we were advised there would be a 4 hour delay due to late arrival of the incoming flight.We took off at 1400hrs,the flight operated by Thos.Cook was very good with good food and free bar service.We arrived in Barbados at 1900hrs and werekept on the plane with the doors closed until 1915hrs while we waited for a princess agent to come on board just to tell us uur baggage would be going direct to the ship.The transfer busses picked us up off the tarmac and took us directly to the ship ,arriving on board at about 2030hrs,a very long day!

As soon as we had found our cabin we made our way down to the restaurant and asked for our table allocation.The maitre d. told us that we were on a shared table,we then told him we had requested a table for 2 and showed him the email we had from Princess regarding this.He checked his long list of requests but found no details of our request.He was unable to offer us a table for 2 but he would try to change us for the next day,we chose to eat in the Horizon buffet for the first night.The second day we went to the dining room to see if they had been able ti change our table,the only waythis was possible was if we came into the dining room at about 7pm as late arrivals for tha first sitting.This we reluctantly accepted but it did take the gloss of our cruise enjoyment as we always like to be on second sitting.

The service and food on board were excellant both in the main dining room and in the self service restaurant.The ship itself is kept spotless but it is showing signs that a revamp is needed.Entertainment on board was very poor,too many comedians who seemed to repeat jokes told by other entertainers on previous evenings.The dancers and singers on board were quite good but they did not do enough shows for a 15 day cruise.All comedians seem to do is call and embarras guests sitting in the front row ,why is their no dcent singers on board.

The capacity of the ship is listed as 1980 but at the captains welcome party he stated there were 2035 guests on board.During peak hours it was impossible to find a table in the Horizon buffet area and on days at sea there were no beds to be had anywhere on the decks.Thanks to a previus ctitics report we found a small very quiet area at the very front of deck 10[Baja deck].This suited us fine.

We enjoyed the cruise very much ,disembarkation was well organised with our baggage being collected outside our cabin at 10pm,the next time we saw it was at Manchester Airport.

Having sampled other cruise lines and comparing like with like we prefer Celebrity Cruises to Princess and R.C.L. inmost aspects including dining and service.

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Sail Date: November 2010
This was not a "typical" Caribbean cruise. Think "British package holiday" and you've got a better idea. This was a huge mistake by Princess and we spoke to many passengers who said it was their last cruise ever with Princess. Nothing was ... Read More
This was not a "typical" Caribbean cruise. Think "British package holiday" and you've got a better idea. This was a huge mistake by Princess and we spoke to many passengers who said it was their last cruise ever with Princess. Nothing was up to usual Princess standards. Although the food was good enough, choice was very limited and monotonous. Cabins were very small and balconies? - more like window ledges I would say. The biggest problem was overcrowding - everywhere was packed. It was impossible to get a seat for shows or in the bars. Mealtimes in the Horizon Court were a nightmare. The limited choice of beverages was usually unavailable due to breakdowns. The staff were greatly overworked so tables were not immediately cleared and service was poor.Taps in the public restrooms were usually not working - despite the ubiquitous notices telling us to wash our hands. There was often a smell of drains to enjoy with your meal.

On the plus side the charter flights from the UK were good - although the return journey was marred by a very rude Liverpudlian flight attendant.

The American who complained that on their cruise the Brits were people who sat around reading and doing trivia quizzes doesn't realise how lucky they were. Never have I seen so many rude, ignorant, ill-mannered people on a cruise ship. If you enjoy watching grown men fight over sunbeds, hearing lots of variations of four letter words, and looking at tattooed ladies this is the cruise for you!

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Sail Date: May 2010
The cruise started in Barbados. The ports to Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba were the highlight of the whole cruise.

If you are not from the UK Beware! Americans are the minority on this ship. And by there actions have no problem reminding ... Read More

The cruise started in Barbados. The ports to Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba were the highlight of the whole cruise.

If you are not from the UK Beware! Americans are the minority on this ship. And by there actions have no problem reminding you of that. Out of all the cruises I have been on this was far the worst. Absolutely NOTHING to do but gamble, eat, read and sleep. No entertainment on deck. Well, I should say they did have a band that played for 1 hour a day from 1PM - 2PM. After that they had what they called a DJ, but it was just a CD which the volume was so low you had to listen really hard to hear it. Especially with all the talking on deck.

They had 15 minute games, only 1 game per day. Some of which you had to pay to play.

If you like to lay out in the sun from 7AM until dinnertime then you were fine. Providing you got there at 7AM. You needed to get there that early in order to get a lounge chair. After that forget it.

They did have a so-called deck party 1 night. BORING!!!!!!!!!

On the 2 nights they had shows, they were just OK. The comedian was DRY.

The employees on ship seemed like it was a challenge to smile and be friendly.

I guess if all you wanted to do was relax and just read This is the perfect cruise for you.

As far as shore excursions booking on ship was 3 times what I paid on shore. For the same excursion.

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