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I have never written a review before but here I go. I am a Platinum member working on getting to Elite. Normally I would have a 4 or 5 rating for Princess but this cruise I did have some disappointments. When I found this 10 day cruise I ... Read More
I have never written a review before but here I go. I am a Platinum member working on getting to Elite. Normally I would have a 4 or 5 rating for Princess but this cruise I did have some disappointments. When I found this 10 day cruise I was excited because it had 6 ports. 3 of which I have been to and 3 where new ports. We stayed at the Hilton Marina the night before and that was OK. It was a very dated hotel but the price was not bad. It was across from the port so that made getting to the port easy. We have been cruising with Princess for a while now and this is the second sailing on this ship we have done. The ship is very well laid out and our favorite out of the fleet. We where in E325 which is an obstructed ocean view stateroom. I will tell you that I would book in a heart beat this room again. There was a life boat at the window, however you could see straight out to the ocean. You would not be able to see below you but who looks down anyhow. Great room. It also is a great deck because We were able to run down 2 decks for dinning or 1 deck for the theater, It was easier than getting an elevator. This cruise was for relaxation only. We chose not to do any excursion on this trip. We stayed on the ship for Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We have been to these ports many times. We rented lounges in the Sanctuary for the entire cruise and that is where we parked during the morning hours. In the afternoon, we went to the Skywalker lounge. The ship is very well maintained. You can tell they keep it painted and cleaned. When sitting beside other ships, Princess looked so much better. I did not see a lot of improvements made to the ship during the dry dock. We sailed on it the week before it went into dry dock so I do have pictures of it before renovations. My guess is that outside the new dinning venues and new bedding, and some carpet, the updates where in technology. Internet. Loyal passengers, Elite and Platinum really do not get the internet perk as before. Sure they will give you your minutes, but because they moved to Medallion Net, cruisers can purchase unlimited on the first day at a discounted rate. If you are Elite or Platinum you first have to waste the minutes allotted to you than you can purchase the package, but....You will pay the same price as a first time cruiser. They tried to say we where still getting the discount, but no we weren't, because if I had not had the minutes, I could have paid less per day for the package. We chose to just keep the minutes and use them sparingly. Any Platinum and Elite member on that cruise knows what I am talking about. Plus there was no log in and log out button, we actually had to go to a web browser and log in and than had to type signout.com to disconnect. If we did not do that, the minutes kept running and were wasted. Again, it was a poor set up for the loyal members, but Ruby and below didn't get that perk so they where able to purchase the internet unlimited for the whole cruise at 79 dollars. 2nd, the staff on the ship was not the same as typical princess cruise staff. We only had 3 staff that was friendly to us. Yitzak, buffett Steward, Christain and Kemberly in Island dinning room, thank you for serving us. Though this was not the friendliest crew, We will cruise again with princess because we have done many other cruises that have been perfect. The shows where good and the food was good as well. The flavors where not of my taste buds but that did not mean the food was not good. It just meant I like burgers and fries and not Caribbean taste. If I didn't like something, I would just go to buffet and get what i did like. Anyone that complains about the food should just stop to think was it cooked poorly or was it just you didn't like what was on the menu. Overall, I was here to rest and relax and that is what I did. I love Princess and I love this ship. Not everything in life is perfect but you make the best of it and you can still find relaxation. It was much better thank cheesy hotels and fast food!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
First time cruising on Princess, two couples traveling together and we have cruised quite a bit, on carnival, and Norwegian, we all thought the activities on the cruise were quite limited compared to what we were used to. Seemed like even ... Read More
First time cruising on Princess, two couples traveling together and we have cruised quite a bit, on carnival, and Norwegian, we all thought the activities on the cruise were quite limited compared to what we were used to. Seemed like even the music around the ship catered to an older crowd (we're in our 50's). The destinations were good and we did enjoy our excursions. Food was okay, we ate in the main dining room and it was fine but nothing outstanding, I personally feel all the cruise lines food in the buffet and main dining room has gone downhill as they now focus on the extra fee specialty restaurants. Overall it was not a bad experience just not as fun as we expect a cruise to be, as I indicated in the title, we aren't old enough yet to enjoy a princess cruise We might try again in 10 years but I doubt it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have sailed on many Princess ships, and loved the itinerary that this cruise had to offer, visiting Princess Cays, St. Martin, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua, and Saint Maarten. This cruise was unique in that they are implementing their ... Read More
We have sailed on many Princess ships, and loved the itinerary that this cruise had to offer, visiting Princess Cays, St. Martin, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua, and Saint Maarten. This cruise was unique in that they are implementing their Medallion program, which is the way of the future. It is still not fully operational, and I must say that having a majority of older passengers on this cruise was both a challenge for the passengers and the ship staff. The Medallion provides you with medallion that works like a car fob to open your cabin. As you approach your stateroom, a screen, located where the mail holder was previously, shows your photo, welcomes you, and states that it is unlocking your door. When in the cabin, your names are listed on the screen, with door locked, showing who is actually in the room. A little creepy, but nice not to have to search for your card. The Medallion is part of a whole new Wi Fi experience that offers numerous apps to provide different services and entertainment. We didn't really use them, since I rather spend my time onboard off my phone or tablet. We did think it rather Big Brother that the staff knows exactly where you are at any time. We were in a mini-suite, which was great. Our cabin was immaculate and well maintained although the balcony could use a little sprucing up. Our room steward was efficient. Only regret is that he didn't provide us with a ship's log at the end of the cruise, which we had requested at the main desk. The strangest thing that did happen on the trip was at the Crown Grill. Service was wonderful, and the food was amazing. Had the black and blue onion soup and a filet. The meal was very filling, and I only ate about 1/2 of my steak, as my husband did, also. I was looking forward to eating the rest of it for breakfast the next morning, as I love a cold filet leftover for breakfast. When the server tried to take my plate after I said I was done, I stopped him to say I wanted to take my leftover, he stated that they are not allowed to let us take our leftovers. What?!? I argued with them, but they said the new policy was to protect us from illness. Ridiculous!!! They allow us to take items from the buffet or order room service, but when you pay for a steak you can't have it?? Very disappointing. As an Elite level passenger, we receive complimentary laundry, which used to also provide dry cleaning. The laundry if very appreciated, but was disappointed to find that the dry cleaning is no longer offered. With two formal nights, it's easy to need the service for a man's suit that might become soiled the first night. Probally our favorite spot on the ship was the Crooners Bar. The staff there, especially Jacky and Emil provided a friendly and fun place to gather before dinner. The location is central to all the activities, so you can people watch and see all of the activities. We also spent, probably too much, time in the casino where the dealers almost make it fun to lose, but even more fun when winning. The casino host provided us with some great room perks, such as chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Really enjoyed have the strawberries with mimosas, we made, for breakfast. Ymmm. Onboard we saw a few shows and especially enjoyed the commedians. Simon Cotter was very funny, but John Bressler was fantastic. He was a amazing pianist besides being a comedian, and his finale of McCarther Park with the orchestra was exciting. Now for a short review of the cruise ports: On Princess Cays, we didn't do much but explore and enjoy a swim in the water, but that was very relaxing for our first day. In St. Thomas, we took a taxi to Hidden Harbour, one of our favorite locations to visit. It is a very laid back resort with a beautiful and calm cove for swimming. The restaurant had great pizza and, of course, cocktails. Next, was St. Kitts where we took the Scenic Railway tour around the island. It was fun and interesting, and the guide provided us with a lot of history and perspective of life on their island. When we arrived in St. Lucia, we decided to take an easy day and just shopped in the local area. We did take a ferry to town, but it just drops you off at a "straw market" type of area. Next we went to Antigua, which we loved. We took the ship's excursion to Nelson's boatyard and a couple of old fort locations. The views were breathtaking, and our tour guide was excellent. I think we might be back for a stay on that island, but hesitate with the driving on the left side of the road. LOL Our final island was Saint Maarten/St. Martin. We have been escaping to St. Martin for the last 20 years, but hurricane Irma has prevented us from returning, yet. We rented a car to tour our beloved island to see our favorite spots and see how they are recovering. The area around the cruise port shows very little evidence of the damage, but other areas, especially the French side are slow to recover. We used to stay at Alamanda Resort in Orient Village, which although still standing doesn't show any sign of being repaired. One beach bar has returned, but the rest of the beach is barren, except for a small bar, Perch Lite, down by the destroyed Club O area. The food on the cruise was very good, but I was spoiled last cruise when we had booked the Club Class. We will definitely book it next time. The buffet was good and better serviced each cruise, but I'm not a buffet fan, so didn't go there often. Except for the one day with the Pub Lunch, lunch was not available in the restaurants, so you could pick the buffet or the pizza and burger spots by the pool. We did try the Seafood Steamers, which is an upcharge, but found it strange. In the rather large restaurant area, only one other table was occupied. Doesn't seem very popular. The food was good, but the menu is limited. Loved the fried shrimp, but don't see the value justified the upcharge. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. As we experienced last winter on the Royal Princess, the majority of the passengers were elderly and many were sailing back to back cruises, some even three sailings. As one gentleman told us last February, he was going to book a month in Florida during the winter, but found that he could book cruises for a month for less, and all of his meals, laundry, maid service, and entertainment was included. A great value for your money. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
October 18 – 28, 2018, Caribbean Princess, 10 Day Eastern Caribbean Voyager This is my 4th cruise on the Caribbean Princess, she has become my favorite ship in the Princess lineup. I consider her a midsize ship, even though I am ... Read More
October 18 – 28, 2018, Caribbean Princess, 10 Day Eastern Caribbean Voyager This is my 4th cruise on the Caribbean Princess, she has become my favorite ship in the Princess lineup. I consider her a midsize ship, even though I am handicapped, she is easy to navigate, ability to reach all decks and areas, and the cabins are comfortable, well equipped and easy to locate. I chose this cruise because of the date and the ports, Princess Cay (didn’t get off, don’t care for the port), St. Thomas (love it), St. Kitts (first time and loved it), St. Lucia (first time and I loved it), Antigua (second time, don’t care for it), St. Maarten (fourth time and found it to still be suffering from the hurricane). I sailed from the Port of Fort Lauderdale on October 18, 2018. I used the Princess transfers from the airport to the port and return. They are well worth the $20 because I know that the ship will wait for me and if I am extra early, they will still take me to the port, no hanging around the airport. Embarkation Embarkation was the best I have ever done. When I asked the driver of the shuttle bus about where to go for wheelchairs, he told me to sit tight, he would take care of me. A Princess rep boarded our bus and I was the first person off and taken right to the wheelchair waiting area. I waited 15 minutes and then was taken to check-in. After check-in I was brought to another waiting area, about another 15 minutes, and a Princess crew member brought me directly to my cabin. The total time was about 45 minutes, fastest time ever. Cabin I was in cabin R302, Balcony, Riviera Deck 14, Midship, accessible cabin. It was huge. Massive closet, lovely balcony, and a great bed. I have raved about the mattresses and pillows that Princess supplies to their passengers, they are amazing. The cabin was clean and ready for me to move into for 10 days. My room steward, John, was helpful but very busy. On the 7th day of the cruise my bathroom developed a leak which made the carpet wet in the hallway and wet in front of my bathroom door and the wall. It was so wet that it squished. I called to have someone come but they couldn’t fix it and it continued to leak until I disembarked. The cabin steward would suck up the water in the morning and at night. My cabin was located right at the elevators, so as soon as I got off, my cabin was right there, great location. Dining Room, Cagney’s and Buffet My dining room was the Palm, I always want the same time dining. Our head waitress was the slowest I have ever had. She had four tables, one with 2 passengers, one with 4 passengers and two with 6 passengers. I didn’t feel that this was a huge number for her to take care of. Our table was the first one occupied but the last one to leave the dining room. Dining time was 5:30 p.m. and most nights we were not out of there until 7:15 to 7:30, 2 hours. All of my table mates were unhappy about this because it didn’t allow us to go to the first show in the theater. The food, most of the time was lukewarm. It would sit at the serving station 5 minutes before it was served. The menu has standards that are served every night but the food that was new every night was not a large offering. Usually a fish, a beef and a vegetarian meal, that was it. There were 3 or 4 appetizers and dessert offered 3 or 4. I think the menu has been cut down drastically and I don’t know why. The one steak I ate in the dining room was so tough I could barely cut through it and was almost inedible. Everyone was waiting for the lobster night and all were disappointed. The lobster tail was the smallest I have ever seen. You would need to eat three of them to have a regular size tail. One meal came with scalloped potatoes and I counted 4 potato slices on my plate, another table mate the same thing, 4 potato slices. Cagney’s Steakhouse was amazing as usual, but the dessert selection has been cut down to 3 choices and ice cream. They use to offer about 5 to 6 different items, but not anymore. I couldn’t finish all of my fries and wanted to take them to my room but was told by the waiter, we can no longer carry food out of the steakhouse, this is supposed to cut down on illness. I take a plate of pizza or burgers to my room, take items from the buffet and use room service but I can’t take something from the steakhouse. This didn’t make any sense, especially since I paid for this meal. The buffet food I have always found lacking. The buffet seems to be larger and has a large offering of vegetarian items. Tables weren’t cleared right away so hard to sit down. I didn’t care for the food because it was themed. Caribbean one day, Spanish and India another. It is fine to offer some of those items but Princess needs to add regular menu items along with the specialty items. Entertainment Comedian, Simon Cotter was terrible, most audience members got up and left. John Bressler and Gary DeLena were a little better, but not much. The rest were production shows or individuals from the production show. They were good. Internet Some of the faster internet at sea. So easy to use and so fast. Cruise Director I have sailed for over 20 years and I feel that a cruise director can make or break a cruise for many people and I am one of them. I expect them to be visible most of the time, to engage passengers wherever and whenever they are out and about. They are the visible part of the Captain’s staff that mingles and gets to know the passengers. The cruise director, Steven, was one of the worst I have ever had. When I saw him walking around, he never stopped to talk to anyone but the crew, he never engaged a passenger in a conversation. Steven was in charge of the Majority Rules, Voice of the Ocean and the Marriage Match Game shows. He was so boring and not even funny. The other Cruise Director’s staff were there to cover for him because he was so bad. Casino This is where I spend most of my time. It was well run but was small by most ship standards. I read that in the refurbishment the casino lost about 1/3 of it’s space. This is sad because it is always crowded until about 10 pm. Sometimes it was hard to get a machine, yes there were vacant ones but not what passengers wanted to play. Library I use the ship's library all the time. This one is so small, I would estimate that there is only about 200 books. It shares it's space with the Internet Cafe, so there is no quiet reading in the library. Disembarkation Again, the easiest I have ever done. I went to Cagney’s for wheelchair assistance and was in and out in 15 minutes, through the terminal and on my shuttle bus in about 25 minutes. I used a program that Princess offers, EZ Check Program, and my luggage was picked up by 8 pm the night before and brought to the airport so I didn’t have to deal with it. It came down the carousel in Dallas/Fort Worth without a problem. The cost is $25 and so worth it to not have the hassle of luggage. I used Princess EZ Air for my flight and it was $100 cheaper than flying any other airline, so kudos to Princess for this program. Ocean Medallion was rolled out on this cruise. It wasn’t completely functional at sailing but it was a wonderful addition. Many passengers (70+) hated it. I loved that my door was open before I got to it. I could order anything on it. I could find out where anything was from my phone with no charges, and play my casino games with it. I hope Princess gets it functional on all ships soon. All in all, this was a wonderful cruise, very relaxing, interesting and exciting. I want to book it again to see other things in the ports, you can’t do it in one day. 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Sail Date October 2018
We are Elite on Princess and are very familiar with the ships. This cruise had a nice itinerary and for a 10 night cruise, visited some of the islands you don't get on a 7 night like Saint Lucia and Antigua. We have been on numerous ... Read More
We are Elite on Princess and are very familiar with the ships. This cruise had a nice itinerary and for a 10 night cruise, visited some of the islands you don't get on a 7 night like Saint Lucia and Antigua. We have been on numerous Caribbean cruises and for that reason haven't been back for a number of years. Ship had been refurbed in 2018 so it was nice to be on the ship with new carpeting, curtains, and furniture etc. without the wear and tear that all ships eventually suffer from. Also has the new restaurants like Planks and Steamers. However, once you get on a Royal Class ship, you definitely notice how congested and confused the buffet areas are on these Grand class ships. We had a balcony on Aloha deck. We don't like the balconies where others can overlook us. The usual cabin layout but the cabin had been refurbed so it was in great shape. It was so hot, so early that we couldn't really sit out even for breakfast coffee. However, the view and the fresh air at night is great. I love the deluxe balconies on the Royal class ships because it gives you the sofa as an alternative to sitting in a chair or on the bed. Especially important on longer cruises. The bed and bedding was superb. Wow, sleep was amazing. I am not a fan of the shampoo/conditioner. A product cannot do both. I preferred the bottles as before. Buffet was good as usual, great service in the buffet. Had breakfast in the main dining room a few times, nice to be able to get a cooked to order breakfast occasionally. Main dining room was good as usual. Great waitstaff. The Head Waiter was not so good. Noticeable by his absence. The maitre'd however was great. Enjoyed the entertainment but we don't bother with the Princess dancers, been there, done that. Wife took the steel drum lessons and the group were very good by cruise end. Ocean medallion. Much ado about not much. I prefer the cruise card. Being Elite with a black card on a lanyard, I found the crew makes a little extra effort to give you good service and she ship's officer make a point of chatting a bit. A nice touch for the Elite guests who have been good, long term, and loyal customers. The medallion opens the door, full stop. The patter had to be shoved under the door as they didn't put the mail holders up as they had before. Didn't get the log of the cruise as you had to request it.They ran out. Ticked me off. I guess ordering your excursions and your specialty dining using it would be simpler. I don't really see how giving everyone a medallion for every cruise is efficient but anyway. Plus they are all blue, if you want an Elite collar you have to pay $2.50. Its not a lot of money but still, really? I am elite and I don't get it included? Service was good.There was however, one buffet worker that looked like she was as unhappy as possible. I saw her several times and she looked the same. Princess needs to get her off the ship or at least away from the public as it was upsetting to see her. Wake show was horrible. We used to tune in for humour and entertainment on other cruises. We stopped watching it. Boring as hell. The entertainment director was dreadful. I don't know how this guy got the job? Could only understand about 2/3 of what he said. Boring and not funny. Unprofessional. An unmitigated disaster. Destination expert was fabulous. We oftern watched her shows several times, informative andf witty. We loved her. Ports were as expected. Generally interesting but on the other hand, how many beaches can you look at. Walked around a lot in the off tourist areas. That's where you see and learn more. Princess Cays, ho hum. Rather short stretch of beach. Not much to see, typical barbecue. All in all, the usual Princess experience, a consistently good cruise at a good price point. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The Caribbean Princess is a destination in itself. The ship is beautiful and very clean. The staff, service and food are amazing. So many choices for dining. You can be busy all the time or just relax and enjoy a quiet place to read a ... Read More
The Caribbean Princess is a destination in itself. The ship is beautiful and very clean. The staff, service and food are amazing. So many choices for dining. You can be busy all the time or just relax and enjoy a quiet place to read a book. The new Medallion Class is easy and fun to use and the internet is very fast. You can order your drinks, make reservations and play games on your smart phone. The bedding is very luxurious. The room was clean and in very good condition. Great Entertainment all though the day, but the shows at night were wonderful. The Ports of call were really nice and the Shore excursions had something for everyone. If you like explore on your own it is safe and you can get maps when you leave the ship. 10 days flew by and we did not want to leave. Can't wait to return. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose the cruise for the amazing itinerary, it went to Princess Cay, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua, and St. Martin. We stayed the night before at the La Quinta Airport, which was an awesome value because then we got to park ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the amazing itinerary, it went to Princess Cay, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua, and St. Martin. We stayed the night before at the La Quinta Airport, which was an awesome value because then we got to park for free for 10 days. The ports were amazing we did some great excursions mostly through trip adviser. Fair warning this ship is geared to senior citizens. You really had to be careful to not get run down by the grannys and pawpaws on their scooters whizzing by constantly, the halls & elevators were clogged with electric scooters making it hard to pass people and get on an elevator. Thank goodness we love the casino because the place was a ghost town after 10pm. The new medallion system was great, you just walk up to the door and it senses you and unlocks the door, no fumbling for your keys woohoo! Loved it! We had a great time, the crew was super friendly and helpful on this cruise, the food was some of the best. The buffet has been revamped and there are some really great healthy choices, the food in the buffet at night was upscale and in my opinion better than in the dining room. The food in the dining room was good but the service was so slow I preferred the buffet. We also loved the steakhouse it was well worth the charge. The shows that were not opera and ballroom dancing were excellent and we loved that they had a live band instead of all the piped in music. Their guest performers were wonderful too. We could have used a few more things to do on sea days besides the bingo and art auction choices. But all and all we had an amazing time and highly enjoyed our cruise, would definitely recommend this cruise Princess did an outstanding job and we loved our vacation and are now huge Princess fans! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We decided on this cruise about three weeks prior to sailing. We have enjoyed Princess cruises in the past and found a good value for a balcony. Our last cruise on this ship was more than 10 years ago and we found the ship in outstanding ... Read More
We decided on this cruise about three weeks prior to sailing. We have enjoyed Princess cruises in the past and found a good value for a balcony. Our last cruise on this ship was more than 10 years ago and we found the ship in outstanding condition, particularly the renovated public spaces. We continue to find Princess cabins much smaller than their competition, particularly the showers, but we know what to expect. Additionally, we found the service on this ship to be generally exceptional. Overall, the food was excellent. Surprisingly, the Fresh Market buffet was generally very good with reasonable variety. There were some unusual offerings, particularly at breakfast...potato chips served every day for breakfast?! But the omelet and egg station worked great, with the staff delivering them to the table. The sea day pub lunch was quite good, particularly the fish and chips. Dinners in the anytime Island dining room were efficiently served and the service from Marvin in that dining room was consistently exceptional. The specialty restaurants of Crown Grill and Planks was quite good. The single bad meal we had was at Steamers...it wasn’t bad, it was awful. Considering it was a premium, the food needs to be much, much better and it was the only mediocre service the entire trip. Funnily enough, later that night, we were on the elevator with another couple who raved about Steamers. Our conclusion was they were either drunk or had never eaten properly cooked seafood. A head scratcher for sure! Another highlight of the food was the pizza. It was always hot, fresh from the oven, and served by the friendly chefs. A further comment...the staff never minded if you just wanted a water, and happily brought it. They equally responded to requests for purchased beverages. Speaking of purchased beverages, the prices for drinks were a bit steep vs the past. Cocktails were well made consistently, but a bit overpriced, as was domestic beer at $6, and most wines by the glass over $9. We had a balcony stateroom on the Lido deck. We enjoyed the location, and our steward worked hard to keep the room cleaned, but wasn’t overly friendly, nor did he do anything extra, like a towel animal. Again, solid service, but not to the standard we have experienced in the past. The room was small, as expected, but had great storage space, a nice tv, and a nice balcony. We aren’t big on shows, but found the comedian funny and the guest singer from Australia the single best show/entertainment we’ve ever experience on a cruise ship. The cruise director and staff were fine. We enjoyed some trivia and even won one session. It is disheartening to watch teams cheat over such trivial prizes...pun intended. The staff tried some new areas like a heist and an effort to take people out of their comfort zone. While good ideas, they were too convoluted and required too much time to be invested over multiple days. We enjoyed the art staff. They operated as a well oiled team. Chris the auctioneer was engaging and taught us a great deal in an entertaining way. The ports on this trip were fine, revisiting ports from past cruises. We enjoyed taking trips on our own, knowing the best beaches/activities and having consistently positive experiences with the local taxi drivers, particularly in Antigua where the drivers always meet you as promised and take payment only at the end of a round trip. Bravo, Antigua taxi authority. Ask for Lyndon at the dispatcher hut...he will take care of you, for sure. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. A final note: there were people who complained...about everything! These were generally the same people who didn’t know the words “please” or “thank you.” We truly appreciated the efforts the staff took to create a great cruise and thank them for a great trip! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We always fly in the day of the cruise and never had an issue until this time. Thank goodness I use Princess Air to book. Our 7:30 a.m. flight was cancelled 15 minutes before boarding due to the crew being stuck somewhere else. We ... Read More
We always fly in the day of the cruise and never had an issue until this time. Thank goodness I use Princess Air to book. Our 7:30 a.m. flight was cancelled 15 minutes before boarding due to the crew being stuck somewhere else. We managed to get a flight to Tampa and then a prop plane to FLL. We missed muster so had our own private one at 4. We should have been some of the first on the ship and instead we were in the last group. This was my 4th cruise on this ship - and the first since the upfit. Our cabin was C327. Great location, clean, awesome cabin steward. The new beds were just a little too firm for me but I slept OK. I just had this vision that I was going to lay down and go ahhhhhhh... and that didn't happen. I did like having a sheet. We were supposed to go to St. Thomas and Princess Cay (and we did) and then Hurricane Isaac made an appearance and instead of Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and St. Maarten we actually went to Puerto Rico, Grand Turk, Amber Cove and Nassau. After months of plannning the perfect island days it all went out the window but that's what happens when you cruise during hurricane season. Kudos to the Captain and crew for turning on a dime and providing us with smooth sailing and sunshine. Dining - We did Anytime dining. We mostly got a table for 2 so we could get to the theater by 7. We did share a large table one night when we had no plans and dinner just takes 3 hours. I enjoyed the company but I just can't sit there that long in those chairs. But it just takes that long when you have a table for 10 and your waiter has 3 of those. I found something to enjoy every night and basically did not have a bad meal. Marketplace (Lido) - I much prefer the setup on the Royal and Regal. And the selections. The food choices here were just so different. First it's not one big place. It is 2 identical separate places that don't connect and then you have Steamers and Planks on the back divided by another buffet. There is where the omelet station and egg hash station (scrambled) are. One on each side. You pick up a cup (the ones they put orange juice in) and you will it with ham, bacon, cheese, onions, etc and hand it to the guy taking the orders - on one side you'll get an omelet - walk around 6 feet and they will scramble it. They also cook eggs over easy or however you order it... compared to the front Marketplace where they have fried eggs and they are all burned on the bottom. The Pizza at Slice was excellent. The burgers, hot dogs, etc. at the Salty Dog were also good but they no longer have sauerkraut and for some reason the mustard in the container here was really runny. Shows - Bravo got a standing ovation and deserved it. The new show - Fantastic Journey had a couple doing an aerial act and they stole the show. One of the singers - I think his name is Randy Rhoten gave me goosebumps the first time I heard him sing and then after that they just did not give him songs that brought out the best in his voice. 1st Captains Party - for Gold and Ruby was held in the Princess Theater. The singers did a short show and the cruise director did a talk and then they gave everyone a ticket for a free drink up to $9.95 as you left. The drawing was for Elite perks for your cabin for the cruise. I hadn't been to one of these in awhile so I don't know if this is normal or not. 2nd Captains Party - for Platinum and Elite was held in Club Fusion. I got the date mixed up so I missed it. PES Lounge - held in Skywalkers. The menu just had the dates listed and no longer had different items listed per day. The first day was just a selection of cheeses, fruits, veggies, dips, olives. However, the second night had the steamed shrimp. I didn't make it to the lounge again. OM - Finally! We got a lanyard with the OM incased in plastic, plus a room card (also attached to the lanyard). Got to our cabin and it wouldn't open. Even the cabin steward had trouble, but it finally worked. It got better after that and I could hear the door unlock about 2 cabins away. The bars were set up with a OM reader. Other than that it was all you could do with it so far. Oops - they worked in the casino! The servers still need to see your card. They had a redudant system going getting on and off the ship. First you placed your ships card flat on the reader. Then you held it up for the next person who was scanning it. When you first get onboard the same thing happened. Anyway, they are slowly making progress Overall, this is a great ship, she's in pretty good shape and has an excellent crew. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because of where it was going and on the advice of our travel agent. We thought the staff was amazing food was great plenty of choices. Shows were really good. We will definitely sail with them again. They made our ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of where it was going and on the advice of our travel agent. We thought the staff was amazing food was great plenty of choices. Shows were really good. We will definitely sail with them again. They made our first cruise a wonderful experience and we expected alot. Can't say enough good things. The main areas of the ship were done beautifully and were very comfortable to relax in. The entertainment in these areas were always good. Our room was very clean and comfortable. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful.Because of hurricane Issac they had to detour 3iskands so they had offered a 20% off on next cruise. My husband enjoyed the fact that there was karaoke and the voice of the ocean. Very entertaining. We enjoyed the movies under the stars and that they gave out popcorn. All and all we had an absolutely wonderful time Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Having cruised previously on other lines, we thought we were upgrading to Princess for our cruise to the Eastern Carribean this year. The ship is satisfactory with many signs of wear including loose and missing tiles on the bathroom floor ... Read More
Having cruised previously on other lines, we thought we were upgrading to Princess for our cruise to the Eastern Carribean this year. The ship is satisfactory with many signs of wear including loose and missing tiles on the bathroom floor within our suite and rusted and degraded railings on our balcony. My biggest concerns come from the food and the customer service. The food on Princess is sub-par at best. While breakfast was decent, the lunch and dinner buffets were disappointing night after night. The options were random, the quality of the food poor, the salad bar, if you could call it that, was almost non-existent, and I couldn't find a roll or piece of bread the entire week that wasn't hard as a rock. The Salty Dog Burger wasn't any better, I ordered a veggie burger that was inedible and my fiance wouldn't eat his cheeseburger either. The ice cream shop was, quite frankly, awful, unless you paid for a specialty milkshake or ice cream sandwich, in which case they used actual ice cream from a different cooler!! But my biggest complaint would be the customer service from the crew. We could not find someone who spoke English well enough to understand easily. On Thursday (a sea day) we were woken up before 9am by someone banging a hammer for over 30 minutes. Later that day, our cabin started to smell like sewage. I called the front desk who informed me that they would send someone to check it out. An hour later, nobody had come to our room so we went to the front desk. The attendant told us someone was working on the issue. Would it have been that hard for someone to call our room and tell us that? No customer service. On Friday morning we were again woken at 845 by the hammering. This time I called the front desk and they sent someone to our room a half hour later. The hammering was still going on, so he heard it, and his answer was that maintenance didn't inform guest services about the work. We paid 3k for a suite to relax on our cruise, not be woken up early by maintenance two days in a row. And, as a business owner myself, the response of guest services was pathetic... Overall will not cruise with Princess again, it is not worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
First Princess Cruise and I was extremely disappointed compared to other cruise lines. I had always thought that Princess was just a cut above the rest but found that their cruises are just the bare minimum in service and performance. ... Read More
First Princess Cruise and I was extremely disappointed compared to other cruise lines. I had always thought that Princess was just a cut above the rest but found that their cruises are just the bare minimum in service and performance. First, let me explain that I have been on many other lines before and have paid less for more service and fun. This ships average passenger age was 60+ and quite annoying at times. I have a family and the last thing I need is a bunch of grouchy, complaining, senior citizens around me on vacation. Not all, mind you, but there were enough to make the trip annoying. NCL and Carnival attract a much younger and vibrant crowd. On this ship, the Skywalker Lounge Disco wasn't even opened most of the time. The ships entertainment was really sub-par with only four singers and two of them were grossly off-key most of the time. They highlighted boring themes such as old Broadway tunes and 30's regalia. The ship didn't even have its own band, they sang with trax music! One of their "highlight" shows was karaoke by passengers on the ship! The food was sub-par and anything that was exquisite for dinner was done in one of their other paid-for restaurants. Items such as steak, lobster, shell-fish and upscale dining had to be served in those places and never at dining. There was a lack of dining experiences from around the world like on many other ships. No Asian experiences, no sushi, Indian foods or other such taste treats you find on cruises. Let's face it --- cruises are all about the foods! The dining crew in the dining room did absolutely nothing special except form a conga line at the very last dinner. Desserts were especially boring without any thought to them. There was a lack of entertainment all around the ship. They hired a husband/wife singing and keyboard team that you might find at a bowling alley. There was an orchestra trio that was quite good on the promenade at times. I rarely saw the cruise director (although he loved using the ships public address system) and as for pool deck entertainment, there wasn't anything except a passenger vs crew pool volleyball game. I felt sorry for the young couples that never cruised before because they really didn't get to experience a real cruise here. Usually, there is ice sculpturing, nighttime deck parties with a live band and even an on deck BBQ held at times and Princess had none of this. That worn-out actor, Gavin MacLeod from the old TV show, Love Boat was also aboard signing and promoting his book and there was a line of dentures, wheelchairs and electric fat chairs all around the main deck for him. That was the ships highlight, I guess. I am quite sure I will not cruise with Princess again. I don't see the point of paying more for a bare minimum experience. The cabins were not even that much better. When we went with NCL at least we had beds that were together. This cabin only had a loft bed for the kids. I expected more and got less for this cruise and the number of geezers onboard made it less fun. Some of them cruised with Princess many, many times and at times, acted like they owned the ship in every aspect. No one wants to hear that much complaining when they are on vacation. I did meet some wonderful people, including crewpeople. It's odd that they use so many male crewpeople in the dining rooms and don't have a good mix of both sexes. I will say that the best part of this Princess cruise was the kids club. They always included the whole family and my kids couldn't get enough of their hospitality. The young people from many nations working in this part of the ship were always helpful. The pagers were a great idea too, something I never have seen before on other cruises. As for this cruise, I mark it up to experience and move on to the next adventure with a younger, more vibrant line. This cruise line is as old as Captain Stubing, himself! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was my 5th time on this ship and 18th Cruise with Princess. Ship is recently out of dry dock. Still in great shape. They redid the buffet area and made it much smaller. They added a restaurant (Steamers) and (Planks Barbecue). ... Read More
This was my 5th time on this ship and 18th Cruise with Princess. Ship is recently out of dry dock. Still in great shape. They redid the buffet area and made it much smaller. They added a restaurant (Steamers) and (Planks Barbecue). Both are an additional charge for dinner only. This resulted in the buffet being cut WAY down in size. I didn't bring any formal wear on this cruise because the buffet always served what was being served in the dining room. This was not the case on this ship. When beef wellington was being served in the dining room we were served some type of chicken in the buffet. VERY disappointing. What was served was good but entree choices were very few. At lunch instead of carving they had some type of pizza. Shrimp were almost non existent. Never any shrimp cocktail. Staff, Stewards, Waiters and all service personnel were superb as always. Will not cruise on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Took this cruise for the ship (we sailed 3 years ago before the refit) and for the ports to be visited. The ship is in nice shape although it seems to be missing some signage. In the forward stair well in particular, it is difficult to ... Read More
Took this cruise for the ship (we sailed 3 years ago before the refit) and for the ports to be visited. The ship is in nice shape although it seems to be missing some signage. In the forward stair well in particular, it is difficult to tell what deck you are on and which way is forward or aft without going into the hallways to the cabins. The buffet area has been redesigned and works so much better then the old design. Flows better, reduces/eliminates lines, fresher appearance. The cabin (inside on deck 9) was well maintained, very clean and in a good location for a good night's sleep. We were 3 people in a cabin that can hold 4, closet and storage was very adequate. Bedding was good, except the heavy/hot duvet which we had removed for a traditional blanket (don't know why they bother!) We dined in the Palm Dining room (traditional dining) as well as the buffet for all meals. Very pleased with the variety, quality and freshness of the food. Service in both areas was excellent (this ship has a great crew that is very customer focused with a great attitude). Entertainment on this cruise was probably the best I've seen on a cruise ship in the last 10-15 years. Production shows were great as was the comic and the magician. We were scheduled to visit Princess Cay for the first port, but the weather would not be acceptable for tender transfer, so the port was skipped and we docked in St. Thomas 5 hours early, staying from 7am to 10pm. Went to Megan's Bay to swim and snorkel (took local transfer for $8 each, each way). Good facilities at the beach, restrooms, showers, food and beverage and the beach and water are beautiful. Next stop was St. Maarten, just a little shopping and light sight-seeing. Again, great beaches. Port is functional but still recovering from last years hurricanes, so not everything is open yet. This cruise had a total of 3 sea days, 1 going down, two coming back. All in all, a great cruise, meeting our expectations in every regard. Embarkation from Ft. Lauderdale took about 15 minutes, debarkation went very well also, very well organized. As with any cruise there are some people that don't know or don't care about rules, directions and common courtesy that make some experiences annoying, to say the least. We would certainly sail on this ship again (great crew) when the opportunity comes about. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My wife and I booked a last minute cruise for just a relaxing get-away. We booked just a little over a week before the sail date. Our goal was to get-away, relax, enjoy the sea and let someone else do the cooking. The embarkation and ... Read More
My wife and I booked a last minute cruise for just a relaxing get-away. We booked just a little over a week before the sail date. Our goal was to get-away, relax, enjoy the sea and let someone else do the cooking. The embarkation and disembarkation was smooth as could be expected. For the disembarkation we opted for the EZCheck program. The EZCheck program enables you to put your luggage out the night before disembarkation, as you normally would, but the luggage is taken direct to the airline and you pick up your luggage at your destination if you are flying. This was absolutely great and we will do it anytime we fly (sometimes we drive). The cost was $25 as of 8/25/2018 but was well worth it. The Caribbean Princess is scheduled for dry dock in 2019 but it did have some upgrading done in 2017. The ship is a beautiful ship and I don't think you will be disappointed. The Piazza is not as large as the newer ships, but still beautiful. Because we had booked at the last minute there were only inside cabins available. We have had an inside cabin before and have no problem with them. Of course you don't have a window or a balcony, but we both slept like babies and enjoyed the rest. Speaking of sleeping, Princess Cruises have put in some new beds on some of their ships. The new beds are great. We talked to a couple of people who did not like them, but as with anything, some will like it and some will not. We loved the beds. Now we come to the dining: Princess has gone down hill in their food on the ship. They have made it very clear that if you want good food, go to one of the specialty dining rooms and pay the extra fee. This may be OK for some cruisers, but my wife and I are retired and do not eat a lot, but we do enjoy good dining. The food served in the dining room and the buffet was very poor. Hot items were cold and the selection was poor at best. The waitstaff in the dining room acted as though they did not want to be there. On one night the waiter came over to the table and proceeded to grind pepper on my dinner without asking, I hate black pepper. When I raised my hand and said "no" he kept grinding and looked at me as though I surely didn't mean no! Unless you opt to pay for a cup of coffee, do not expect to receive anything that is drinkable. The coffees you can buy are good, but not the ones served. Neither my wife nor I are finicky eaters, and we certainly done claim to be experts in dining, but the food service aboard this cruise was bad enough that we cancelled our scheduled cruise in December. The entertainment was good. There was one night that neither my wife or I enjoyed, but it was truly our taste, and not that of the performers. On another evening, there was a comedian that was very funny and we enjoyed him immensely. Overall the entertainment was very good. If you are new to cruising, try to get to the Princess Theater at least a half hour before the show to get a seat. The service overall was very good, except in the main dining room. In the buffet, the waitstaff promptly removed dirty dishes and we on the spot for drinks. We did utilize the EZCheck option when disembarking which we had never used before. Normally we drive. The EZCheck allowed us to put our luggage out the evening before disembarking, just as you normally would; but for a fee of $25 each, once they collected the luggage it was delivered direct to the airport and we did not see the luggage until we arrived at our destination. EXCELLENT option. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
As an Elite level cruiser, I like the benefits of great, free internet, free laundry etc The food, in my opinion and 19 cruises with Princess, has really sunk The buffet had awful"french toast", which was explained to me as ... Read More
As an Elite level cruiser, I like the benefits of great, free internet, free laundry etc The food, in my opinion and 19 cruises with Princess, has really sunk The buffet had awful"french toast", which was explained to me as the authentic method, using old bread-- like what!? Yes overproduction dinner rolls, reimagined as morning breakfast, had left over salmon, now some God awful breakfast pizza An insider told me they are losing money badly, must cut food costs so the powers that be told the ship to get creative That is all and well, but ask guest what they think! I had a serious issue with guests not washing hands, and was told they don't have a problem with norovirus outbreaks, so they don't worry! The ship has crew that are warm, helpful, rooms that are comfy mine E 207 quiet, very clean Quick embarkation and disembarkation, entertainment was very good, Bravo show excellent! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
No only did the ship give the veterans 2 separate meetings with free champagne, they took a photo of the entire group and gave each Vet a keepsake for FREE! We had a very large group of Veterans on board - from WWII to present. Great ... Read More
No only did the ship give the veterans 2 separate meetings with free champagne, they took a photo of the entire group and gave each Vet a keepsake for FREE! We had a very large group of Veterans on board - from WWII to present. Great sharing of stories.. Hooray for Princess and especially an outstanding cruise director who made it all happen. It was much appreciated. Our cabin was great with lots of FREE movies on demand. We cruise a lot. Last Royal Caribbean cruise had 0 free movies. Very disappointing. Food was great. Entertainment was good. We had to get to the show at least 20 minutes early in order to find a seat. The guy at the piano bar was outstanding. Standing room only when he was at the keyboard. They could use more seating space at the piano bar. Price of massage was outrageously high. We cruise about 4 times a year. Princess is our favorite. Sorry to hear they were discontinuing their August Caribbean cruises next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Overall, this was a good beach cruise with stops at Princess Cays, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten, all of which have nice beaches with good access. Embarkation/disembarkation: These were the easiest I have ever experienced! Port ... Read More
Overall, this was a good beach cruise with stops at Princess Cays, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten, all of which have nice beaches with good access. Embarkation/disembarkation: These were the easiest I have ever experienced! Port Everglades and Princess Cruises have this routine down. Ship: Caribbean Princess was recently upgraded, but some areas are already showing gentle wear. Fabrics in high use spaces were already showing use, and there were already some dings on the walls of our cabin. The door locks were upgraded on our trip to be tap entry instead of key slot entry in preparation for the ship going Medallion Class. I hate that we missed out on the Medallion Class experience. Otherwise, the environment on the ship is very nice. A variety of artwork is displayed throughout the ship, and the decor of different areas is matched to the theme of the area. Cabin: Our cabin was as expected. One of the nicest features was the larger balcony. In addition, the TV included an option to view the movies that had been shown previously on the cruise during the Movie Under the Stars. We viewed several movies in our room this way. The TV menu also included a few episodes of popular and classic TV shows and several other movies. There are even a few Love Boat episodes featuring the Pacific Princess. There was a large closet area with plenty of room to hang clothes. There wasn't as much drawer storage as we have had on other cruises, but there was a cabinet with shelves in the closet area. The cabin furniture included the bed(s), two night stands with two drawers each, a desk with chair and three storage drawers, a small glass-top table, an upholstered chair, and the counter from the top of the refrigerator case. Dining: We always opt for the anytime dining, and we didn't have a significant wait for seating on any night even without reservations. One dining room is reserved for anytime dining for the entire evening, and a second one opens for anytime dining at 7:30. The ship's newsletter includes information about the busiest times for each dining venue so it is easier to plan for a good dining time. There is, of course, a buffet that is open for every meal that is predictably busy. If you can make it work with your schedule, I suggest going to the dining room for breakfast and lunch. The dining rooms aren't busy for these meals, so the experience is much more relaxing. If you do choose the buffet, Planks BBQ and Steamers have their own smaller buffets that aren't as busy and make made-to-order omelets for breakfast. There is no charge for breakfast and lunch. The seating is usually less crowded in those two areas. I also recommend going to afternoon tea. The string duo plays in the dining room while tea, small sandwiches, and pastries are served. Expect the beverage service to be slow. The bar service in the dining room is hit-and-miss. The server had a hard time when we ordered and Dark and Stormy, even after we explained it was just dark rum and ginger beer. We heard another couple also having trouble explaining what a particular cocktail contained. Shore excursions: The only excursion we took was to Magens Bay in St. Thomas. They kept us waiting in line, standing in the sun beside the ship, for too long before they let us board the bus. I was sunburned before I got to the beach. Magens Bay, however, is worth the trip. If I had it to do over, I would just get my own transportation at the port. Be aware that the shops close around 5 or 5:30 in St. Thomas. I was excited that we were in port there until 10:30 until I realized nothing was open. There is a straw market in Charlotte Amalie near the port, but there weren't many local products there. You can walk from the port to Charlotte Amalie, but it is a little over a mile. On-board shopping: This is pretty much what I have come to expect from cruise ships. I can't say there was anything special about the shops. There is a duty-free shop that sells alcohol, foods for gifts or snacks, and personal items you might have forgotten. There is a gift shop for cruise themed souvenirs. There are several shops for jewelry, accessories, and clothing. Because I don't normally buy higher end jewelry and accessories, I don't know if the deals on the ship are what they tout them to be or not. Casino: The casino seemed kind of "meh" to me. Pretty much what you see on any ship, but it seemed a little smaller to me. I don't go on cruises for the casino, so this didn't matter to me. Tips: The Lotus Spa on deck 16 is exceptional. Book a massage and book use of the thermal suite for your cruise. For a 7 day cruise, the cost was $119 for one person or $229 for a couple for the duration of the cruise. It is a great, quiet place to relax. You can book massages and services before the cruise, but you can't book the thermal suite before the cruise, so go to the spa on embarkation day to book. Cabana massages are available. The cabanas are in The Sanctuary, the adults only retreat on deck 17. You can book a half day for $40 per person or a whole day for $80. You can't book in advance, so go soon after embarkation to get the best selection of chairs and times. There is a pool on deck 14 aft with a bar above on 15. This pool is usually less crowded, but it also means that the cabins on 14 aft will have extra foot traffic as people go to the pool. The adults only pool is on deck 16 forward past the spa and in front of The Sanctuary. There is very little room around the pool, and the area can get a little crowded and noisy. The pool isn't very big, so it doesn't take very many people to make the pool feel crowded. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. Not sure if the fact that we arrive late and depart early had anything to do with that, but can't complain about either process. Ship overall was in good shape. I had not been ... Read More
Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. Not sure if the fact that we arrive late and depart early had anything to do with that, but can't complain about either process. Ship overall was in good shape. I had not been on a ship this small before, so was not sure what to expect. You can tell its not a "new" ship even though there was a refurb completed last year -- I liked the fact that there are a lot of pool options to choose from,,, I think 6 overall... Piazza was nice, condensed across 4 levels... was not a lot going on, but people seemed to congregate in that area. The casino was nice, a few tables for each game and a decent amount of machines... never seemed to be too crowded. Dining was just ok. The buffet breakfast was not impressive at all. Limited items, not much to choose from and never new items... was hoping that each day maybe we would get a new appealing selection... but no. I guess I am used to the Royal Princess level of food and selection... not here. The wait on an omelet was 15-20 minutes... every day you went. Just not impressed. The dining room was definitely better, although not up to the Royal Princess level of selection or quality, but not bad. If you go on this ship, definitely pay for the Crown Grill and Sabatini's, those were the best meals we had that covered 3 of our nights. Entertainment / Activities - Minimal. Didnt hear good things about the entertainment, so never went out of my way to see anything. Overall, did not seem to be a lot of organized activities. I have only sailed RCL and Princess, so I have minimal perspective, but Princess is miles behind RCL when it comes to engaging with the passengers and getting them involved in things. Maybe its just the style of the line.... Would have liked more engagement from the staff there. Service was good.. my cabin steward was very good, waiters and staff were very good. Overall, definely a lack of engagement across the ship though. Didnt feel like everyone was really giving their all. My wife agreed with that... you could tell as soon as we were on-board that something was off with the staff. Not a lot of smiles, hello's, offers to assist. Overall was an ok cruise. Has me thinking I may want to try Celebrity to see how they stack up. Was throughly impressed by Princess on my last 2 cruises (both on Royal Princess), so not sure which is the real Princess.... Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The food was good quality and the drinks were tasty. Specifically the hotdogs and pizza were the best I have had on any cruise ship. There was plenty of seating on the decks, the rooms were clean, and the ship was kept clean and organized. ... Read More
The food was good quality and the drinks were tasty. Specifically the hotdogs and pizza were the best I have had on any cruise ship. There was plenty of seating on the decks, the rooms were clean, and the ship was kept clean and organized. The disembarking and embarking were the easiest and fastest that I have ever had on any cruise. The Crown Grill had one of the best steaks I have ever had. Planks BBQ was just average barbeque, but this is coming from a Kansas City person where barbeque is life. Now it is time for some downsides. Drinks were reasonably priced, but all drinks had a 15% gratuity added to them. I do not like to be forced to pay a gratuity because our servers didn't have to provide good service since they would be getting an automatic tip. Sometimes the dining staff was not pleasant and I could not hear them because they just seemed unhappy and uniterested in serving us. There was not a lot of entertainment choices and not a lot of activities like you see on other ships. If you want a ship that is layed back with few parties and little entertainment, then this cruise is for you. If you want a party cruise with excitement and plenty of activities, this is not a ship for you. This ship also has no special deals. Other cruises I have been on have buy one get one reduced price deals on restaurants, jewelry, cologne, or bottles of booze. There have also been reduced drink packages like on Royal Caribbean, but there were none on Princess. This ship also has a lot of "wasted" space. What I mean by this is that where there could have been another bar, a rock wall, a play area, a miniature putting course, a hot tub, etc., they simply put chairs, or just left the area free of anything. Another bad decision this cruise staff made was putting popular shows or entertainment activities in the smaller lounges or venues. The love and marriage game show which is always popular on a cruise ship was done in one of the smaller lounges instead of the theater. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My husband and I were celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary, and this cruise embarked from Ft. Lauderdale (our favorite domestic port) right after our big day. The ship itself was very nicely decorated. We had a balcony stateroom ... Read More
My husband and I were celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary, and this cruise embarked from Ft. Lauderdale (our favorite domestic port) right after our big day. The ship itself was very nicely decorated. We had a balcony stateroom which had loads of storage space. Our balcony had 2 deck chairs which could be reclined and were comfortable. We had chosen early dining, and were blessed to have great tablemates. Two of the couples were celebrating anniversaries also, and the other 2 were celebrating their retirements, so there were lots of toasts and fancy cakes! Entertainment was good - the Broadway productions were especially impressive, with fantastic sets and costumes. Singers and dancers were energetic. We did not choose to leave the ship at their private island and at St. Thomas, because we'd been there previously, and we enjoy the relative quiet when most of the passengers disembark at these locations. We did walk around St. Martin. We were very lucky with weather: although we'd feared that hurricane Beryl might affect our cruise, we had lovely weather - sunny with temperatures varying from 79-81! We would recommend Princess to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Traveled with DH on a 14 day Back-to-Back (Eastern Caribbean the first week and Western the second week). Both weeks had come from casino offers & then received the icing on the cake -- a few weeks prior to the cruise, we were offered ... Read More
Traveled with DH on a 14 day Back-to-Back (Eastern Caribbean the first week and Western the second week). Both weeks had come from casino offers & then received the icing on the cake -- a few weeks prior to the cruise, we were offered a great upsell offer to move to a Window Suite for both weeks. Princess only has 3 ships with this option and we wanted to give it a try. Size and perks of a regular suite, but no balcony. Also, lots cheaper than a regular suite and comparable in price to a mini suite. We enjoyed all the perks we got (specialty breakfast, Club Class Dining. in-room dining from the MDR, minibar). The other perk was the location (between the forward elevators and the Piazza). We're regular Princess cruisers (average 7-8 per year). We've been to all the ports, so for us - the cruise & ship are the thing!! No excursions in any of the ports. We did get out and explore a bit in St. Thomas and Cozumel. The other ports were treated like sea days with just enjoying the ship and the quiet. Since we've sailed out of Fort Lauderdale many times, we did not do anything there except fly in & board the ship. We're Elite on Princess and embarkation was super smooth. It probably took us about 20 minutes from arrival to ship. Disembarkation was just as fast. Since we weren't flying out until late afternoon, we took the last departure time off the ship. We hold Global Entry, and always enjoy the ease of moving through Customs. On our turn-around day, they took the approximately 150-200 passengers off the ship into the terminal, did customs and then back onto the ship very quickly. I think Princess has this procedure down-pat! Lots of activities on the ship - we tend to play bingo, do trivia & hit the casino. Didn't see any of the shows, but some of their other entertainers (Elegance Duo which is a string group) were wonderful. On other cruises, we will sometimes skip the MDR for breakfast or dinner, but we took full advantage of the specialty restaurant (Sabatin's) for breakfast and the Club Class Dining (no wait, small area & lots of tables for 2). We were never asked to share a table and that suited us just fine. Food was good - about average for this line. We've sailed on the Caribbean Princess previously and have a couple more cruises scheduled on it for the future, so we'll definitely be back. And we'd definitely sail in the Window Suite at any time!! All in all - another great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon after researching ships due to it being more for retired older people because we did not want alot of children on board, and we got what we wanted, there were very few children the first week and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon after researching ships due to it being more for retired older people because we did not want alot of children on board, and we got what we wanted, there were very few children the first week and quite a lot of teens on the second week. However, the food was not only tasteless but old, meaning that the desserts were premade and left out to dry out the mousse was dry and cracked etc. We ate at Sabatinis the food had very little taste and portions were small, the crown grill steaks were delicious but everything else was just gross, The Plank barbeque had no taste, small portions and the sides and appetizers were tasteless and did not really go with barbeque. The only thing we ate on board that we enjoyed was the pizza and hamburgers and fries and after 2 weeks i wont be eating pizza any time soon. Buffet food was disappointing everytime, what is supposed to be cold was too warm and hot food was barely room temp. The same things were served over and over. Nothing had any flavor. Unfortunately we threw away alot of food just tasting different stuff trying to find something we liked. We did not see any shows because we didnt care to but I heard the comedians were great. Getting on and off the ship was pretty smooth but they lost my luggage and just so you know you dont have to give your luggage to the porters, you are guided through in such a way that we thought we had to, but you dont. If I had known that I wouldnt have lost my bag which they eventually got to me around 10 pm the first day. Showers are small, very small. The staff was fabulous though, our room steward Pablo was very nice and attentive but no towel animals, and we had to ask for the robes that were supposed to be in there already because we requested one prior to cruise on the personalizer. No fault of Princess but the cruise ports were soooooooooooo touristy, we were herded through so many gift shops that had the same items every where we went. Princess caye was a beach and it was crowded and the food sucked. St Thomas we took an independant tour of the island and the guide just went on and on about how poor the area was, im not unsympathetic but I would like to know more about the island. St Maarten has a beautiful beach with great food thats as far as we went, and if someone tells you to shop for electronics there be warned most of it was higher than walmart prices. Grand cayman has beautiful beaches and we loved the submarine ride. Roatan we went to gumbalimba the park is pretty the monkeys are mean and the birds are huge. Belize we went cave tubing it was cool but our tubes were all tied together and I would have loved to spend more time exploring the park it was amazing. Cozumel was soooooooooo touristy but we went to the national park and went snorkeling it was the highlight of our excursions Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I chose this cruise because I am an Elite customer and would like to enjoy some perks. Embarkation is always along wait for a wheelchair. Once you obtain one, the rest goes rather smoothly. Disembarkation was a dream. 20 minutes ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I am an Elite customer and would like to enjoy some perks. Embarkation is always along wait for a wheelchair. Once you obtain one, the rest goes rather smoothly. Disembarkation was a dream. 20 minutes from my cabin to the sidewalk including customs. The wait time for "my time dining" was very long between 630p and 730p each evening. We waited 1 hour each and every evening for our main course to be served. Our other courses came sooner. I do not blame the waiter staff, they are under staffed. Princess has added 2 more specialty dining rooms on this ship and also a separate dining room for "club Class" and suite passengers but have not increased the waiter staff on board. I questioned several employees and was told this. I skipped dinner two evenings because I will not go the buffet and so I snacked at the International Cafe which is always good and any Princess ship. Thank heaven. Elite Perks on Princess are few and far between. There is a cocktail hour each evening but you must PAY for a drink. I never received any special consideration on the wait time for the dining room. My cabin was fine and my cabin attendant was excellent. The piano player at the crooners corner was outstanding. He has quite a following and it was hard to get a seat. The production shows were good. St Thomas and St Martin are still in recovery from hurricane Irma of last Sept. so please consider this when you are touring. The people on both islands appreciate the cruise companies and all the passengers that have come to help their economy. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
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