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6,712 Princess Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

The Caribbean Princess is an older ship and this is precisely why she is so amazing. I've never cruised before and one of the most important factors is finding one's way around a large floating city. From what I understand, newer ... Read More
The Caribbean Princess is an older ship and this is precisely why she is so amazing. I've never cruised before and one of the most important factors is finding one's way around a large floating city. From what I understand, newer ships are not as well appointed or marked. This ship is very well marked and we rarely got lost after the first day- the carpet on the port side of the ship (our side) had a red border (Starboard was blue) which really helped us find our way home. The staff was sincere and friendly, the activities and entertainment fun and thank goodness because we had horrible weather and rough seas. This is a really good ship for newbies. The spa is relaxing and offers many services, they are polite and capable, the food was great no matter where we ate (except on Princess Cays- the food was similar to wedding reception food.) Wine selection at the Vine bar excellent. Ask for Tatiana and Raoul! I wish we could have used our little balcony more, but the weather did not permit. I felt like the staff is all settled in and everything was easy and comfortable I loved it. I never felt like I had to "sit up too straight," although in the formal dining room, our waiter did put a napkin on my daughter's lap because she forgot. The maître de sang for us and it was all so crazy and wonderful. I wish our cruise was longer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
My wife and I are seasoned cruisers, platinum on Carnival several on Royal Caribbean. We are both over 50, but we still know how to have fun....was not to be had on this unimpressive ship. Oldest group of fellow passengers I have ever ... Read More
My wife and I are seasoned cruisers, platinum on Carnival several on Royal Caribbean. We are both over 50, but we still know how to have fun....was not to be had on this unimpressive ship. Oldest group of fellow passengers I have ever seen....most looking like they were hating life. Ship was boring, boring, boring. I felt bad for the handful of young people on the ship. Thank God we were with another fun loving couple who came with us on this cruise, so we still made our own fun and laughs....got plenty of dirty looks from the geezers because of it. I have long hair, got the evil eye from a lot of the oldsters. Food was mediocre in the buffet, have come to expect that on any ship anymore....dining room was better. Our balcony cabin had a storage closet that, I kid you not, reeked of urine, as if someone in the night missed the bathroom and just headed for the closet.....smell was never addressed by the cabin steward. We were near the back of the ship on Aloha deck, was quiet, little foot traffic, quite a bit of ship movement though. Entertainers tried to drum up some energy, but you could see by the look on their faces that it was futile. The only music poolside was an occasional DJ, who looked like he wanted to hang himself when he went on break. Embarkation was sloooooow. We had to sit in a large lobby until 12 noon. Getting off was WORSE! We were stuck sitting in the closed casino from 8 a.m. until almost NOON! Worst, most disorganized disembark I have ever witnessed. Even after exiting the ship, we got stuck in another long, winding line to exit customs. ALL my other cruises we have just walked off the boat, showed our passports, and done. This was a certified mess....the port of Fort Lauderdale in and of itself is awful. Chaos. By the time we found the shuttle to get back to the car, it was after 2 pm when we got out of there.....then had to drive 4 hours home. Sucked. We got a very good deal on the price of this cruise, the only saving grace. Going back to Royal Caribbean....sorry we strayed!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This cruise ship, as reported here, is truly for the elderly and they cater to that crowd. We are older, but we are not dead. We decided to go because of the price of the balcony $199.00 and the $250. OBC. We have been on nearly 20 cruises ... Read More
This cruise ship, as reported here, is truly for the elderly and they cater to that crowd. We are older, but we are not dead. We decided to go because of the price of the balcony $199.00 and the $250. OBC. We have been on nearly 20 cruises and this was an opportunity to try another cruise line so we did. YYAAAWWWNN. The crew tried to do activities, but no one wanted to play the poolside games so most were cancelled. The passengers are elderly and RUDE, disorderly and cantankerous. and YES, they acted very entitled as stated. We were on THEIR ship and they would let you know...lol. there was one very loud couple on the ship which I gravitated towards because they had signs of life and I wanted to suck it out of them...lol. But, the prudes on the ship looked at these people like they were trash, where I just saw a couple trying to have a good time. FUN NOT PERMITTED on the caribbean princess..lol!!! The staff is very indifferent. That Natasha in the dining room is a real treat....NOT!!! She should not be anywhere near passengers. Fernando from mexico in the buffet and Paul from romania in the Crown Grill were really nice. The food was so bad at dining I wish we had used all of our ship credit and just eaten at the crown. The food was a little better but Paul made up for all the days and nights of bad indifferent staff. The little latin guy at the front desk was so nasty and a sarcastic POS. The staff only spoke to who they wanted to speak to. once they spoke to the people in front of us and behind us, but not to us even though I gave eye contact and smiled. she just looked on past and said hi to the people in line next....wow! Before each show in the theater the CD would take the time to sell something and take up more time than was necessary after ALL the shows started late in the first place. It's like now that we have you trapped let us sell you something. The shows were a comedian who was bad the first night and not as bad the second night, but bad all the same...lol. The magic show.....well. There was only one dance and singing show on the last night. we skipped it and went to bed because we were just ready to get the cruise over with and go home already...lol. Don't get me wrong the ship is GREAT for senior citizens. This cruise product is truly for them and we can't complain about that. But, the staff could change their attitudes, but old people are old people. what can you do about that? They had the sanctuary for an upcharge that no one used to relax in....why? the whole ship is a sanctuary...zzzzzz...lol. This ship was so dull, even the souvenirs were boring. We had a hell of a time spending that 250 OBC...lol nothing to buy and the store was waaayyy over priced. The alcohol was priced right, but how much of that do you need? Princess Cay had nice band, but once again no one danced or paid attention to them. The DJ in the skywalker was really bad. He had the nerve to play that same boring playlist poolside...why? If we scattered off the floor in the disco, what made him think we wanted to hear it poolside. The main band seemed like they had a lot in them, but had to hold back on account of the crowd they had to cater to...too bad I think they had a lot to offer. We made the mistake of buying buckets of beer the first two days. Don't do that, just go to the wheelhouse (3pm) and skywalkers(11pm) everyday and partake in the 2-for 1 deals and you'll come out waaayy better. we had a balcony on the aloha. rooms was small. I asked for a robe at time of booking and got it essentially on the 3rd day. room service was stale if you could get through on the phone. when I got through, they acted like I had just disturbed them. The bartenders are the same way. I think they are rude because they know they will get tipped either way. Even if no one was in line they still would not acknowledge you same at the crown grill when I went to make reservations, they did not look up. same in the shops. the international cafe was terrible with bad service. they never spoke one word you just say what you want they get it and look over your head to the next person as they serve you. If I had been paying gratuity with anything other than the ship credit I definitely would have been in line with the elderly changing my gratuity rates...lol. over all, it was worth seeing that I don't EVER want to cruise Princess again. I'm glad I saw it at this rate. Any other rate would have irked me. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: I am a “mature”, adventurous solo traveler. I’ve cruised 43 times on many different cruise lines, but the majority of my cruise experiences have been on Princess. I saw a bargain for the four-night ... Read More
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: I am a “mature”, adventurous solo traveler. I’ve cruised 43 times on many different cruise lines, but the majority of my cruise experiences have been on Princess. I saw a bargain for the four-night “getaway” cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Princess’ private island in the Bahamas and booked the cruise. January in New England deserves a “getaway” when possible. TRAVEL TO EMBARKATION: I used Amtrak in the Northeast for half the trip, and flew to Ft. Lauderdale for the southern half of the trip. Both experiences were excellent. Local friends provided cheerful transportation to the cruise pier for me HOTEL: I stayed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, very close to the cruise terminal, airport, and Amtrak station. Outstanding, incredible service and suite. Warm, friendly staff, good food, probably better than the cruise at times. SHIP INFORMATION: The “Caribbean Princess” is a large multi-deck cruise ship which has been in service for quite some time now, and unfortunately looks it as far as the interior of the ship. It badly needs an update to refresh dated color schemes, replace tired soft goods, clean or replace bathroom floors, fix nicked and chipped furniture. The crew apparently loves it, however, as I saw many familiar faces at all levels of the crew staffing from other cruises, and they recognized me as well. There is a huge representation of many nations among the crew, and I envy their multilingual ability. Many are quite young, and some could use a bit of extra polish when it comes to dealing with older experienced cruise guests. Outwardly, the ship appeared to be in good repair – paint was fresh, decks in great shape and clean, and no signs of rust or wear and tear visible. ACTIVITIES: Onboard activities featured the usual mix of “infomercial” sessions selling everything from tooth whitening to acupuncture – anything to make more money for the cruise line – and on to the art auctions, another money-making attempt. In keeping with the warm-water itinerary cruise, there were the usual pool and outdoor deck activities day and night – some sinking to the level of the Carnival party-animal cruisers. All the fitness activities, such as walking, yoga, workouts, seemed to be far too early in the morning. Princess seems to equate physical fitness with getting up at dawn – totally ridiculous when one considers the available evening and late-night activities most people enjoy on cruises. Zumba was offered on the two sea days, to the delight of a huge crowd of enthusiastic dancers – far too many for the small lounge area we were crammed into. The second session was held on the open deck area near the main pool, again a huge crowd, and those in the shade were fine – but those of us in the front in the sun really got an extra workout. The “audience” around the pool loved the show, and it was great fun in the fresh salt air – just a bit warm and humid. I did not go on the cruise for the activities, other than being a Zumba fan, but honestly did not see much that would enrich people or create much interest unless one enjoys hearing about what the ship has for sale. The main “activities” seemed to truly be sitting in the sun, enjoying the tropical sunshine and pools, walking around the outer decks in the fresh air, gambling, drinking, and eating. There were some group dance classes as well. Princess is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and there was quite a party in the Piazza one night at sea. The very amiable and well-spoken captain made a speech, and there was a balloon drop, followed by some wonderful lively dance music – the smallish Piazza floor space was packed, with people dancing everywhere, and observers lining the staircases and railings from decks above. A live orchestra played some marvelous Big Band style music in the evenings, and many couples enjoyed dancing to this. Unfortunately for solo women travelers, there are no “gentlemen hosts” aboard to dance with. There are several shops on board, with the typical assortment of cruise clothing, souvenirs, sundries, duty-free goods. A new jewelry store has opened, and there were also other luxury goods for sale, such as watches and more jewelry, in other small shops. A large shop sold perfume and cosmetics, and just walking through the shop was wonderful for the delicate fragrance. I have often wished somebody would create a perfume and name it “Cruise Ship”, as the perfume shop is divine in that aspect, as is the overall aroma found on ships at sea. Social groups also had their meetings scheduled daily, and bridge players found their cards and tables easily. In this current age of technology, a huge number of people seemed engrossed in their cell phones, IPads, laptops, and provided their own activity and entertainment the entire cruise in this manner. I especially enjoyed the backstage tour, offered on a sea day afternoon, hosted by some of the dancers and entertainment staff. The tour included being on the stage, seeing the sets, how the lighting worked, what the dancers see from the stage, and backstage in the dressing rooms with their intricate costume storage system. Overall, there was something for everybody – you could participate nearly 24 hours a day in some type of activity, or just enjoy the cruise at your own pace and relax with a good book, conversation, balcony wave-watching, or book a future cruise. This was an unexpected social activity, as many people enjoy getting the on-board booking discounts and “deals”. There is a small waiting area for the future cruise consultant, with brochures and videos about the cruises – but most people seemed to enjoy comparing notes about their travels, talking about cruising, and having some great social interactions while waiting. The average wait time, I’ve noticed, was at least 30 minutes for the very competent and friendly agent, but nobody cared about the time since we could all visit to pass the time. For those belonging to the repeat-cruiser’s Captain’s Circle program, there were special cocktail parties and gatherings as well, depending on the level held within the program – something every night. If all this wasn’t enough, there was a lecture about the ports. Most shipboard lectures or informational programming repeated on the cabin TV, which was very convenient and provided even more entertainment if one required it. Good selection of programming on the TV, which seemed to have better than average reception at sea. Internet was available, and seemed far faster this cruise than ever before. Maybe it was the close proximity to land, but the system runs via satellite. Perhaps Princess has updated its internet hardware. SERVICE: My cabin steward, Shekhar, is among the top two best stewards I’ve ever had in all my cruises. Flawless, prompt, cheerful, efficient service no matter what I needed or what the hour – he always seemed to be right outside in the corridor, smiling and asking if he could be of service. Wish the cruise line could clone Shekhar, or make him director of training. Guest services staff did a fine job most of the time, and the shop staff were also courteous and very helpful. I speak several languages, and enjoyed conversing with them in their native language as much as possible – good practice for me! One very kind young woman found the T-shirt I wanted in my requested size after a day of searching, very graciously. Spa staff were nice, but seemed burned out. I had a simple manicure, but it was not the best quality. Great instructor for the Zumba class, however, very nice and enthusiastic. Service in the dining room and buffet varied – some staff were wonderful, and others needed more training or vacation from burnout. Dining room service at my table at least was friendly and efficient, but very slow. Every cruise I take, it seems there is less staff in the dining room, and thus the slow service. Some of the buffet restaurant waiters appeared to be in a coma early in the morning, and just stood and stared out the windows. Helpful and friendly photography staff, far above the usual. PORT AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: I did not take any of the shore excursions offered, having planned to just enjoy the beach on my own. However, there were a lot of different options as far as local tours, rental of water sports and beach equipment, and land-based tours of Ft. Lauderdale pre- and post-cruise. Ft. Lauderdale, as a port, looked much like any other coastal Florida seaport or beach resort city. It was big, with traffic, and had its high-end stores as well as ordinary citizen areas. Nice airport, and nothing seemed to be all that distant as far as arriving or departing by train or plane or car. The one beach I visited briefly in Ft. Lauderdale was gorgeous. Enormous cruise terminal complex, with good security and information signs to guide arriving guests to the right ship and pier area. Princess Cays was a lovely, almost sanitized private beach resort with everything to make visitors happy and comfortable. There was a craft market, beach buffet with BBQ, water sport equipment rentals, plenty of swimming beaches with clean sand, gorgeous views, enough room for everybody, shady small clamshell sunshade shelters to rent, and every other amenity to make a day on a tropical beach pure paradise. The only minor downside was the huge ship needing to anchor about a 10 minute tender ride offshore, but the tenders ran constantly and nobody complained. The ride on the open top deck of the tender (actually the lifeboats) was as much fun as anything else offered that day. Lifeguards were on duty at the swimming beaches, and there were plenty of palm trees and other native shrubbery to offer shade from the hot tropical sun. The ocean water was incredible shades of blue, and very clean - very popular with those snorkeling in the 80+ degree water. EMBARKATION: I arrived after the first huge mob was processed, perhaps an hour after boarding began, and my luggage was cheerfully collected when I was dropped off by friends. With my top level Captain’s Circle membership, I went to the expedited check-in lane, and was courteously processed and on the ship in about 10 minutes, with almost no waiting at all. My luggage arrived at my cabin in about 30 minutes. This port has the staffing and facilities for today’s huge ships, and the boarding process is carried out in air-conditioned comfort and efficient technique. The usual ship’s photographers have their photo opportunity on the way into the ship, which one can either use or not as they choose. Staff on the ship were plentiful to guide arriving guests to elevators, stairs, or wherever they want to go once on board. It is a bit of a hike up the long gangway to enter the ship. CABIN: I had a regular balcony cabin, midship location, and midway up the ship. The only minor glitch with the cabin was the balcony having only half a “roof” – the deck above came out halfway over my balcony space, and I prefer a full covering. Not a problem, as there was good weather and some shade at all times. Book above Caribe deck level if you want full covering over your balcony. The first two balcony decks on this ship feature stepped-out balconies, and they do not have full overhead coverage. I had the twin beds linked to form a king, which was extremely comfortable, with nice bed linens. Only the pillows seemed a bit tired and I personally don’t like feather pillows. The two fiber-filled pillows were definitely needing replacement, but adequate. The cabin was clean, except for the grout in the bathroom tile floor appearing a bit dark and soiled. Towels were clean, but nearly threadbare and very scratchy. Shower gel and shampoo are in neat dispensers in the small shower. Top-level loyalty club members receive extra bath and toiletry amenities. Lots of places to store things in drawers and shelves. There is a safe in the closet area, and plenty of decent wooden hangers in the open closet. Small upholstered chair, vanity/desk and mirror with a desk chair, mini-fridge, shelves above that, flat-screen TV of good size. The balcony had two nice adjustable lounge chairs with small ottomans, and a table. Huge balcony. Very quiet at night in this particular cabin area, thankfully. It was a comfortable, quiet retreat the entire cruise. Not far down the corridor was a convenient guest laundry facility. Princess updated to a card-swipe payment system (copper tokens dispensed by the machine and inserted into washer or dryer) in the laundry rooms – it’s $3.00 US per wash or dry, charged to your cabin account, and laundry products are also available for several dollars. Used to be $2. The new system saves time by not having the guest hike down to the guest service desk to get quarters to feed the washers and dryers, and is far more convenient – just 30% more expensive. Top-level loyalty program guests have free laundry service, but this doesn’t always work with things like underwear or delicate items. Bring your own powdered detergent in baggies, as well as dryer sheets, and save some money in the guest laundry. Cabin stewards park their linen and service carts in the hallways outside the cabins seemingly 24 hours per day, so perhaps there is no other place to put the carts. This makes navigating the narrow hallways a challenge for those on scooters, with walkers, or with wheelchairs. Two people walking cannot pass each other side by side due to the narrow corridors filled with the service carts. Large wire cage-type linen storage units are also parked at the top of the stairways on many decks, which further obstructs walking and through traffic, at various times of the day. I did not like to see open carts with clean linens this close to a lot of people who walked by coughing and sneezing on the uncovered clean linens. I have mentioned this to Princess numerous times from other cruises, but the same thing happens repeatedly on every cruise. DINING: The “premium dining” restaurants on board serve food that used to be standard on cruises 25 years ago. Buffet food is definitely a variety with something for all tastes. I saw some gluten-free and sugar free items, more than the last cruise. I did not use room service this cruise, the premium restaurants, or bar service or wine at dinner, so can’t comment on those. Buffet Dining: I was usually one of the very first in the buffet early in the morning for breakfast. The only problem I repeatedly encountered was lukewarm to cold “hot” items, as well as the pastries, which were left out uncovered far too long, and they dried out and became stale and hard as rocks. There was usually a wait for waffles. These are ongoing problems with Princess buffets for years now. The breakfast items did not vary much from day to day, but there is quite a variety, and nobody left hungry from what I could see. Lunch had its own huge variety, with themes at times, and there are the usual American, Asian, Indian food items available. Again, many of the hot items were not at the right temperature, and were cold or lukewarm. There are no trays, just a medium-sized oval plastic plate, smaller desert-sized plates, small bowls, and all the food you want has to somehow fit on or into these containers as you work through the food lines. It can be messy and a challenge to balance this, especially in rough seas. Waiters will help those requesting it, however. The plates and bowls available at all meals either seemed to be too hot to touch, or wet or both. One breakfast buffet line had a stack of filthy bowls with dried and baked-on egg yolks in the bowls, as well as other dried-on food bits. I showed this to the head waiter and he was horrified and quickly removed the stack of bowls. I did not use the buffet for dinner this cruise, but in the past there have been a lot of different items available and it is a good option for those wishing to get their food faster and have more choices at times, as well as not needing to dress up on formal nights. Dining Room: I had the traditional dining, table for six, at 5:30 PM in the Coral Dining Room. It is a nice big dining room, with twinkling lights in the ceiling, and big windows. It is also extremely noisy, and one has to almost shout to converse with those at the table. Good waiter and helper, who both were very overworked due to obvious cuts in dining room staffing, and this made the service slower than it should have been. I know the waiters have to give their little speech about what they recommend for dinner, but I find it annoying and unhelpful most of the time. The menu options are reduced from past cruises – or perhaps just cut back due to the short length of this cruise. I was very disappointed in the offerings, as much of it was “comfort food” or “home cooking”. I can get spaghetti, meat loaf, roast turkey, fried chicken, salads, and ice cream at home. When I cruise, I want something new, elegant, or just plain nice – not ordinary! However, this is not a premium cruise line, and they are obviously trying to save money. The dining room is not the place to cut costs, however. There were more “available every night” type items, such as the fried chicken, than creative or “gourmet” selections. It seemed that every meal was loaded with red and green peppers as some kind of filler. The food portions were large, and presented very nicely, and served at the proper temperature. Soups were very good. This cruise featured some sort of chocolate theme, and some of the deserts were marvelous. There was the usual selection of main course from all the food groups – meat, poultry, pasta, fish, vegetarian, but no lobster the entire cruise. Some of the appetizers were peculiar mixtures of what appeared to be leftovers. The usual beverage selection was available, plus alcoholic beverages for purchase. The same dish of bread and rolls appeared every night, with no variety. Overall, I would describe the food as what one could get in a nice big-city chain restaurant, but very far removed from the true Continental cuisine served on this cruise line many years ago. Since Carnival obtained the Princess brand, the overall quality of everything has gone down, and this is especially noticed in the onboard cuisine. The last night of the cruise, the usual baked Alaska parade took place, an event I wish Princess would stop. It takes the waiters away from their serving, and thus makes people captive at the table when they would prefer to leave for the shows. The music is tinny, blasting and blaring in volume to the point that it is painful to hear, and completely obliterates any chance at speech. The baked Alaska is overdone, with melting ice cream, if anybody really wants it. It is a cheap, noisy spectacle which ruins the meal for me, and I feel sorry for the waiters who are trying to get their tables served and are already behind due to less staff. On top of this, the maitre’d seemed inspired and compelled to make a long, boring speech about the “excellent” food and service, and then one of the lounge singers showed up and sang at least four songs, keeping us trapped for another 20 minutes and missing the show. Some people did get up and leave, including me, as we are free to do, but it wasn’t my idea of a quality dining experience. The last night of the cruise usually finds people depressed about the end of the trip, and needing to pack, or wanting to cram a bit more fun into the last hours on the ship, and being deafened and trapped in the dining room after a mediocre meal sure doesn’t help the situation. ENTERTAINMENT: Considering the majority of the cruisers were probably late 20s to 40s, the music and entertainment were appropriate for them. I have seen all the production shows on other Princess cruises, and was surprised that they did not change over the past few years. The shows are noisy, with extremely high volume loud rock music in most cases, and full of dizzying strobe lights which flash through the audience at times. Good costumes and dancing, but perhaps I’ve just outgrown the 20-something rock scene in middle age. Clever use of projected graphics, shapes, colors, lights, and other theatrical techniques in the theater. The lead singer in the production shows sings several notes off-key, and has a forced, terrible vocal technique. I heard her on the “Ocean Princess” last year, and she has gotten even worse. Good dancers, but some are a bit stocky for a show dancers and look heavy when they dance. There were other acts with magicians and comedians, but I do not enjoy this type of entertainment and did not go to the shows. The lounge singers were very good. I can’t stay up late enough to go to the late-evening music and dance and other entertainment, but from what I heard from others, it was lively and good. The whole cruise had a Caribbean, tropical, party flavor to it, but it had somewhat of a forced cheerfulness to it. The younger cruisers got right into the spirit of it all, but some of us who are middle-aged did not enjoy it as much. I went for the boat ride and food, and being close to the sea and going to the beach on the island, and that was plenty of entertainment for me, plus enjoying my balcony. One can either party until they drop or go to the other extreme and relax for the entire cruise – the choice is yours, and there is an activity level suitable for everybody. Movies under the stars on the enormous top deck outdoor screen kept movie fans happy. There is the Serenity adults-only retreat area on top of the ship for those who like quiet time and space. I don’t know what kids did, as I did not see many of them. The Piazza entertainment was “street entertainer” short acts, with far more audience than could easily see what was happening. I heard some of it, but it’s not my type of entertainment. There were also cooking and ice-carving demonstrations in the Piazza at various times. Some cruisers were perfectly content to find a seat someplace in or outside on the ship, and just read or worship their IT devices, or talk to other cruisers. DISEMBARKATION: The ship provided clear written instructions about what to do, when, and how to do it to get off the ship comfortably. If one did not like their assigned debarkation time, a simple request at the guest services desk took care of it. The convenient walk-off express departures were available as soon as the ship was cleared, assuming one could haul all their own bags. This can be requested any time during the cruise with a quick stop at the guest services desk, or a phone call from the cabin. I used this, and was off the ship in 5 minutes with the earliest group, and in a cab to the airport five minutes after that. It was perfect, efficient, and handled very well. SUMMARY: This cruise was a good four-night getaway, and very popular with both Floridians and those escaping the cold northern long winter. The prices were a deciding factor for me, and a real bargain, especially close to sailing date. It is not a luxury cruise, however, and the food and slightly tired shipboard environment definitely showed that. It is probably best for those who either are young or think and feel young, with a party and tropical atmosphere. Princess has mercifully cut back on the loud and intrusive announcements during the day and early evening for various activities (most of which are aimed at making money for the cruise line). Unfortunately, every announcement by every crew member seemed to contain the word “excellent”, an apparent effort to brainwash guests into giving the cruise experience a top rating. It does not fool me after 23 cruises with Princess. This particular cruise was blessed with calm seas, sunshine and blue skies, which made being outdoors in the tropical balmy climate a pleasure. Lots of people enjoyed their balconies on the cruise, too. Unfortunately, the ship’s no smoking on balcony policy was ignored by some, and the odor of cigars and cigarettes was very noticeable depending on the wind. Smoking in cabins is also forbidden, but people ignored this in various cabins and the odor was quite noticeable. The casino is not enclosed, and the smokers in their polluted most of the center of the ship where the public areas, Piazza, and shops are located, and it absolutely reeked. The smoky air was sucked into the stairwells, too, and filtered throughout the ship. Be aware of this if tobacco smoke bothers you, or you don’t want to smell it. It was very bad on this cruise. Princess has a very good, middle-of-the-road brand of affordable cruises for people with realistic expectations or experience with cruising, but they are sadly going downhill with the food, most noticeably. For longer cruises, however, Princess offers some of the most port-intensive and economical ways to see the world of any of the cruise lines. The Captain’s Circle loyalty program also has a lot of perks as one ascends through the ranks. There was one rather ugly problem in the dining room, stemming from a bad miscommunication from Princess about the dress code. Pre-cruise information stated four casual nights, and we all apparently packed for that. However, there was a formal night on one sea night, and very few people had appropriate clothing. Many were disappointed in not being able to dress up, as formal photos were being offered. The real problem with the dress code, however, was the statement about no shorts being allowed in the dining rooms in evenings, at least. One guest at my table wore very nice Bermuda shorts, such as the men wear in Bermuda for business and office attire, and he had a nice shirt with the shorts. The maitre’d did not want to allow him in the dining room, and an argument began which ended right at our table, in our faces, at the start of dinner. Totally inappropriate behavior on behalf of the staff, and it could have been handled with far more tact and grace than it was with this middle-aged passenger. I noticed some women of various ages appeared nightly in the dining room wearing shorts, some of which were extremely short and revealing, and they were always allowed in with no comment or restriction. However, the men had to wear long pants. This caused a lot of comment and dissent throughout the cruise, despite the written policy forbidding shorts. Another dress code issue involved sleeveless tank top type undershirts on the men. Some of them apparently brought nothing in the way of proper shirts, and lived in these undershirts 24 hours a day for the entire cruise. It was disgusting and revolting to have to sit next to some hairy, flabby, warty man in an undershirt when eating. This type of revealing undergarment does not belong in public dining venues on a cruise ship, and really should be restricted. Some women wore the same type of shirts, and the results were not always very appetizing to look at, either. Yes, it was a tropical cruise, and relaxed in ambiance and clothing – but there are still some things which are best worn at home, on the beach, at a pool, in private – but not in a public dining venue in close quarters on a cruise shop. It doesn’t do much good for the cruise line to publish its dress code rules and then not follow up on enforcing these rules – perhaps they don’t want to lose paying guests in these hard economic times. After four days at sea with a relatively good experience overall, it took four days to get home due to the travel disruptions from the huge blizzard in the northeast. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Cruised with wife and another couple. Embarkation OK but our friends got on board in the regular line than we did with preferred boarding(why call it preferred?). Cabin was Aloha deck regular balcony about midships. OK but a little ... Read More
Cruised with wife and another couple. Embarkation OK but our friends got on board in the regular line than we did with preferred boarding(why call it preferred?). Cabin was Aloha deck regular balcony about midships. OK but a little dated; mattresses was quite sunken on both sides. Always need to mention the TINY shower princess has in anything under a mini suite. FOOD: OK if not great with the exception that my wife had barramundi the first night which made her sick. I had it before and warned her as I am you. Buffets were universally crowded, but the pizza is really good. Hand dip ice cream and popcorn is a nice touch for an evening snack. Good salads and sweets in the International Cafe. Entertainment: Enjoyed all the lounge bands and piazza entertainment ( be sure to get seats early as the are only on deck 5 and limited). Production shows were very good and Phil Tag the comedian is just great! Watched the College Champ. game on the big screen (not crowded). Over all thought crew was very friendly and helpful. No problems encountered. Debarkation was smooth with lines moving well at customs.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Background - third cruise ever, first two were on Carnival, this was our first on Princess. Price and OBC was too good to pass up. My boyfriend is 63 and I'm 39 so there's two age groups reviewing here. I knew that Princess was ... Read More
Background - third cruise ever, first two were on Carnival, this was our first on Princess. Price and OBC was too good to pass up. My boyfriend is 63 and I'm 39 so there's two age groups reviewing here. I knew that Princess was going to be and older crowd and more subdued, THIS IS WHAT I WANTED. I was so stressed out from the holidays, my job, going to college, my family, my dog, you name it, and I just wanted to get away and relax. I knew that Carnival was not going to fit the bill this time. Hotel - we flew in the night before and stayed at the Extended Stay America on 17th. Very clean room which is all I wanted. We booked a king (Orbitz) and they gave us 2 doubles. Ok. Around the corner from Total Wine & More and Publix so we stocked up on water, diet soda and wine. Debarkation was a breeze. The only 2 shuttle times left with Extended Stay ($4 pp plus tax) was 10:30 and 1:30. We took 10:30. Stood outside for a few minutes and then we were all let in. We were the first non-preferred (first-time Princess guests) people in line and in the boarding sitting area. Sat for awhile, I forget how long, and then we were onboard, it was before noon. Get on the ship, I immediately started looking for the MDR for lunch. They were trying to funnel everyone into the elevators up to the Lido deck. Nope, I want the MDR. One guy flat out lied to me and told me the MDR didn't open for lunch until 1:30. I knew they CLOSED at 1:30, thanks Cruise Critic! Finally found the Coral dining room. Our first lunch was TERRIBLE. I told my boyfriend that if the rest of our cruise food was going to be like this, I was going to be PISSED. His cod was rubbery and you couldn't cut it even with a knife. My london broil was grey and rubbery. Gross. Went to the room - we had a window room on the Plaza deck. TINY. When they push the twins together to make a king, the nightstand gets turned to the side and the drawer space becomes unusable. The closet space was great but dang, that cabin, so small. In our window cabin on Carnival Imagination, the bed was parallel to the window so my boyfriend could get up in the middle of the night and look out the window without disturbing me. On Princess, it was perpendicular so he had to kneel in bed to look out. Not crazy about it. The rooms are also worn, the carpet seriously needs updating, walls were beat up, our sheets had stains on them and the bathroom had mold on the shower, sink and under the toilet rim. I seriously wished I brought along some Ti-D-Bowl or something. The hallways are also worn. Don't get me wrong, the main common areas are great, BEAUTIFUL, just the hallways and rooms where we were, seriously gut these rooms and hallways in the next dry dock. Bed wasn't uncomfortable so there's that. Steward - I'm not the type that needs to make friends with my steward, just keep the room clean and the ice bucket full and I'm happy. This guy disturbed every afternoon nap, and even though I told him several times that we were on late dinner, disturbed us when we were getting ready for dinner every night. Even when I put out the Do Not Disturb tag. I didn't remove our tips but I didn't leave anything extra like I usually do. No robes in the room that I ordered pre-cruise. A note about this ship - does it even have stabilizers? We rocked to and fro like crazy. I don't get seasick, thank goodness. Very weird. Front Desk - I did some laundry in the laundromat. $3 for a wash and $3 for a dry. One of the dryers wasn't working and I didn't realize it until I had already paid twice to dry. Front desk sent someone to fix it while we were in Princess Cays and my wash was finally dry by the time we got back but they refused to refund the wasted $6. Yes, it's only $6 but it's about the customer service! Dining Room - we were on late seating in the Palm dining room. Most of the tables in our section were empty all 5 nights but service was soooo slow. The server in the section next to us had two 8 tops and 1 2 top and they all were always finishing dessert when we were getting our entrees. Frustrating, but we made the best of it. And yes, the food quality DID improve over that first day's lunch, thank goodness! Entertainment - I read some reviews from some other cruisers on the same cruise, they didn't think the comic was funny - we did. We also enjoyed the movies in the Princess Lounge but didn't get to see one under the stars. Weather - Our two port days were sunny and our two sea days were overcast and drizzly. Go figure. Ports - I loved Princess Cays because all I wanted to do was lay on a lounger and read a book. We went in the water - it was a bit chilly but became comfortable once we got used to it. Very rocky, next time I would bring water shoes. I was eaten alive by sand flies on Princess Cays. DON'T FORGET YOUR REPELLENT LIKE I DID! Ouch. Nassau - we did the beach day at the British Colonial Hilton the first time we were in Nassau. That was in August so it was worth it. I didn't think it would be worth it in cooler weather so this time we decided to do something different and walked to the Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle and took pictures. We then walked over to Junkanoo Beach to check it out. We stopped at Fat Tuesday's (overpriced but it was nice to sit by the water and those drinks were strong!!) and then walked back to our ship. If we had our suits with us, we would have stopped at Junkanoo Beach, it looked decent for a free beach! We then walked back to the ship. Fellow passengers - the only place my fellow passengers annoyed me was on the last day at the buffet. I stopped for a quick lunch and people were cutting in line and pushing ahead of me. That was the only time I ate at the buffet. It was Italian day, it wasn't that great. So would we do it again, yes, at that price, it was worth the little quirks. But for full price - heck no. We would definitely go for a balcony next time, our balcony on Carnival Pride spoiled us FOREVER. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This constituted our 3rd and 4th cruise with Princess. The second cruise was quite nice. The first and these last two were safety hazards. This cruise was a "combination" where we went from Ft Lauderdale to Grand Cayman and Ocho ... Read More
This constituted our 3rd and 4th cruise with Princess. The second cruise was quite nice. The first and these last two were safety hazards. This cruise was a "combination" where we went from Ft Lauderdale to Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios then back to Fort Lauderdale. Then out again to Princess Cays. We had booked a nice interior rum but left the option for an upgrade. Our second mistake. The room they gave us was an unobstructed view but at the bottom of the ship. As soon as I saw that I tried to get our original room back, but they said NO. We discovered that the room was set up for 4 people rather than two and used buck beds mounted to the wall. (Be sure to read the fine print). We had the beds set up so we could sleep together. Mistake 3. We had about 8 inches on each side of the bed to get out. SO you had to carefully slide sideways to get into the bed. The main problem was when you tried to get up, you nearly always hit your head on the bunk bed that stuck out about a foot from the wall and about 4 foot from the floor. My wife hurt her shoulder and I got a concussion. Yes, dizzy and eyes did not focus evenly. So we complained. They said they were sorry but there was nothing they could do. I asked others aboard ship about it and they said Princess had removed the bunk beds for them to help. When I asked, Princess said NO. When I then explained that with a quarter and a little help, I could remove them. They responded that doing that would leave a relatively small piece of metal that would stick out into the room about 8 inches - so it would be unsafe. I guess that long metal bar that stuck out 12 inches or so and was 6 foot long was considered safer. So they in essence admitted that the room was unsafe. We complained to the desk and elevated to the top officer in charge, but she "could not help me" as "no other rooms were available." From talking with passengers and stewards, we discovered that was not exactly the truth. Evidently the other rooms were all "in maintenance." In fact the company was contacting as many people as possible and offering deals to them for the latter portion of the cruise. And the officer was not authorized to help. Neither was she authorized to make any compensation. When we talked to the lady that schedule future cruises, she related how she also hit her head on those beds and it made her very mad. But she advised that we should never allow them to upgrade us as this often resulted in an official upgrade to a noisier, less comfortable room. And said that people "should not try to get something for nothing." So now, I had a head ache and was called cheap.... or worse? We then realized that the only way to have the room was to set the beds against the wall. They when you got up, you normally didn't hit your head. The room was over the launching area and evidently a staging area. So all day and night we heard boxing etc being moved. On mornings in port, we were woken about 4 am in the morning. But the other main safety issue was that for the first 5 days of the cruise, we could not always get out of the room. The lock would hang up - especially if we used the dead-bolt. It took me several minutes of juggling with it each time. Could you imagine being locked in your room during an emergency aboard ship? We complained they worked on it 6 different times. On the day we were required to check in with customs, it hung up again worse. So I called and an officer came down and got very frustrated. He called through the door that I just needed to turn the knob. I told him that if I could do that, I would not have needed to call. He found the lock to be hanging up a lot - the bolt stuck out and he could not get the door closed for quite a while - and he was getting worried. So later the entire lock was replaced and we then could use it properly. So for the first 6 days of the cruise, we spent more time with the complaint group than we did with any other activity. With essentially no satisfaction. The steward mentioned when we arrived to put out the little card if we wanted service. But we found that was useless as he only cleaned on his schedule. While telling our tale to others we discovered another couple who could not close their door for 3 days. And two ladies who were locked in the public restrooms on two occasions. We did discover how to "speak Princess." To speak Princess, just say "NO" either politely or directly. We demonstrated this to many during meals. For example, they had served banana-nut pancakes on morning. So I asked if they could do that again but they said "no" but they could give me sliced bananas, which they did. Our table was not full, so when we met another nice couple we tried to get them set at our table - IF the other couple did not come again. The man in charge of seating said NO. Those other people may come on this night. I once again explained that IF they did not, could they join us. "NO." It became a joke for many of us. At least one other couple said they had gone on 10 to 25 cruises with Princess, but they agreed that this was probably their last as it was our. We tried to contact Princess after we got home - as the staff recommended. No joy at all... With the first cruise we took a few years ago with Princess, the steward broke a glass in our room and did not warn us - my wife found a shard jammed into her foot. She limped the entire cruise and could not do activities very much. With both that cruise and these two, when we tried to work with Princess about any correction or encouragement, we met with either "NO" or quiet.... Now you see why this critic is labeled "Our Last Princess Cruise" Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Ah....the snow and cold in NW Ohio. This was a quick get-away and planned at the last minute. The port of calls were unimportant. The ship could have gone in circles for all we cared. Extremely good prices. We have a cruise planned in ... Read More
Ah....the snow and cold in NW Ohio. This was a quick get-away and planned at the last minute. The port of calls were unimportant. The ship could have gone in circles for all we cared. Extremely good prices. We have a cruise planned in April, but couldn't pass up the deals on these short cruises to no-where. Actually, we did stop in Nassau and the Princess Cay, but it just didn't matter. The food and entertainment were scaled back as you would expect, but the service was just as top notch as any long cruise I have been on. I have seen some somewhat less enthusiastic reviews (on Cruise Critic) about these short cruises on Caribbean Princess. I guess I am not sure what these folks were looking for, but we had a fantastic, relaxing, and memorable time on Caribbean Princess and can't even wait to go back in April (same ship-and as we found out....some of the same crew). The crew is all hopped up about the Princess 50th anniversary and the atmosphere was just ..... rejuvenating. All I can say is...if ya got a few days for a long week-end, it is the perfect get away...No....I do not work for, or have any personal stake in the cruise industry. Just appreciate the value of a great vacation get away that did not break the bank. Thank you Princess, for what you do... Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was a 5 night cruise to Princess Cays and Nassau. We cruised with a group of 50 from Canada. This was our 9th cruise on Princess and we have cruised on a number of other lines as well. Our group had first sitting (we usually prefer ... Read More
This was a 5 night cruise to Princess Cays and Nassau. We cruised with a group of 50 from Canada. This was our 9th cruise on Princess and we have cruised on a number of other lines as well. Our group had first sitting (we usually prefer late sitting) and I did find it a bit rushed in the dining room. We had great waiters and they were very attentive and friendly. Our cabin steward was also outstanding. The ship did show some wear and tear, but it wasn't enough to bother me. We usually sail on cruises that are 14 nights or longer so this cruise was too short! We had never been to Nassau before and we enjoyed our Princess excursion there very much and we enjoyed our day at Princess Cays. We rented a bungalow and enjoyed our lunch there. We brought the table outside to enjoy the atmosphere. If I were to do a short cruise again, I think I would be linking another one to it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
My husband and I have cruised over 15 times. Other lines we have cruised with are Celebrity (our favorite), royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian and Holland America. We are both over 50. I am truly sorry to say that both my husband and I ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised over 15 times. Other lines we have cruised with are Celebrity (our favorite), royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian and Holland America. We are both over 50. I am truly sorry to say that both my husband and I could not wait to get off this ship. I do believe the problem with the service was directly related to the passengers. I have never sailed with a ruder and more entitled acting group of people in my life. We met a few friendly and nice passengers and they expressed the same feeling as ours. most of the passengers treated the crew terribly and after a day or the crew was over the cruise, us, everything and did not attempt to hide it. Of course, in the crews defense, this group of passengers made me fell "over-it." The ship- Caribbean Princess - loved the dark wood, very elegant. We had a mini suite. We cruised to Grand Cayman. Activities- not too much going on. I think with the new slogan, "relax, come back new" they may have taken the relax part too far, you can only eat and sleep so much! It was very difficult to find seating of any kind during the big screen sporting events and passengers just kept cramming in until people were practically on top of each other. Service- room steward, Runiel,was great. Our waiters Ann in the palm dining room,Jerry in the Coral dining room, and jerry in the Crowne grill we terrific. We met one friendly and helpful waiter on the pool deck, Sonya, and the young lady that gave my husband his spa treatment was wonderful. Front desk personnel were very good. The bartenders we extremely unfriendly. Dealers in casino were surly. Actually no one was helpful or even bothered to act like they aside from the few I mentioned above. Port- Grand Cayman - I'm not really a shopper. We went on the Tiki beach excursion that was very overpriced when considering what was offered on the excursion. We stayed one hour and went back to the ship. Cabin- Mini Suite. We enjoyed it and it was always clean and tidy. We did request daily fruit but did not receive it any day of our cruise. The closet space was great. Dining- Crown Grille and Dinner in the Palm and Coral were wonderful. The buffet was not good at all. The "tailgate" offerings were abysmal. Pizza was not even frozen pizza quality. Ice cream was yummy. Entertainment - I love the shows and entertainment on our cruises but I have to say that the shows on this cruise were not good at all. In fact, they were very bad. The card trick/magician was great. Disembarkation was super smooth and fast. We were in the carry your own luggage group. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I booked the cruise early, as it was an unusual Monday departure and we were getting married on Saturday and didn't want to head to port while there were still guests (and our college aged children) still in town. After final payment ... Read More
I booked the cruise early, as it was an unusual Monday departure and we were getting married on Saturday and didn't want to head to port while there were still guests (and our college aged children) still in town. After final payment prices dropped precipitously and the ship was filled - with folks in their 70's, 80's & 90s. I felt as if I was on Holland (which is a fine product, if that is what you booked!) It certainly set a tone for the cruise - as there were scooters & walkers everywhere to be avoided! Food was horrible - quality was poor. Fortunately the pizza was lovely, but the MDR food was to be avoided at all costs. Everywhere you turned something seemed to have been "taken away" - no lotion in the cabins, no shows in the Explorers Lounge. The champagne pour at the art auction was barely 2 ounces. Ship condition is ok; staterooms need updating and bed was hard as a rock, however the public areas were well kept. Customer service was HORRIBLE. There were several dozen cabins that missed the sailing due to the snowstorm in the Northeast but they would not re-accomodate us -- "why should we?" was the answer given ... ugh. That was pretty much the attitude of everyone; very beaten down. Seriously questioning whether we will sail Princess again after this one.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Ship is not being maintained . Mattress was lumpy and needed to be replaced. Shower curtain in the bathroom bottom third had pink mold along the hem line. We had to ask the attendant to change it as it was starting to get black spots on it ... Read More
Ship is not being maintained . Mattress was lumpy and needed to be replaced. Shower curtain in the bathroom bottom third had pink mold along the hem line. We had to ask the attendant to change it as it was starting to get black spots on it by the 3rd day. Everything on the ship needs to be replaced. The lounge chairs are worn and sometimes have splits in the fabric. The fabric is faded with large black spots. There were ants living in the floor boards of the pool below the Serenity Lounge. A swarm of fruit flys were seen hovering over the banana bread at the Horizon Court buffet the last day of the cruise. Most days the clean towels were available on the pool decks. You were expected to bring the towels from your stateroom to the pool deck, so it was difficult to do a spontaneous dip in the hot tub or pool when there were not towels. There seemed to be a lack of staff to clean the ship. Did not see anyone cleaning bannisters, inside or out, elevator walls etc., as we have on other cruise lines. The chrome stands and signs are very salt encrusted to extent that some signs were hard to read. The ship closes down at 11 p.m, other than the casino, and one lounge. The 24 hour Mediterranean cafe serves coffee and teas, pastries, sandwiches and a small selection of salads. However when the food runs out that is it. We were at the cafe at midnight and there was nothing left to eat other than a few left over pastries. Beverage service of coffee, tea in the buffet areas was very quick. Staff quickly cleaned the tables, set out the napkins and cutlery . The coffee and tea cups were very quickly replenished however especially in the morning decaf and regular coffee came out of the same carafe. It made for amusing watching as the requested decaf was poured at one table, and regular coffee was poured at another. Food is adequate. We did not do any specialty restaurants, but had a full beverage package for convenience. If you are someone who is very comfortable in booking a 2 star hotel, then this princess ship is for you. If you know it is a 2 star hotel, the price is right, and are willing to put up with some of the issues, then book the Caribbean Princess. 4 We did have an O.K. time but would we book again on this ship? No Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was my first experience cruising and as I type this I am not sure if I will ever venture on another cruise but I am sure it would not be with Princess Caribbean. The ship itself was nice. I was impressed with the size and how, even ... Read More
This was my first experience cruising and as I type this I am not sure if I will ever venture on another cruise but I am sure it would not be with Princess Caribbean. The ship itself was nice. I was impressed with the size and how, even for the amount of people on the ship, we never found a crowded room. We were upgraded to a fully obstructed view from an IR, however there was a light shining on the life boat outside our window all night long, so while we expected some nice natural light during the day, the artificial light at night really was annoying. That's fine though, we learned to close the shades. I was not prepared for ALL the activities aboard the ship to be geared towards the elderly. All day each day it was bingo, Sudoku, art auctions, karaoke, knitters club, more bingo, trivia, etc. So my DH and I had nothing to do each day but eat, drink, and sit by the pool. Normally that would be fine but the bartenders were overwhelmed at times and downright indifferent other times. The drinks were weak, and I found myself ordering a specialty drink, then ordering a shot to add to it. Both my DH and I got the all inclusive drink package, but we saw people getting lesser packages and getting free gifts (like a travel mug or cup) but there was no free gift for our drink package which I felt was ridiculous. If I'm going to spend the most why cant I have a cup too? SMH. The food was mediocre at best. The burger and pizza places were as expected. The buffet was bland and the menu was not clearly posted. The MDR was slow and stuffy and the food was hit or miss. I was served a fruit compote which was just a few slices of canned peaches, one canned fig, and one slice canned pear. I ordered a lobster bisque that was horrible and another guest at our table ordered the Rum Infused Pina Colada soup which came in a daiquiri glass with a straw and she said it was lukewarm and weird. I was also disappointed in how the shows overlapped with dinner. The only time of the day when we had something to do (go to the MDR, or see the early show) so we had to choose carefully, and being our first cruise, we missed out a lot. Also, the late show overlapped with the night club opening. And since Skywalkers was only open from 10am until about 1am, we learned to sleep in late (cause who cares if we miss bingo?) so that we could try to enjoy ourselves more at night. That being said, we were also upset that EVERYWHERE we went, they were trying to get us to spend more money. Bingo cards would cost us, watch sales, jewelry sales, souvenier sales, etc. etc. crowded the piazza. Art auctions and the casino.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
My husband and I are just back from the Caribbean Princess after a great getaway to the Caribbean. I will start by saying that we have been on 6 cruises.. 5 of them with Princess. This is our second time to the Caribbean and the longest ... Read More
My husband and I are just back from the Caribbean Princess after a great getaway to the Caribbean. I will start by saying that we have been on 6 cruises.. 5 of them with Princess. This is our second time to the Caribbean and the longest cruise we have taken to date. We are in our early 50's. After reading reviews of this ship prior to our departure I was a little nervous.. and interestingly enough many of the comments I read are true... however they did not at all impact our wonderful time. First to put perspective on those negative reviews. Yes there is an occasional faint smell of sewage occasionally when ship is in port that I smelled in the hallway but not at all in the room. Not a deal breaker for me. The crew in general was really not the friendliest group but they absolutely did their job professionally and proudly. I was not there to make friends with the crew and therefore was very pleased with all of the service we received. The ship doesn't really look tired to me but there were quite a few loungers that were definitely past their prime. Will cover our ports first: Fort Lauderdale: We spent 2 nights at Snooze Inn pre cruise- right across from the beach and very central to everything. A basic motel feel but very clean and comfortable. A great roof top patio. We got around easily using the Sun trolley- $1 per ride or all day for $3. Drivers all very friendly and helpful. We ate at Casablancas right next door to our hotel..fabulous food but count on $100 for two and another night at Lulu's which was fun and very reasonable. The Galleria mall is close by and has every store you would need. Headed to the port by taxi at 1130. Give yourself plenty of time the area is crazy on port days. Somehow we were shuffled in with our bags still in our possession but it actually worked out really well. Carried our bags right on and we were unpacked and exploring before anyone had their luggage. Grand Cayman: We were the only ship in port. We took a taxi to Royal Palms and with $3 access fee had use of the pool, showers, washroom and a lovely beach area. Chairs were $8. Nice little beach restaurant with $5 beers and great reasonably priced food (lunch $12 each). This was a favourite stop.. the sand is white and soft and the water is lovely. Rotatan: We took a Victor Bodden tour (Fun in the Sun). A tour around the island with a lot of history given by our fantastic guide. We went to Victor's house where we played with monkeys, parakeets and saw other wild life. Then ended up at the Bananorama resort on West Bay beach for a great afternoon. Fun tiki bar we swam out to. Drinks and food very inexpensive. Great day! Cozumel: It was raining when we got into Port but we followed through with our plan. We took a $20 cab ride to Paradise Beach. Big resort which seemed just for cruise passengers (didn't see any rooms). $3 entry each and loungers and umbrellas all included. They ask you to spend $10 on food and that was no problem. There is also a huge pool with loungers. Free wifi here :) Princess Cays: This was an absolutely beautiful beach on approach. Lots of shades of turquoise. Clamshells for sunshade are about $15 and we got one to protect from passing showers. If you want a quiet spot head to the right after getting off tender. Lunch is included as was our drink package from the ship. Fun day here. Fort Lauderdale: Back for a turnaround. Having never been to Fort Lauderdale before the cruise, we decided to head back into town. A big mistake with all the cruise traffic. It took 2 hours to actually get out of immigration.. let's just say do yourself a favour and stay put. Princess Cays (again): This is actually the island of Eleuthra. On this day we were picked up by our friends who had rented a place on Eluethra. They took us to the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life. They told us that there are dozens of beaches and all have a different look and different sand. The one we ended up on had sand like baby powder... not at all like the princess area. We were lucky this day :) St Maarten: Extremely busy in port. I would suggest you have a plan here. Our ship was 15 min late into port and we missed our highly anticipated excursion (booked with Island Marketing). A lovely security guard assisted us to find another excursion and we ended up going out to the Dive Shop and had a great day on a boat snorkelling with beach stops. Saw some planes land at Maho and ended up anchoring off Mullet beach and swam in. Really liked Mullet. Would not go to Maho unless you want to see the planes. We heard lots of stories about the jets blowing things around there so hang onto your hat! Good snorkelling.. take bread to attract the fish! Also had a few rum punches after the snorkelling which seemed to kick in as we walked back through the port.. so yes.. beware of the rum punch! St Thomas: Another busy port with 4-5 ships in. Cute town. I think I would shop for diamonds here if I were in the market. Here we decided to take an open air taxi to Magens Bay ($10pp). There is a $4 pp charge to enter Magens nature reserve. It truly is a beautiful bay but the beauty for me is gone when there are 10,000 people on the beach. $7 to rent a chair that you have to walk a very long way to get and drop off. Bartenders very rude. Good pizza. The water was nice but again when there are bodies 2 feet apart everywhere including the sea.. not an attraction for me. Would not come back here on a cruise. There are other choices in St Thomas folks. Grand Turk: We walked down to Jack's shack as the cruise critic had great reviews. It isn't far at all. It was ok but if you don't want to go that far you get the same stuff just at the end of the pier. The water was very rough and unsafe for young kids. We did ok but were careful. No snorkelling here. We spent and hour in Margaritaville for the experience and it was nice to have swim in the pool after the ocean. It is free admittance. Also of not all the loungers on Grand Turk are free. Ft Lauderdale: We decided to walk off with our luggage and requested to be in the first group. Our plan was to head to the airport by taxi (early in morning only $8) and store our luggage. Bags to Go opens at 9 am so we could have gone a little later. We then took the free airport Sun Trolley to the water taxis and spend the day on those before heading back to airport on Trolley for our flight. Fantastic day. General comments about ship: Loved the layout of the Caribbean Princess. It was easy to get around and we really enjoyed the Piazza. Our favourite bar is Crooners and we had fabulous service there every night. Our cabin was a regular balcony and I always felt there was enough room. Balcony is totally worth it in my opinion. This cruise was generally an older crowd than us but we met lots of nice people.. and it was fun being the young ones. Not a lot of kids. I have 3 grown kids now, but have cruised with them as young ones. I do not think Princess does as good of a job at family cruising as do Royal Caribbean or Disney. I felt bad for the few parents I saw with young ones... getting stares from some older passengers. Dining: We chose anytime dining for the first time. Not sure I would do that again. Our wait time was always at least 1/2 hour (and we were willing to share). If I am going early or late to avoid lineups, I might as well book a set time. I don't think we got the best service at anytime either. The other downfall if you share with different people each night.. you get a little tired of talking about where you live, what you do etc. Just my opinion. By the way all the food was pretty fantastic. We did eat one night in Crown Grill but it really wasn't worth the extra charge as we were so happy with the dining room. Drink Package: We debated on this quite a bit before our cruise. I read all the threads on CC and we finally decided to go for it. It was really nice not thinking about adding up the money but I think we broke even the first week and they made money on us the second week.. and I would consider us regular drinkers (maybe not heavy). I enjoyed the coffees at International Cafe. The wine by the glass was not as good as the bottles you could order. As we are Canadian we just about fell over when we translated the cost of this drink package into our currency. We actually needed another drink! note: We pre paid drink package, internet and gratuities from home and the exchange was much better than if done on the ship.. that was another tip from CC. Shows: I am embarrassed to say we only saw 1 show in 14 days. It's not that we didn't want to but with our crazy dining adventures we always missed it. There were big lineups for each show.. and we had been lining up a lot so we found other things to do. The one show we saw was very well done (Rock and Roll show I think) Spa: Remember those rum punches from St Maarten? Well on return to the ship that day we booked a couples spa experience (which is very funny if you know my husband) I am a regular spa goer.. I don't think these treatments were worth what we paid. But we probably got away light..can you imagine if we had been in International Diamonds when that rum punch kicked in. The other noteworthy thing about our first week out was there was a super bowl group on as well called Super Cruisers. They were about 700 on this ship and usually we were told their numbers are 1500. Well if there is any advice you get from my review let it be this. NEVER ever book a cruise with this group (unless you are part of it of course) . They crowed the bars, took over large areas, were loud, obnoxious and drunk. I have to say I didn't really let it bother me as there was always somewhere to get away from it but the second week was so much nicer. The staff were more relaxed and the drinks at the outside bars were so much better as the bartenders were not being harassed. We had a great vacation. I don't think the 14 day cruise is for us at these ports as there is just not enough to do unless you are spending a lot of money on excursions. The port stays seemed short as well. I would definitely cruise here again but 7-10 days. There is really nothing not to love about the total freedom from everyday life a cruise gives you. Bon Voyage!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was not our first cruise but our 20th. However, this was our first on any Princess ship. Other cruise lines advertise a WOW experience and pretty much achieve that, but when we arrived at the airport in Fort Lauderdale and met the ... Read More
This was not our first cruise but our 20th. However, this was our first on any Princess ship. Other cruise lines advertise a WOW experience and pretty much achieve that, but when we arrived at the airport in Fort Lauderdale and met the Princess rep WOW started to have an very new meaning. We have a fairly high loyalty status on a couple of other cruise lines so we are familiar with the perks of that, but were not prepared for the same treatment with no status. From the moment we arrived a the terminal to the time we boarded the ship took less time than our priority status on other lines. Every individual that we met during boarding and going to our cabin appeared to be glad we were there. Our next BIG surprise came when we went to the buffet for lunch. NO where on any other ship did we find such a perfect flow thru the lines. Our surprise continued when we went to find table to sit at. Everything looked like someone was sitting at them the tables were all set for service (as usually found on other lines), but one of the servers saw our confusion and told us that that is how the buffet was designed to work. The setting were for anyone to sit at, and then they brought you your iced tea or coffee or water no fighting at the coffee stations. What a concept (loved it). The cruise itself was fantastic and Grand Cayman was quite nice. The ship itself was quite amazing. My biggest highlight was the enormous LCD display for the movies (they even showed the divisional football playoff) on the big screen (I want one of them). The normally worst part of any cruise is the disembarkation process, I have never been so delighted with any such process as I was this time. Within 30 minutes of our tag color being called we not only had our luggage but were through US Customs and were on the bus for the airport (never had it happen that quick. The main question is whether or not we would again sail with Princess Cruise line and the Caribbean Princess in the future, the answer is an overwhelming YES. This was a most pleasant experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We were four couples (mostly retired) who snagged a very good deal directly from the cruise line. The food was good and copious. We ate breakfast and dinner in the Coral Dining room and lunch in the buffet. There was always a large ... Read More
We were four couples (mostly retired) who snagged a very good deal directly from the cruise line. The food was good and copious. We ate breakfast and dinner in the Coral Dining room and lunch in the buffet. There was always a large variety. The food was hot (surprising for a buffet). The dining room staff is not afraid to spice it up for the non-American selections, and so - yum, for the Asian and Caribbean dishes. The buffet area was always clean. There was always a staff member at the entrance to the eating areas to ensure that guests sanitized their hands There was one formal night. We (the men) wore trousers and open necked shirts. No one hassled us. Many guests wore suits, tuxedos and gowns. The public areas (including toilets) were very clean and up to date. The rooms had a slightly tired looking bathroom. We had a room on Baja deck (deck 11) with a balcony. There was adequate hanging space as well as shelves and drawers. The room was equipped with a mini - refrigerator, flat screen television, a safe, and two comfortable chairs on the balcony along with a table. There are high dividers between balconies, but NO canopy, so that one could look down upon one's neighbor below. The entertainment was professional and varied. We had two stops: one in Nassau and one at the Princess private beach on the island of Eleuthra. There is not too much to see and do in Nassau. The beach was soft white sand. There was a large buffet BBQ with a lot place to sit in the shade. One has to travel by tender to the beach - nevertheless, I noticed many wheelchair guests using the beach. There are a couple of shops, lots of loungers ( both in full sun and others under open shelters). Debarkation was accomplished in twenty minutes as we were "walk-offs" ie carry our luggage. We would cruise Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was only our 2nd cruise, our first being on the Celebrity Constellation exactly a year ago. A Celebrity vs Princess thread will follow later. Overall, we really enjoyed this cruise, although it wasn't as dead-on perfect as our ... Read More
This was only our 2nd cruise, our first being on the Celebrity Constellation exactly a year ago. A Celebrity vs Princess thread will follow later. Overall, we really enjoyed this cruise, although it wasn't as dead-on perfect as our first cruise, but enjoyable none the less. The weather was a little cool for me, and our first day was very windy, so much so that you could have almost surfed on the swimming pools. Embarkation went quickly, although when I saw the line, I thought it would take longer, but we were on board within 15 minutes, and our cabin was ready immediately, and this was around 1:00. We proceeded to our cabin, and... Wow, small! And the tiniest bathroom and shower I have ever seen, kind of like an airplane bathroom but with a shower. I joked that the designer must have won a "design the world's smallest shower stall" contest. Seriously, my elbows hit the walls while shampooing my hair! If one was a person of larger dimensions, this would be a really tight fit. The amenities are just so-so; the shampoo/conditioner combo was awful, but the shower gel was nice. The only other amenity in our balcony cabin bathroom was hand lotion. I had read many reviews stating that the beds were lumpy or too soft, but our bed was fine, and quite comfy, and we loved the big, puffy pillows. The closet is quite large, and despite the small room, there is decent storage. This was the first time we booked a balcony, and loved it! The balconies on deck 12 (Aloha) are covered, unlike some of the larger balconies below us. There is nothing like watching your ship pull in and out of port from your own private balcony. The room was clean and well-maintained. This is an older ship, and previous reviews had me concerned that she was in poor condition, but I think she looked fine. Sure, there were some worn spots, and some deck chairs needed new pads, but overall, I was impressed. The decor was a bit tacky in places, and one of my biggest pet peeves was the fact that the windows in the MDRs had heavy curtains on them, and were often closed. If I am on the ocean, I want to see it as often as possible. A lot of the interior spaces felt closed off to the beautiful views outside. The food was decent, but there could certainly be some improvements in the buffet lines! On embarkation day, we could not find a place to sit indoors, so we sat outside by the pool, and it was cool and very windy, windy enough that our napkins blew away. The buffet lines don't seem to be arranged to avoid crowding, and all of the buffet lines have the same food. The food was ok, but I would have liked more variety. Service was spotty when trying to get drinks, and spoons are not included in your place settings. They wrap up a knife and fork in the napkins, but why not spoons? Every meal I had there, I had to go on a quest for spoons. We did not eat in any specialty dining, or poolside venues, only buffet or MDR. The MDR was fine, we had anytime dining, and found that if you tried to eat around 7-7:30. you had quite the wait. But, if you were willing to share a table, your wait was lessened. We met some really interesting people by doing this, and it made the cruise more fun. And this is coming from someone who doesn't always socialize well. The butter was frequently ice cold, and service often felt rushed. Desserts were usually wonderful, and my husband is a pastry chef. The biggest disaster was the afternoon tea. We decided to have tea after we returned from Cozumel. Very poorly organized. Tea has a particular order-scones, finger sandwiches, desserts. Desserts were brought to our table first, then scones, and we had to flag someone down for sandwiches and clotted cream and jam for the scones. Our table kept being skipped. All servers should be bringing out all of the same things at the same time, and make sure all tables are served. One server had scones, another had the toppings, and they did not travel together. More than one choice of tea would be nice. There is no additional charge for tea, which is a good thing, but I would have demanded a refund. Not something I'll do again. The shows in the Princess theater were ok, seemed to be standard cruise ship fare (I assume), and the shows were really short, like, 30 minutes short. However, I loved loved loved MUTS, can't rave about this enough. What a romantic setting for a film-under the stars, by the pool on a ship, surrounded by ocean. Most days more than one movie was shown, and R-rated films (we saw Gone Girl) are shown in the Princess theater. Future cruise sales office is run by one poor overworked women, and she is busy. Get her some help, please. Service was, how should I describe it? Aloof? I felt welcome for sure, but not like I did on Celebrity. The officers are never seen nor heard, except for the cooking demonstration in the theater our last sea day. We never once saw the captain or heard him on the announcements. Disembarkation went pretty smoothly, although our section was running about 15-20 minutes behind. Although the line for customs seemed intimidating, it moved very quickly. Don't even get me started on what happens once you leave the terminal. Not the cruise ship's fault. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
...Passengers were better behaved, more respectful, and abided by common-sense and basic tradition! Once again, I had a WONDERFUL "Escape Completely" (Lord, I can't STAND that new "Come Back Anew". Who in their ... Read More
...Passengers were better behaved, more respectful, and abided by common-sense and basic tradition! Once again, I had a WONDERFUL "Escape Completely" (Lord, I can't STAND that new "Come Back Anew". Who in their right mind came up with a slogan about coming back...when you don't ever want to! :) ). Here are some highlights: Embarkation: Courtesy of "limited processing staff" (and NOT Princess), disembarking passengers were faced with very few Officers to process them, so embarking passengers were greatly delayed. However, that just goes to enhance the anticipation of getting onboard - and getting that first massive slab of World Renown Princess Pizza down the hatch! Once we were onboard, it was right up to the ready-and-awaiting cabin - and then off to explore. We've been on her Majesty Caribbean Princess a couple of times, so for us, this was like coming Home. And, it's amazing at how many Crew remember you - and greet you by NAME!!! It's uncanny! Our cabin was ship-shape and ready for us, and Pol was ready to take care of all our needs. (upside-down cup on the corner of the bed, meant...he had to fill it with oh-so-yummy Princess chocolates. And he NEVER failed!) For a ship so poorly treated - BY PASSENGERS - she's in remarkably good shape. I have to keep reminding myself when I hear the nay-sayers: Your own home could only DREAM of looking like this! So, GET OVER IT! Always bright, always shiny, and always with friendly, helpful, willing crew. I don't care what those nay-sayers will say, for complete strangers to treat me like they do - compared to how fellow passenger treat each other - I'll take the crew ANY day of the week! Public spaces, amenities, the Spa (and Michaela, the hair-dresser), the AMAZING and INCREDIBLE Hector Catalan from the Dining Room, Eva - the Casino Host, and many of her Casino staff, to Angel - the bartender, to the shops and deckhands, security and of course - the Command Staff, this Ship has got to be one of the most synchronized clocks around. Here are a few "reality checks" that I wanted to point out: I still am appalled, insulted, disturbed, and HIGHLY disappointed at my fellow passengers who continue to think it's acceptable to wear shorts and tshirts to the Dining Room - especially at Dinner time. YOU are the reason why the "class" of Princess isn't recognized higher. Another issue: Do you think it's proper and acceptable behavior to leave your dishes, classes, trash and disposables from meals all over the ship, in every crevice, stairwell, Public Space, pool-side, spa-side, elevator and so on? Do you do this in your own home? How repulsive this kind of disrespect to your Ship, to your crew, and to your fellow passengers who believe in taking care of Her as well as your own home. I still get a kick as to how many people believe any little thing that happens to them (luggage delivered late to their cabin, 4 chocolate strawberries - instead of 6, not being seated at a table for 8 when there's only 2 of you and you don't want to share the table...and so on) should result in your getting a free cruise or a refund, or both. Love it...go home! Disembarkation was completely smooth, comfortable, non-rushed, and easy. It made the reality of leaving a little easier to take. Our next TWO are booked, and we can't wait! If you can't accept how well Princess is doing, I highly recommend you cruise elsewhere! I kind of enjoy a quieter, less-crowded, more pleasant-to-be-with passengers kind of Voyage! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Everything we expected, Caribbean Princess delivered. Embarkation was smooth and friendly. We found all public areas to be fine and clean. Did a couple of items need attention? Of course but nothing was grossly neglected. We found the ship ... Read More
Everything we expected, Caribbean Princess delivered. Embarkation was smooth and friendly. We found all public areas to be fine and clean. Did a couple of items need attention? Of course but nothing was grossly neglected. We found the ship to be clean and tidy. There was maintenance being conducted in many areas of the ship. The condition of our interior cabin C721 was fine. Everything in the cabin was clean and we had no shower liner issues. In fact it appeared to be new. Could the grout need a bleaching? Yes, but there was no mold whatsoever, anywhere. Our steward was prompt and unobtrusive. Mind that we are not demanding people and allowed him to do his job uninterrupted. And a fine job he did. The fitness center was adequate and also well maintained. Entertainment: Overall it was abundant throughout the ship, however only being a five day cruise the main theater shows were not much to write about. The Sun Down Duo in the Wheelhouse Lounge were very good and we enjoyed them each night before dinner. Food: we all should know this is very subjective and for us we found the main dining room selections to be good and most everything we ordered was fine and tasty. Horizon Court and Café Caribe were also fine, good selections, foods that were supposed to be hot were hot and colds were cold. International Café also delivered good foods. We enjoyed the selections of coffee items. The coffee card was a very good purchase. Service: Overall was very good. Did we occasionally run across some staff that were aloof? Yes, but by no means was this the majority. Our waiters/waitresses everywhere were just fine but then again we were not looking for the staff to become our best friends. We leave them alone and let them do their jobs and nine times out of ten they were on top of it. Shore Excursions: N/A. We did our own thing. Value: We got what we paid for. Overall: This being our first Princess experience we found the product to be everything it is advertised to be for the value we expected. We enjoyed the Princess product very much and made deposits for future cruises which we didn't do on our last Holland America cruise. Just sayin'.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
For years we were the most loyal of Princess customers. However, when Carnival took over several years ago, we saw the immediate deterioration of a wonderful cruise line. We stayed away until this year when friends convinced us to travel ... Read More
For years we were the most loyal of Princess customers. However, when Carnival took over several years ago, we saw the immediate deterioration of a wonderful cruise line. We stayed away until this year when friends convinced us to travel with them on the Royal Princess. I will net out our experience: The food in the main dining rooms and on the Horizon Deck was the worst we have ever encountered on any of our 35 cruises among several lines. In the main dining room, food arrived late and cold and had to be returned. On the night that they served lobster tails, they were so salty that people were constantly sending them back. As to the buffet, the arrangement in the Horizon Court was so frustrating and so illogical that it would take several minutes to navigate the several steam tables and lines that were set up. The menu was repeated every day and the quality of the food was one step above a fast food restaurant. The ship itself had the smallest elevators of any ship we ever sailed. Since a very large minority of the passengers were either on walkers, wheel chairs, etc. it was difficult and time consuming to even get on an elevator because of the small size. I do not want to sound mean or cruel, but a ship that attracts people with disabilities definitely needs hospital size elevators. The Royal Princess must have been designed by individuals who do not travel on ships. To reach the dining room on the sixth deck required advanced planning since the elevator did not stop there and you first had to go to the seventh deck and walk down. Most of the restaurants, etc on the ship were difficult to locate even for seasoned passengers. My take is that if you want a quality Caribbean cruise, go with Royal Caribbean. If you want constant disappointment and poor food and service at a very high price, Princess is the line for you. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
As a foreword: Princess' quality and character of the cruise experience seems to have diminished since Carnival took over. Maybe just a coincidence. This ship (and its sister Regal) is touted as the new wave of cruising. We were not ... Read More
As a foreword: Princess' quality and character of the cruise experience seems to have diminished since Carnival took over. Maybe just a coincidence. This ship (and its sister Regal) is touted as the new wave of cruising. We were not all that impressed when we found out it had one dance floor (The Vista Lounge) which seemed to have dance music only while we were eating at late seating. The main dancing area was the Piazza, marble floors, minimal seating. Lots of glitz but it was evident whomever thought about the layout missed so important features. 1. SAFETY...We were assigned to the Allegro dining room which can only be accessed from deck 7, down a flight of stairs, to Deck 6. There was no safety briefing on how to evacuate in case of emergency and the while there was another exit somewhere in the dining room the main exit was past the galley back up to Deck 7. Also, in the theater, there were two main access from Deck 6 and 7. The side exits could only be accessed by approaching the stage. People along the sides above Deck 6 are a virtual captive audience having to traverse to the center before exiting. 2. Entertainment...While I do applaud Princess for show times at 7, 8:30 and 10:15, it appeared to us the main entertainment activities in the evening revolved around early seating with starting times of 8:15, 9:15 etc. Most evenings we did not get out of dinner until 10:30 - 10:40 if we stayed for dessert. It also seems that prior shows were 50 minutes long and most of the performances lasted maybe 30 minutes They were never on time either in the theater or other venues. 3. Crooners Bar was a popular location in the evening with the entertainment starting at 9pm. Kory Simon was outstanding. However, we could never find a seat in the area and while a lot of people stood around the Piazza's decks, there was no real bar service so we left. The location of the Seafood area, while not populated at night, would have been better on deck 6 and Bellini's, a fully operational bar, on Deck 7 adjacent to Crooner's Bar. 4. Captain's Circle, Club 6.. This evening happy hour location is a large step down from the Skywalker lounge found on other Princess ships. Even with the "Private Event" signs people strolled through from the theater, casino, Churchill's, and wherever. No one ever checked status for the area. Bordered by Churchill's and the casino, you had to walk quickly before being overcome by smoke. Needless to say, we will travel with Princess, but not on these ships.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was our 7th cruise with Princess, and I would put it at the bottom. The ship is big and new, but that is where it ends. There was no entertainment on the deck during the sea days. No music, and few "deck games". The movies ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise with Princess, and I would put it at the bottom. The ship is big and new, but that is where it ends. There was no entertainment on the deck during the sea days. No music, and few "deck games". The movies on the big screen were terrible. The only movie shown during the day, was actually shown twice. (Breakfast at Tiffany's) The rest were concerts from several years (10 plus) ago. The movies "under the stars" were not any better. The live entertainment was at night was good. The "Princess Live" is a great idea, and they had fun stuff going on in there most of the evenings. The food was very bland. Although it was exotic sounding, it was just so-so. At the last minute we were upgraded to a larger cabin. Eleven square feet more!! Even so, it was small! All in all we were very dissapointed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I went on Royal princess with my boyfriend and we were a little bit disappointed. The embarkation process was very inconvenient. We arrived around 11am,checked in and set in the terminal till 1215 when they started to board the ship./We ... Read More
I went on Royal princess with my boyfriend and we were a little bit disappointed. The embarkation process was very inconvenient. We arrived around 11am,checked in and set in the terminal till 1215 when they started to board the ship./We were on other cruise lines and after check-in after10am,you could go on the ship and enjoy public areas while waiting for you room to be ready by2pm.Instead we sat for 1.5hrs waiting in the terminal. The ship itself is beatifull,but it has the worse layout I've seen on cruise ship. There is no central staircase past deck7 and you have to wait for the elevator5-10min to go past deck 7.There is no way to get across the ship except deck7.We were on deck8 and in order to go for dinner on deck5,we had to wait for the elevator(which sometimes skips floors),go down to deck 7,walk across the ship and go down to deck5.It is very inconvenient, especially for people who have trouble walking. We are young and could use the stairs if they were available. The Horizon court and bistro is like a maze of labyrinth and you have to find your way out of there. You leave your plate to go get tea and have no idea where you left your plate because of that maze. The service was decent, in the buffet, but was not good in the dining room. We ordered drinks before the meal and they will arrived at the end of the meal. Most of the evenings we were not asked if we want coffee or tea after dinner, and we just felled nobody really cares about you satisfaction. We had anytime dining and ate at different table most of the evenings and experience was the same everywhere. The bar attendants barely speak English, you could not ask them anything except the drinks. The only exception was Ryan in the wine bar-very pleasant and knowledgeable about the wine and very attentive to your needs. The food was excellent, good variety, except breakfast ,which was the same every day. The room is decent size, but the balcony is extremely small. The entertainment was great, especially the comedians and musicians. The cruise director Lisa was awesome and the whole entertainment department was excellent and gave us plenty of laughs and things to do.The ship is very clean, but you could not find a single garbage basket throughout the ship, except the restroom. The pools are very nice, plenty of deck chairs. The shore excursions were very nice, but surprised me that 90% of excursions were sold out when we got on the ship, so we got waitlisted on all the tours and got in the last minute. The shore excursion staff really doesn't care about unavailability of the tours and did not really care whether we got the tours or not. The overall cruise experience was nice, but not as good as other Princess ships or other cruise lines. Princess could do better! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We took this ship because of the itinerary (St. Thomas, Aruba, Bonaire, Dominica, Grenada and Grand Turk). The ship is beautiful and well appointed. Our cabin steward (Sohel) did an "excellent" for us and made us quite ... Read More
We took this ship because of the itinerary (St. Thomas, Aruba, Bonaire, Dominica, Grenada and Grand Turk). The ship is beautiful and well appointed. Our cabin steward (Sohel) did an "excellent" for us and made us quite comfortable. The entertainment was the best we have ever seen on a cruise (this was our 13th cruise). The Princess Singers and Dancers were fabulous. Every nights entertainment was great, from the singers and dancers to the illusionist and comedian. We ate at the Crown Grille (fee restaurant) one night and were treated to a wonderful meal of filet mignon and lobster. The deserts were out of sight, so good. Service at the grille was excellent. The Horizon buffet was typically good and the service was very good. The Mongolian Grill at the buffet the last night was excellent.The embarkation and debarkation were accomplished very efficiently. We were able to get to our cabin as soon as we got on the ship. On the negative side, the ship for its size did not have enough elevators and stairways. It was somewhat disturbing to us to take an elevator for one floor due to a lack of stairways. There were times where it seemed that you waited 5 minutes to get an elevator. There were other times where the elevators would pass you by even though a button was pushed. The main dining room had the poorest selection of entrees of any cruise we have done. Some of the nights had a good selection. Out of a 10-day cruise, we only ate in the main dining room 4 times and once in the Crown Grille. The food we ate in the main dining room was good and the service was adequate (not excellent). We were disappointed there was no Caribbean-style (steel drum) music in the pool area. On all of the other Caribbean cruises we have been on this type of music was played. It kind of sets the mood. This was the first ship that we have been on that did not have an exercise room. This was quite disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I have read a lot of reviews with people disappointed in the Royal Princess. Our experience was quite the opposite. I found it to be a beautiful ship. No stairs in the middle of the ship was something we didn't notice until it was ... Read More
I have read a lot of reviews with people disappointed in the Royal Princess. Our experience was quite the opposite. I found it to be a beautiful ship. No stairs in the middle of the ship was something we didn't notice until it was pointed out by a passenger on the 2nd to last day.Never had a problem finding a chair on sea days and the comedian was great. Yes, the balcony was a bit small but enough for 2 chairs and a table that we can relax and have a drink late at night.We were very comfortable in the deluxe balcony room. Service was outstanding. There was always someone in the Horizon Court asking of we needed anything and they were constantly cleaning.We have been on cruises where plates and glasses are sitting dirty for a while. Not on this ship. Islands were beautiful,weather was warm and mostly sunny. Couldn't ask for a better winter break! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
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