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I have read the many negative reviews given by other Cruisers and I just have to say that like in life itself, cruising is what you make of it and I choose to be happy! This was my first cruise, my Hubby's second and I was not sure ... Read More
I have read the many negative reviews given by other Cruisers and I just have to say that like in life itself, cruising is what you make of it and I choose to be happy! This was my first cruise, my Hubby's second and I was not sure what to expect. I have to say that everything on board was just about perfect. From a quick boarding and delivery of our luggage to our state room to the excellent drinks we received on deck and in Crooner's Lounge. Disembarking was quick and painless also! We enjoyed Princess Cays and saw no flies as mentioned in other reviews. We went out of the gated area and shopped with the locals and found much better prices than in the Princess Cays compound. Lunch there was very good and enjoyed just hanging out in our clam shell and sipping on cold drinks. Days at sea were very enjoyable and relaxing for us. All areas of the ship were clean and in good working order. Monday night the sea was a bit rough, but that of course is beyond anyone's control. The next morning Captain Nash advised that he had slowed the ship down during the night to avoid much of the rocking of the ship. We always felt safe with Captain Nash at the helm. We enjoyed Curacao and took a taxi out to Mambo Beach and relaxed there for most of the day. We ask our cabbie where to eat and he gave us very good advise to try one of the restaurants at the The Waterfort Terrace and I think we ate at the Perla del Mar-where my husband had his best meal of the trip! Very good Peruvian Cerviche and entrees were both excellent. Curacao is beautiful at night, but get your shopping done early as the shops close at 6:00. We enjoyed Aruba and did the Antilles snorkel trip. Very nice! We ate at The Queen's Bar and Restaurant-and while the food was excellent the prices were a bit steep-lunch cost $100.00! Ah- but we shan't complain as we have had the experience! We ate at the Horizons Buffet several times and the food was always good and we had plenty of variety. Loved the day at lunch when the fare was Sushi! Quite a treat. The burgers and fries at the Trident Grill were very good as well as the Pizza-one night we just got pizza and ate in our room! I would suggest the Coke package as if you purchase sodas separately it could get a bit pricey. Drinks on board are very good but they are also a bit expensive. I enjoyed many different Martini's at Crooner's Bar and enjoyed very much getting to know the bartenders there-John and Jenny and one of the waiters John. Always greeted everyone with a smile and called them by their names. Very enjoyable! We did eat at the Crown Grill and the food and the service were both very good. It was my birthday and they brought out a cake that I couldn't eat after the delicious meal so the server wrapped it up in a tin foil "Gucci" purse! I ate it the next day and it was delicious also. We really just hung out on the upper deck and watched movies on the large screen and enjoyed just relaxing. We could always find a deck chair no matter what time of day or which deck we visited. I did hear a bit of complaining aboard about various and sundry things, but I will just attribute that to the fact that most of the passengers were elderly and perhaps were just used to complaining. I, however was happy to be on board and couldn't really find anything to complain about. We met a 93 year old gentleman in the elevator on the last day and he summed it up well "I'm just happy to be hear and be alive". Words to live by perhaps. Happy Sailing! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
A long BA flight from Heathrow and then a night's stay in Fort Lauderdale which was a waste of time realy. Off to the ship next morning and quickly on board. Nice inside cabin but as I am only going to change and sleep in it so ... Read More
A long BA flight from Heathrow and then a night's stay in Fort Lauderdale which was a waste of time realy. Off to the ship next morning and quickly on board. Nice inside cabin but as I am only going to change and sleep in it so what. Ship is huge, 19 floors for the lifts and stairs to the 20th for mini golf. Quite a few bars but only Stella on draught in one or two and that was nothing like you would expect or want. Fosters in big cans wasn't too bad and Jamesons whisky was quite cheap. Entertainment was OK but the karaoke got quite boring by the end of the voyage. Same old voices that couldn't sing... Trips ashore a bit short on time and expensive on ships own ones. Taxi trips - Antigua was great, Barbados was boring as the driver wittered on about who with millions lived or stayed where. St Kitts was useless as driver was an idiot who kept trying to speak through a distorted PA system. Ruined a good day out. Food on board in the main restaurants was nearly all Italian or just over fancy and not to our humble tastes. After two nights we all moved permanently to Cafe Caribe. Speedy disembarkation at Port Everglades and sight seeing trip of Miami and then the Mall. They have a lot of concrete in Miami and not much else. Dolphin Mall was a load of rubbish. Miami airport, the less said the better and then 9 hours on a 1 hour late flight. What did I think over all. I'm glad I did it but I wouldn't do it again. Too long flights and not enough time to see the places. 9000 miles and I need another holiday. Have booked again but this time its the Mediteranean. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Review of Emerald Princess 01/27/12 10 Nights Southern Caribbean Itinerary: Ft. Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Sea Day, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, 2 Sea Days, Ft. Lauderdale About me: I'm 40 years old, ... Read More
Review of Emerald Princess 01/27/12 10 Nights Southern Caribbean Itinerary: Ft. Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Sea Day, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, 2 Sea Days, Ft. Lauderdale About me: I'm 40 years old, from Atlanta GA, and this was my 30th cruise - 4th with Princess. I have previously sailed on the Grand, Golden and Caribbean Princess. Other cruise lines I frequent are Celebrity, HAL and RCCL. I have also sailed Regent, Crystal, Carnival and NCL. Traveling companions: My partner, who is 44 and from Ireland, and 2 co-workers/friends who are 42 and 49 both living in Atlanta GA. For all 3 of them this was their fist cruise. First thoughts: We were looking for a relaxed, easy paced holiday - something with little structure and not to dressy, but still in a sophisticated environment with quality food and entertainment. I specifically chose Princess for these reasons. While I typically gravitate to Celebrity and HAL I knew Princess was right for my travelling companions and their preference for a more relaxed, casual environment. I chose correctly. General Ship impressions: Upon first entering I felt the ship to be much more sophisticated and elegant than its older siblings. Gone are the mint/peach/mauve/turquoise colors and tropical patterned carpets/decor. Instead I found much more rust/browns/jewel tones and Italianate design throughout. As I wandered the ship I felt the overall flow of spaces works much better with the relocation of Wheelhouse between the atrium and theater, moving Crooners to the port side of the vessel and the addition of the International Cafe/Vines on deck 5. The Crown Grill is lovely once inside but the walkway leading to it feels a bit like a discount photo-mat. One other odd item -- Explorers lounge. The murals depict India and Southeast Asia, but the architecture and tables still sport an Egyptian theme which seems rather at odds with each other. This is a small detail that few would notice and one that did not hamper my enjoyment of the space, but rather elicited a small chuckle on my part. As they say "the devil is in the details" (more on that later!). I like the new location of Sabatini's and the addition of Adagio; however they are easily overlooked due to their general remoteness. The new placement of Skywalkers is also a plus. I liked the decor of the casino, but felt the placement of slots and tables left too much empty floor space. Also the selection of slots was rather dated. From a design and decor standpoint I think all of the changes made since the launch of the Grand are well chosen and executed. Cabin: We were in E504, partially obstructed Oceanview on Deck 8. I really liked our cabin. All of the Oceanview cabins on deck 8 are laid out with the beds against the sidewalls just like in balcony cabins. The exceptions to this are any cabins for triples/quads, which have the beds against the window wall. The view from our cabin was pretty decent -- a nice view of both sea and sky, albeit with the top of a lifeboat thrown in for that "nautical touch". Bathrooms are typical Princess -- small and efficient. I am 6'1", and my partner is 6'3" and we both found the shower serviceable if not exactly spacious. The biggest issue was the tiny single shelf for toiletries in the shower. Next Princess cruise I will definitely bring some sort of shower caddy. There was more than ample closet and shelf space for the 2 of us for a 10 night voyage, even though we both packed on the heavy side. I like the small shelf on the bedside tables -- a great way to keep clutter at bay. The midship location on deck 8 was ideal as it was always and easy hop down/up the stairs from all the public spaces on decks 5-7. We only used the elevator when going up to deck 15. Our friends were in A229 on Deck 12 forward and were less pleased with their general location. They used the elevators a lot more than we did, and felt that most things were a good bit of a "hike" to find being so far forward. On a ship this large cabin location is key! Smoking Policy: The new smoking policy had gone into effect on the cruise prior to ours. There was no odor of smoke in our cabin or in any of the public areas except the Casino (where it is still allowed) and Skywalkers. The other smoking areas were the entire Port side of the Promenade Deck, the forward 1/3 of the Port side of the Neptunes reef pool area by the windows, and the Port side of Deck 15 just outside of Cafe Caribe above the Terrace pool. I heard no complaints from non-smokers about excess smoke being an issue. The casino held several non-smoking nights throughout the cruise, which was not a huge issue for smokers as they had the Cigar lounge immediately adjacent. For the record, I am a non-smoker, and my partner smokes. Dining: We ate in the DaVinci Dining room 5 times for dinner, Crown Grill Twice, Sabatini's once and Cafe Caribe twice. For Breakfast we ate in either the DaVinci dining room (5 times), International Cafe (4 light port day breakfasts) and Horizon Court once (which was once too many for me). Embarkation lunch was taken in DaVinci, and on our 3 sea days we ate from Cafe Caribe twice, both later when the crowds had died off, and once from the Burger grill. We found all of the food to be fresh, hot and generally of a high standard and well prepared/presented. By nature I tend to avoid buffets for many reasons -- crowding, sanitation, poor presentation, old/cold food, etc. I was generally pleased with the food offerings in Cafe Caribe and it was all fairly fresh and tasty. I like that they use "real" plates there at night and set the tables with linens and glassware. The melamine plastic they use during the daytime is just plain tacky! Horizon Court breakfast was hot, but rather uninspired and the crowds are maddening. All of the meals taken in DaVinci were excellent! Food arrived hot, well prepared, not too salty and in appropriate portions for a 4-5 course meal. We were on Anytime Dining and had several different wait teams, all of whom provided excellent service. The food in the Crown Grill was good quality mid-upper end American Chain Steakhouse -- similar to Morton's. Service was okay, but not spectacular. The waiters seemed overworked, even though they had relatively small sections (3-4 tables). I found the service flow in the main Dining Room to be more calm and organized, which is usually just the opposite. I had similar thoughts on Sabatini's. I will say I like the new Sabatini's menu, but if you are not a seafood lover you may find it a bit disappointing. Now for my "Devil is in the details" gripe -- Princess does a LOT of things right in their dining venues -- good quality table linens, decent plate ware and flatware, nice standard glassware, silver plated butter dishes, creamers, use of pepper mills and crumbers, etc ............ but then .......... Plastic water pitchers in ALL the dining venues (not to mention the tacky blue jugs in the buffet), Plastic tongs for serving pastries in the MDR for breakfast (which are on silver trays), waiters setting the large plastic service trays on tables in the Specialty dining venues and the list goes on. It cheapened the overall elegance of the dining experience and is something that could easily be corrected. This is the one area I feel they could easily improve upon. Bars: I liked the Martini Menu at Crooners -- it offered some really nice cocktail options that I had never seen. Wheelhouse is a lovely space, but, the chairs SHOULD be upholstered in real leather, and NOT in the leather-look vinyl that they are covered in. This is another one of those "Devil is in the Details" kinds of gripes from my end and is something very few passengers would even register as they used the space. Adagio was lovely, but woefully underused and has its own unique cocktail menu. Bar staff were friendly and efficient, though during the first 24hrs there was a BIG push to sign folks up for Wine Tasting events. I think we had 6-7 offers the first night alone between 7pm to 1030pm! After that initial push no one tried to "sell" us on anything. We never used Vines and it rarely was busy. The coffee bar at the international Cafe was well used at all hours of day and night and the food selections offered a nice range of light bites (all complimentary) appropriate for the time of day. Entertainment: This was the 2nd cruise with the new entertainment format. I actually rather liked it. Offering one "Big Show" per night in the Princess at 3 different times and limiting it 30-40 minutes worked well for us. We generally arrived about 5-10 minutes before show time and were able to get decent seating. The only shows that seemed to require and earlier arrival were the Beatle Maniacs Show (all 3 showings were standing room only) and the Crew Show on the final night. For both of these we arrived 20 minutes early and got very good seats. We attended a variety of showtimes and found no crowding or traffic flow issues. Explorers Lounge was almost exclusively Game Shows, Trivia, Karakoe, etc and club Fusion was used for live Party-Band dancing while Wheelhouse had a variety of Piano Music, Social Dance Music and Party Band. Crooners was not used well -- the only entertainment there was a Piano Bar entertainer from around 9-1130 every night. He had a following but I could never warm up to his style. Some nice pre-dinner jazz/standards piano would have been nice in this venue. Adagio had a mix of piano music and Jazz nights. The Jazz nights were excellent -- I wish they would do them every night! My only gripe is that there was virtually no live music from 7-8pm, which should be prime time for cocktails. I won't go into specific performers / cruise staff as they can vary so much from one sailing to another. Overall I felt the range of entertainment was well suited to the overall passenger mix and passengers seemed to by and large be enjoying themselves. MUTS: Good selection of films; pizza, milk, cookies a nice touch; but the sound is awful -- very hard to hear! Pools: With 5 Freshwater Pools and 7 hot tubs how can you go wrong?! There were plenty of loungers and even though chair-hogs were out and about we were able to snag a chair or two at any time we wanted. Preferring a quieter ambiance we used mainly the Terrace pool or the Lotus pool. Final thoughts: We had a very relaxing and enjoyable cruise. Princess offers a nice upper-mid range cruise experience that suited our needs well. Food was of an overall high quality, Service uniformly excellent, and entertainment varied enough to allow us a variety of activities. The Anytime Dining and new Entertainment format worked very well for us. There was nothing in the experience that would prevent me from cruising with Princess again and I look forward to doing so sooner rather than later. I was glad to have chosen Princess and my travelling companions all had a wonderful first cruise experience thanks to their wonderful staff! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
The first couple of days on the cruise were OK and by the time that we had reached Auckland we were feeling relaxed and reasonably happy. The shore visits that we had were excellent. The highlights were Akaroa, Dunedin and Auckland (in ... Read More
The first couple of days on the cruise were OK and by the time that we had reached Auckland we were feeling relaxed and reasonably happy. The shore visits that we had were excellent. The highlights were Akaroa, Dunedin and Auckland (in that order). The least enjoyable was Napier. The formal dining was excellent and the staff in dining rooms and bars were excellent. Our room steward was excellent. I would like to make special mention of Ramil who really went out his way to ensure that we had a good time in the Wheelhouse. Thanks mate!! Loved your magic tricks (and the pics of your HOT wife). That is where the positive comments stop. The buffet was average most days. Xmas morning there was no ham and eggs option in the formal dining room. No special arrangements made at all for xmas breakfast - the same as any other day. We could not get a seat for xmas lunch at the "traditional" lunch of Indian curries. Come on guys, we were on a predominantly Australian / New Zealand cruise. I have since heard that there were over 1000 onboard complaints made about the horrendous menu on xmas day. The Horizons room (buffet restaurant) was so incredibly hot, even at night time, as to make dining there very unpleasant. The doddering elderly caused a lot of waiting around while they struggled with everything or clogged up the premium sitting areas and monopolised the atrium musicians with their own and only their own requests. The children (quite rightly) christened the ship "SS Retirement Village". The hotel manager and the ship's captain were both rude individuals and the captain has yet to respond to our letter of complaint 12 months later. The ship's captain's cocktail party was a complete waste of time. I expected that he would use this opportunity to show a little bit of flair and be the ambassador for the company that he should be. The poor quality of the drinks meant that we very quickly exited with an even more negative impression of the man, his boat and the company that hired him. We took the hotel manager to task on his treatment of the younger travellers and his response showed that he had the personality of a dictator, even in his own home ( and by his own admission). It is no wonder that guests are treated as badly. The hotel manager's understanding of his own internal systems was very sadly lacking - could this have been his first assignment on this ship??? The average demographic on the boat meant that the ship was virtually shut down at night. The only true occasion to party - Hawaiian night, was only just starting to get going, when they shut it down. Talking to other cruisers, we found that there were many very creative complaints. None of these was surprising. The reaction of crew to these complaints was also not surprising. However, I will let them tell there own stories. By the time we left Dunedin, heading home, we were wishing we had already arrived. It will take a long time before we take another cruise and an even longer time before we even consider another Carnival cruise. The next time we will certainly be doing a lot more comprehensive research into the cruise, the ship and past passenger comments. Kevin. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
As our first time cruising we weren't sure exactly what to expect but went open to all experiences. We had a balcony room on Baha deck 10 room B302, with 2 single beds joined together to make the Queen. The bed is quite short, my ... Read More
As our first time cruising we weren't sure exactly what to expect but went open to all experiences. We had a balcony room on Baha deck 10 room B302, with 2 single beds joined together to make the Queen. The bed is quite short, my husband who is 6feet had his feet overhanging, but the mattress was comfortable. The balcony was small but served the purpose for us, I have to have fresh air and it was lovely to open the windows and see the islands pass by, it also was handy for drying the odd pair of undies or towel. We enjoyed a bottle of wine and some snacks from the buffet one evening on the balcony and it was lovely. The room steward was wonderful, he tidied and cleaned the room several times a day and was very accommodating,he really did a wonderful job. The placement of this room was great, not too far from the lifts and near the front, we had no problems with swell, even though the first 3 days were extremely bouncy and many people were ill. At the end of this floor there is a door that opens on to a somewhat private deck. Not many people realised we were able to go out there and I would imagine only the people on this deck would even know it was there. The bar staff were fantastic remembering names and drinks from the 2nd or 3rd day. The wait staff also were absolutely fantastic all smiles and so obliging. The activities left a little to be desired we had a few days where we just didn't find anything of real interest or when the 2 things we wanted to do were at clashing times. The food was wonderful in both the dining room and the buffet and we loved the Terrace Grill for a snack of hot chips, hot dog, with bratwurst sausage delicious or small burger with a drink in the afternoon. The cocktaills were very reasonably priced $9 - 10 and the bottles of wine around $25 to $35, not the best range but passable. The Verdhi Pizza bar is great for a relaxing dinner or lunch with a nice bottle of red. We actually won the $10,000 bingo jackpot on the last day so what a great way to end the cruise. New Year's Eve was fantastic too. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Hi there! This was my husband & I's first cruise and we are now hooked! We were travelling with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and three neices aged 3 to 10. Here is our review. We had a little delay in boarding the Sun ... Read More
Hi there! This was my husband & I's first cruise and we are now hooked! We were travelling with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and three neices aged 3 to 10. Here is our review. We had a little delay in boarding the Sun Princess as it had been delayed on its previous cruise. Once on board we found our Stateroom on Caribe neck cabin 201 (which is right at the very front of the boat). It is an inside stateroom and I was very pleased as the closet space and drawer. It had ample room for all our clothes to be hung and folded in the drawers along with our shoes. We were also able to store our suitcases under the bed. The room, whilst small, has all that you need in it. We had the Queen configuration and a small but reasonably sized bathroom. There was also a tall cupboard with the TV, safe, the cuboard also had room to put my perfume and jewellery etc, and the mini fridge. We then visited out family's room which was on Deck 5. This was a prime location as it was close to the atrium and the dining rooms. They had a slightly bigger room than ours and it was located in the centre of the ship which meant it did not have as much rocking as we had in our room up the front. They had a small non obstructed port hole window which was quite lovely to look out of and the window sill was big enough for the kids to sit on (which they loved). Off we went to discover the ship and have dinner. The food was fantastic! We ate in the dining room for most meals which I think is definitely the superior choice. Whilst the buffet was great - keep watch for the waffle station and the king prawns - delish!! - it did feel a lot more casual and more of a fight for your food, whereas the dining room was a wonderful experience and we were looked after by a waiter and waitress the entire trip. Not too mention no limits on what you order - so you feel like 3 entrees and 2 main meals and 2 desserts? You can have it! :) Delcious food! Not to mention breakfast mmmmm!! The pancakes were divine. Personally I wasn't as overly impressed by lunches in the dining room - the Grill on Deck 14 was fantastic! Hot dogs, french fries and burgers from 11am to 6pm! Every afternoon from 3:30 - 4:30pm they served afternoon tea in the dining room which was also fantastic!. We never tried the steakhouse (which was the $20p/p surcharge) as we really didn't feel the need with such great food in the dining room. Ok so enough about the food! The Princess Patter came every night in your stateroom mail box and I would pour over it and mark the activities I wanted to do the next day. From Shuffle Board, to Trivia to game shows to the fabulous dancing/singing shows there was always something fun to do! The Kids went to kids club which was fantastic and on lovely sunny days the pool and movies under the stars was a must! Each night there was a newish release movie either in the Princess Theatre or the Vista Lounge which is great for the movie buffs. The disembarkation at ports was extremely smooth - we were never in a mad rush however to get out first thing - so often we found having a nice leisurely breakfast and heading out about 9:30 was very smooth sailing. The staff were all amazing - so friendly and accomodating. Our accomodation steward Allan always went the extra mile for us and made our bed (even after an afternoon nap!), changed our towels twice a day if we wished and if he was around when we were going to our room would go along and open our room for us! Absolutely amazing service. I can't speak highly enough of the staff. The ports in New Zealand were fantastic. The Fiordlands were breathtaking and walking up the steps on deck in Akaroa and being surrounded by luschious green mountains was sensational. An absolutely amazing trip - saving up now for the next one :) Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
This was my first cruise and my partner's 3'rd (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity)Just like everybody else the delays at the Embarkation was a setback and caused some inconvenience. There was no food at all except for the concession ... Read More
This was my first cruise and my partner's 3'rd (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity)Just like everybody else the delays at the Embarkation was a setback and caused some inconvenience. There was no food at all except for the concession which was expensive. I would take the delay rather then going on the ship with no cleanup done at all. Once we boarded and got our room everything was good and embarked at 5pm with no delays going to Princess Cays. Restaurants On the evening of the embarkation we had Assigned dining at 5:30 but never made it because of the delays so we went to the Horizon Court buffet for diner which was a big mistake. The food was mediocre to say the least. After that we switched to anytime dining for the rest of the cruise. We went to Michael Angelo's and Da Vinci's for dinner on Sunday and Monday evening and thoroughly enjoyed every Entree from the appetizers to the wonderful desserts. The waiters were very friendly and courteous. Sabatini's was not what we expected the seas were rough on the night we were there but not to the point where glasses were sliding off the tables. I thought the service was slow and the food was not up to par from even revamping the menu didn't appeal to us. I had the triple lobster and was missing something ( butter I would assume) and was dry. My partner had the duck and it was tough and chewy. We both liked the International Cafe for the pastries and the salads. The shrimp and chicken salads I would recommend trying them out. The coffee was ok but not worth $2.00 for a 16oz cup of java. The pizzeria on the deck was good and liked the free ice cream as well. One last this regarding the MDR and Formal nights the dress code is very relaxed we seen people wearing shorts and Hawaiian shirts and still let them in. I know the ship was in Red Alert and had to comply with the policy from management but some people still complained about it and such as why can't I pour my own milk and I need more sugar!!! This goes to the lady who complained about the slow service and not being able to touch the milk or handle the sugar all her DH did was sit there and do nothing!! Grow a pair!! Entertainment We enjoyed the shows at the theater, Motown, Princess Anywhere Anytime, Swell Time. Comedian Phil Tag was hilarious and had the crowd laughing all the time. The Karaoke challenges and trivia games were a great way to entertain and enjoy the evening even with the rough seas. Movies under the starts is a good idea but can be a bit too loud when relaxing during the day but well worth it in the evening. Excursions Princess Cays After waiting at Michael Angelo's for our tender ( 2 were out of service)arriving at Princess Cays we walked around took some pictures and and got some sun tanning. The only disappointment was the buffet closed early and had to wait to go back the the ship for lunch. If they new they were short 2 tenders wouldn't they figure something out or at least have the buffet stay open longer?? Curacao Is very colorful with the buildings on each side of the port. We took the ferry over although it was crowded it didn't take very long. You can walk around and be done in about an hour. We stopped and had a cocktail and Iguana bar what ever its called. The drinks were good and and more alcohol then some of the watered down ones on the ship. Aruba What can I say other then it rained but didn't dampen our spirits. The excursions on the ship are expensive and you can get a better deal at one of the buses that will take you around the north end of the island for a 2 hour tour for $20.00. You'll see the Aloe Vera plant, Eagle and Palm beach and a small chapel on the way as well. Hopefully next time there wont be rain and more sun to enjoy it but you cant control the weather. Service ETC.. In all the service from the stewards was excellent considering they were under a lot of pressure to ensure the ship was kept in good condition. As for the Noro virus we had to issues at all as long as you wash your hands frequently and don`t do anything stupid you`ll be fine. We met and talked to a lot of people from all over the world. The rough seas and the gale warning form the captain didn't bother me I enjoyed the tossing and turning and have been on worse seas in a speedboat in the Dominican. In all it was a great cruise even with the minor setbacks I would go on Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
This was our first cruise so we didn't know what to expect other than what friends have told us. We had a great time on this cruise. Princess staff does an amazing job on service and making sure your happy. The food in the ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we didn't know what to expect other than what friends have told us. We had a great time on this cruise. Princess staff does an amazing job on service and making sure your happy. The food in the dining room for dinner was very good. The dinner buffet was just average. Breakfast buffet was good a lot of variety. I recommend the soda package if your a soda drinker was definitely good for my hubby. I am a trying to get a copy of the Reflections DVD for our cruise as I stupidly didn't buy it while on board and now having regret. I called Princess to try to order it and they say its only available while on cruise. I asked what do they do with the unsold copies they say destroy them. How stupid is that Ive been reading other blogs on this subject and there are many people like me who are trying to purchase this video and having trouble. Princess is losing out on some cash with regards to this. Disappointed with this but overall a great vacation. Also a recommendation would be to not pay for a Princess Transfer from ship to Airport in Ft Lauderdale. A waste of money and a lot of aggravation. We paid $14 bucks per person = $28 and because we paid for transfer we were one of the earliest groups off the ship. Our flight was not till 4:30 pm and we had to leave the boat at 825 am. I asked for a refund of this a few days before and they said I couldn't. We could have taken a taxi for about half that price and would have been able to leave later which would have given us less time in the airport. Overall I would return for another Princess cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
The Ruby Princess is a beautiful ship. However, the boat was rocky at times - The folks I talked to who were experienced cruisers said that the boat rocked more than others they had been on - One gentleman said he had been on 16 cruises ... Read More
The Ruby Princess is a beautiful ship. However, the boat was rocky at times - The folks I talked to who were experienced cruisers said that the boat rocked more than others they had been on - One gentleman said he had been on 16 cruises and he only had 2 where the boat rocked quite a bit and this trip was one of the 2. I did not get sick but felt like my balance was off ---- was glad that we chose a ship that only had 2 sea days. So with this said I was not ready to say that I would cruise again right away --- previously I thought that I would like to book to back but won't do that until we cruise again ---- I did wear the sea band but was hesitant to do anything else because I am very sensitive to medicine. Getting off and off the ship was very easy - no problem there. I booked an inside room midship Baja deck--- was a little leary but found it was fine. I was very impressed at how quiet the room was --- very seldom did I hear someone in the hallway. The room was big enough and we were not in it very much so I am glad we saved some money with the inside room. We enjoyed going to the top deck when we were going in and out of port to enjoy the view. I thought the lunch/diner food was good -- not exceptional. However, I did think that the pizza was great!!! AND....the little desserts in the piazza were wonderful....you had a variety of small desserts to choose from ...so you could have a bite of everything...also enjoyed having lattes at the international cafe. Entertainment -- We enjoyed the shows and was impressed with all of the activities. I thought that the service was outstanding. I had to get used to being waited on ---- one of the cruisers told me to just sit back and relax and enjoy .... so I did that. I am retired but realized after I got home that I really did feel relaxed.... My husband and I love the beach - we visited Princess Cay, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. Our favorite was Grand Turk - the water was so blue and clear and I enjoyed hunting for sea glass. We also enjoyed St. Maarten - Dutch side because we enjoyed the beach and the shopping prices were less expensive than St. Thomas. Princess Cays was nice -- it was relaxing. Not to impressed with St. Thomas - we went to Megans Bay -- was OK -- maybe we need to try something else. I will cruise again but will only look for 2 sea days and will try another line just to see what they are all about. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Started our holiday 1 day early by staying overnight in hotel at Southampton which relieved stress driving down on day. Boarding was a doddle luggage taken off us and car driven away leaving us with just carry on.There was a slight delay ... Read More
Started our holiday 1 day early by staying overnight in hotel at Southampton which relieved stress driving down on day. Boarding was a doddle luggage taken off us and car driven away leaving us with just carry on.There was a slight delay in boarding owing to trouble with air bridge but this was minimal.Found boarding simple. Went to our cabin to await luggage which arrived about 2pm.Unpacked, plenty of space and hangers cabin was well appointed towels etc good quality, beds large a bit hard but comfortable enough. Off up top for sail-away had cocktail while slipping away down solent. We were 2nd sitting in Bottocelli.Dining was a pleasure with our two waiters Dennis & violetta, choice was varied and catered for all tastes found the soups to be excellent main coures sometimes bit fussy with sauces but on whole good. Settled down for our cruise to first port Cadiz. Did not do much for first two days just used it to chill and find way around used Horizon for lunch always good selection, had breakfast in room after 1st day as it was bit crowded at that time of day.Arrived Cadiz had excursion to Sevilla, then off to malta(or so we thought) in the night we hit a force9/10 with 12ft waves we were on deck 9 and some of the wave spray hit our balcony door,about 4.30am huge thump heard captain calling for containment teams,the thump was a rogue wave hitting the ship and breaking two of the windows on deck 5 in the interational cafe allowing some seawater in. The captain had to go off course heading for north African coast while crew did superb job of fitting metal plates to broken windows cafe out of action for most of day while clean-up and fitting of new carpets carried out. Storm carried on for next two days and was too rough to enter Valleta(which was my main reason for booking this cruise0 so headed straight to Venice so of first 7 days spent 6 at sea which was bit boring as some of the time captains advice to stay in cabin and all outside decks were out of bounds once we rounded heel of Italy things calmed down and entered Venice the evening before we were due found Venice ok but there were tatty street traders in St Marks Square and bridges adourned with advertising banners, totally out of place.Then Split Dubrovnik and Corfu. Split very clean and interesting as was Dubrovnik.Corfu did not get much chance to see as it poured with rain all day. then to Gib another two days at sea. Gib was best port of call. On sea days we did take part in quizzes,video horse racing and occaisional bingo, Pub lunches were excellent.My wife found the Library very good too.Did not use Spa etc as expensive($20 just to sit in Sanctuary)Evenings were spent after dinner in casino or the one5 nightclub which was very good. Main dislikes were photographers, wheelchairs & zimmer frames with wheels they thought the lifts were there for their private use pushing in front to get on and sometimes one wheelchair filled lift,on rough days people with sticks had difficulty getting around.The main concern with all these wheelchairs zimmers etc was if we had to board Lifeboats for real at Split these were used at tenders and it took 15 minutes to get everyone on.I say might do it again but you are at the mercy of weather to get into ports so if you want to go somewhere specific you take a chance. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Let me start by saying this. If you are thinking of cruising with Princess Cruises, DO NOT! Save yourself the time and money, they ship was terrible. Princess Star was a joke, the food was terrible, and I mean terrible. The buffet was a ... Read More
Let me start by saying this. If you are thinking of cruising with Princess Cruises, DO NOT! Save yourself the time and money, they ship was terrible. Princess Star was a joke, the food was terrible, and I mean terrible. The buffet was a 1.5 out of 10 (the 1.5 is only because breakfast was decent, but that's pretty hard to mess up). The restaurants where you had to pay for the meal were just as bad as the included meals, there were never more than 8 items on the menu and I had to regularly send the food back to kitchen. Steaks were never cooked correctly even in their steakhouse, they even managed to forget to put the sauce on fettucine alfredo. The staff are friendly enough and our cabin steward was great. The drinks were $11 or above for anything alcoholic, $4 for a pop or $7 for a mocktail. The water that they provided was usually brown in color and a bottle was the same price as a pop. Even the cream for your coffee at breakfast was sour. When you poured the cream in your coffee you could see it curdle at the top. The amenities on board were a joke, the swimming pools are only a couple feet deep and no bigger than most hot tubs. There were never enough lounge chairs for guests and people were always waiting for the moment anyone else stood up so they could take yours. They had movies under the stars at night, however for 2600 people they had less than 100 seats. The casino was good enough, exactly what you would expect on a boat, nothing fancy, but they had a couple tables and some slot machines. As for entertainment, they had a magician and a comedy show. The comedian was soo bad nobody even laughed at one of his jokes (not one person). The magician was even worse (I left, but my sister and brother in law stayed). Every morning at about 5 AM, the boat would be getting close to port and would turn on the thrusters. This meant every wall panel in the room would start vibrating to the point were it was so loud we would have to get up and hold the mirrors against the walls. We were supposed to arrive in Mykanos in the evening, however the boat did not have enough fresh water on board and the captain decided to circle around to collect water for the desalinzers instead of paying for water at port. His announcement to the public was "We will be delayed in arriving to Mykanos as our navigator has decided he wants to right his name in the water with the boat". We were told this only a few hours before we were supposed to arrive in Mykanos. Shore Excursions: Generally not bad, the tour guides were a bit weird though. In Croatia, the tour guide referred to the war as an "aggression" and that there general was a national hero and he shouldn't be tried for crimes against humanity by the Hague. (This is what she spoke about for more than half of our 6 hour tour) In Athens they told us Public transit and taxis would be on strike so if we wanted to leave the terminal we had to book with the cruise line transportation. (they told us this the day before we arrive in Athens, fair enough) However, when we arrived at port in Athens there was a long line of taxis waiting there to take anyone in to the city. Princess charged us 4 times the taxi rate. I mentioned Mykanos earlier so I won't talk about that again. Our other excursion was in turkey, that was good enough, however it was supposed to be their only religious excursion, people got so frustrated that our guide wasn't talking about the religious aspects of the tour they left our tour and joined other tours. Now one of the tours we were looking forward to, Hike a volcano and go swimming in hot springs in Santorini. The Volcano was a nice start, it was more like hiking up a rocky hill and wasnt really what I was expecting (I thought we'd see a huge crater in the center or something, but nothing like that). The Hotsprings were NOT HOT!!!!! Even our tour operator told us they are "warm springs" and only 2-3 degrees warmer than the ocean. He mentioned that he didn't recommend going into them, but if we wanted to it was at our own discretion, We were 2 of the 10 that went. the other 30 people stayed on the boat. The water was not even warm, maybe 15-16 degrees Celsius. Our tour description specifically said swim in the natural Hot Springs of Santorini on the side of a Volcano. This was not the case, and one of the biggest disappointments in my view. Our disembarkment tour of Rome was good, worth it for the transfer alone and not having to wait in line at the Vatican. Although most other people on the excursion were mad because the tour guide was rarely audible even on the radio system they had us wear. All in all, it was a terrible cruise. The only good thing about the cruise was the ports we embarked at. We always wanted to bring food on board from the ports but that was against the cruise ships policy. So for the most part on board we played cards (that we bought for $8/pack on the boat) and watched tv in the state rooms. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Having fought the idea of a cruise all my life I was finally persuaded by an old friend and his family who were traveling on the Diamond Princess. From the time I stepped into my stateroom (mini suite) I knew I was converted. The ... Read More
Having fought the idea of a cruise all my life I was finally persuaded by an old friend and his family who were traveling on the Diamond Princess. From the time I stepped into my stateroom (mini suite) I knew I was converted. The stateroom on D Deck was marvellous. Spacious, well lit, comfortable bed and lounge, brilliant bathroom and wonderful verandah. The corridor outside was some 400 metres in length so a quick walk from one end starboard side, cross over and back along the port side was almost a kilometre. Great for an early morning exercise before the serious chore of eating. Embarkation was a breeze assembling at the Marina Bay Sands before being bused through endless containers in the commercial port. But no problem...we were all so excited to finally be going after months of planning. After the compulsory bouncing on the bed and being introduced to the charming filipino steward, for me it was time to meet my friends in the first of many bars. The lobby bar quickly became our favourite and Christian, the filipino barman was a charmer who extracted zillions out of me so so pleasantly. The central atrium was an incredible affair, lots of chrome and glass but not crass at all. Then there were the meals. We had settled for late sitting traditional dining with the option to move around when we wished. There was a charming English couple at our table and we quickly became friends. I asked them if they ever used the buffet on lido deck for lunch or dinner, and both looked askance. "On a cruise, we like to dine, not eat" was their reply, and with such magnificent surrounds and attentive wait staff, I quickly followed suit. The dining room staff were quite outstanding, and the menus full of variety and imaginative. We tried most of the other restaurants over the next 16 days and the favourite was the Savoy which had a lovely atmosphere, and also served High Tea every afternoon. Upstairs on the Lido, the buffet was always full but I really do not know where people put all the food. I am an early riser and at 5 am I was up and walking.... a cup of coffee and a bagel was fine at that time but to see monstrous plates being carried by (monstrous) people was somewhat offputting! The morning lectures were excellent, especially the enrichment one given by an American ex diplomat. The entertainment each evening was ok, especially the chinese performers the night before arriving in Shanghai....but I preferred to sit in the bar, relax, have a drink and chat. Formal nights were great as we all paraded around in penguin suits and ball gowns...I know some people decry these evenings but I think they are great. If you were not interested, there was the option of more overloaded plates on Lido. Because I live in South East Asia (Thailand) most of the shore excursions did not interest me, and I considered most of them to be very overpriced. To experience 200 people descending on a temple just was not for me. The ship during these day excursions was just wonderful. Some 50 of the service crew were Thai and once word got out that I had an IPad and each morning downloaded the Bangkok Post, then I had a group around me anxious to learn about the flood situation which was devastating the country during the time of the cruise. I know some thai, but was able to be taught quite a bit more on this trip. I mulled over going on the Ultimate Ships Tour towards the end of the voyage. It attracted a hefty charge of $150. In the end I relented and afterwards was so glad I did. A marvellous tour from the bakery to the ship's morgue (empty!), from the laundry to the engineroom and finally up to the bridge where the Captain served Piper Heidsek champagne to all of us. And back in our stateroom, a bag of goodies for each participant, the value of which exceeded the amount charged. Every second morning I fronted up to the customer service desk to ask for my daily heart attack printout - of accumulated charges. This phrase struck the staff as highly amusing and my heart attack was always ready when I appeared. Well for goodness sake, on a cruise, it is not the place to scrimp and be stingy. Finally disembarkation came all too quickly, and once again, the procedure was smooth and effortless. Did I say I was a cruise virgin??? Not any more. I will quickly become a cruise junky. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Since we live in PA, we took a limo to New York and started the cruise off in style. We had a mini-suite with balcony and was very impressed with the room. It was bright, airy and large. Our steward was excellent and could not do enough ... Read More
Since we live in PA, we took a limo to New York and started the cruise off in style. We had a mini-suite with balcony and was very impressed with the room. It was bright, airy and large. Our steward was excellent and could not do enough for us as was true of all the staff on board. We read other reviews before we sailed and some made us a little apprehensive about taking a cruise. Those people with complaints must be very hard to please as we found everything to our liking on this ship. We are not big foodie people so we ate at off times and used mainly the Horizon Buffet and the International Cafe. When we were in port, we tried some of the local restaurants especially those serving good New England chowder. We never once sat with other people, there was always a table and, of course, since the weather was so mild, we choose sometimes to eat out near the pool area. We also did not do the "shows" so we do not know how crowded they were. We liked to sit at the International Cafe at night and listen to whatever entertainment they had to offer. They had a piano player, Dixieland band, a singing group from one of the shows, etc. This area again was never crowded as reported by other reviews on previous trips. We are casino people and found this to be a fun way to spend a few hours. Once again, this was not crowded but a little smokey. They did have one night that was smoke free and that was great. Our goal was to have a relaxing time and to just get away from everyday pressure and this cruise fulfilled all that and more. We are looking forward to another cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
sailed from Southampton to Guernsey and Laharve France. Cost was £948 for Three days. This was our first and and did not know really what to expect apart from high standards of service and exquisite cuisine as we had been told by other ... Read More
sailed from Southampton to Guernsey and Laharve France. Cost was £948 for Three days. This was our first and and did not know really what to expect apart from high standards of service and exquisite cuisine as we had been told by other cruisers. Well what a shock we had instore! Very disappointed in the cruise as a whole! very little entertainment provided throughout the day, We were very bored especially when we could not get off the ship to go to Guernsey due to bad weather! I feel the activities team should have been more pro-active and provided some entertaiment knowing this.The Entertainment that was already scheduled was for the older generations and we are not gamblers! Therefore there was nothing for us to do but watch TV!!!!!Very poor indeed!!! Could not book into any restaurants as serial cruises had already booked all the places months in advance!!! Food in buffet was bog standard with very cheap cuts of meat and lacking in vegetables, all meals were just warm or cold!and not enough seats for everyone, we had to sit on deck near the pool to eat!!!!!!! Room was nice though, lovely and clean with fresh towels Twice daily! Beds were hard though and gave me terrible backache and the pillows stank of stale sweaty heads!!!! I used a bath towel rolled up for a pillow. Drinks on board were very expensive and gratuity of 15% is added onto every receipt!!! along with $22 per person per day gratuity!!!! This is disgusting!!! I AM A NURSE MANAGER AND NO ONE TIPS ME FOR MY service!!!!! Our first and last cruise I might add!!! never again OUr Bill was $400 for 2.5 days we boarded on Saturday at 3pm and was kicked out of our room at 8am on Tuesday we only spent $15 dollars in a shop!! the rest was about $200+ Gratuities and the cost of alcholic beverages for Two people!!!!! We were not even spoken to on departure after being robbed for Three days!!!!! they could have at least acknowledged us, they were too busy welcoming the next bunch of unsuspecting victims!!!!!!! If Ihis is cruising you can stick it!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was our first cruise, chosen because of the Itinery and the fact that we sailed roundtrip from our local port Southampton. We come from the IOW. Check in smooth and quick, estimated time from arrival to getting on boat 30minutes. ... Read More
This was our first cruise, chosen because of the Itinery and the fact that we sailed roundtrip from our local port Southampton. We come from the IOW. Check in smooth and quick, estimated time from arrival to getting on boat 30minutes. Cabin D210 (mini suite)was ready and spotlessly clean. However after reading advice on CC I cleaned all surfaces, handles, switches etc with anti bacterial wipes. Off to explore ship. Lunch in HC buffet a tremendous amount of choices, hot, cold, Asian in fact you name it, it was on offer!! Delicious deserts with always a hot choice.....our favourite the warm rice pudding...to die for. Suitcases arrived by 2pm so able to unpack. Plenty of storage space and ample hangers for clothes. Bathroom spotless obviously has been recently refurbished. Usual toiletries, 2 of each, shampoo, conditioner, bath/shower gel, body lotion and a bar of soap. Our steward Jerry welcomed us warmly and couldnt have done more for us throughout the cruise. Cabin cleaned twice daily with new towels both for the bathroom and pool use. We found the bed OK but maybe will ask for topper next time to avoid the lump in the middle!!! Balcony again had been repainted and was spotless. All lights worked though it did take me 2 days to find the switch for the mirror over the dressing table......by the telephone socket! One other point for British travellers there is a 240V lighting socket under the bed which the bedside lamp is plugged into. This is a European 2 round pin socket perfectly adequate for charging phones and cameras etc. Entertainment superb. 4 major production numbers with amazing sets and costumes. The usual run of comedians, magicians, singers etc. All very enjoyable though I did fall asleep on the last night...the ventriloquist seemed to have lost the plot! During the day there were port lectures, demonstrations, quizzes etc etc plenty to do or not depending on your choice. Four pools one undercover which was a shame as the weather was superb. Not being a sunbather as such we werent bothered getting a sun bed but could always find one when needed. MUTS was an experience snuggled up with popcorn and blankets. We mainly did our own thing with regards to trips only using Princess tours for Rome....The city drive, and Naples....Half day Pompeii trip. Both were superb and worth the expense. All other ports we made our own way around the cities only using the shuttle bus for Barcelona, all other ports were easily accessible by foot. We had traditional dining 1st sitting which worked well for us. Waiters attentive and great table companions made the dining an occasion. Plenty of choice on menus. The left hand side of the menu stayed the same every night which ensured if there was nothing on the main menu there was a choice of what to eat. The chilled soups were something else. Our only comment on doing 1st sitting was that all the Captains Champagne and Cocktail evenings were scheduled for 7.15 8.00pm. We were not able to finish dinner by 7.15 and when we eventually got there they had finished serving! However plenty of free Champagne at the art auctions! For other meals we used the HC or IC. By the end of the cruise HC was wearing a little thin as inevitably repeating choices. However the pub lunch of fish and chips is a must on sea days. One other tip buy a coffee card. Well worth the money as endless hot chocolate, filter coffee (a big improvement on the syrup based.thanks CC)and tea not to mention the 15 speciality coffees Mmmmmmmm. Still got a punch or two for the next cruise Yeah! Yes we did have Noro Virus but superbly handled, yes some toilets were blocked again dealt with to our satisfaction. All in all a fantastic way to unwind. One last tip... Pick the cabin youll be happy with not the one you hope to get by upgrade .......a cruise is what you make it, not what others have told you. Thank you Princess well be back. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Ok! First let me start out by telling you if you are going to go on a cruise to anywhere in the world. Do your research! I cannot believe how many people would go on a cruise without taking advantage of all the information that is out ... Read More
Ok! First let me start out by telling you if you are going to go on a cruise to anywhere in the world. Do your research! I cannot believe how many people would go on a cruise without taking advantage of all the information that is out there regarding the region you are going to be traveling in. Hello!!! There are 3 things you have to keep in mind when going on a cruise to Alaska. #1) Possibility of rough seas #2) Possibility of rain #3) Cold weather! I bring this up because, YES! There were passengers on board who were unprepared for this cruise. Because of this, they were miserable. I am a first time cruiser. However, my wife isn't. She told me to make all the arrangements for our cruise. This way I would learn all the in's and Out's. I had so many questions and so much to learn. Learn I did. I was completely prepared for our cruise and had a wonderful time. Here is some tips that I picked up by reading so many wonderful reviews here on Cruise Critic as well as joining the Roll Call for our particular cruise. Check the average weather forecast for the region you are traveling. As well as each port! Be prepared to dress in layers of clothes and bring a light jacket that is water proof. having gloves and a warm hat are nice to have especially in Glacier Bay. Bring a travel size umbrella. It rained five out of the seven days we were on vacation. If you get sea sick. Start taking your medications before you start your cruise and keep taking them throughout. Drink ginger ale, Eat green apples as well as crackers (Yes, they serve both items on-board the ship). Also, spend most of your time in the middle of the ship. If you can, try and select a room that is as close to the middle of the ship as possible and as low to the water as well. Less rocking and rolling there. Embarkation: As many of you have read. Princess cruises knows how to get people on-board there ships in an extremely efficient manner. I can say this without any reservations that I agree. We had arrived early at the terminal at Pier 91 in Seattle around 9:30 am. I knew we would have to wait. No Big Deal! I guess you can call it First time cruiser anticipation! My wife was laughing at me the whole time. Hey we weren't the only ones waiting! LOL...As soon as Princess opened the terminal around 10:00 am. We checked our luggage with customs. Then went to the check in counter, were we received our room keys after handing over the appropriate documents. Than it was more waiting til they started to load the ship in groups of about 200 passengers starting at 11:00 am. We were unfortunately not part of the first group. Because we were not preferred passengers. However, we were next. as soon as yo get on-board you have you r picture taken for security reasons and than your picture is taken again for your embarkation photo. After that it is party time your cruise has pretty much begun. We went straight to our cabin to check it out. It was wonderful. Than we called the Dine line at noon and made our request to eat at the chefs table (by the way the price to dine at the chefs table went up from $75 to $95 per person. But still worth it in my opinion). As passengers are boarding the ship they are told to go to the Horizon court for lunch. We learned from other cruise critic members that one of the main dining room is open at this time. So we went there and had a nice relaxing and great tasting lunch and watched from the window all the activity of getting the ship ready for leaving. At 3:30 pm we had our life boat muster drill. that didn't take to long. Than it was party time. By the way! for the first day and a half. expect all the offers to buy soda, coffee, and ultimate kid package drink stickers. We put our room keys on a lanyard around our neck so we weren't bothered that much because the stickers are placed on your room key and visible to the serving staff. first day at sea: We had rough seas (Swells approximately 17 feet tall)that lasted about a day and a half. We had a couples massage planned for 9:15 am. We still enjoyed the treatment and commend the therapists for the great job under the conditions. Items that were on the shelves and counter ended up on the floor and the wooden sliding shutters that covered the windows were slamming back and forth against the wall. That is my only complaint about the spa. Not very practical for a ship at sea. Dining: We chose Traditional dining 2nd seating (8:15 PM). Food was wonderful and the service was superb! We had great table mates. The only thing we would do different next time is do the first seating next time. Second seating didn't allow us the freedom to see the shows we wanted to see. we were so busy during the day that we were to tired to see the late shows. 10:30 Pm and on... Special thank you to our server Svetlana. She indulged my desire to try so many things I have never tried before. We ate at the Chefs Table on our 3rd day of the cruise. Well worth the money paid. It was a pleasure from start to finish. My wine glass was never empty and the food just kept coming. The Horizon court buffet, The food there was pretty darn good. I was pleasantly surprised. My only complaint is that the serving lines as stated before have no rime or reason to them. Yes you go in one way and out another. But while you are in, it can be a mad house at the popular times. also, when you sit down to eat. it can take a long time for a server to come and ask you what you would like to drink. The Trident grill was fantastic. We didn't try out either of the Specialty restaurants on-board Entertainment: We love to gamble. The casino was great, However, we did have to wait on a few occasions for some of the tables to be opened. There were always tournaments going on at one time or another. The slots are very tight. However, I did manage to hit one Big Jackpot! Woo Hoo!!! As for the shows on-board. Well, we weren't to impressed. especially with the aerialist and the illusionist. They were pretty bad. The Motown show was like something out of a collage production. (there were only a couple of cast members that could really sing) Wished we had a chance to see the British Invasion. I had heard great things about that. Glacier Bay was Beautiful! What an amazing site. It was very cold and of course it was raining. But we were prepared once again. We actually went to the top of the ship and enjoyed the sites from under the radar installation. Hint Hint... Great place to view. LOL... If you want to take pictures from out side. go to the prominade deck. it is covered. Our port of call in Ketchikan was cancelled due to rough seas. Oh well. we didn't get to go zip lining like we wanted but we went straight to Victoria B.C, Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Took my wife on a cruise for our 10th anniversary. We are more on the quiet side so we chose Princess. Overall this was an excellent cruise with great entertainment and great food and service from the staff. There was always something ... Read More
Took my wife on a cruise for our 10th anniversary. We are more on the quiet side so we chose Princess. Overall this was an excellent cruise with great entertainment and great food and service from the staff. There was always something to do and most of the time had to try plan out our days so we could get the most in. Had Kelvin Joy as cruise director and he was GREAT! In fact the whole cruise director staff was great. They made sure everyday was entertaining. We where not that impressed with the staff behind the bar as we both had soda stickers and it seemed that since we where not ordering alcohol we where not going to be lucrative tippers so they didn't need to be friendly. Most of the servers where very good if we where ordering alcohol or just our sodas. The Sapphire Singers and Dancers where great and put on awesome shows. Lorenzo Clark was funny as all get out. This was a great trip and we look forward to booking another cruise soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
For first time cruisers, we planned and booked this cruise on our own so we weren't really sure what to expect. The reviews online were mixed, but we were determined to make our first cruise (and our honeymoon!) an amazing adventure! ... Read More
For first time cruisers, we planned and booked this cruise on our own so we weren't really sure what to expect. The reviews online were mixed, but we were determined to make our first cruise (and our honeymoon!) an amazing adventure! From the moment we stepped aboard Caribbean Princess, we were in heaven. The staff were amazing, everyone was friendly and the ship was SO clean! We started off our day, before leaving port, by exploring the ship and getting to know our new stomping grounds. We enjoyed some wonderful New York style pizza for lunch on Deck 15 by Neptune Pool, received our luggage and got ourselves unpacked, and then joined the sail away party on Deck 15 at 5PM as we departed New York City. We had wonderful live music to set sail to, everyone was in a great mood, and the weather was absolutely beautiful! On Sunday, we were at sea all day. We were a little skeptical about our Sea Day, being as we thought we would be completely bored - boy, were we wrong! The day at sea was one of our best days! It was a really nice, calm, relaxing day! It started early, with an hour long pedicure appointment for me at 8 AM in the absolutely wonderful Lotus Spa. It was completely relaxing sitting in the spa chair, having a lovely pedicure while watching the lovely ocean out the window! The Lotus Spa staff were wonderful; not too chatty, but just enough to make me feel welcome and taken care of. I was also offered some wonderful citrus water, which was absolutely amazing and 100% refreshing! While I was having my pedicure, my husband decided to take some photographs and get a coffee, so he was completely content. It was also nice rising so early, because the ship was nice and quiet - almost serene, since most of the passengers were still sleeping! Also, I've heard that on days at sea, in the early morning around sunrise, if you head to the front of the ship, you can see dolphins swimming alongside! This happened on our day at sea, but unfortunately we didn't get to see them, but some fellow cruise-goers did! That day, we just relaxed and spent some quality time together. We also took part in some wonderful activities on board the ship. Every evening, each cabin receives The Princess Patter, which is a daily newsletter showcasing the events for the next day. It's a wonderful piece of information to keep with you! There's always a TON of stuff going on, starting in the early morning, usually around 6 AM (workouts!) going through until midnight (nightclubs!). There's so much to do, though! Although we only dined in the main dining room once, for lunch, we were not really impressed. We thought the buffets were WAY better. We found the dining rooms, although we had anytime dining, were a bit stuffy and just not for us. We are more casual people, and did not take part in formal nights. We like to eat whenever we wish and dress however we like. The buffer lets us do this. It was more convenient and, honestly, the food was better! I would recommend to anyone to try the dining room at least once, of course, but we thought the buffets were much better! We also REALLY enjoyed the New York style pizza offered at Prego Pizzeria outside, near the pool (mid-ship). GREAT pizza! Movies Under the Stars was amazing!! We enjoyed The Adjustment Bureau and The Green Hornet during our 7 night cruise. The other nights were a bit cold and windy, so we only were able to take in two nights of movies. But, it's a wonderful experience and highly recommended! They offer blankets and popcorn! You can also get pizza, hot dogs, burgers...awesome! The ship itself is absolutely stunning. The piazza is beautiful. The dining areas are beautiful. The Horizon Terrace, at the back of the ship, is absolutely stunning at sunrise and sunset. Gorgeous views and picture opportunities! There are so many lovely parts of the ship! We had an interior stateroom. Before setting foot on the ship, I was a bit disappointed we had an interior room. I couldn't imagine spending 6 days and 7 nights in a room without windows. Well, to be honest, how much time do you really spend in your stateroom aboard a cruise? Not much. Just to sleep! At first, when we arrived in the interior stateroom, I was a bit claustrophobic, but after a few moments it was fine and I was completely fine throughout the rest of our trip! The room itself was around 163 square feet, which was ample living space for two people. There was definitely enough room! The bathroom was big enough for one at a time, and the shower was a bit small but definitely enough room for a quick shower. In the literature, the bed is stated that it's a queen size, but I think it's actually a king size! It was more than enough for my husband and I! Wonderful! Lots of room! We also had a writing desk, quite large actually! A decent sized television that showed movies, a huge closet, an in-room safe, a full-size mirror. It was great! The entertainment on the ship was wonderful. We had the opportunity to see the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipe Band on board our ship in Halifax and Kelli Karl (hypnotist) from Las Vegas! The RCMP Pipe Band were a real treat! Absolutely delightful! Kelli Karl was fabulous. Funny and really talented! Overall, I don't have anything to complain about on this cruise. We were first time cruise-goers and had an absolutely amazing time. I am not the type of person who relaxes. I was 100% completely relaxed for 7 days on this vacation. This has never happened before! It was wonderful! Thank you Princess!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We are a couple in our late 50's who traveled to meet our daughter ( who resides in Vietnam) half way around the world ( Venice) to celebrate her birthday, take our first ever cruise ( hers too) and enjoy the Greek Isles and the ... Read More
We are a couple in our late 50's who traveled to meet our daughter ( who resides in Vietnam) half way around the world ( Venice) to celebrate her birthday, take our first ever cruise ( hers too) and enjoy the Greek Isles and the Mediterranean. She has always wanted to see the Greek Isles and it has also been a dream of mine. My hubby as he says came along for the ride. And what a ride. We flew the 11 hrs from Atlanta to Venice by way of Amsterdam. We spent an extra day and night in Venice and enjoyed getting lost among the various nooks, crannies and canals. We did independent walking tours of the city, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and of course just enjoyed St Marks' Square. The Basilica was closed so we did not go in but we just enjoyed soaking up the experience of being in this magical city. We stayed at the Duodo Palace Hotel which was closer to St Mark's Square than where the ship was docked. This was great for exploring Venice proper but a downside in getting to the Ruby Princess. When I say downside water taxi's are not cheap!! But we were lucky enough to share with another couple. They are also like most taxi's anywhere else except they are on water...it was a fast and raucous ride to the ship! Talk about getting sea legs fast! On arrival at the port, bags were taken and we did not see them again until they were at our cabin door. Embarkation was a breeze.The usual photo op then we were on Ruby. What a beautiful ship! We were like kids in a candy store wondering where to look or go next. Staff were everywhere, smiling and guiding us to our cabins and other places as we wandered our new home for 12 days. Our Cabin Steward Rommel was professional and friendly and always made sure that our needs were met. For our daughter's birthday he made a towel monkey ( yes she is an adult but there is something about those little animals, stuffed, towel or otherwise!)and he made our home away from home perfect! C252 was perfect for an inside cabin. Enough room for the three of us and despite all I read here the beds were perfect for us. One thing that I read here that was great was to keep the TV on on the ships bridge cam at night. That way you get the sense of day and night and with it reflecting in the mirror it appears almost as a window..something I hear Disney has incorporated in their inside cabins. My hubby was jet lagged and Venice lagged ( after walking the city over and over again)so he slept in after a quick view of Ruby. My daughter and I went to our first Traditional time dining experience and I can tell you the food was great the entire time ( okay one dish I did not particularly find appealing was the veal scallopini..)and yes we did indulge!!Our first meal was when we embarked after lunch closed in the MDR but HC was pretty decent and in general my hubby liked the buffet. Because of the port intensity of this cruise HC saw us for breakfast for most mornings and the fare was good. After awhile however I was getting a bit tired of eggs. One thing I can attest to is that Chef Joel Descrito is the best! He made a curry dish ( Curry chicken one night then curry lamb the next) that my hubby requested that made me wonder how I was ever to prepare these dishes again for my husband to enjoy after eating the ones that Chef Joel created. Scrumptious!! The ports were fascinating. We were not fans of Corfu or Rhodes per se. Our Dubrovnik excursion was not what we signed up for in that the guide took us almost to Montenegro, did not have lunch in an all day tour ( we signed up for 1/2 day so something went awry somewhere) did not get to climb the wall around the city,but the brandy tasting and Cavat was interesting. Not complaining just a bit perplexing. Efes ( Epheseus) was breathtaking and the Amalfi Coast ( Naples) awe inspiring and beautiful. Oh and the sail away from Venice..heart stopping and soul stirring to say the least! Lisa Ball was our CD and she and the assistant CD Eric really tried to drum up the entertaining spirit of the passengers. I think in my humble opinion that they did a good job or maybe it was the group that was sailing, I saw many participating in the activities and lots playing cards and table games, laughing and having a good time or relaxing with electronic readers poolside or on the promenade. All staff were professional and friendly and I felt that anything we needed they would try to obtain. Okay, so I fell for the first timers gotta have some of those $19-$25 pictures. Hubby liked the casino and we had wine at dinner almost every night, and my daughter and I just had to have that massage with the stones of course! And yes we did the Chef's Table. I've got to say with Generoso( love that man!) being so gracious and Chef Joel providing a wonderful meal not to mention great table mates..it was worth every dime even though the pricing has increased. Sadly we had to disembark. That process was even more of a breeze than embarkation. I thought for sure it would take more time and so we had hired a taxi for 10am and I put us down for disembarkation at 0900 thinking for sure we would have to spend time looking for our luggage, getting to the pick up area etc. Nope we were out of there in 10 minutes flat and waited for our taxi!! We stayed in Rome at the River Palace ( centrally located near the Villa Borghese gardens and the Piazza Popolo)for two nights and did our own tours of the city, the Vatican etc. The weather was phenomenal all along until Rome where it did rain that first day and was partly cloudy and cool but the Trevi Fountain ( heck all of Rome) at night was breathtaking and yes we did throw our coins in the Fountain and the Spanish steps were not as hard to go up or down as I thought ( after Santorini and Fira's 562 stairs anything else is easy!!). Our favorites besides Venice was Mykonos, Santorini and the Amalfi Coast. We loved our Princess experience. We chose this on a whim because our daughter's nick name is Princess and what better way for a Princess to celebrate her birthday but on a Princess ship?Well the fairy tale came true and it was sheer delight. Thanks Princess...you will see us again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We embarked from southampton after using eavesway travel coach from birmingham. after leaving our bags on the coach we didnt see them again until they appeared in our cabin. Embarkation was so fast it took about 20 minutes and was so ... Read More
We embarked from southampton after using eavesway travel coach from birmingham. after leaving our bags on the coach we didnt see them again until they appeared in our cabin. Embarkation was so fast it took about 20 minutes and was so eficient. The ship was beautiful, very clean and luxurious, I was unsure what to expect as other reveiws had mentioned rust and scruffy cabins. There was no rust and our cabin was imaculate,not a mark to be seen anywhere. Our cabin steward julio was fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for him, he bought us extra clothes hangers and our cabin was cleaned twice a day. The food was amazing, we opted for traditional dining at the 6pm sitting and were sat on a table for 8 with some lovely couples. Our waiters were great and once again nothing was too much trouble. if i left any of my meal they offered to bring me another dish instead. The menu was varied and all very yummy. the cheesecake was my favorite desert. there was lots of beef available which was cooked perfectly every time. The horizon court buffet was excellent with endless choice and the most delicious deserts and cakes i have ever tasted. Someone on another review said the cakes were all the same ??? he must have been on a different ship ! We were early risers and so had no problem getting a sun lounger but there was the usual problem with people abandoning their beds for ages. Deck hands placed notices on beds left for longer than 30 mins and they would then remove items from the beds. This was a great idea. We enjoyed all ports except cadiz which was not great, we got lost as all the streets are very narrow and all look the same. Rome was the most gorgeous place i have ever been to in my life, we loved it and shal return. Shore excursions were fantastic and run like a military operation, very efficient and well worth the money paid. I visited the medical center whilst on board, the doctor was fantastic and the bill was very reasonable, 60 dollars plus 6 dollars for a prescription. State of the art equipment and once again very efficient. Entertainment was good but mostly just singers and dancers,(very good they were too ) we saw a ventrilaquist who was so funny that i cried with laughter. Disembarkation was quick and easy and I can honestly say i did not want to leave. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We travelled on the Mediterranean Medley on the Grand Princess and were simply amazed at the superb service from Princess. ALL staff were extremely polite, friendly and always professional. Our three year old son is a fussy eater(!) and ... Read More
We travelled on the Mediterranean Medley on the Grand Princess and were simply amazed at the superb service from Princess. ALL staff were extremely polite, friendly and always professional. Our three year old son is a fussy eater(!) and even at the fine dining restaurant, they catered to all his crazy needs...including bringing out a pizza for him! The price of on shore excursions can be a bit on the steep side. One piece of advice: NEVER do the "on your own" excursions they organise as the two tour guides we had for those were appallingly bad. We complained to Princess but sadly our complaints went from one ear and out the next! Hey ho, you can't everything! The choice of food was amazing and we enjoyed eating, eating and eating! The International Cafe was superb and the array of sweets are excellent! The gym was great although some machines were always busy. The pools could be a bit bigger and they were always very very busy so never got to swim. My son enjoyed the childcare facilities and the staff at the Pelicans were understanding and always friendly. All the kids there seemed happy and loved all the activities around. All in all, an amazing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
8/27/11 Seeing the Golden Princess for the first time is awesome! We had no problems getting checked in and to our room. We had a double room with balcony which is a must. It gives you the ability to see so much and at nite we left our ... Read More
8/27/11 Seeing the Golden Princess for the first time is awesome! We had no problems getting checked in and to our room. We had a double room with balcony which is a must. It gives you the ability to see so much and at nite we left our door open just enough to hear the water. The sailing away party was so festive! Seattle and Mt. Rainier were breathtaking and made us Seattleites proud. I highly suggest doing research for your trip. The internet had a lot to give you. CRUISECRITIC.COM under member reviews was invaluable because it is written by people that have been there. Most are pretty honest. Some take with a grain of salt. At Sea: I made the mistake of going with the $30.00 Savvy Savor presentation on shopping at the ports. You get all this "free stuff" - if that is all you are going to do the entire time then maybe you will save some. What I found in Juneau was that the free things were cheap and there was a hard sell that came with most shops when you asked for them. Most these shops are in each port. Skywalker nightclub- if it is still there go see it! very cool at the very end of the ship. It feels like you are hanging over the end! GLACIER BAY: Beautiful but cold! Bring warm stuff for this--very awesome and a relaxing day--enjoyed ship very much that day. The ice cream station on deck 14 was great. The Horizon Court was good for breakfast- good food & good variety. We ate dinners in the Bernini dining room and it was always great! VICTORIA: stayed on ship for relaxing dinner & wine. SEATTLE: woke up to see sunrise and Seattle skyline. Disembarkment was so smooth but I was sad to leave. I loved this trip. Nice thing was being home in less than 30 minutes though! Food: wonderful, all of it International Cafe: yes the cookies are great! The "two bite" pastries and desserts SO good! Casino: so so for us but we have wonderful ones in the Seattle area - Vegas style. Employees: very nice & helpful FIVE STAR CRUISE FOR US! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
This was my first cruise so I wasn't sure what to expect. I've read several other reviews with different lines and am certainly glad I was with Princess! Oh my, everything was just superb! Our room was wonderful. We had four so ... Read More
This was my first cruise so I wasn't sure what to expect. I've read several other reviews with different lines and am certainly glad I was with Princess! Oh my, everything was just superb! Our room was wonderful. We had four so we had the beds that dropped down from the ceiling and really weren't to bad. I'm 57 & I made it up & down just fine. The room had plenty of storage area for clothes etc even with 4 women! The tv was great and rotated so we could see and hear it even on the balcony when they were giving us the narration going through Glacier Bay. Which was unbelievable! So many FREE places to eat who wanted to go pay to eat at the 2 paying restaurants! Something different every night in the main dining room & as much as you wanted. The buffet was fantastic and then there was the hamburgers and pizza plus they had special things like reindeer chili and it was just food food food all the time. Ate to much and had to start in making sure I was walking enough. Entertainment and other things to do.....always something. You could stay as busy or idle as you wanted. Day trips were the usual. I have absolutely NO complaints. Trip was just wonderful in all ways!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Just returned from a 7 day Alaska cruise visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria. Also a morning scenic cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord. Very disappointed in the ports of call except for Victoria where we only had a few hours in the ... Read More
Just returned from a 7 day Alaska cruise visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria. Also a morning scenic cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord. Very disappointed in the ports of call except for Victoria where we only had a few hours in the evening. The cruise staff were extremely pushy trying to sell wine, art, spa treatments and encouraging people to shop at over-priced jewelry stores. The food in the Horizon Court was bland - one mealtime I put 4 different desserts on my plate and tasted a mouthful from each, all tasted the same. Other than that the menus were very unimaginative. I cannot understand how anyone raves about the food. Room service was fine, and the cabin steward did what he needed to but nothing extra - then again we didn't ask for anything extra. The robes available were grey and hard and grungy looking - and we didn't bother to use them, wish we had taken our own. Also the towels were very hard, and I don't know if that is down to hard water but they obviously don't use enough (if any) fabric softener. I ordered a cocktail one evening and it was so watered down with ice cubes that I didn't bother to have any more. The wait staff in the Savoy spent so much time sucking up to the diners that it was embarrassing...same on the one night we dined at the Pacific Moon. The afternoon tea was another disappointment - nothing like an English afternoon tea. We took the Victoria highlights and Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel...DON'T waste your money! The tour started at 7.15pm and by 8pm it was dark and we could see nothing and still had an hour of driving around the suburbs of Victoria with the driver telling us all about house prices and who played at the local golf course, and how much everything cost. The only good thing was the tea at the Empress Hotel but by the time the driver got us there it was gone 9 pm and we had less than an hour. Dreadful waste of money and a real rip-off. Don't go to the port of call shopping show - waste of time - all they do is push the shops they either own or who advertise with them and pay a kick-back. Scrambled eggs in Horizon Court were consistently excellent, and we had beautiful weather which helped. Our mini-suite on Dolphin deck was a good size for the two of us, and the balcony was excellent as it was a real sun-trap. I read somewhere that there was no need to get a balcony if you were cruising to Alaska - not true! The spa GoSmile technician was very tactless and said to us in front of a group of people at the reception desk "when are you going to get your teeth whitened?" I told her "when a dental professional tells me it's necessary for the health of my teeth". Stupid woman. I had a pedicure which was way below par compared to my usual local spa pedicure. The technician lectured me all the time, pushed products, and tried to persuade me to book further appointments. Also she cut the cuticle of my toe nail which now catches on my tights and socks, and whilst she was exfoliating my legs and feet she burst a blister that I didn't realise I had. All in all a very, very disappointing experience. Guess we are just not cruise people. Didn't bother to tip anyone anything extra as I considered the $24 per diem we were already forking out was more than enough for the service we got. Maybe it's me but I just don't understand why people want to make friends with their servers and cabin steward and barstaff...exchanging email adressess etc. Quite pathetic. Will not be cruising again with Princess and certainly not to Alaska. Think we need something a bit more upmarket if we ever consider it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
1st time cruisers so not sure what to expect. Embarking was made easy by the friendly and helpful staff. Blown away by the ship it was far better than expected. It had shops and bars different restaurants, buffets and fast food counters as ... Read More
1st time cruisers so not sure what to expect. Embarking was made easy by the friendly and helpful staff. Blown away by the ship it was far better than expected. It had shops and bars different restaurants, buffets and fast food counters as well as an ice cream bar. I was really impressed by the efforts to prevent cross infection hand sanitisers were available at all the buffet and fast food counters. We had traditional dining as part of our holiday is dressing for dinner. The food was excellent and there was a different menu every night with plenty of choices. The only down side to the dining was the selling at the table. Every night the waiter tried to sell us something and quite often stopped our conversation which I found very rude, this spoiled the dining experience. We stayed in a stateroom with an ocean view, it was on the small side but as we didn't spend too much time in there this wasn't a problem. It was kept very clean and was comfortable. The stateroom was cleaned and tidied daily, and towels changed every time they were used. It had a mini fridge which was kept stocked up. A bowl of fruit was provided in the room on request, and every night the bed would be turned down on our return from dinner with chocolates on the pillow. We were going to upgrade to a balcony stateroom but for the amount they wanted I am glad we didn't. Each evening we would receive a newsletter of the next days itinerary. There were lots of organised activities whether we were in port or not. The ports on this cruise were within walking distance from the towns. However, if needed there were ample taxis and shuttles at the port. I found Alaska quite cheap for gifts especially T shirts. There were lots of jewelry stores and lots of incentives were given on the ship to visit these stores. Vouchers for free collectible coins and charms. However, you were expected to try jewelry on before you could have them and if you didn't buy anything you would get a frosty response from the shop assistance and they would practically throw the charms and coins at you. I gave up and didn't finish the collection. I was later told some of the jewelry stores were owned by the cruise line. We chose to do the excursions independently and found we saved a lot of money. All in all we had a fantastic time and would definitely cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
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