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We have just returned from a week in the Eastern Caribbean on the Regal Princess. The ship itself is beautiful -- while some people have complained here about the central atrium not continuing to the top of the ship, we did not consider ... Read More
We have just returned from a week in the Eastern Caribbean on the Regal Princess. The ship itself is beautiful -- while some people have complained here about the central atrium not continuing to the top of the ship, we did not consider that an issue at all. The only issue we did have was that the balcony in our mini-suite was considerably smaller than the one we had on our earlier Princess cruise to Alaska -- it would have been too small for more than 2 people. The ship staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful, and the food was excellent. The dinner we had at the modestly-extra-cost "Sabatini's" restaurant ranked with the best I have had anywhere. The only beef I have is with some of the excursions. The stopover at "Princess Cay" was a major disappointment -- the island is too small to comfortably handle the number of passengers who disembarked; we were packed together so closely on the small island that it reminded me of Coney Island on the 4th of July -- and while the food in the lunch buffet was very good, the lines were long and slow. Princess Cay may have been fine for the smaller ships of a few decades ago, but I think it has outlived its usefulness. The Orient Beach excursion on St. Maarten was similarly oversubscribed -- while not as bad as Princess Cay, there were far too many people on the tour to give you some distance from the person next to you. I would advise Princess to limit the number of people signing up by at least a third. Finally, the St. John's Eco-Tour was a happy exception. The hike through the St. John's National Park was interesting, and the beach was uncrowded and beautiful.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Regal Princess Review Sailing Date 12-14-14 We sailed the new Regal Princess on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary on December 14, 2014. This review reflects our experience on this ship on this sailing. The cruise exceeded our expectations! ... Read More
Regal Princess Review Sailing Date 12-14-14 We sailed the new Regal Princess on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary on December 14, 2014. This review reflects our experience on this ship on this sailing. The cruise exceeded our expectations! Let me tell you a little about us – we are a retired couple living in Palm City FL – originally from the Chicago area and have been cruising since 1987. We LOVE cruising and, now that we are retired, we cruise 2-4 times a year. Palm City is about 90 minutes north of Port Everglades – so easy for us to get to the port. This cruise was our 45th cruise and we have cruised about every major mass market line out there. Princess is one of our very favorites. This was our 13th Princess cruise. We booked this cruise for the ship – not the ports – we have been to these ports many times and on this cruise we didn't get off the ship at all. The Regal is a truly beautiful ship and laid out so well. We feel that Princess took the best features of the Grand class ships and expanded on them. Let me take you through our cruise. We drove down to the port and arrived at the Park N Fly about 11:30am. They took us directly to the pier and we got in the line for Platinum and Elite and Suite passengers – we were on the ship quickly. I had been studying the deck plans and knew where we had to go to get to our cabin and we dropped our carry on bags there and went to the International Cafe to get a light lunch. We felt this was far superior to having to battle the Horizon Court. We had a delightful lunch and bought a coffee card (my one big indulgence is coffee) and then set out to take a look at the lower decks of the ship. We went out on the Promenade deck and sat down there for a while – then went to our cabin to unpack and get ready for the muster drill. Sure enough our bags were there and we were able to organize the stateroom and then make the muster drill. Our muster station was the Concerto dining room on Deck 6 and once everyone was there it went quickly. We waited for everyone to leave then went back to Deck 7 and settled in to watch the sail-away. It was set for 4 pm and we were the second or third ship out – as the ship was going by the condos the whistle blew and it was playing the Love Boat theme! FOOD We do Anytime Dining and like to eat a little later – so after sunset, we went back to the cabin and got ready for the evening. We chose the Symphony dining room the first night – waited with a pager for about 10 minutes and had our table for two. The service was great! And we enjoyed our dinner. The other nights we chose the Concerto dining room and we only had to wait for a table one night (the night of the Captains Party for Platinum and Elite). On that night especially, I would advise a reservation. We had thought about an alternative dining option and we chose the Crab Shack that they do in the Horizon Court on formal nights – we went the first formal night and it was great! The charge is $20 per person and you have a choice of four entrees along with appetizers and soup and dessert – We chose the bucket of peel and eat shrimp and crab claws – there was actually too much for us to finish – we enjoyed it thoroughly. We always had breakfast in the dining room and it was always excellent – we met some nice people there during the week. We had lunch in a variety of places – the International Cafe, we did the Pub lunch, and we ate twice in Alfredos (on port days when they don't serve in the dining room). The food was excellent and we never had a bad meal. We did dress for the second formal night and enjoyed the dinner of lobster and giant prawns. Also we treated ourselves to the new chocolate desserts – boy are they good – always great service as well. PORTS The ports on this cruise were Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. In the past few years my husband has developed some mobility issues and we opted to not get off the ship at all. We have been to these ports many times and there was nothing there that we wanted to do or see. We just wanted to enjoy the ship. It worked well for us and to have very few people on that beautiful ship was great! One of our favorite places to hang out is the Piazza. Great people watching and really good entertainment during the day and the evening. The bands were so good – especially Steel – and there was ballroom dancing in the afternoons there. There was a young couple on their honeymoon who danced very professionally and we truly enjoyed watching them dance. ENTERTAINMENT As I mentioned, there was a band called Steel – they really rocked with great music and had a wonderful vocalist. There was a Steel Drummer – Tyrone Babb, there was an excellent pianist – Luca Ovidiu, The Rick Kilburn Trio also was excellent and they became the Rick Kilburn Quartet with their vocalist. The piano entertainer, Tom Franek was in Crooners the most and he was fantastic! There were plenty of places for music and dance to the very late hours of the night. We did not see any of the shows in the Princess Theater – but hears great things about the Beatle Mania show. There were lots of other activities that you find on a cruise ship – we didn't take part – we brought our books and enjoyed those along with just meeting and watching people. It was a very relaxing itinerary with three sea days and three ports – a nice mix. The passenger mix was a bit older and there were very few children on board. The pool areas were really nice and always plenty of deck chairs to be had. Lots of area on the deck behind the Horizon Court and Bistro with nice shade – a delightful place that had not only tables and chairs and a bar, but also sofas and chairs that were very comfortable. The Promenade deck on this ship does NOT go all around the ship. There are some very wide spaces mid ships that have nice lounging chairs and there is also an area aft with teak deck chairs. We did spend some time out there. Many people have complained about there being no stairs from the upper decks to Deck 7 midships. There are stairs from Deck 7 down – just not up – we didn't have an issue with this and personally I feel that if you are taking the stairs to the upper decks (and are capable of doing this) then it shouldn't be a problem to walk either forward or aft on deck 7 to use these stairs. We had no trouble getting elevators when we needed them – very little waiting. CREW The crew on this ship was outstanding – very professional and friendly. Made us feel right at home. They couldn't do enough for us. Ron Goodman was the Cruise Director – we had had him on other cruises – and he was very good. Heather Hutchinson, the Captain's Circle Hostess, was also excellent. Miscellaneous We don't gamble – so I can't speak to the Casino. The shops were nice – but we never buy anything any more. The other optional food venues are Sabatini's and the Crown Grill – for us there is just too much food and not worth the extra cost as the dining room food was very good. We didn't eat a meal in the Horizon Court or Bistro – we did go in to get fruit or a quick snack – it is a very different layout than the Grand Class ships and seemed to work well. Many people told us the food was very good. The ship was decorated for Christmas and even without those decorations it is such a beautiful ship. We will opt for the Regal Princess again for sure. I am always happy to answer questions about this cruise or any others we have taken – we have been on most of the Grand class ships as well. You can e-mail me at melkaz1758@gmail.com. If you opt for this ship we wish you as wonderful a cruise as we had!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
I have not traveled on Princess for over 7 years, but I was impressed with the Regal Princess. Great experience from Embarkation to Disembarkation. Extremely quick with limited waiting to embark, no more than 10 minutes, (far cry from ... Read More
I have not traveled on Princess for over 7 years, but I was impressed with the Regal Princess. Great experience from Embarkation to Disembarkation. Extremely quick with limited waiting to embark, no more than 10 minutes, (far cry from previous embarkation over 1 hour). The ship is large, and nearly full to capacity, but I never experience queing for elevators or buffet lines for breakfast and lunch. My party of (10) were always able to secure a table aft, near the Horizon dining area during both breakfast and lunch. Food was acceptable and dinners were above what I have experience on other cruises. Entertainment, very entertaining outside of the sub-par comedian the first night. The shows were dazzling, and were enjoyed by our traveling group. Rooms and balconies little small, but tolerable.. Bathrooms were nicely designed with plenty of space to put toiletries. Aft pool was excellent, quiet area.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Our experience aboard the Regal was wonderful! The ship is beautiful, the food yummy and the crew amazing. We were so pampered, we felt like royalty as all our wants and needs were anticipated. Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Marteen ... Read More
Our experience aboard the Regal was wonderful! The ship is beautiful, the food yummy and the crew amazing. We were so pampered, we felt like royalty as all our wants and needs were anticipated. Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Marteen have beautiful beaches, great sunsets and very kind islanders. We loved hearing the boat horns play the Love Boat tune when leaving each port. Our cabin Baha 205 was very nice, a little smaller than we would have liked, but it was nice to have a balcony stateroom. Our steward, Levie, was so wonderful and took great care of our needs. I wanted to bring him home with us! LOL! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
It has been a few years since we were aboard a new ship and the Regal Princess did not disappoint. The ship is lovely. I understand people having problems with the elevator and stair locations, but this was not problematic for us. The ... Read More
It has been a few years since we were aboard a new ship and the Regal Princess did not disappoint. The ship is lovely. I understand people having problems with the elevator and stair locations, but this was not problematic for us. The atrium was beautiful and the center of all activity. We had no problems with the layout. My only disappointment was the lack of a promenade deck. I was aware of this ahead of time. Our daily activity includes walking the many laps of the promenade deck for fitness but had to find another way. The hallways proved to be a perfect substitute. We were assigned a deluxe balcony cabin on the Dolphin deck. It was perfect. The showers are much larger than other ships. The bedding more luxurious than previous Princess cruises. The flat screen TV on the wall was unexpected and the movies on demand a plus. Our cabin steward was exceptional. We were fortunate to be on a 7 day cruise where there were not many elite members and had laundry back in 24 hours. The buffet is the best on any Princess ship. There were many selections and many stations. The quality of the food was great. We had anytime dining and ate in the dining room each evening. The food was OK. I always find the quality subjective and we had great meals and some we could not eat. The first few nights they had difficulty with the amount of people waiting to eat but by the end it was sorted out. The service was good. The production shows were fabulous. All of the shows were new and updated. Finally, they stepped into the 21st century. I was joyful they let the 60's and 70's go! The weather was disappointing but we all know you can't control the weather. It was windy and cool most sea days. I agree with previous reviews that there was not much shade for the lounges around the pool. My favorite moment aboard the Regal Princess was the Love Boat theme being played when arriving and departing. It was a great nostalgic moment.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We just got home today so I thought I would just get this done while it is fresh on my mind. We have cruised RCCL, Celebrity, NCR, and Princess for a total of 12 cruises in all. We had a great time on this cruise and would go back. The ... Read More
We just got home today so I thought I would just get this done while it is fresh on my mind. We have cruised RCCL, Celebrity, NCR, and Princess for a total of 12 cruises in all. We had a great time on this cruise and would go back. The ship has everybody has already said is beautiful and very well maintained. The staff was very thoughtful and it seemed like they were always there if you needed something. The buffet was the best we have ever seen. The food was fresh, varied, and delicious! We had a cabin at the very front of the Ship M105 which was nice and spacious and being in the very front we had a larger than normal balcony so no complaints there at all. The pool was nice and was always busy and chairs could be tough to find if you slept in. I did notice after a few days that they were removing towels if they were left on chairs for longer than an hour which really seemed to help with the availability. The giant screen that they have out by the pool was fantastic. On one of the nights they showed the NCAA football playoffs on the screen and the clarity was fantastic. Also it was fun to watch with a bunch of passengers all rooting loudly for thier teams. They also show first run movies out there most night and provide blankets and pop corn. Our college age and young adult kids all enjoyed Club 6 every night and had a great time meeting new people and dancing the night away. The shows were really really good. The best quality wise we have ever seen. Strangly my least favorite show was the Beatle Maniacs (and I am a huge Beatles fan). They were ok but the guy who was "Paul" just didnt have the voice to really pull it off. The rest of the shows were great kudos to the entire cast those kids worked hard all week. The sets were really cool as well. We ate at the Crown Grill one night and we all thought it was a fantastic meal and well worth the sur charge. be sure to get on the dine line as soon as you get on the ship and book that the first day if you want to get in as it was sold out for the week after that first day. The elevators were not nearly as bad as some of the reviews have indicated. A bit of waiting a couple of times but not really an issue at all. The dining room was good as well. The staff was very nice but it is slow in there. Go in with the mindset of a slow European meal and you will be fine. It did seem like they may be understaffed in there. All in all great time and and very happy with it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We sailed Regal Princess Christmas week 2014. The ship was full with 4000 passengers. This is my 5th Princess cruise, 7th overall. My BF has sailed many more times than me on both Princess as well as other cruise lines. We are both ... Read More
We sailed Regal Princess Christmas week 2014. The ship was full with 4000 passengers. This is my 5th Princess cruise, 7th overall. My BF has sailed many more times than me on both Princess as well as other cruise lines. We are both Princess Platinum. We are 43 and 42. I will start by saying we had an absolutely wonderful time and would love to sail Regal again in a heartbeat. I only had a few minor criticisms. Embarkation was a breeze. It took 10 minutes or less to check in, we were onboard by noon and our room was ready. The ship is truly beautiful, elegant, lovely in every way. The online pictures do not do the Regal justice. The atrium is much more beautiful in real life, as is the whole ship. Although the ship was fully booked we never felt crowded anywhere. It was kind of strange! Room: We had a mid-ship mini-suite A407. The room is very spacious and well laid out. There is plenty of storage. I’m a heavy packer and there were still some empty drawers. The bathroom is lovely with a large tub and plenty of storage for your toiletries (and I have a lot). The balcony was nice. It’s perfect to sit out with a glass of wine and enjoy the sea air. The size was not an issue for us. We were a few decks down from the Seawalk, and it was slightly off to the side. You can see up into it and those above can see you on your balcony, if that matters to you. For me it didn’t. Most people on the Seawalk are oblivious anyway. Pools: This is where I have a criticism. I wish there was another full size pool that was quiet. The MUTS pool is too loud. If you want quiet you must move to an area away from the main pool and hot tubs or go to the Retreat Pool. The Retreat pool is lovely, IF you can get a lounger. Lounge hogs were in full effect everywhere, especially the Retreat. I was happy to see deck attendants taking their towels away after a while. All pools are colder than a frozen margarita, seriously. The aft pool is far too small. I also feel the fountains are a waste of space. That being said we enjoyed our poolside time very much. Spa: We had a nice couples massage and it was great. The new location of the Spa near the Piazza is fantastic. Yes they do try to sell you stuff but not too forcefully. I wish they would stop doing that. Entertainment: We only saw 2 theater shows: the Beatlemaniacs which were fantastic, and “Spectacular” which was not so…spectacular. (They tried, it’s just not my thing.) The bartender flair show at the Seawalk bar is not to be missed! Get there early for a good spot. There was an excellent quartet (Rick Kilburn) that played in numerous venues, we enjoyed them a lot. There was also a comedian who was pretty good. Princess Live is a very cool venue, check it out. It’s something different and fun. Overall, the entertainment everywhere was good quality and varied. There is plenty of time to see the theater shows every night, they run 3x per night. Food: Horizon court is AWESOME. You will never have the crowds and people in your way and in your face. It’s so large and well laid out. The food is overall very good. There is plenty of seating as well. Don’t miss the Crab Shack ($20 pp) at night, we loved it (happens 2x per cruise). The seafood is delicious and abundant. Sabatini’s and Crown Grill are fantastic as always, we ate here 2 times each. MDR leaves much to be desired, the waitstaff are very overworked and therefore cannot pay proper attention to the guests. They forgot a course one night and on another night couldn’t deliver our drink order in a timely fashion. This is why we prefer the special restaurants. The price is good and the food and service are top notch. They want you to try everything so don’t be shy. Get those extra lobster tails or have 3 appetizers! Alfredo’s Pizzeria makes fantastic pizza, it’s a step above Prego pizza at the pool and very nice environment to dine in. It gets busy on sea days so be prepared. Trident grill and Prego Pizza are good as always. Service: All around excellent. Everyone says hello and smiles, even when just walking past them. Wait staff are all around excellent. Room steward did an excellent job. Drink package: We did the all-inclusive beverage package. It was well worth it. Both people in the cabin do NOT have to buy it. Note that you cannot work it to serve 2: they will only give you one drink at a time. Even if you want bottled water and a cocktail you must wait and get them one at a time. However, you can get cocktails or wine at dinner as well as a bottle of sparkling or still water for the table. We made full use of the package and probably came out ahead. It includes all your alcohol by the glass below $10 (vast majority of drinks) as well as sodas, bottled water, coffees, gelato, juices, mocktails, basically everything. Buy it at any bar when you get onboard. Other notes: - Bellini bar is lovely, it’s a good place to watch what’s happening in the Piazza in the evening and the cocktails are good. We did not try the Ocean Terrace Seafood bar but it looks similarly nice. - The lack of a mid-ship staircase makes no difference, in fact it was better: we just took the elevators instead of hoofing it! There are 6 elevators in one place, you never have to wait more than 1 minute. And this was on a full ship. There are so many complaints about this it makes me feel that CC readers have been brain washed to believe it’s a problem when in fact it’s not a problem at all. Haters must hate, I guess. - Don’t miss sailaway on the top deck, they play the Love Boat horn and it is AWESOME!!!!! Overall this was a perfect vacation with just a few little complaints. I highly recommend this ship and hope to sail her again someday.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We left our hotel a couple of miles away at 10:00 and were on board by 12:15. Nice to have plenty of time to work out any issues with dining, etc. We went to eat at the buffet, it was overcrowded and if you could find a table there were no ... Read More
We left our hotel a couple of miles away at 10:00 and were on board by 12:15. Nice to have plenty of time to work out any issues with dining, etc. We went to eat at the buffet, it was overcrowded and if you could find a table there were no place settings, those were being put on tables by staff but it was too busy to keep up with the need. You are better off eating before you board. We had a dining time of 5:30 in the Concerto dining room. Dinner took about 1 hr. 30 min each night for 3 courses and dessert. Amarin and Ares were very attentive, and polite. Food was always very good to excellent. Reserve deck chairs very early on days at sea, they go quickly. One oddity is the layout of the handwashing station/bathrooms as you enter the Horizon Court/Buffet. From the pool this is the nearest restroom. So you enter intending to use the restroom but because the handwashing station is first you are greatly encouraged to wash hands and feel the need to explain that you are just using the restroom, and not getting food. The same occurs if you are just wanting to access the stairs or elevators at the back of the ship to get to your cabin from the pool. Piazza was beautiful. Crew obviously still settling in but they seemed to warm up as the week went by and get friendlier and more comfortable. In terms of Entertainment we only saw the comedian, who did a great job. The theater never did fill completely, but perhaps because that was his second day? Loved hearing the Love Boat theme play. The shows and movies on the tv are great. Bingo was typical. The skywalk is cool. Our children were in an inside cabin, I prefer this new layout to the one on the Golden.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We cruise each year at the same time. We chose Regal Princess because it was new and larger than what we had cruised in the past. It is a beautiful ship but that's where it stops. With a few exceptions the crew was rude and the ... Read More
We cruise each year at the same time. We chose Regal Princess because it was new and larger than what we had cruised in the past. It is a beautiful ship but that's where it stops. With a few exceptions the crew was rude and the service poor. It did seem that Platinum cruisers and suite holders were treated well. We had four young adults in our group and they were treated poorly the entire time. Apparently there were issues on the Christmas cruise with minors over drinking and they decided to correct the problem on our cruise. Despite the cruise card having your photo and id on it they required our party to carry additional id proving they were 21 or over. One of the crew slapped my daughter on the arm as she walked through the casino and demanded she show her id. Comments were made to the Cruise Director and he did what he could but you cannot change orders or attitude over night. The food in the main restaurant was poorly prepared and one of our party had food poisoning. The restaurant was notified but took no action. No one from the medical office inquired or took any action. The food in the specialty restaurants was outstanding but gaining a reservation is very difficult. Needless to say we will not return to Princess cruise lines. I filled out the Princess evaluation and mentioned everything I have said here. There was no response from them. If you have travel Princess and receive upgrades because you are Platinum/Gold/Silver etc., or spend triple the money for a suite, you may receive service and food that worthy of return. But if your looking to enjoy a family holiday go somewhere else. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
My fiancé and I booked a cruise on the Caribbean Princess from November 24 thru November 29, 2014. Since I had never cruised before, and she had cruised upwards of 30 times and had reached Platinum level benefits, she advised me about ... Read More
My fiancé and I booked a cruise on the Caribbean Princess from November 24 thru November 29, 2014. Since I had never cruised before, and she had cruised upwards of 30 times and had reached Platinum level benefits, she advised me about what to expect on a cruise. One of the things she could not stress enough was to wash my hands, wash my hands, and wash my hands. Additionally, she told me there would be Purell anti-bacterial stations all over the ship and highly suggested I use them as often as possible. We boarded the Caribbean Princess early afternoon on Monday November 24th and as we approached the Horizon Court a little while later, I did see Purell stations in the dining areas. They were located on the dining room walls as well as the entrances and exits of the buffets lines. The entrance lines to the buffets had a ship employee standing by the Purell stations as a reminder to use them, however, it was not communicated as a must. Nevertheless, I always took advantage of using the Purell at every opportunity I had. As the first day became the second and the trip continued, I started to observe things that I initially tried to overlook like the yellow staining on the bottom of the toilet seat in our stateroom. As a man, I always put the seat up when I urinate. Therefore I immediately noticed this stain and pointed it out to Tracy. We tried our best to put it out of our mind, along with the cracking of the caulking around our stateroom’s sink and what strongly appeared to be black mildew in the cracking caulk. If a toilet seat is yellow stained, especially near the front of the seat, it is not something that just occurred, but has been building up for some time. The same goes for black mildew on caulk. Wednesday, November 26th we arrived at Costa Maya. We brought ashore bottles of water from the ship so as not to drink the local beverages for fear of “Montezuma Revenge” or Traveler’s Diarrhea. We consumed no local drinks nor food. We made a quick tour of the gift shops and stopped briefly to watch tourists interact with a dolphin encounter. Once back on the ship, the excitement of my first cruise started to wear off as I began to notice sanitary issues more. In the men’s room on Deck 15 between the two pools I took a closer look at the cleanliness of the bathroom. Both side walls had some chips of caulk missing, however, the main “mirrored” wall had all the caulking missing. Where this main wall ran down and met up to the counter, you could easily see inside the gap of the missing caulking. In this gap was a greenish color. It was not a shadow, nor was it green paint. It appeared to be mold, algae, or mildew. Trying to not think about it, I washed my hands thoroughly and exited this bathroom. There were no Purell stations to use. That same evening of the 26th, there was a deck party that ran until 10:00 pm. Tracy and I stayed on the lounge chairs after the party until a little after 11:00 pm enjoying the beautiful outside weather. We then headed to the restrooms. I used the same restroom previously mentioned that had the missing caulk. However, the restroom was now in shambles. Soap, water and paper towels were all over the counters. The floor had numerous dried and wet paper towels and was very slippery wet. The garbage holder on the wall was running over. I looked at the cleaning chart at saw the last cleaning was at 17:20 and it was now after 11:00 pm or 23:00. The bathroom had not been checked for nearly 4 hours at that point. I was grossed out as it reminded me of a road side gas station restroom. We headed back to our stateroom and watched some movies on our laptop well into the night. We went to sleep just before 4 am, now Thanksgiving morning, November 27th. Tracy got up a few minutes later to use the restroom and she called out to me from the bathroom for some Tums. I entered the restroom to find Tracy on the floor hugging the toilet. She said she had severe nausea. She stated she had never had sea sickness in the nearly 30 times she sailed on Princess, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, and other lines. There were no other symptoms at this time. For the next three and half hours, she spent her time between the toilet and the bed, with most of that time in the restroom dry heaving as we waited for the Medical Center to open. At about 8:30 when the medical center opened, I called and spoke to Medical and the nurse, Estelle, told me that it sounded like motion sickness and that I should go to Customer Service and get meds from them. I let her know that my fiancé could not stop dry-heaving and if she swallowed anything, it would come back up. I asked if someone could come up to our stateroom to help her get to medical. I explained that she was very weak from dry-heaving and we didn’t want to alarm the other passengers when she tried to walk to the clinic. They refused to come up to the room to help her down so I half carried her to the medical center. We made our way to Medical as passengers watched her almost get sick on the elevator as she shuffled to Medical. Her face was white as a ghost and as passengers looked on at us, I told them she would be ok. Once in medical, we met Nurse Estelle and Dr. Brian. Estelle insisted it was motion sickness based on the symptoms and the lack of any diarrhea. Tracy was administered an IV and was given medicine to stop the nausea, and medicine to stop the spasm of the dry heaves. Dr. Brian placed his hands on Tracy’s stomach in the usual spots to check for appendix issues, etc. Neither the doctor nor nurse ever listened to her stomach area with a stethoscope. They took a number of tests involving her urine and blood but everything came back within normal range. We were sent on our way and were advised to come back in the afternoon when they were open again for a follow-up. She was taken back to her room in a wheelchair. We came back to Medical in the afternoon. Her nausea had come back and she was extremely weak and tired. She was barely cohesive. She was able to advise Dr. Brian that she had a bit of diarrhea earlier in the afternoon but was no examination performed on her lower intestine to hear any rumblings, etc. Dr. Brian and Nurse Estelle had left the room briefly and Tracy was laying down motionless on the exam bed as I sat in a chair next to her. A few minutes later Tracy said to me that she just had an accident, meaning she just had diarrhea and that she wanted a nurse to assist. I left the room and advised the first nurse I saw that Tracy needed assistance ASAP. I walked back into the room and advised Tracy that a nurse was coming. I said I would go to the stateroom to get her some fresh clothes. Upon returning to Medical, I found Tracy in the restroom of the exam room sitting on the toilet in tears and pain. She cried “they just left me”. She said she had been sitting on the toilet since I left the room and no one came back to assist or check on her. She couldn’t get up from the toilet as her bottom was messed. She wanted a wash cloth and a towel or the use of the shower next to her. Estelle came in the exam room and told Tracy she had the Norovirus and they could not assist in cleaning her up as they did not want to take a chance of any of them getting infected. We were told they did not have any cleaning supplies and that she could not use the shower although it was no more than inches from where Tracy sat on the toilet. They only had an anti-bacterial medical soap and rough brown paper towels in the restroom but they advised her not to use them as they would end up burning her because she was raw. Tracy ended up using her own clothes to clean herself up with no available soap to cleanse nor towels to dry off. Tracy had to put her own soiled clothes in a bright orange BIO Hazard bag. She was given oral anti-diarrhea meds and oral vomiting meds to take back to the room and they discharged her and quarantined her to her room. We were advised that the “HEAT” Team would have to sanitize the exam room and she was once again taken back to her room in a wheel chair, this time too weak to even stand up on her own. We were told to give the BIO bag to the HEAT team and that they would arrange to have her clothes cleaned. I had to carry the BIO Hazard bag back to the room and I hid the bag under my jacket so as to not alarm the other passengers. Once back at the room, Tracy cleaned herself up in the bathroom and crawled into bed. About 10 minutes later, two men from the HEAT team came to the room to clean it. One person came in wearing grayish blue maintenance type clothes and wore a white face mask with a mini respirator attached to the front of it, he also had blue gloves and wore a short sleeve shirt. He carried a cleaning cloth and a bottle of some liquid spray. His partner stayed outside the stateroom, with no mask. The “decontamination” consisted of the person in the room spraying a cloth with whatever was in the bottle. He then took the cloth and wiped down areas where he thought Tracy might have touched. Part of a wall here, part of a wall there. If there were things on our night stands, or on our “desk”, he simply wiped the surfaces around it. There was no wiping of personal belongings, no moving things out of the way, etc. I observed the same type of cleaning in the bathroom. In the bathroom, he replaced only the linen that appeared to be used. As instructed by Estelle I gave him the orange BIO bag that contained Tracy’s soiled clothes so they could be cleaned. The man “sanitizing” the room said he would be back in the morning to change the linens. I washed my hands thoroughly and proceeded to have a very lonely and sad Thanksgiving dinner upstairs. The rest of Thanksgiving Day consisted of Tracy lying in bed and slowly recovering. I would leave the room from time to time and walk the ship and come back to check on her. The morning of Friday, November 27th, Tracy was feeling a little better, but still very tired, weak and extremely sore in her stomach and lower back. A little after 9 am the HEAT team came back. One man proceeded to spray the cloth and wipe down only exposed surfaces as the man had done the day before. Tracy was able to sit up and stand briefly and she told me she had to specifically ask the man for a new Duvet cover as he was only going to change the sheets and pillow cases. The man did not change the Duvet itself nor the pillows, even after being asked to do so to prevent any illness from spreading. By 6:30 Friday evening, Tracy and I walked around the ship a bit to see if we could get her strength up and we decided to go to the evening show. After the show, we exited the Princess Theater and headed toward the casino to cut through and head back to the stateroom. Tracy advised me that she needed to use the restroom. So she used the one off the hall between the theater and the casino. After a bit of time, she came out, frustrated and almost in tears. She told me there were 4 soap dispensers in there, 3 out of the 4 were empty, and the other had little soap in it. She further said that she watched passengers try each dispenser, some giving up and never using any soap. She looked at the last time the room was checked by staff, and it was only 20 minutes earlier. She wondered out loud to me how in 20 minutes time, 4 dispensers would go empty, when the theater just let out less than 5 minutes earlier. The only conclusion we could come up with is that the cleaning person who checked the bathroom last might not have been honest in their signing off that they cleaned it. Tracy said she wanted to see customer service right then. With all the sanitary issues we had seen on the ship, we concluded it is no wonder she caught the Norovirus. We went directly to Passenger Services. The line was long as this was the night before we arrived back in Fort Lauderdale. However, there was a staff member on the far left of the counter assisting someone. We politely excused ourselves and asked to speak to a manager. The staff member refused to get a manager and told us we needed to wait in line (of about 15 people) and someone would be with us “shortly.” I advised this person that there was a health issue in the restroom. The staff member seemed like he was going to repeat his statement to wait in line when Tracy advised him about having caught the Norovirus due to the lack of cleanliness on the ship. Everyone around us started to quickly leave the area and the staff member finally went back to get a manager. A few minutes later, Clyde, the Duty Agent, met us. He took us aside and started to take notes while Tracy explained the entire situation to him. Clyde was sympathetic to our concerns and apologetic, advising us that we could "dispute" the almost $1000 medical bill if we wanted to. By this time it was late Friday evening. Her soiled clothes which were sent out to be cleaned still hadn’t shown up. The crew said they would continue to look for them but they were never found and Tracy had to leave the ship without them. Tracy has traveled extensively on Princess including multiple trips to Alaska, the Baltic, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean and has never had an experience like this before. Even transatlantic crossings on Cunard and re-positioning cruises of 18 days had all gone smoothly. To this date the problem has still not been resolved to our satisfaction. We have reached out by phone, email, and mail and have received no response from Princess. We were told we would be contacted by Princess after the cruise and that never happened. Tracy’s clothing was never found, and no one has addressed the cleanliness issues on the ship including running out of soap in the restrooms and what appeared to be mold all over the ship. We have pictures to support these statements including a video showing there was no soap in the bathroom dispensers and the time sheet showing it had been cleaned 20 minutes prior with the signature of the person who cleaned it. I strongly urge anyone who decides to travel on the Caribbean Princess to watch for cleanliness issues and do everything possible to protect yourself from illness as my experience was not a pleasant one and I'd hate for you to experience the same thing I went through. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
The Royal Princess needs to be redesigned. We've been on 18 cruises on different lines & this ship is terrible! We always get a balcony, the balcony rooms are so tiny! The balconies are the smallest ever! The theater is so small ... Read More
The Royal Princess needs to be redesigned. We've been on 18 cruises on different lines & this ship is terrible! We always get a balcony, the balcony rooms are so tiny! The balconies are the smallest ever! The theater is so small there is no balcony, no place to put a drink people were sitting on steps, which of course is against safety & the law?the shows weren't live. The food was promised to be fabulous, it was average & the buffet was a messy maze & the pastry shop was a total let down.worst of all were the elevators,so scarce? be prepared to take stairs. Save yourself the money, Carnival the sister line has the Royal Princess beat by a mile! I will never book the Royal again & beware I understand the Regal has the same design . I actually don't remember the exact date as I was trying to put it out of my mind. We had friends & family fly I in to join us, no none talked to us for a very long time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This cruise was choose through my daughter friends club and we was asked to joint the for the cruise since we has never been on a cruise. The restaurants was great food was 24/7 and the staff was a team from heaven with never ending ... Read More
This cruise was choose through my daughter friends club and we was asked to joint the for the cruise since we has never been on a cruise. The restaurants was great food was 24/7 and the staff was a team from heaven with never ending service coupled with professional attitude. This cruise was an example of every one must go. I know you would just love the trip and before the trip is over you would be planning your next cruise. At the end of the cruise and back home you would tell as many people as possible about your great experience. Due to the 100 percent of never ending service no matter what time day or night. All the places such as mexico, jamaica and hatti was places that you will love to see the people was very friendly and caring and the environment was one of the best. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I would like to begin this review stating that this was our(my husband and myself) first trip on Princess Cruise Line. We have sailed 9 times on Royal Caribbean and once on Norwegian. Embarkation was very smooth and we were able to access ... Read More
I would like to begin this review stating that this was our(my husband and myself) first trip on Princess Cruise Line. We have sailed 9 times on Royal Caribbean and once on Norwegian. Embarkation was very smooth and we were able to access our cabin when we got on the ship which was around 12:30 pm. We found our cabin to be a nice size with ample closet and drawer space. There also were several shelves in the area where the safe was that held a good bit of clothing. The closet was apart from the main cabin area, adjacent to the bathroom, which made it seem as though it was a separate room. We liked this very much. The bathroom shower however, was not a good experience. It was not only smaller that we've had before, but the configuration made it very awkward to use. I realize that all cruise ship showers are small but this was just not well designed. And the shower curtain wasn't effective as water kept leaking out to the bathroom floor. I read years ago on cruise critic that clothespins with the spring clip attached to the bottom of the shower curtain help to keep it from moving inward and attacking you. It worked somewhat, but not enough to keep the water in or the curtain from hugging us while we showered! All cruise lines should follow Royal Caribbean's idea of having a shower door instead of a curtain. Yes, the shower is still small but with the rounded door, it gives the area a little more space. We did have a wonderful cabin attendant, Morvin, who in our opinion, was very efficient without being intrusive. A very soft spoken man & well mannered, who did a terrific job of keeping our cabin in order and kept us in clean towels our entire trip. Can say enough nice things about this man. We had early seating(5:30) in Provance dining room. Our waiters were Alex and Oliver. Very nice and polite, but we just didn't feel the connection that we usually have with our waiters, especially on a longer cruise like this one. Food was good, nothing remarkable.....we did, however, think the lobster served on the second formal night wasn't good at all. We always look forward to this dinner but no need for seconds this time! We usually had our breakfast in the Horizan Court, which was nothing ourstanding but good and fresh so we were satisfied. You can also have breakfast in the dining room, which was good or grab something quick like doughnuts(loved the cro-nuts) at the International Cafe which was adjacent to the Casino. They also served sandwiches & other things for lunch or a late night snack and were yummy! The food here is complimentary but there is a fee for coffee and other drinks. The entertainment was very good in our opinion. Kudos to the Princess singers and dancers. They are very talented. We enjoyed their productions very much. The two comedians were both great as was the young man who played the saxophone. The magician was good but not great. Bobby Brooks Wilson was terrific. He is the son of the late Jackie Wilson. He sang and danced......the best show of the cruise. One major disappointment was the size of the casino. It truly was the smallest casino we have ever seen on a cruise ship. Can't understand that. A lot of passengers were in there each night but there clearly weren't enough slot machines for each passenger to have a turn playing. They really need to address this issue. On the other hand, Sabatini's Italian Restaurant( a "for fee" venue) was practically empty each night. Only 1 or 2 couples were ever in there! It's quite large and really a wasted space that could be used to enlarge the casino. No real need for this restaurant, in our opinion. We did a couple of ship sponsored tours and they were just okay. The best being in Cartegnia, Columbia. Walking along the cobbled streets and visiting the churches and other landmarks were really impressive and we are so glad we did this tour. The tour in Limon, Costa Rica took us through a very impoverished area which was heartbreaking to see. I think they need to do away with this. Better to see the beautiful scenery in another area. And, before our tour, we took a walk close to the pier just to see what the locals had to offer in handcrafted items. We were practically attacked by these people wanting us to buy and take tours with them. Also, in walking a little further, we came upon people with limbs missing laying on the sidewalks, up against the buildings begging, including homeless people. This should not be allowed in such close proximity to the cruise port. We feel very bad for these people but very uncomfortable just the same. Aruba was a disappointment...just very touristy with pushy people selling their items. Not what we expected. The Panama Canal was quite interesting. We were able to see so much just from our balcony and from various areas of the ship. Did not participate in any tours. We did however get off the ship in Colon where we stopped to pick up the passengers who did do the tours of the Panama Canal. It was a nice little area with some good shops and a casino that we, along with our friends stopped in to see. We were really taken with the grocery store there and found it to be very interesting and enjoyed looking at the products sold there. Good experience. Cruise Director was Bob was personable but didn't win us over as we are spoiled by our experiences on RC having Richard Spacey and Allen Brooks as cruise directors early on. Sorry. To summarize, it was a enjoyable cruise, the ship is nice and the crew as well, but we will be going back to Royal Caribbean. We were glad to be able to see what Princess had to offer and compare them with RC.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My tips: *If you’re driving to the Port in Ft. Lauderdale, consider parking at Embassy Suites (no requirement that you stay there) at the parking lot operated by United Airport Parking. Only $4 a day, ten minutes to the port and ... Read More
My tips: *If you’re driving to the Port in Ft. Lauderdale, consider parking at Embassy Suites (no requirement that you stay there) at the parking lot operated by United Airport Parking. Only $4 a day, ten minutes to the port and includes free shuttle to the port. They’ll take you right to the ship. (www.unitedairportparking.com) Note that you must make a reservation in advance, and have your printed receipt to present to the staff when you arrive at the hotel. It’s much less expensive than parking at the port. *Standard cabins have only one electrical outlet in the main cabin (and one in the bathroom). Bring a small power strip (we were very happy with our three outlet strip) if you plan to charge any electronic devices. *If you plan to do your own laundry while on board (there are passenger laundry facilities on most decks) consider bringing along your own detergent to save money. Washers cost $3.00 per load, Dryers are also $3.00 per load and the cost is deducted from your ship account. So, no need for cash or coins. *Bring a lanyard with you, or buy a Princess lanyard in the ship’s store. You can ask the staff at the Passenger Services desk onboard to punch a hole in your cruise card, and then you can wear it around your neck if you’re heading to the pool, to work out, if you’re just wearing an outfit without pockets or if you tend to lose your cruise card if it’s not fastened somewhere. *Sabatini’s Restaurant serves Alfredo’s Pizza at lunch nearly every day of the cruise. There’s no extra charge, it’s delicious, and there are around seven varieties of personal pizzas (8” round pie = 4 slices) to choose from. *Find out when The Crab Shack Luncheon is being offered (usually only twice per cruise) and served in the Bayou Café. There’s a $20 per person service charge, but you get appetizer (hush puppies and popcorn shrimp with two dipping sauces), soup (chowder), your choice of four pots of different steamed shell fish (includes mussels, clams, king crab, shrimp, snow crab) and dessert. It’s filling and really good. *The Panama Canal (after all, this is why you chose this cruise!): Do not remain on one deck with one view for the complete transit. You will miss too much. There’s a unique perspective from each deck and different sides of the ship. Get up early so you can enjoy the entry into the Canal in the dark before dawn with the various ships in the Canal lit, and the Canal approach lit up like an airport runway. We got up early enough to be out on Baja Deck forward with our camera by 5:30am. A friend had told me it would be magical, he was right! See my Wednesday, November 26 entry for information about the not-well-known access to out-door viewing from the Baja deck (also available on Caribe). *Are you a wine drinker? Consider the special wine package and you’ll save money. We chose the silver wine package (you can buy a 7, 10 or 12 bottle package) which allows you to purchase any bottle of wine valued at up to $29 a bottle. There’s also a gold 7, 10 or 12 wine package for wines valued up to $45 a bottle. This package can be used in any dining location (excludes bars and room service), and if you don’t finish a bottle with the meal, dining staff will cork and store it for you and bring it out at your next meal. *If you’ve done a number of Princess excursions and would like to try something different, consider a private excursion at one or more ports of call. They’re much more personalized, flexible, frequently more interesting and usually less expensive. The reputable companies are just as concerned as you are with getting you back to the ship on time. See the description of our private excursion experiences in Cartagena and Puerto Limon. *“Motor City” and “On The Bayou” were our favorite theatrical performances on the cruise. Try not to miss them! “Motor City” is a must if you love the music of Motown. The comedian Scott Wyler was very funny. It was essentially 45 minutes of non-stop jokes, and he had two shows with different material (one earlier in the cruise, and one on the next to last evening). *You’re going to take a lot of pictures. I had brought an extra set of batteries for the camera and felt very smug about that until I had to replace that set of batteries with new ones. So, you may want to bring two sets of batteries along with you. *Into Zumba? A 45-minute Zumba class is offered on all “at sea” days, and it’s free! *Wine tastings. There’s a wine tasting that’s offered at the beginning of the cruise for $25/person, featuring top shelf wines, high-end small plates of food (e.g. caviar), linen napkins and the wait staff in dinner jackets. Towards the end of the cruise, there’s another wine-tasting for $9.50/person, featuring wines under $30 (except for one high-end red), cheese, grapes and a miniature cheese cake for tasting with the one dessert wine, paper napkins and the wait staff in more casual white linen jackets. We went to the $9.50 one and had a great time. Neither are advertised; your wait staff at dinner will tell you about it. The Coral Princess is an older ship (I believe it was commissioned in 2003) with a friendly crew. It doesn’t have all the amenities of the larger ships in the Princess fleet but the public spaces are attractive, the Promenade Deck goes completely around the ship, and one of the large outdoor pool areas is protected by a roof (great for inclement weather or when it’s just too hot to be at the open pool). The Universe Lounge is a very pretty venue with seating on two levels. It’s very different architecturally from the show lounges we’ve seen on the other Princess ships and I really liked it. One of the reasons we keep coming back to Princess is the food, and the Coral Princess did not disappoint. While Sabatini’s and the Bayou Café (specialty restaurants each with an extra cover charge) are fun to try, the evening dining room fare is excellent. It’s the same menu for dinner in both the Provence (traditional seating) and Bordeaux (“anytime”) dining rooms. The desserts are sinfully good from the flourless chocolate cake to the orange soufflé.. We are fish eaters and all the fish we tried were in every case deliciously seasoned and very fresh. This was our first cruise with so many days at sea (there were four) and we loved them. There was lots of time to relax, read, enjoy a small project, work out, attend a lecture or a film and just enjoy the gift of time. Our CruiseCritic roll call group sponsored a Meet & Greet aboard ship on our first full day at sea. Five members of the crew attended along with nearly forty CruiseCritic cruisers. It was a lot of fun and we made friends who we’ll keep in touch with long after the cruise ends. The rainy season for Cartegena, the Panama Canal, and Limon runs from May through November. While the temperatures were in the mid-80s, the humidity matched the temperature. So, when the sun isn’t hidden by clouds, it’s hot. For this cruise, the weather gods were mostly kind. The small amount of rain we did have came in the late evening or early morning hours. There were occasional high winds, especially when in the open ocean. There were also some swells. Probably the day with the most rocking was our at sea day between Colon, Colombia and Grand Cayman Island (Friday, Nov 28). It was cloudy and relatively cool on Grand Cayman, and some excursions that involved boats or diving were cancelled due to strong currents or the water having been stirred up by the previous day’s winds and swells. The Panama Canal was our favorite port of call, Cartegena was our second favorite. The old city has some gorgeous architecture (it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site) and there was so much to see. While we saw quite a few things in Puerto Limon, we were very happy to have an escorted tour. We would not have felt safe going off by ourselves beyond the confines of the port area. The ship offers bottled water for port days (for $2.00/bottle plus gratuity). Take it with you to stay hydrated. We saw a few people bringing their own 12 -18 packs of bottled water on board on embarkation day, but that seemed a bit excessive to us. Very efficient boarding. We arrived at the dock just prior to 12 noon and we were in our stateroom by 12:30pm. We took advantage of the sit down luncheon in the Provence Dining Room where they serve from noon to 1:00pm on Embarkation Day. Otherwise, the choice is Horizon Court. But the sit down luncheon with full service is a lovely way to start the cruise if you get on board early enough. On the day we visited the Panama Canal, we decided not to take an excursion, but remained aboard the ship. More than 1100 passengers chose to do an excursion, but we did not regret our choice. We enjoyed observing the ship pass through the Gatun Locks twice. We woke up early in order to be on the Baja Deck with our camera at 5:30 am. We were through the canal and on Gatun Lake by 8:30am. The following is a quote from someone else’s posting, and addresses the matter really well. “While the forward section has the best views of entering the Canal chambers, you don't want to miss the Promenade Deck either, as the ship different perspective of this Modern Marvel. “Also check Baja deck forward (and Caribe deck forward) for an area not normally accessible to passengers. If you walk all the way forward on Baja on either the port or starboard side, there is a door at the end of the hall that is normally locked. It leads through a short hallway (forward of cabin B201 or B202, depending upon whether you are on the port or starboard side). The door at the end of the short hallway leads to an observation deck. It's a nice spot to watch the ship go into the locks and gives a good perspective of the size of the ship, size of the locks and any ships already in the locks in front of you. The observation area spans side to side (Port to Starboard) and is fairly wide. Not much protection though if it rains! It’s not a huge secret – but the door is normally locked, and unless you know it’s there, you probably would never try to enter since it’s not a cabin or general passenger area/location.” We were blessed with a beautiful sunrise and a lovely sunny morning with sunshine and a gentle breeze. Being up on Baja deck while it was still dark out and with all the lights from the ships on made for a magical viewing experience. We had an outstanding view throughout the entire transit, and we were much more comfortable than the crush of people up on the Lido and Sun decks, especially because portions of those decks obscure the view (and picture taking) with tall glass panels. Seeing how the Canal gets the boats through was fascinating, especially knowing that Coral Princess had only two feet of clearance on either side of the ship. we also enjoyed watching the other ships go through ahead of us through both channels. This was clearly the highlight of our cruise, and we just LOVED it. We later learned that two of the metal “mules,” the heavily fortified trucks that guide the ships through the channels, had a minor accident. One mule drove into the back of another at the rear of the ship. A cable became caught, and it took about a half hour to free it up. Then things proceeded as normal.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We just returned from our trip on the Coral Princess to the Panama Canal. The boarding was seamless as usual, of course we are Platinum members and do get to go to the head of the lines but the lines were short and moved quickly anyway for ... Read More
We just returned from our trip on the Coral Princess to the Panama Canal. The boarding was seamless as usual, of course we are Platinum members and do get to go to the head of the lines but the lines were short and moved quickly anyway for boarding. We bring along our own 12 pack of soft drinks and two bottles of wine to save a bundle over their prices on board. We still buy a few drinks on board but only take advantage of the two for one’s that are offered in the Wheel House in the afternoon and the Explorer’s lounge after 10PM. We don’t use the specialty dinner venues, I am an old time cruiser and just can’t figure why we would want to encourage the cruise lines to charge extra for food. I am not too above the food they serve that’s included in the cruise price and from the looks of the restaurants on this cruise I am not alone in this thinking. They offer a couple of specialty lunches also along the way where lunch is free if you buy your drinks. Think about it, a small walk to a different part of the ship gets you a free lunch period with your drink and service too. If we keep paying for services that were always included they will have you sliding your card at the buffet one day very soon, their frame of mind is whatever the consumer will bear. The trip itself is a very relaxing one, two days at sea heading toward Aruba. After a few hours there you are off to Cartagena which is only a short hop away and you basically float there for a day and a half. I don’t know but seeing that Curacao is right next door a stop there would be a passenger pleaser I would think but a slow float is quite a bit more profitable for the ship and that’s the route that’s taken. A very short stay in Cartagena and you’re out of there on the way to the canal. Probably your best and cheapest choice of this stop is to hire a taxi ($50 a day) and the driver will drop you anyplace you want and wait for you. You can see it all this way at your pace and save a pile of money. The canal is always a pleaser; I’ve been there 4 times now and never get sick of it. The stop in Colon to pick up the on tour passengers would be wisely avoided by those who didn’t get on a tour. They at one time stopped in Cristobel and the stop there was great with the Indian craft booths that were there, this stop now is what I would call dangerous and useless. On to Limon, Costa Rica is a great place with many great tours. Again I would think though that with a little pre-planning from home one could set one of the same tours at half the ships price. After Limon it’s off to either Jamaica or Grand Cayman, our trip went to Cayman. We have been there so many times from any other Caribbean cruise that we chose not to even get off the ship. I personally would have rather stopped in Cozumel but I wasn’t driving. After Cayman it’s a day and a half ride back to Ft. Lauderdale and back to reality. All in all a pretty nice cruise, the entertainment on Princess pretty much remains the same and we found that the production show we had was one we saw earlier in the year on another ship and we really didn’t want to see it again. We also had a comedian, a magician and a singer all of which kind of surprised us because they weren’t the normal British variety and were very adequate. They showed some movies inside the ships theaters and we chose to see those versus laying outside in the heat and humidity risking rain, wind and the sound of wind. The big screen outside is nice at times but we are regular Princess cruisers and find that we use it very little due to one reason or another. We prefer the indoor movies, quiet, dark and comfortable as it should be. We would take the cruise again, but of course we would take any cruise again, we just enjoy being at sea.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This was my husband and I’s seventh cruise, we are in our mid thirties with three kids. It was a getaway for just the two of us to celebrate our 11th anniversary. We were in C223, a mini suite on the 10th deck. It was an excellent cabin ... Read More
This was my husband and I’s seventh cruise, we are in our mid thirties with three kids. It was a getaway for just the two of us to celebrate our 11th anniversary. We were in C223, a mini suite on the 10th deck. It was an excellent cabin with an excellent room steward named Reymond. He kept our ice bucket full, and never impeded on our private time. The water on the ship is almost unbearably hot. Even at the coldest setting our shower was almost too hot- that was our only major complaint regarding the room. We had a very nice large private balcony and spent an enormous amount of time out there. The elevator in the forward part of the ship is a bit of a pain since you can only go to level 7, and then have to walk down to the next bank of elevators to go lower. Not that big of a deal to us, but there was a lot of grumbling about it. We appreciated being only two levels below the buffet for our late night cravings. This is also the level with the not so secret employee break deck. Walk down your hallway toward the front of the ship and through the unmarked door. There is a deck there that is used by the crew. We never found it necessary to go out there except for Panama Canal day. It was completely empty and had a great view as you’re entering the locks. Thursday: Red eye from San Francisco on Jetblue, arrived at 9am- flight was a few hours late. Princess transfer doesn’t leave airport until 1130. We would just use a taxi next time, port is only a 15 min ride away. Smooth checkin and in room by 12. Lunch was being served in the Provence dining room. Called the dine line to be put in the list for chefs table. Muster drill was simple and in the theater. Friday: At sea, Signed up for Ultimate Ships Tour. Mani Pedi at spa was just ok- two hours long and included a hand and feett massage. For 200+ with tip I’ve had better gel manicures. Started chipping on the 9th day of the cruise but didn’t want to bother with a fix. Husband did "time for men", which was an ok shave- he bought a few of the products they were pushing but didn’t end up using them. They aren’t exactly pushy, but it’s annoying to have a relaxing time only to be pushed to buy something at the end (happened to me each time I went to spa). Since I frequent the spa’s at home I know this isn’t just unique to the cruise ships. We attended a Cruise critic get together with white elephant gift exchange- thought it was great to meet everyone in person. The gift exchange was filled with laughs and very fun. Picked up our scavenger hunt after and wish we had kept all our paperwork from first day since it’s included in the hunt. Attended the Port talks with Chris Roberts, which were all excellent and always replayed on television. Ate at the Bayou that night, very good. Had enough time to catch Guardians of the Galaxy (movies under the stars). This was the first Formal Night. Saturday: At sea, Had a couples massage that was seriously overpriced for what it was. Felt like our masseuses were just going through a routine, and they immediately tried to book us both for a follow up massage. Had a relaxing day as we were both feeling a little tired. Movies under the Stars was Edge of Tomorrow. The buffet was Asian Stir Fry (like Mongolian BBQ at home). Today was the gold level Captains Circle get together. Sunday: Aruba, Booked the Princess excursion Schooner Cruise. Thought it was very fun. The sea was a bit rough, but you get three scuba spots. My husband has a beard and mustache and didn’t realize he should have brought his own equipment with him, or shaved first. The snorkel mask can’t get a good seal and he was constantly dumping his mask out. Nose plugs and eye goggles would have been better. This is a great excursion for kids and we had several with us- there is an open bar so there was some heavy drinking going on by some of the younger clientele. Find the Starbucks in Aruba for free wifi. Good shopping but only a few stores open because it was Sunday. It was Indian Buffet night, we ate in the dining room. Sunday night football played all day on stateroom tvs and Movies under the Stars. Alexander the great was our magician for the night- heard he put on a good show although we didn't attend. He did two shows and up close magic on the last day. Monday: At sea, Made our Posters for Panama. Did the Chefs Table for dinner and it’s less expensive if you’re not drinking. There was only one on this cruise with only ten of us, so we were lucky enough to be chosen. 3 Appetizers, Pasta course, palate cleanse, surf and turf, cheese course, dessert, petit fours- all with a wine pairing (we did not indulge), all was delicious. I had a facial that was just ok- a little frustrated again at how expensive it was for what it was. No exfoliation and no extraction. The same facial went on half price special the next day. I’ll be unlikely to use a spa on board a princess ship again. Football for most of the day. Tuesday: Cartagena, We took a cab into town- negotiable. We ended up paying 15$ a person for a four hour cab tour. Our cabbie basically just took us where we wanted to go with brief explanations of the stops. Had to do a few kick back spots (places where we would go in and look around so the cab driver could get decent parking). This didn’t bother me since it’s pretty common in most countries. We never felt pressured to buy anything, just to go in and spend a few minutes looking around. I felt this was the best port of the cruise. The port itself is perfect for kids to look around- lots of animals and decent but overpriced shopping. We could not find free wifi. The buffet that night was also one of my favorites of the cruise- Tacos and fajita night, with chips and salsa! Wednesday: Panama, Got in very early- if you have a tour make sure you are listening to the correct channel to hear your tour departure time. We were outside sightseeing and almost missed our time. You won’t be able to hear the announcements from your own balcony if you don’t have the tv playing. We did the Princess excursion locks transfer on the smaller boat. We happened to go through very quickly (4 hours) although we’ve heard it can take several more hours. The lunch buffet is sad and you should bring your own snacks aboard if possible. If we had realized this we would have grabbed some fruit and things from breakfast. There is free water and sodas, which is nice since it’s very hot. It’s difficult to get a good seat on board this smaller boat, since there only a few really good seats and you can only get them if you’re lucky enough to be unloaded from you bus first. Otherwise you’ll be pushing for a good position to be able to see anything. Very annoying. The bus ride to and from this excursion is about one and a half to two hours and is narrated the whole time by a tour guide. We had perhaps the worst tour guide I’ve ever had- Lydia. If you take this excursion please try and avoid being on her bus. She would ask for questions and then proceed not to answer them, was very loud and quite obnoxious. Another of the tour guides did the narration on the boat and was such better (I don’t remember his name, but he was quite knowledgeable, and after learning we were Mormon pointed out the Temple to my husband and I). The buffet that night was a Panamanian feast and was delicious! This is the day to indulge in desserts! It was also 20$ laundry day, but you had to get your laundry to the Steward by noon. They did a good job of pressing all of our items and they were all returned the next morning. Thursday: Port Limon, We did the Princess Zipline/rainforest package tour. If we had known beforehand how long the day was going to be, we would have just booked the zipline through the company website and taken a taxi. Regardless this was a very fun tour. It was a small group which was much more personal. Our tour guide Josh stopped the van several times to explain the fruits and vegetation of Costa Rico, including picking fruit to show us up close. She was an excellent tour guide, but the tour dragged a bit, and was possibly a bit boring for the kids with us. This is a CASH only establishment, which was upsetting since there were several places we wanted to buy souvenirs. There was slow, but free wifi at the port. It was also Thanksgiving- there was a full thanksgiving dinner, and all the football games playing. Friday: At Sea, We did the Ultimate Ship tour today. It was 150 per person, and we received a beautiful robe, a framed photo and several good photographs taken at the various points, Chefs Apron, and customized note paper. It was an excellent tour and very interesting to see how the ship is run. Lots of walking, but they do provide you with water and lots of snacks along the way. Points of interest visited included, the Bridge, Mooring room, Engine room, laundry, galley including food storage areas, printing press, photography, and crew areas. Movies under the Stars was million dollar arm, which we thought was a great movie! It was our second formal night. Buffet was the excellent Asian Stiry Fry again. Saturday: Grand Cayman, our helmet dive was cancelled due to bad weather- several cruise ships had to skip the port all together so we felt very lucky to have Grand Cayman to ourselves. We ended up taking a taxi to Hell. Completely worth skipping- and would not do again if I knew how terrible and kitschy it was. Seven mile beach was worth a walk around but weather was very bad. Great shopping, but prices are comparable to home- didn’t feel we were getting any great deals. Excellent supermarket in town if you’re looking for some comfort foods- Kirks. We picked up a few treats and good chocolate! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was our movie for the night. It was Gourmet Burgers for dinner at the Buffet. Sunday: At Sea, Spent most of the day packing. This was the demo day on board including galley tour, vegetable carving, ice carving, etc. Almost all the performers had one last show on board and various times of day. Our comedian Scott Wyland(?) was very funny and most of his material we hadn't heard before. We also took advantage of the future cruise credit for 100$ a person. Monday: Disembarkation: We ended up canceling our Princess transfer to the airport and scheduling the first walk off. We were off the boat by 740 and through customs before 8. We payed 11$ per person to take a shuttle and arrived at the airport by 830am. Our favorite meals on board were the fettuccine in a parmesan basket in the dining room, the hamburgers/hot dogs at the grill, breakfast at the international cafe (only place to find donuts on board), and we really enjoyed the steaks at Bayou (we ate there three nights and tried all of them). The Chefs Table was a do not miss if you have the opportunity and pocket book. We watched a Movie under the Stars almost every night and it rained on us most of the time, but it was warm and they provided blankets, cookies, and popcorn. We usually wore our bathing suits and got into the hot tub if the rain got really bad. One last note, the laundry is 3$ for washer, 3$ for dryer, and 1.50$ for detergent, etc. Iron is free. The laundry is located on Deck 5 aft. I never saw anyone else using them- the whites cycle was the longest cycle for drying (perm press didn’t get my clothes dry). Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Overall great cruise. entertainment out of this world.... service as good as it gets..... food only average..... ports were average as usual compared to other cruises.... Panama canal was very interesting.... Aruba was a waste of time... ... Read More
Overall great cruise. entertainment out of this world.... service as good as it gets..... food only average..... ports were average as usual compared to other cruises.... Panama canal was very interesting.... Aruba was a waste of time... only saw the very poor areas of Columbia and Costa Rica.... ship is showing signs of age and had many areas in buffet that were dirty.... overall three star... priced right but don't expect a big shower as they are very, very small..... Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Have taken a total of 15 cruises on various lines, and Princess is by far the most outstanding. This cruise through the Panama Canal is a "must do" for anyone who enjoys cruising. The Island Princess may be a little out-of-date, ... Read More
Have taken a total of 15 cruises on various lines, and Princess is by far the most outstanding. This cruise through the Panama Canal is a "must do" for anyone who enjoys cruising. The Island Princess may be a little out-of-date, but it's going in for renovations shortly. What made the trip totally awesome was the crew:) Every crew member we had interaction with was pleasant and helpful no matter where we were on the ship. I appreciated that if we were looking around trying to figure how to get somewhere if a crew member passed us they would stop and help. The food and the wait staff were wonderful. What puts Princess over the top for us is that they value those who serve in our military. It means a lot to get the on board credit for having served in the military. We basically have decided to only go Princess if we're looking at a trip where they sail. Used to compare several lines, but now we're committed to Princess! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Room a little cramped for 3 uncommitted people. Balcony railings and partitions were never wiped off, they were down right dirty. For a 4 day trip to the Bahamas, we had cold temperatures and rain for 3 1/2 days. The only sun was on the ... Read More
Room a little cramped for 3 uncommitted people. Balcony railings and partitions were never wiped off, they were down right dirty. For a 4 day trip to the Bahamas, we had cold temperatures and rain for 3 1/2 days. The only sun was on the ship at sea on the way back to port. I know it wasn't the ships "fault", but it was a lousy cruise. There was hardly any entertainment in regards to games, contests, and other deck parties. Again the Weathers fault. I got motion sickness on the way home. At this point, all I wanted to do was get home. Ship looked it's age, rust noticeable. Staff was fine. Room Steward, couldn't seem to keep inc in my room. Never responded to pages sent to her. She didn't deserve her tip. Food was good, not GREAT, but good. Best part of the cruise was the entertainment and joy the two bartenders (Christopher and Wilson) in Crooners bar gave us.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We had some rocky weather, which of course was not Princess's fault, but we still made it to Princess Cays. Embarkation and debarkation was literally walk on and walk off. Staff was consistently great and service impeccable. It seems ... Read More
We had some rocky weather, which of course was not Princess's fault, but we still made it to Princess Cays. Embarkation and debarkation was literally walk on and walk off. Staff was consistently great and service impeccable. It seems Princess has scaled back a bit some of the "luxury" features, and perhaps the food is not as high-end as it used to be, but it is a well-run line with well-trained staff. The captain and executive staff came to our Meet & Greet, which was nice. The ship looked great -- very clean well taken care of. The shows were standard (read: bad) amateur-hour shows. We saw Landon Swank for the second time, and the show was pretty much the same as the last time. He puts on a good show. The comedian Troy Thirdgill had the place in stiches. He was very funny and definitely the best, most professional part of the entertainment. Bert Stratton was, well, "Bert WITH AN 'E'"! What can you say? You either love him or you hate him. I thought he was entertaining. He is definitely different. And a real talented piano player and performer. The ship was pretty empty. We heard there they were 1,000 passengers short of being full. That made it real easy to find seats, room in the pool and hot tubs, etc. We also got a nice upgrade on our cabin and a generous onboard credit allowance. All in all, it was a great experience and we will definitely be back sailing with Princess soon. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We enjoyed our cruise very much. It was one of our more relaxing times on board ship. Usually we travel with others but this time we were on our own doing whatever we wanted whenever! The "dine anytime" worked out very well. We ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise very much. It was one of our more relaxing times on board ship. Usually we travel with others but this time we were on our own doing whatever we wanted whenever! The "dine anytime" worked out very well. We met wonderful people of many different ages. Princess does do this very well as we were served our courses at the same time as other guests. I do think the dress code has become very lax. While it is nice not to have to wear suits for the men, I saw shorts and some rather unkempt dress in the dining rooms. The waiter who sang "Time to say Goodbye", was a wonderful. Being on a "back to back", we heard him twice! Food was pretty good in dining rooms and buffet. Our cabin was very nice. A246 was in a good location and had enough space for our things. We never were disturbed by any noise. This was the second time Princess did not recognise my husband's loyalty points. They did fix it but we should not have had to check on this. We loved the promenade deck. Perhaps a few more chairs would be nice. The entertainment was OK. We really likes the crew show. The cruise director was very good. The shops were Ok. I was not planning on doing any shopping except for a certain watch and they did have it. I was happy about that. I did not find the staff in the shops especially helpful. We liked the Happy Hours and the dance party on the deck was really fun. We bought three bottles of liquor at one port. As usual we did turn it in and to get when leaving the ship. It did not come to our room in a timely manner so we called the reception desk. They told us to call housekeeping, who told us to call reception! They could not find our purchase. They said they would call but no call came. In the morning we called reception and they told us to come and get it! Really?? But, all in all, a very nice cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My most recent Princess Cruise was disappointing in many ways. For years my wife and I have told everyone that we loved Princess and that it was our favorite line. Unfortunately I think we just took our last one, in fact we canceled our ... Read More
My most recent Princess Cruise was disappointing in many ways. For years my wife and I have told everyone that we loved Princess and that it was our favorite line. Unfortunately I think we just took our last one, in fact we canceled our fall Hawaiian cruise and didn’t book a spring cruise as planned while on board. Let me say that I am 48 so my opinion may skewed based on that. We felt like the youngest adults on the ship. Where do I start? The food poisoning? No, I will save that for later and go in chronological order: • The drinks- They were very weak, possible even watered down. I could not get drunk on that ship no matter how hard I tried! Also unlike most bars and other lines, they don’t have a slight upcharge (like $2) for a double, the charge you for 2 drinks and 2 tips! At one point I was drinking straight rum and it tasted like 50/50 rum and water and I never got a buzz. • In different, lack of or even rude service- This one really took me back because I had always thought that the servers was a cut above on Princess. o Many of the bartenders would ignore you, even at slow times. o There was next to NO servers walking around the deck, bars or theater taking drink order. On other lines, there are friendly servers everywhere! You should never have to go in search for a drink on a cruise ship (only to my ignores or treated poorly by a bar tender, then servers a weak drink on top of that) o On multiple occasions I acutely saw bartenders snap at customers trying to order a drink and saw a maître d lose his cool for no reason on 2 woman that were asking if it were OK for them to seat themselves after he under communicated to them that they were to wait. It was a terrible site. Don’t get me wrong, we saw friendly bar tenders too, but enough not so good ones to take notice. • Weak entertainment- Honestly, there were so few entertainment options compared to what we are used to that we were bored to death most of the time. When we did venture out to see a comic or a show or a band, it was often so bad that I felt embarrassed for the entertainers on the stage. I have attended many high school productions that were far better. Unless you like bingo, trivia games, G-rated comics (stone cold sober with no drink services), cigarette smoke infused casinos and REALLY cheesy lounge acts that can even make Stairway to Heaven sound uncool.. The entertainment was a complete miss. They had all these beautiful bars and stages that 99% of the time went UN or underutilized. For example, Club Fusion was a great space that was almost entirely unused. They really need to turn that into a “Punch-liner” style comedy club and fill it with 2 new national acts EVERY night with standing Karaoke times sandwiched in between. This works for the other lines. And yeah, where was the Karaoke??? That is half the reason we cruise! • Décor- Let’s face it, it’s dated. The buffet areas look like a combo of a 80s Denny’s and 90s Asian all you can eat joint. The bars are gorgeous with their wood but since they have very little good entertainment to draw you in, you even got to really see or appreciate them. The first time I saw this class of ship 15 years ago I was dazzled… unfortunately they look exactly the same today and Princess has not kept up with the times like other lines. • Food Poisoning- On the last night we ate in the main dining room and I order the San Francisco Seafood dish. I thought that the scallops were a little off but unfortunately I ate them anyway. 2-3 hours later I was doubled over and bellyaching followed by a long night of vomiting. I should have known better than to eat seafood on the last night of a cruise so in part I blame myself. The bright spots? Yes, there were good things. • The buffet is still amongst the best in the industry! WE LOVE IT. Generally speaking we love the love all around on Princess, great attention to detail (accept where they gave me food poisoning). • The Skywalkers disco! Again we have never seen a better disco packed with more fun dancers than on a Princess • The movies in the Theater. We love being in a real theater watching movies on sea days! • The beautiful bars and use of wood in the bars. It’s just too bad they were closed most of the time or had acts that actually repulsed cruisers rather than drew them in. • Our server in the formal dining room was really good and sweet. Our Stewart was nice enough but more of less indifferent to us, we didn’t feel really connected to him as we have on any other cruise… He did his job however and we gave him and our servers a decent tip. • My Teens loved the cruise and the friends they made. • VALUE!! This was the cheapest cruise I have even been on, its hard to complain for was was almost a free cruise but… it is what it is.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My most recent Princess Cruise was disappointing in many ways. For years my wife and I have told everyone that we loved Princess and that it was our favorite line. Unfortunately I think we may have taken our last one, in fact we canceled ... Read More
My most recent Princess Cruise was disappointing in many ways. For years my wife and I have told everyone that we loved Princess and that it was our favorite line. Unfortunately I think we may have taken our last one, in fact we canceled our fall Hawaiian cruise and didn’t book a spring cruise as planned while on board. Let me say that I am 48 so my opinion may skewed based on that. We felt like the youngest adults on the ship. Where do I start? The food poisoning? No, I will save that for last and go in chronological order: • The drinks- They were very weak, possible even watered down. I could not get drunk on that ship no matter how hard I tried! Also unlike most bars and other lines, they don’t have a slight upcharge (like $2) for a double, the charge you for 2 drinks and 2 tips! At one point I was drinking straight rum and it tasted like 50/50 rum and water and I never got a buzz. • In different, lack of or even rude service- This one really took me back because I had always thought that the service was a cut above on Princess. It seemed like staff morale was low. o Many of the bartenders would ignore you, even in slow times. o There were next to NO servers walking around the deck, bars or theater taking drink orders. On other cruises, there are friendly servers everywhere! You should never have to go in search for a drink on a cruise ship. o On multiple occasions I acutely saw bartenders get snippy at customers trying to order a drink and saw a maître d lose his cool for no reason on 2 woman that were asking if it were OK for them to seat themselves after he under communicated to them that they were to wait. It was a terrible site. Don’t get me wrong, we saw friendly bar tenders too, but enough not so good ones to take notice. • Weak entertainment- Honestly, there were so few entertainment options compared to what we are used to that we were bored to death most of the time. When we did venture out to see a comic or a show or a band, it was often so bad that I felt embarrassed for the entertainers on the stage. I have attended many high school productions that were far better. Unless you like bingo, trivia games, G-rated comics (stone cold sober with no drink services), cigarette smoke infused casinos and REALLY cheesy lounge acts that can even make Stairway to Heaven sound uncool.. The entertainment was a complete miss. They had all these beautiful bars and stages that 99% of the time went unused or underutilized. For example, Club Fusion was a great space that was almost entirely unused. They really need to turn that into a “Punch-liner” style comedy club and fill it with 2 new national acts EVERY night with standing Karaoke times sandwiched in between. This works for the other lines. And yeah, where was the Karaoke??? That is half the reason we cruise! At one point I tried to shake the Cruise Directors hand and talk to him and he acted like I had Ebola and couldn’t be bothered with me. Honestly, I would fire him in a NY minute if I was in charge. • Décor- Let’s face it, it’s dated. The buffet areas look like a combo of a 80s Denny’s and 90s Asian all you can eat joint. The bars are gorgeous with their wood but since they have very little good entertainment to draw you in, you even got to really see or appreciate them. The first time I saw this class of ship 15 years ago I was dazzled… unfortunately they look exactly the same today and Princess has not kept up with the times like other lines. • Excursions- Because of poor weather we were not able to take any. Unfortunately the line to not step up with any extra activities as is typical to keep us occupied. • Embarkation-Debarkation- Getting on the ship was typical however we were disappointed to learn that there was no check in in the airport and we still had to wait in a line. Getting off the ship was easy HOWEVER there were 2-3 Princess staff off the ship that were barking orders at us because we were not moving fast enough or didn’t know where to stand. They were a bit over the top and annoying and left us with a poor impression. • Food Poisoning- On the last night we ate in the main dining room and I order the San Francisco Seafood dish. I thought that the scallops tasted a little off but unfortunately I ate them anyway. 2-3 hours later I was doubled over and bellyaching followed by a long night of vomiting. I should have known better than to eat seafood on the last night of a cruise so in part I blame myself. The bright spots? Yes, there were good things. • The buffet food is still among the best in the industry! WE LOVE IT. Generally speaking we love the love all around on Princess, great attention to detail (accept where they gave me food poisoning). • The Skywalkers disco! Again we have never seen a better disco packed with more fun dancers than on a Princess • The movies in the theater. We love being in a real theater watching movies on sea days! All lines should do this. • The beautiful bars and use of wood in the bars. It’s just too bad they were closed most of the time or had acts that actually repulsed cruisers rather than drew them in. • Our server in the formal dining room was really good and sweet. Our Stewart was nice enough but more of less indifferent to us, we didn’t feel really connected to him as we have on any other cruise… He did his job however and we gave him and our servers a decent tip. • My Teens loved the cruise and the friends they made. • VALUE!! This was the cheapest cruise I have even been on, it is hard to complain for was almost a free cruise but… it is what it is.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I sailed on the Caribbean Princess to Cozumel right after getting off the ROYAL PRINCESS. Boy did she feel good to sail on her again. This was my 11th cruise on the CB and it felt like home. All the things you've come to enjoy on a ... Read More
I sailed on the Caribbean Princess to Cozumel right after getting off the ROYAL PRINCESS. Boy did she feel good to sail on her again. This was my 11th cruise on the CB and it felt like home. All the things you've come to enjoy on a Princess cruise were in place. FREE Steam room and Sauna in the locker room, a benefit available for $$$ on the NEW ship. Although the new Princess policy of charging for everything is slowly making its way onboard. ....it hasn't gotten out of hand yet. The 4/5 cruises draws a younger party type cruiser...things didn't get out of hand and it was fun for all onboard. She's getting older and is in need of a face lift, but with her signature venues like Skywalkers and the Wheelhouse lounge, she tops the newer design. I plan to sail her again in January and would recommend her to all who enjoy cruising Caribbean Princess, felt like home Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We recently returned from a 4 day trip on the Caribbean Princess to Cozumel, out of Ft. Lauderdale. This trip was to celebrate our 5th anniversary and it couldn’t have been a better gift from my wonderful husband. All I ever wanted to do ... Read More
We recently returned from a 4 day trip on the Caribbean Princess to Cozumel, out of Ft. Lauderdale. This trip was to celebrate our 5th anniversary and it couldn’t have been a better gift from my wonderful husband. All I ever wanted to do was to cruise on a Princess ship because I wanted to be Julie the cruise director when I was a kid and to say I was excited was an understatement. My husband and I are in our forties and really aren’t the nit picking type so don’t read this if you are looking for me to complain about a little rust or worn carpet. I don’t care, that’s not what we were there for. We were there to relax and have fun, and that mission was accomplished. This is our 6th cruise-first on Princess and first out of Ft. Lauderdale (we live closer to Miami). We arrived at the port around 1:30pm and were in our stateroom by 2:00pm. We had the mini suite E731 and let me tell you-best room ever IF you like private time on your balcony to enjoy the sunset, the moonlight or any time in between. It’s twice the size of a regular balcony and by turning your chairs, you have a perfect view of the back of the ship as you cruise along. Our room steward, Joselito was just wonderful – the room was always clean, yet he was never in our way. So—here’s my biggest complaint of the entire cruise and it’s a big one—THE BED. The bed is horrendous—yes horrendous! First- the bed vibrates as if you “put a quarter in it”. That is the downside of the back of this ship. You could live with that if the mattress wasn’t so dang hard. It was so hard, my shoulders blades felt like they had bruises on them from digging into the mattress. They have “egg crates” available—but call as soon as you book the room to order it as they are “reserved” quickly. I would bring one onboard, myself, for the next trip if they were out of them because the room and balcony were awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed the casualness of the ship, to be honest. I liked being able to roam the piazza at any time and get specialty coffees, Panini’s and pastries. The food was terrific down there. We only ate in one of the dining rooms, food was good, service was great. We ate in Sabattini’s and the Crown Grill and both are very, very well worth the extra price. I asked for a surf and turf in Crown grill and I got an 8 oz filet with 4…yes 4 lobster tails—all de-shelled for me. Scrumptious! For NFL fans—they show the Thursday night games in one of the lounges and Sunday games on the big screen by the pool. You only get the 3 games of the week on Sunday, but you get your “fix”. Our stop in Cozumel was fantastic. We took the “off the beaten path” trip that took us to the Mayan ruins in Coba. WOW!! To start with, we left the ship, walked to the other side of the dock and grabbed a high speed ferry. Took 40 minutes to get to Playa Del Carmen where you walk about ½ mile to get to the bus. Board the bus for a 45 minute ride to Tulam. Stop for 20 minutes to shop. Back on the bus for 45 more minutes to Coba. Great trip and a great tour leader. You will get a stop in Tulam to shop. Get your own snacks when they stop in Tulam or before you leave Coba because the lunch they provide for you ride back is GROSS! It was supposed to be a ham and cheese sandwich. It’s like a 5” in bun, slopped with butter, some poor quality “ham type” product and a piece of cheese that was 1/2” by 1” long (if you were lucky—mine didn’t have any cheese at all). I ate the lays-type chips and tossed the sandwich. Our tour guide Carlos was cool and to make up for the lunches, he does stop on the way home and gets a bunch of fresh corn tortillas made by a local mayan place for everyone. The ruins at Coba are very cool-climbing up was a trip and climbing down even crazier. I’m afraid of heights and while it made for an interesting day, it was also one of the most exhilarating adventures I’d ever been on and the view was ultimately fantastic! Because the trip to get there is so long, your time there is limited but worth every minute. There are tons of quiet spaces around the ship to relax but plenty to do as well. The guy who plays acoustic guitar in the piazza during the late afternoon/early evening hours was great…and nice to have someplace to chill. We did check out the Fusion night club and while not our music or scene, it was a fun club for the younger people on the ship. The demographics of this cruise line consist of a little older folks than RCL and NCL’s and the prices are a little higher but you get a little more class and elegance. Will we go again? Oh hell yes, the minute it returns to the Ft. Lauderdale port.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
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