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249 Princess Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

This was my 5th and probably final cruise on Princess. I chose it entirely for the ports (especially Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba). The ship was a huge disappointment though. From the moment you walk in you can tell the staff ... Read More
This was my 5th and probably final cruise on Princess. I chose it entirely for the ports (especially Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba). The ship was a huge disappointment though. From the moment you walk in you can tell the staff aren't very friendly and don't seem to like being there. Nobody smiles and hardly anyone says good morning or afternoon. Not one person called me by my name, not even our Cabin Steward after 10 days with him. Service in the restaurants was also horrible. One waitress in the buffet area gave me a stern lecture because I ordered a lemonade from two servers by mistake and she told me it was a long walk to the kitchen to get lemonade so next time I should just wait and not ask anyone else and waste her time. When we asked our waiter in the restaurant to bring us fresh rolls because ours were stale, he said "no problem" and just slid the half-used basket from the next table on to ours!! The food itself was also awful with stale bread and baked products and tasteless, weird menu and buffet items.I normally enjoy the casino, but on the Crown Princess, the dealers are so cold and unfriendly they made playing there a very unpleasant experience. Overall, I would strongly recommend you consider booking on another Princess ship, or maybe another cruise line. Princess is going way downhill for sure. At least the cabins were reasonably priced. They had to be to attract guests. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
After doing research for 6 months, my best friend and I decided this was the trip we would celebrate our 50th birthdays and 38 years of friendship! What a nightmare! Our balcony didn't have air conditioning for 2 days! The ... Read More
After doing research for 6 months, my best friend and I decided this was the trip we would celebrate our 50th birthdays and 38 years of friendship! What a nightmare! Our balcony didn't have air conditioning for 2 days! The maintenance man came to our room 5 times in those 2 days with a stinky attitude! Finally after complaining to the customer service staff, they send another tech who replaced the entire a/c unit and did so with a smile. The room was old, carpets were stained, the towels had black stains in them, the mattress killed my back. Old school furniture, the only thing we enjoyed was the big screen TV! The customer experience manager was a joke!! He gave an excuse for everything, he said the staff on board were not changed out, they didnt know the layout of the ship, they were overworked and tired. I'm sorry, I work in an industry where customer service is everything and if I provided poor service like we were provided, my customers would go elsewhere! The CE manager comp'd our specialty restaurant, Sabatini's and promised to follow up with us, he never did! We go for dinner at Sabatini's and the Matre'd gave us the most discriminating look, he walked us half way to our table and pushed us on the waiter, meantime, he walked everyone else to their tables and put their napkins on their laps. The food at Sabatini's was blah, the food in the main dining rooms was disgusting! I finally told the waiter just bring me bread! The food served in the buffet was better than the food in the dining room. Dinner at the Crown Grill was good, however, they charge $10 for a rubbery lobster! The casino assistant manager was a rude jerk! While playing the slots you scan your medallion and accrue points, how am I supposed to know the medallion times out while in a bonus round. This guy comes over and talked down to me, says "oh its a known issue, don't you know?" I got upset and cussed him out and said I DONT WORK HERE, I DONT KNOW! The activities on board were horrible, the live shows were horrendous! There was a disco show, yes disco is dead, but they really killed it. The voice at sea was good, probably the best thing to do as everything else sucked! You heard the Cruise Director, but never really saw her. I knew after reading reviews that Princess caters to the older crowd, and we were okay with that, but holy smokes!! There was also a group celebrating Pride, but these guys were too much! I chose deck 14 to enjoy the pool on that deck and these guys were doing some unspeakable activities in that pool. Needless to say, i wasnt getting in and contracting whatever was in that water! This was my first cruise with Princess and we won't be back! So disappointed to wait 10 months and 2 weeks for what we thought would be the vacation of all vacations! We paid a lot for this trip to make memories for a lifetime, unfortunately the memories were not good. The day we disembarked we received surveys regarding our trip, it took me 2 hours to complete it and wrote a letter to the President of Princess Cruises, I have not heard from anyone regarding our experience. Guess Princess doesn't care, that's okay, I'll go elsewhere. Some positives, all the islands were beautiful, The Sea Queen and Jessie were awesome! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I initially chose this cruise because of its itinerary. Unfortunately though the stops are very appealing, be sure to check the amount of time spent in each port; I found that some of the best ports only had a five hour dock. Also, this ... Read More
I initially chose this cruise because of its itinerary. Unfortunately though the stops are very appealing, be sure to check the amount of time spent in each port; I found that some of the best ports only had a five hour dock. Also, this ship never disembarked on time along with the fact the majority of its guests are 70+ years of age and have assistive devices (even longer wait times and disembarkation times). Ship itself is average- nothing fancy, nothing extravagant. We spent the first 3 nights of our stay in a HOT cabin due to "AC issues". The dining for us was a huge disappointment. This ship happens have the smallest buffet area I have ever seen that served leftovers from previous days. The food is bland and lacks presentation. It would appear as though we're being served slop. My son and I had to rely on the Salty dog and Slice pizza to enjoy any meal. The ship was filled with individuals that have gotten free rooms (because they gamble in the casino) so they come across as ungrateful/bored/miserable people. My son hated this trip and told me he refuses to cruise again. I was robbed in Bonaire during an excursion. When I got back on the ship after spending my time in the police department filing a report, I needed to contact my bank. USAA was called for me however they needed to verify me with a text message or email. The ship refused to give me internet access for the moment to verify my account NOR did they ask me if we were alright! I was told we could purchase internet for the day rate of $20. At this point I felt Princess didn't deserve any more of my money so we stopped at a Starbucks on the next island. I will cruise with others again, but Princess is a HUGE disappointment. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This is my 7th Cruise, 2nd time with Princess who I did rate my favourite. However, not anymore. This cruise has been my worst experience ever. Very embarrassing when we have brought our friends with us and it’s there first cruise! ... Read More
This is my 7th Cruise, 2nd time with Princess who I did rate my favourite. However, not anymore. This cruise has been my worst experience ever. Very embarrassing when we have brought our friends with us and it’s there first cruise! The food in the main restaurant Bottecelli is absolutely disgusting. The presentation is the lowest I’ve ever seen. There seems to be a selection of 2-3 soups on the starter menu every night. This is a choice out of 5-6 starter choices so this leaves you with practically no choice. My friend ordered the chicken pie it was presented in a pot on a plate, no veg nothing just pastry over what you can only describe as a bowl of soup! There is a steward operating the pool bar on 16th deck by the smoking area who refused us straws for our cocktails said it was management/company policy that straws were only allowed with blended drinks! Very rude argumentative Asian guy. The ports apart from St Thomas have been very poor. We docked in Dominica and expected some nice shops but instead we had a run down shanty town with nothing to do and this was our longest stop. Today in Grenada it’s a Sunday and all is closed up. What a waste of time! A very poor cruise iTunes U and shockingly disgusting tough badly presented food! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We have sailed with Princess a number of times, but had a very bad experience two years ago. We decided to give them another chance as the itinerary appealed to us. We won’t travel with them again, and our fellow passengers that we spoke ... Read More
We have sailed with Princess a number of times, but had a very bad experience two years ago. We decided to give them another chance as the itinerary appealed to us. We won’t travel with them again, and our fellow passengers that we spoke with also felt very let down. Their cost cutting attempts affect all parts of the overall experience from having nothing to stir your coffee with, to reducing time in key ports at the last minute - just speed up and stop trying to save money on the fuel!!! Princess’ biggest issue is the fact they never accept responsibility for their actions, they lie, offer up pathetic excuses and blame the passengers. The reason it took 2 hours to disembark at Newport - because we all decided to get off the ship at the same time!!! The reason we had such a ridiculously long queue at Boston - that’s right, our fault for wanting to make the most of our short time there! We paid over £3k each for a mini suite but it took 36 hours and 3 phone calls to get our shower fixed. 24 hours to get water delivered that we had already paid for prior to the cruise. Vegetarians are not catered for (unless you want to live on salad), food labelling is dangerously bad and food is always cold. I’ve never seen food temperatures taken. General staff like room stewards are as nice as ever, but everyone else in what may be considered a more senior position are rude, unhelpful and critical of their guests referring to them as ‘idiots’. The entertainment is worse than 1960’s Butlins, but then the cruise director and ents team behave like that’s where they all came from. My advice - Celebrity or Royal Caribbean will value you much much more and understand the importance of good customer service. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We paid for a large suite and were extremely disappointed, as all advertising material said that in Club Class we would enjoy an upscale menu. All regular dinning venues had through the ship had the menu, but we were offered ONE additional ... Read More
We paid for a large suite and were extremely disappointed, as all advertising material said that in Club Class we would enjoy an upscale menu. All regular dinning venues had through the ship had the menu, but we were offered ONE additional appetizer & entree per night. Could not believe that when ever the ship was docked all dinning venues are closed with the exception of the buffet We did not take a large suite to go to the buffet I will say the food & service were fine We were only able to get seats to one show in 13 nights by cutting dinner short, everyone was complaining. The theater is too small Tendering was a joke, people were going crazy trying to get off We were supposed to spend a whole day in Quebec City, but one night received a notice that the water authority issued an order that everyone must go slower so we wouldn't arrive until 12PM. They must have gotten several hundred complaints as two days later the authority miraculously changed its mind so we could speed up and arrive at our 9AM scheduled time. But we didn't seem to be going any faster The crew were just not attentive or well trained Not the best cruise we have been on Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I took this cruise because of the itinerary. I have been on Princess cruises before but I doubt I will sail on Princess again. They have cut corners so it isn't the joy of cruising it use to be. The food is very low quality. ... Read More
I took this cruise because of the itinerary. I have been on Princess cruises before but I doubt I will sail on Princess again. They have cut corners so it isn't the joy of cruising it use to be. The food is very low quality. The steak knifes couldn't even cut the steak. The food selections were unappetizing. Dinner in the dining room took 2 hours very night and we would have to leave before dsssert to see the show. The waiters were working very hard but there were not enough waiters They had to many tables to cover. If you ordered a drink, you never got it before the food arrived. There was no music around the ship. There use to be music in the lounges for cocktail time. The port tendering was a joke. Waiting 1 1/2 hours to get to shore. You never knew where the gangway was to get off. Then you had to walk half a mile to get off. What happened to the on and off gangways?? The entertainment was good. BUT the most spectacular show broke down in the middle and we didn't see the whole thing. Said they would show it the next day but didn't. We got off the ship to take the hop on-hop off bus to find out that it was being charged to our ship. Which means we paid $40 more than just getting on the bus ourselves. The tour we wanted from the ship was filled before getting on the ship. Most everything that we enjoyed from cruising has changed. Now it is just move the people along. So many people were saying the same things. It would be nice to think these reviews would help, but I doubt they will. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Food market food was awful always looked like it had been out way too long No variety had regular ask for things to be refilled on breakfasts Sick last but one day and never ate outside ship or on their tours So little ... Read More
Food market food was awful always looked like it had been out way too long No variety had regular ask for things to be refilled on breakfasts Sick last but one day and never ate outside ship or on their tours So little information about how to use their medallion system All they want is you to do is spend money in their casino if you are a family don’t bother Never tell you what the movies are about Only good thing was the pizza place and the salty dog Cabin attended always missed things on room refresh Now we sit in an airport with no seats Watch out if they put you in Shula’s hotel wet and the food is extortionate Only good thing was the band static don’t get a drinks package unless you never leave the ship it’s cheaper to buy individual Shore excursion team where helpful but most things you can do on your own on this route I will never use Princess again unless absolutely desperate Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Never have we cruised with Princess before, and believe me we will never cruise with them again. We had the understanding that this ship had very recently been refurbished. Once in board, we saw little evidence of this. The ship is very ... Read More
Never have we cruised with Princess before, and believe me we will never cruise with them again. We had the understanding that this ship had very recently been refurbished. Once in board, we saw little evidence of this. The ship is very OLD AND TIRED. Dining on board was not good. We ate in the main dining with a 7:30 seating. We had a large group of 14 and had thought we could all sit together. This was not the case. We were sitting by each other, but at 2 separate tables. The head server would “suggest” his picks for dinners, which he would add that the picks were not good. We had 2 formal nights. Having read the required attire we do not remember the mention of NO shorts for men. The first formal night 2 men of our group had nice linen shorts. We had the exchange of words with the head guy and finally sat. The 2nd formal night one of our group only had shorts with him, he was not permitted to enter for dinner. The cabins were small although clean. Our group ended up sitting in the back of the boat on the sea day. We never did see anyone to serve drinks The boat itself had a lack of bathrooms. The one women’s bathroom by the main dining room only had one of the toilets working and that was only for 1/2 of the cruise. Other then that, the bathrooms were not marked well and very hard to located We saw one show up in the Skylounge. It was horrible. We all were very disappointed. One in our group checked his bill the night before we disembarked. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the whole cruise and was told the employees were at the end of their contract and was just plain tired and this was why the service was poor. Seems to me that this shouldn’t be the paying customers problem and if this was the case the cruise should have been at a deeply discounted price All in all, I was 100% disappointed and as stated before will never cruise with Princess again, along with the 13 others who were with me Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this cruise line because it touted it's high tech Medallion and Medallion related apps (downloaded) from home, all of which malfunctioned. Ocean Compass and Ocean Now required us to sign in repetitively, and frequently told ... Read More
We chose this cruise line because it touted it's high tech Medallion and Medallion related apps (downloaded) from home, all of which malfunctioned. Ocean Compass and Ocean Now required us to sign in repetitively, and frequently told us we had disembarked, were not onboard... we were seated by the main pool on Deck 15. IT staff onboard could not resolve the issue..we were finally told it was the make of our phone....and that upper management knew. They knew and did not inform passengers pre-cruise. Very poor. Entertainment mediocre at best. Food fair unless you wanted to go to non-fare included restaraunts. Anytime dining means 7:30-9:30 PM . Oppressive smell of sewage emanating from the Spa on Deck 16. Do not recommend snorkeling excursion at St. John's...passengers poorly monitored for safety. We have been on several cruise lines, including Disney. This was the worse cruise we have ever taken. Never again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was the first time and the last time we will ever cruise with Princess. We were on the Caribbean Princess. Our toilet wreaked of urine and the sink water as well!! The balcony furniture was broken. The staff refused to replace the ... Read More
This was the first time and the last time we will ever cruise with Princess. We were on the Caribbean Princess. Our toilet wreaked of urine and the sink water as well!! The balcony furniture was broken. The staff refused to replace the broken furniture. We found a shopping list to a girls mom from 2018 under one bed because I pulled a mattress out from the wall looking for a remote. It had a ton of trash and candy under that bed. The bathroom shower had lots of cracks in it and the floor grout has darkened from probably water and algae (grime). We slept pretty well because of the nonstop vibration and rocking of the ship! Thankfully I don’t get seasick! They showed a movie twice on the “movie under the stars”! All of the movies they showed had been out for months! I gifted this cruise to my dad and my best friend. My dad had never been on a cruise. I’m disappointed that this is his memory of what a cruise is supposed to be like. We’re going to Hawaii next!!! ON A CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP!! Yes I know carnival owns Princess but they operate so very differently. Also, the Bahamian waters were cold! The water animals refused to show up!! People were just really disappointed! Yes I know they can’t warm the waters or call in the sea turtles. But it put a damper on everyone’s moods. This ship needs an overhaul on the interior badly!! The waitstaff has zero personality! All but one! This cruise was a disaster!!!!!! There isn’t a live band on deck throughout your cruise! So there is absolutely zero feel of the Caribbean!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I was told that Princess was on par with Celebrity which Ive been on Equinox twice, and traveling with friends, this seemed to work out best for their needs with 2 teenages. I will say, when we arrived at port, this was the quickest we ... Read More
I was told that Princess was on par with Celebrity which Ive been on Equinox twice, and traveling with friends, this seemed to work out best for their needs with 2 teenages. I will say, when we arrived at port, this was the quickest we ever boarded, and I thought this was going to be a great cruise... boy was I wrong! Our cabin was warm at best, with the thermostat as low as it could go. Our friends had one cabin down the corridor and you could feel the temperature drop 10 degrees half way to their cabin. Their cabin was nice and comfortable unlike ours. I shut the drapes and kept the balcony door closed to try to cool things down but to no avail. My friends aaid to say something. So we went to the customer service desk where they ssid they would check it out. The room steward kept asking if they came but I I never saw anyone or get any reply or notification. I called front desk to see if I could get some Ice as the refrigerator was warm. I was told it was more of a bottle chiller and not a fridge. I asked for Ice and they said to call the room steward, his number is on the desk. I told them it wasn't but he insisted it was. I told him the room steward said he was going to bring the card later when I had asked for ice, but neither had arrived. The front desk reluctantly stated they would send up some ice as I had medication to keep cold. Half an hour later still nothing, so I went to get some ice. The room steward sees me with the ice bucket and comes to grab it from me and says he will get it for me. Next day still hot, complained again, was told they came to room at it was within operational parameters. Thats when If I didn't know Princess was owned by Carninval, I would have known with that useless generic answer. But it gets better. I complain again, switch my cabin, my friends have air and I need some, the heat can trigger some bad headaches, but they have no other cabins. The person at the desk says she will try to find a fan! It made it only slightly less unbearable. Princess Cay. They turn off the water at 2pm and if you want to prevent heat stroke or dehydration, buy a bottle at the bar! Unbelievable! Back on board. We have not been able to enjoy the view or balcony as we are living in a cave. Drapes closed. Afraid to open the door to the balcony and let the heat in. Went and complained again, this time I asked what do I need to do to get off the ship in St Thomas and fly home and get a full refund! The man at customer service says He doesn't know but will find out. Next day I have hotel manager, the customer service manager who found us a fan, an officer from engineering I think and the guy from maintenance all in our cabin, suddenly they are able to drop the thermostat a couple of degrees! Meanwhile, it must be 90 in the elevators, it felt like 95 in the lobby to the elevators, and it was so humid in the elevator I asked another passenger if he was enjoying the portable sauna. Later in the cruise, the art show auctioneer said they have been working on the ac all week and it was the first time he held an auction in a sauna, yet everyone says the ac is working properly. It was getting hot all over the place. Took 4 days to find a server at dinner that served appropriately! Women first, then the teenagers, then the men. Went to specialty restaurant for more upscale dining, service lousy, no tablecloth, served men first, women last, never checked on things, when he said eggplant when placing a dish in front of my highly allergic wife, we all said wait, she's allergic to eggplant, and he says i never said eggplant, yet 4 people heard him say it as clear as day, and not once did he ask how everything was or if we would like more bread, and when the desert was suppose to have a frozen center yet 4 out of 6 of the deserts had a warm melted mess inside. It was just horrible. Thankfully we reserved the section with the waiter we found for the restbof the cruise except the last night when they refused to take the reservation. The other servers and the rest of the staff all seemed like we were interrupting them, bothering them, or when they asked if we wanted anything, it was as if they were angry when we said yes! There were very few examples of good service, the ice cream was ice milk and horrible, the ice cream in the dining room tasted like they took the ice milk from up too, mixed in some flavoring, then refroze it. Don't ask about the shows, as we never got to see one. It was probably because the kitchen was so slow to send out food that it was a good two and a half hours for us to have dinner. One day it was full and too hot to stand, the next show had the doors closed and a sign said full, the one day we got in early and made it to the theater, they had the doors closed and they said they had some technical difficulties but were doing a sound check and would let us in shortly. Well we stood for half an hour, then they let us in, then we sat for another 20 minutes before the lights went down and the cruise director comes out and says they had some technical difficulties with the stage, blamed it on the waves yet it was the smoothest sailing Ive ever been on, and says that the technical staff has been working on it but said there was no way to fix it and due to safety, they were replacing it with a last minute replacement by one of their performers and brings out the lounge singer to do a tribute to Stevie Wonder... banging on the keys something awful, it was horrendous. It would have been proper to inform us of the switch before we waited almost an hour for something put together in 45 minutes. We went to see the drag Queen show in the nightclub, those are usually funny and raunchy and a good time, this was just bad. He went to do a quick change and was on the second verse singing off to the side and struggling to get changed even with help. I asked slmebody which pool was open, he said none, eventually I found the one that was open. The entire cruise director staff seemed unorganized and even rude at times. The cruise director wasnt even sociable, it seemed like nobody really could care less. That waitor we found was surprised and in disbelief when we told him he was the only decent service we found on the ship, he almost cried. The food was jot very good everywhere we went, pizza was wait and get so so pizza, took forever to get items replaced when they ran out in the buffet, the hot stuff was cold, the cold stuff was luke warm, and the couldnt even cook the eggs correctly, and the guy running the omlets was too busy foing too many things and talking to coworkers to do things properly, took my pager and then went on to fo other things while I stood waiting, then wanted to know why I was standing there, and then When I said he needed my food, and gabe him the number from the pager, he handed it to me like I was a bother, yet he just forgot to give it to me, but he also couldnt be bothered to apologize at all. And if you do not cash out your bank at the casino, it doesnt go back on your account, you would lose it, so make sure you cash out your casino bank. After 11pm, nothing available except a small cafe with limited pre-made items and coffee for a fee, no activities except the nightclub. Tried to go to the stargazing, sorry, we dont have enough equipment, maybe next time. Next time not in a heated dungeon with horrible staff from the dark ages... people on the ship who have taken Princess before have said it was not like this before, but I dont think I will ever do another Princess cruise again. I guess taking my money to keep the princess in her jewels is all they do! I cant see why anyone would take a Princess cruise based on this experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose because, although this would be my first cruise. the other three people had previous good experiences with Princess. However, all four of us will NEVER sail with Princess again. From booking on there were problems. We were ... Read More
We chose because, although this would be my first cruise. the other three people had previous good experiences with Princess. However, all four of us will NEVER sail with Princess again. From booking on there were problems. We were misled on the use of on board credits; our free premium drink package was not honored until we proved it was legit; food was lukewarm on the buffets while the plates were scalding hot. One real danger to passengers: Princess is very misinformed about passport use. They claimed passports did not need to be carried with you off the ship, and were totally ignorant of when a passport needs to be stamped at entry. Almost got us arrested following their advice. Luckily, quite by accident, we met a Spanish immigration official in Barcelona who gave us the real information. But the real problem was with shore excursions. Be forewarned, Princess will not come to your aid if something goes wrong. Our tour guide went rogue. During the "kidnapping", I tried to call Princess. No phone numbers worked. Their offices were not open. When I finally got someone and gave all the info, including the location,tour number, my name, and all contact info, they hung up and failed to call back. Then for the next five days, they attempted to bury the incident. They never investigated. I forced their hand, and had meetings with all levels of management, including the captain, who took no responsibility and claimed that Princess would never cover up any incident. BTW, after this horrendous experience, I could not leave the ship due to panic attacks until we got to the end of the cruise. I was a prisoner in a billion dollar jail. All Princess staff claimed that no cover up was going on. They never investigated, even 30+ days later and never tried ANYTHING to help. They endangered my life and the lives of 40 other passengers, and showed nothing but neglect and indifference. Keep in mind that Princess Cruises was just fined $20 million dollars for covering up dumping waste in the Caribbean over a five year probationary period by falsifying records and lying during inspections. So the bottom line is: Princess just wants to cash in, and anything else can be bought off, even the health and safety of its passengers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This cruise fit into my schedule, also I liked the itinerary. Most of the port I have never been to or its been many years since I visited them. I was especially looking forward to Bilbao Spain and Portland England. I reserved an ... Read More
This cruise fit into my schedule, also I liked the itinerary. Most of the port I have never been to or its been many years since I visited them. I was especially looking forward to Bilbao Spain and Portland England. I reserved an oceanview view unobstructed view guarantee. @ days before departure, I was told my cabin number. They gave me an obstructed view room. When I called Princess, they assured me that it would be changed for me when I check in at the ship. When I checked in I was told to see guest services on the ship. They told me that all they cabins were full, If someone doesn't show up, they will let me know tomorrow and make the change. Twice, guest services gave me excuses, no one cared that I didn't get what I asked and paid for. I finally was able to speak with the Hotel Manager. Dana was very nice, she explained to me that the ship was overbooked by more than 10 cabins. She said she would ask corporate what they would do for me. A couple days later, someone left a phone message in my cabin, they offered me a $200 on board credit for my next cruise- I was insulted! $200 was the additional amount that I paid for the unobstructed view, but no refund, just an onboard credit for my next cruise. If they wouldn't "do me right" why would I cruise with them again? The cabin was nice, except for the lifeboat that I was forced to look at outside the window, it would be nice to have a chair in the cabin as I like to sit and read often. The cabin attendant was excellent! The dining and buffet staff were also very good. The food was lacking a variety of choices, also the small portions didn't have a good flavor. I was underwhelmed by the food! I like to sit by the pool and read, however the loud music and loud movies took away that pleasure. The public rooms were usually noisy from the activities just outside of the rooms. The public rooms had out of date décor and furnishings, too much mirror and glitz. Most were not functional for events- good only for drinking with friends, but they still events there all the time. I like that the ship was not huge, I prefer smaller ships, less lines especially when getting on the off the ship at the ports. Overall, I doubt that I will return to Princess, the impression I was left with was that they did care much about me, this was my first cruise with them, they cared about those who have been many times. I have been on over 50 cruises and have generally enjoyed most of them. This is the only time I have ever written a review after a cruise. I was so unhappy. I am taking cruises with other lines in July and August, lets see what happens. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
(Just cruised eastern half) Planned this cruise to celebrate my husband's retirement. Thought it would be a spectacular start. This was our fourth cruise, fourth cruise line. Never had a complaint before. Can't believe how ... Read More
(Just cruised eastern half) Planned this cruise to celebrate my husband's retirement. Thought it would be a spectacular start. This was our fourth cruise, fourth cruise line. Never had a complaint before. Can't believe how horrible this was. The good: Embarkation was incredibly smooth. Went early to escape the crowds waiting at the hotel. Figured we'd rather wait in a long line at terminal and were surprised to walk right on ship shortly after 11am. Our room steward was the perfect mix. Had everything in order without being intrusive. The other good is the medallion system. Once you figure it out it's awesome. All their training seems to have gone into this. Need to work on service now. Had anytime dining. No table for two first night so sat with others which we enjoyed. Surprised to see many men in shorts. Next night (not formal) my husband decided to wear dress shorts and button down shirt. We accidentally ended up walking near the set time dining room. The host dressed in a white suit came rushing at my husband demanding to know if we intended to eat there. I said no, we were looking for the anytime. He made a spectacle of us and announced loudly that he wouldn't be allowed to eat there either dressed like that. Everyone in line staring gaped mouth at this. Three days into retirement and an arrogant ignoramus is yelling at him. He changed to dress pants and we rode the elevator down with a couple men heading to dinner in their dress shorts. I did let them know my husband had just been yelled at for this. And laughed and tried to let it go. Not being a meat eater the dinners were quite disappointing. I don't know how they turn fish into a dry leathery substance...even the everyday favorite salmon is incredibly dry. The trout was spectacular one night, probably because I asked if it could be made without the seafood stuffing so they made me a special one, which I greatly appreciated. I had read the complaints about how lengthy dinner service was. We enjoy leisurely dinners so I thought that was overblown. The time it took between each course was ridiculous. Complaints are spot on. Probably why there is never enough seating as well. Booked the enclave for the week because I have back issues and the heated stone loungers are a godsend. Usually. They have many of them. None work as they should...lukewarm at best so no point. Asked at desk if she could up the temperature. Said she would. Never happened. I improvised and laid down on a double seat in a heated room to get the heat in my back. This worked well for a couple days. They lost their heat as well. A couple days in...no heat. The voice of the ocean finale they handed out remotes to vote for your favorite. Had to trade it for your medallion. The way out of the princess theater was a nightmare...I had come out the far door from desk. People all around getting their medallions back. Mine had a novel attachment unlike any other so I put the remote down and picked mine up. Unable to name here (the girl at desk) literally screamed at me "don't touch them!!" She took it back then looked at the remote for the number and yes, it was mine so gave it back to me. I just walked away in shock...having not been yelled at since I was twelve. Then went back to get her name so I could complain to passenger services, who basically said "well you should have waited in line so it's your fault but yeah I'll let them know". I understand they put this single crew member in a terrible situation with everyone exiting the theater at the same time coming from different doors. But no passenger should be screamed at. A polite " I'm sorry no one can handle these but me" would suffice. Totally unacceptable behavior from her and passenger services who should have just apologized for the behavior. Need to come up with a more fluid system with the remotes so crew unequipped for handling pressure don't crumble. Pub lunch at wheelhouse was the best fish on the boat. In the ship fact sheet it states lunch is offered daily. It was offered once. The last full day so a ridiculous long wait to get in. The same host, who yelled at my husband previously, seating everyone with lots of attitude. I don't think princess understands they are in the service industry. So severely lacking. The cruise started with my husband being yelled and and ended with me being yelled at. As if that wasn't enough, the final insult...we purchased the transfer to airport. Went to the dining room assigned for disembarkation,asked if there was paper I needed for transfer. He said no, just follow the group. It will be clear. Was easy getting out of terminal. Followed to blue sign saying princess transfers to right with rep also saying transfers to the right....which everyone was led to a lineup of taxis taking our bags and putting them in cars. (No princess rep in between) Drove to airport and then driver demanded payment. I needed a voucher for transfer which princess never gave us. Are you kidding me?? Ended up paying him. What else was there to do. Finally made it home and all I want to do is cry. Thankful that we at least met some lovely passengers along the way. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Wow what a disappointment! I read the reviews before booking and dismissed the negative ones thinking they were exaggerating. They weren’t. This was the worst cruise of the five I’ve taken. Biggest disappointment was the customer ... Read More
Wow what a disappointment! I read the reviews before booking and dismissed the negative ones thinking they were exaggerating. They weren’t. This was the worst cruise of the five I’ve taken. Biggest disappointment was the customer service and appearance of the ship in general. I finally figured out why the staff doesn’t seem to care: there’s a mandatory daily gratuity charged per person so they have no incentive to treat you like “royalty”. $13.50 per person per day - I don’t remember being told about this. So staff is being tipped regardless of service and it shows. This cruise was severely understaffed. The wait at the bar for a simple Diet Coke was maddening. Not one time at the pool did a waiter come around asking for drink orders. Always always had to go get it myself at the bar. Didn’t even have soda in the buffet, had to leave to go to the bar to fill my cup. I bought the soda pass which meant I had to carry around that big cup all the time to have it refilled. I was “upgraded” without being asked to an oceanview. The view was of a lifeboat. It’s laughable. I would rather have kept my interior stateroom. Buffet was unremarkable at best - never once thought wow this is delicious. It was just food. Tables were always dirty - again understaffed and couldn’t keep up with all the people eating there. Tried the dining room once and again not impressed. I really expected this cruise to be like the ones in the past where I just felt pampered and everyone was nice and friendly and happy. Not this crew. I felt like I was imposing more often than not. Our safe in the room quit working after a few days. We just laughed and thought well of course it doesn’t work. They claim this ship was refurbished. What the hell did it look like BEFORE?? It’s so dated that I felt like I’d been had. Harry Potter trivia was an event we attended - it was like a twelve year old’s mom threw together some questions and had us all sit around guessing the answers on paper and boom it was over. Twenty questions and that’s it. Pencil and paper. I mean come ON Princess. It was just pitiful. I heard other people talking and the same thing was being said. Not as good as other cruise lines. I will never again sail with Princess and will go back to Royal Caribbean where they know how to treat their customers and keep the ship clean and the food amazing. Princess is substandard and even smelled of raw sewage towards the end of the cruise. I was glad when it was over actually which is a sad testimony given the money spent. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Crew is not friendly at all, food was terrible. Very little entertainment, unless all you want to do is play bingo. Was my first and last cruise on Princess. They charge you for everything. The sanctuary, which is called the serenity ... Read More
Crew is not friendly at all, food was terrible. Very little entertainment, unless all you want to do is play bingo. Was my first and last cruise on Princess. They charge you for everything. The sanctuary, which is called the serenity deck on carnival. You have to pay to use the sanctuary on princess, $80 for a day. I think this was ridiculous. The entertainment was non existent. We had 2 comedians on a 10 day cruise. The dining was terrible. We paid $58 for the crab shack. I figured we would get enough food to be full. I got about 3 ounces of actual crab meat. After dinner my wife and I were looking for more food. The overall experience was terrible. I have been on 6 other cruises. Luckily I have has very good experiences on the previous cruises. Princess could have ruined my cruise experience if I didn't have any thing else to compare it to. If you like to sit in your cabin and watch TV all day, this is the cruise for you. If you like to be busy and have fun, don't use Princess !!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Panama Canal itinerary. We traveled with friends and this cruise date and itinerary worked for us. Enjoyed the ports visited and transiting Panama Canal. The shore excursions were very expensive compared to the prices and options available ... Read More
Panama Canal itinerary. We traveled with friends and this cruise date and itinerary worked for us. Enjoyed the ports visited and transiting Panama Canal. The shore excursions were very expensive compared to the prices and options available after we departed ship, so we purchased our excursions through local vendors. The cruise office required mandatory gratuities charged to my credit card, which made the cruise staff lazy. Service was not a top priority since they didn't have to earn tips. Dining room staff was rude as well as jewelry store staff. One guy insulted me because I couldn't afford a $2000 ring and turned down the credit card application he pressured me to take. There was no midnight buffets and very little activities on sea days compared to other cruise lines I have sailed on. After boarding ship, everything required an additional fee as compared to other cruise lines offering those items for no charge. Food in dining room and buffets was blah, blah, same old stuff every day with no specialty meals. Overall this cruise was very disappointing. Will not cruise with princess again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
From the time we parked our car every body we came in contact with for services were so helpful The gentleman who took our luggage then off to the to check in desk these folks were polite and made us feel comfortable answered all our ... Read More
From the time we parked our car every body we came in contact with for services were so helpful The gentleman who took our luggage then off to the to check in desk these folks were polite and made us feel comfortable answered all our questions Then we came aboard went directly to the upper deck to look around where found wonderful people working behind the bar who all were so polite and willing to serve a few hours later we went to our beautiful cabin our luggage was there and orderly our view off the balcony was breath taking proceeded to get freshened up and prepare to enjoy our dinner not knowing what to expect we found a beautiful dining room and a Waite staff willing to do anything to make our dining experience perfect afterwards we went back to deck 16 where we felt very comfortable finding our favorite bartenders an introduction show with music and dancing fabulous entertainment later we retired to our cabin where we found one of the most comfortable beds ever big flat screen tv spent some time on our balcony taking in the view My wife and I especially loved all of the food choices many bars of different themes we had fun in the casino at various times We were always greeted with a Smile through out our total experience We could only be so lucky to go again with all the same waite staff Thanks for a WONDERFUL experience for our first Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Wanted to get away! Found the ship very disappointing with everything, our cabin and the steward that was assigned to our room. The Buffett were disappointing, had frozen little shrimp INSTEAD of REAL shrimp! At the pool I had a problem ... Read More
Wanted to get away! Found the ship very disappointing with everything, our cabin and the steward that was assigned to our room. The Buffett were disappointing, had frozen little shrimp INSTEAD of REAL shrimp! At the pool I had a problem with moving a chair, the attendants wouldn’t help me. 730 one morning there was construction going on for an hour. The front desk was called and I was told it had to b looked into! Going away to relax and get rest, not to hear drilling on the ship! The cabins are made for small people. Murphy beds on each side. So quite difficult getting into our beds, so we had to crawl from bottom up I have been on princesses before, and was very upset the way everything was handled. I asked the front desk to compensate us for us be awakened up by drilling, ask for internet, I was told they aren’t allowed to do such, but made NO attempt to do anything. The ship needs a redone, although I c it was redone 2017. Where I don’t know! The ship is pretty large,not enough people to guide u to wherever location u had to go too. The food was just ok even in island dining room! The best food was at international cafe on 5th floor, ate there often. Not enough activities at the pool location. None in fact Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
chosen for rock event concerts at sea, not ports that were on the cruise which we would have not chosen as ports of interest. Only port of interest was short timed grand cayman while other long timed ports had most folk aboard hours before ... Read More
chosen for rock event concerts at sea, not ports that were on the cruise which we would have not chosen as ports of interest. Only port of interest was short timed grand cayman while other long timed ports had most folk aboard hours before we left. The ship iis showing its age despite things like changing drapery, big screen tv and newish carpeting. Food quality and quantity in special rest. has changed not for the better. Sabatini has gone from an abudonza italian rest to a milanese cafeteria.. The ports are for most part princess compounds and are about the same as being on ship for shopping or eating. Most tours are not for easy or handicapped status and for those of you feel that we should not complain about this, we pay the same as you vibrant healthy folk do. Medallion had so many glitches for us as to be useless Princess has cut quality and needs to inform cooks to mix spices and salt gently not dump it. Viking ocean is looking better and better for cruising. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I am not one to criticize for no reason or even one to write reviews, but I feel the need to warn anyone under the age of 40, even 50 to seriously consider a different ship. I’d say 80-90% of the ship was 60-80 years old. All the ... Read More
I am not one to criticize for no reason or even one to write reviews, but I feel the need to warn anyone under the age of 40, even 50 to seriously consider a different ship. I’d say 80-90% of the ship was 60-80 years old. All the food, activities, and entertainment was catered to that crowd. Food was bland and not well seasoned. Very repetitive as far as the Buffett selections on a day to day basis. During the day at the pool, there was no music, they would play movies or videos of concerts of people like Elton john or Bryan Adams. They screen was in the air so you had to stare into the sun if you decided to watch during the day. No pool activities or games. Servers around the pool were few and far between. At night it was all broadway type entertainment catered to the older crowd. Drink menus were also the same throughout the ship with only about 10 total mixed drinks on it. Again this isn’t so much a bad review as it is a warning to anyone looking to have fun while on board the ship. Also two of the ports did not have docks for the large cruise ship, spending hours on small rescue boats in rough waters and waiting in lines to travel back and forth. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
my wife and i just got back last week from our 49 day cruise of south america on the Royal Princess which was a nice cruise even though the captain missed a port and got us late to a few others...but the mini suite we got M105 on the Royal ... Read More
my wife and i just got back last week from our 49 day cruise of south america on the Royal Princess which was a nice cruise even though the captain missed a port and got us late to a few others...but the mini suite we got M105 on the Royal Princess was terrible...simply terrible..we were mislead by the website and brochures about a mini suite...i was expecting a mini suite like the diagram which showed a bedroom, a separate tv room with a couch and a balcony..what we got was not like that at all. Room M105 was just a big room with 2 tvs, a couch, and a bed-plus a forward facing balcony which was pretty much unusable when the ship was moving...i expected a room for tv so if my wife was asleep in the bedroom i could watch tv in the other room and not disturb her...imagine my shock when we just got a big room with 2 tv's and a couch in it...all in the same room..no privacy if one of us wanted to watch a tv show..we complained to customer service on the ship 3 times to see if they could get us moved but never heard back from them..when we got home after our 49 day trip--which was a lot of fun except for our room which we paid the big bucks--i contacted princess customer service...they got back to me after a week and told me that i would get no refund or on board credit due to our disappointment in the room..even though the website and brochure shows a mini suite with a separate bedroom and tv room... in small print there is a disclaimer that says the ship may change the way the room appears..i was not happy to find out about this since i believed i was getting a bedroom and separate tv room with a curtain--not one big room which was kinda like a balcony room we have gotten in the past..i was and still am disappointed with Princess Cruise lines for not having a room as pictured in the diagram on their website...plus i paid a lot of money for what was essentially a big balcony room..so warning to all you Princess cruisers...make sure you know what your room will look like since it doesn't look at all like the mini suites pictured on their website...maybe you should consider just getting a balcony room and not a mini suite like M105 which was just one large room and was terrible..simply terrible.. Luckily the rest of the cruise was great. ..great dining experience in the club class section of the ship.. great bar service...they always knew the drinks we liked every night..and we drank a bunch..we were on vacation..lol Nice day activities scheduled every day.. And the night time shows were very varied..we especially liked the comedians.. So I would definitely recommend this cruise...just not the mini suite M105.. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
It has taken me a few months to write my review for our cruise. I think this was our 4th or 5th cruise with Princess. The embarkation process was very crowded but the staff at the desk were excellent. The ports of call, except for Rio, ... Read More
It has taken me a few months to write my review for our cruise. I think this was our 4th or 5th cruise with Princess. The embarkation process was very crowded but the staff at the desk were excellent. The ports of call, except for Rio, all seemed about the same. Not much of interest. The food was very disappointing, so much so that we quit going to the dining room and just tried to find the best on the buffet line. The entertainment was disappointing, except for the small groups in bars, etc. Our cabin steward was excellent. The dining staff was excellent. The ship on numerous occasions was either late getting into port or late leaving port. On our last port of call, Buenos Aires, it creating a headache. The ship was late leaving the port before, so we were denied entry to the port by 3 hours. We had booked a day long tour in Buenos Aires - well obviously that didn't happen. We didn't get off the ship until around 3pm. We had many conversations with front desk and the tour desk regarding our tour. No problem with getting the credit, but the tour including our transfer to the airport. We were assured by several people at the front desk and the tour desk that we would still have a transfer. When we were let off the ship we went by bus the a metal building for our luggage. There was no air conditioning and no order to the luggage. You had to try to go from one one of the huge building to the other to find your luggage. We waited in that hot building for almost 2 hours before our luggage arrived. We got in the long line for the airport transfer. After being in line for almost an hour, someone from Princess came over and said we would not have a transfer, there were other people in line that experiences the same issue. We then had to go to another long line (had we known we would have been in that line to begin with) for a taxi. We waited another hour to get a taxi. Thankfully, we had a 9:30pm flight. Even with that late of flight, we barely made it, that was due to a short line for security. The service by Princess was inexcusable. We have sailed around 23 times over the years. I have to say this has soured by taste for cruising. I'm sure we will cruse again, but we will try river cruising next. We will never take a Princess Cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Choose cruise because Panama Canal was a bucket list. The ship getting on and off was rather easy, The evening shows was not the quality we are used to with Royal Caribbean. The afternoon filler entertainment was boring and we had other ... Read More
Choose cruise because Panama Canal was a bucket list. The ship getting on and off was rather easy, The evening shows was not the quality we are used to with Royal Caribbean. The afternoon filler entertainment was boring and we had other couples tell us the same thing. The anytime dining was a mess. We had signed up for the 7pm dining and ended up with the any time room. First night after we boarded and got to the any time room, we ate with rather poor service and after we got done, there was a line to get in that stretched all the way to the bar. Heard from another couple it took them an hour to get a table. Had to constantly get up to refill our drinks. The Hamburgers on level 15 was awesome and ate there several times since we didnt want to deal with the crap at anytime dinning One thing we did like was that they had 1st run movies running all the time either on Room TV and the huge TV out by the pool. Good thing due to the rest of the entertainment for us was boring. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
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