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We recently returned from a 10-day cruise to the Panama Canal on the Island Princess. There were several things that made this cruise special – a Birthday celebration, getting together with over 38 family members/friends, and just the ... Read More
We recently returned from a 10-day cruise to the Panama Canal on the Island Princess. There were several things that made this cruise special – a Birthday celebration, getting together with over 38 family members/friends, and just the opportunity to spend Christmas on the high seas. However, without the overall excellent service provided by the staff the trip wouldn’t have been as wonderful as it was. First off there are a few staff members that I’d like to highlight, starting with our booking agent Kim. She did an outstanding job coordinating all booking aspects of the trip especially since several members of the group booked through third-party agents posing the additional challenge of ensuring that those individuals were correctly assigned to our group. Then there was Diana from Group Events who worked with me in organizing the onboard Birthday party. She patiently addressed all my questions and ensured that every detail was accurately communicated to the Events team. Also, need to mentioned Jena – Customer Relations Manager and Carlie – Videographer who both did an awesome job in addressing all my questions/concerns once onboard resulting in a classy and smoothly run Birthday Bash. Overall, I have nothing but positive words for all staff members that we encountered. Pro: • Excellent customer service from Steward and Dining Staff • Internet service Cons: • Ship is small as compared to newer ships and linen, carpets and room furnishings are showing their age • Meal choices were very limited – appeared to serve the same items daily just in a slightly different form. Soups were often too salty, juices appeared watered down and there was a complete lack of variety as it pertained to Vegetarian or Vegan meals • Given this cruise offered several Caribbean & Inter/South American stops it would have been nice to have more meals that reflected the cultural delicacies of the region; and the few attempts at offering regional dishes left a lot to be desired. Would suggest getting a Regional Chef on staff or someone with this background to offer consultation. Overall, this cruise ship was chosen because of the itinerary and it delivered. Everyone in our group has a great time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
After reading reviews for a few months ahead of our first cruise with Princess, I thought I would post about my personal experience. Island Princess, Christmas in the Panama Canal . A bucket list tick cruise for many. One of the ... Read More
After reading reviews for a few months ahead of our first cruise with Princess, I thought I would post about my personal experience. Island Princess, Christmas in the Panama Canal . A bucket list tick cruise for many. One of the smaller princess ships, built in 2003, remodelled in 2015. Boarding was flawless. We left our Fort Lauderdale hotel at 11am by cab. We were ordering coffee onboard in La Patisserie by 1130. The boarding time on our ticket was 1230. We were in the cabin by 12. The balcony cabin was fine. The water package was delivered and on the bed, the medallion WiFi was superb throughout the trip. Dining The food was generally good. We had set dining at 730pm, the earlier one being 515pm. Some tables for 2 were better than others. We were very lucky. And onto dining wear, subject of many posts. Smart casual. As long as your not in shorts or beach wear, you’ll get in. Jeans, polo shirts, trainers... even an outdoor puffer jacket and jeans were noted. Formal wear , well tuxedos and ball gowns were rare. Dark suits with or without tie, with or without jacket .... it’s not enforced from what we saw. It doesn’t really work when the minute you enter a bar before or after dinner, passengers are in shorts and t shirts. Surely only a matter of time before it’s dropped. For lunchtime , sea days they seem to do crab shack in Cafe Bayou and Alfredos Pizza in Sabatinis on deck 7. The Horizon Buffet is the standard cruise ship “ trough” throughout the day. By the pool, the Grill for hot dogs and burgers - the pizzeria and ice cream bar. The latter at times understaffed leading to waits. Ice cream free, malted milk shakes at a charge. In the evening , try Cafe Bayou and Sabatinis, both were excellent alternative dining . Service at Breakfast in the main dining room can be slow. The minute steak takes 15 minutes to come! Bars There are the pool bars, Crooners on deck 7 of the atrium, squashed in with a piano player, much more suited to a crows nest type venue but the ship doesn’t have one! Wheelhouse Bar is wooden panelled by the theatre - bands and background music. Venue for morning trivia. The bar only opens pre dinner till 12. The show lounge bar is Explorers deck 6. Home of Karaoke, Quizzes and Entertainment. They have “ Liars Club” , a game show that is actually Call My Bluff. There’s a quiz there - which seemed quite flat. ....... Entertainment and Sea Days Princess Theatre is home of the Production Shows. “ Do you Wanna Dance?” is old school cruise ship camp. The big production offering is called “The Secret Silk” , a complex Chinese/Japanese folk tale which is strangely studied with western music. The best show is “On the Bayou” which works really well. Finally, the “ Encore” show seems to include an added Soprano who adds to the cast. The production shows were supplemented by an amusing Christmas show, a singer song writer, an acrobatic violinist and American comedian. The Culinary Show is very entertaining. Then you get to tour the galley which ends of course in an area where there is a shopping sale, which you use to exit. They thought that tactic through ! On that note, Chad the onboard shopping concierge says “shopping is the number one thing to do on a cruise”. The discounted aftershave onboard was more expensive than Amazon or Home Bargains! The rum tasting turned into a mini stampede, one passenger accelerating towards the drinks tray at high speed in a scooter within the bounds of the shop. To be honest, if it’s overcast or choppy at sea, there isn’t a lot to do. Watch vegetable carving , egg carrying competitions or passengers throwing paper planes in the atrium ..... play Pictionary in the bar by yourself . Try the Sanctuary for a quiet chill on a comfy sun bed. Book early if you want shade. It’s $20 for a half day. No pool on Island Princess Sanctuary. You get the bed, waiter service and flavoured water. It did seem that a proportion of passengers booked - and paid for the Sanctuary but then didn’t use it , or just came for a few hours if they booked all day. The staff confirmed that to be the case. More money than sense ! Service was variable depending on staffing numbers. The onboard enrichment lecturer was a retired high school lecturer who threw together some power point presentations based on his research from Wikipedia. Accuracy was not always essential - certainly not on his maritime attempts. I have sailed on a lot of ships - big and small. Island Princess didn’t seem to be a great sea boat. A lot of movement in not a lot of swell. One passenger said she was cancelling her transatlantic on her on the basis of how she felt that sea day. On the plus side, the WiFi onboard is superb. Ports Was the Panama Canal worth it? Absolutely. We stayed on the ship to see the transit both ways. Annoying basic commentary on the morning transit from the Wikipedia led ex teacher at 7am. But really enjoyed it - but that’s what we went for , a bucket list tick. Limon - book the Sloths in advance if you want to go. It was fully booked and people were left frustrated. We went on the Princess tour. I think you could find a taxi to take you there and pay for a tour. It’s open 0800-1400 Tuesday - Sunday with tours on the hour. The sanctuary trip involved a canoe ride which was abandoned when we visited as the river was swollen. This was only after one failed attempt with the group ahead of us. I was amazed to see Princess put pensioners in a small canoe in the fast flowing river without life preservers and attempt to navigate against the stream in torrential rain! Insurance firms would be wincing. Take a light waterproof jacket if you are going to do it. The town itself has a nice vibe and seems safe. The crew were heading to MacDonalds! There are great local cafes not far from the port if you prefer a more local bite- plus a supermarket. The cafe opposite the park was superb and good value. Falmouth, Jamaica. If you aren't on a tour , the town is small , expect lots of people trying to sell you stuff. The bus round town is $20. You can walk were it goes easily for free. There isn’t much there. There is a port area with over priced shopping. Cartagena, a great place to wonder. We took the “ by yourself tour” which includes a 30 minute orientation walk. Then you have 90 minutes to explore yourself. Hundreds of street vendors, beautiful colours and architecture. The port actually has a mini zoo you can enjoy plus over priced gift shop. Grand Cayman - the ship tenders here. We did the land and sea tour, semi submersible, turtle sanctuary, Hell and a rum cake gift shop stop. The latter is what it is, the rest were great and a good way to pack things in as costs are high on Grand Cayman. Overall, yes we enjoyed our trip. A cruise is what you make it, the people you meet, the experiences you have. Thoughts For me, I thought Princess would be more professional , have more to fill sea-days. I’m not sure if their management or onboard entertainment director ever just sits and watch what their staff are told to do. Timings are rigid. People lining up to sing karaoke , the explorers lounge buzzing. The bar busy. But rather than let it roll, the kareoke stops with people left disappointed, the DJ started to change to the disco atmosphere and watched 75% of the passengers walk out. I’m sure the DJ could have waited 20 minutes. Onboard flexibility in creating atmosphere. Some of the game show contestants and karaoke singers have more personality and presence than members of the entertainment team hosting it. And given the sound and light equipment , they could make more of it. Put the song lyrics up for all the audience to see at karaoke aswell even. The same happens in the Wheelhouse Bar where an older crowd enjoy dancing. 45 minutes later... it’s over and another item starts, loosing the crowd. Events in bars for new cruisers - morning trivia in wheelhouse bar - where the bar isn’t open to even get a soft drink or coffee. Why ? It’s obvious surely. Opportunities for them to earn income and passengers to relax. Staffing in the wheelhouse at night goes from over staffed to being impossible to get served as they are trying to sort theatre orders ! Meaning that pre dinner drink is rushed. Unhosted events are often in bars - singles, LGBT...etc. If other passengers are there and there is no signed area or nibbles etc, I’m sure most folk would be nervous to go up to people and ask if they are travelling alone - or are they gay? I think the problem is that cruising has moved forward at such a pace - and carried passengers expectations with it. So the mid size ships like this at 16 years old struggle to deliver. Where she does deliver is fitting the old locks of the Panama Canal. However, if Princess stopped and looked at what they could do with this class of ship, it could be better with a few tweaks. Would I book Princess again ? Maybe...it would be destination dependent- not necessarily that I was bowled over. It’s a step above P&O, a step down from Cunard . We left the ship with great memories and enjoyed it. Experienced really good service and great food, visited fascinating destinations. I just think it could be so much better with a few obvious improvements that Princess management should be seeing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Short summary - My wife and I will cruise princess again, we have already started looking at options for late 2020. Cruising is quite different from the way we normally vacation, and that is okay. Cruising will not replace our long-haul ... Read More
Short summary - My wife and I will cruise princess again, we have already started looking at options for late 2020. Cruising is quite different from the way we normally vacation, and that is okay. Cruising will not replace our long-haul flight jaunts but will add a much-needed supplement to our often exhausting vacations. We had an amazing time at our own pace. The lengthy version, read on at your peril: As mentioned, cruising is very different from our typical holidays. Generally, we visit several countries over a relatively short period of time. Each country we visit generally requires an international flight, sometimes with layovers, and always with the hassles of air travel. Couple that with needing to transport luggage from city to city, and the fact that we average close to 30,000 steps a day while exploring cities, we return fully exhausted. Cruising is the exact opposite, visiting multiple destinations could not be easier. Luggage is stowed once, clothing placed on hangers once, heck; even drawers can be used. One does not need to touch their luggage again until the end of the cruise. A few considerations: Motion sickness - Those who know me well are quite aware of my challenges with motion sickness. I need Dramamine just to be a passenger in a car, and I am not joking. For as long as I can remember, I have always felt ill when driving in a passenger vehicle if I was not driving. As a child in Jamaica, it was torture. Driving up and down Melrose Hill, stuck behind a truck spewing all sorts of diesel fumes, slowing down and accelerating around corners, my god I am getting sick just thinking about it. My dad let me drive at a very early age which helped a lot. Back to the cruise, my solution was Dramamine less-drowsy (same as Bonine), and it worked perfectly. Unfortunately, I started with the scopolamine patch and only placed it behind my ear 30 minutes after boarding. I drove from Tampa to Port Everglades and did not want to risk wearing the patch earlier as it does tend to have an impact on vision. As is typical with my luck, the seas were pretty rough the first two nights, I had to leave my wife at the dinner table twice. I felt terrible. I then gave up on the patch and switched to my trusty Dramamine, it worked like a charm. I took at least one daily thereafter, two if the seas were rough. No problems with motion sickness from that point onwards. If you are worried about motion sickness, Dramamine is a solid option. If it worked for me, I suspect it will work for most. Cabin comfort - The ship we were on, the Carribean Princess, has more balcony cabins than any other room category. We chose a balcony, which was nice to have. While we did not spend a lot of time on the balcony, it was nice to have the option and also to leave the curtains open for a great view and sunlight. I think we will continue with balconies. The bathroom was relatively small, yet reasonable enough for a cruise cabin. Our cabin steward was incredible, a gentleman from Serbia. We could not have asked for a better person to help look after us during our cruise. Excursions - Our cruise line offered a variety of excursion options that were suitable for most passengers. We did everything from cycling in Curacoa to laying on the beach in Aruba. Excursions by the cruise line was a good way for us to venture into the cruise game. I am not fond of walking up to anyone, anywhere and giving them a few bucks to take me to an unfamiliar place. Perhaps a bit paranoid, I know, but with the cruise line, at least I knew a reputable firm was responsible for our wellbeing. This does pose a challenge though. The excursions offered by the cruise line were mostly great, except for the ability to experience true local fare and activities. I had to ask for off-menu items to have Caribbean food, the menu was stacked with chicken fingers, fish sticks, Italian options, etc. None of the excursions we booked took us into the heart of the countries, which I did find to have been problematic. Also, the beaches we were taken to were picturesque but littered with tourists and chairs. I am a beach snob, having had access to amazing beaches as a child, with my dad driving us on most Sundays to the south coast of Jamaica. The Baywatch style beach with hundreds of people laying out is simply not my thing, I prefer a cove with a few people, natural shade from trees, a short area of sand, and clear water. I still find Trunk Bay on St. John USVI to be the best beach I have visited. In terms of water quality, etc. many of the beaches we visited hit the mark, but just too many people. A cruise excursion is going to take you to a beach where several thousand others will likely be going as well. So for active excursions, I will continue to use the cruise line. They are more pricey, but I like the zero hassle they offer. For beaches and local fare, I will seek alternatives. Curacao and Martinique were my favorite ports. I have a "thing" for walkable cities, both were very walkable and quite nice. Trinidad gets a pretty bad rap in terms of safety, we took a raft tour of the bird sanctuary offered by princess, I am happy we went. I would definitely visit Trinidad again, not once did I feel unsafe. Aruba was a small desert island, okay beaches, not quite my favorite. We've done St. Thomas a few teams before, just hung out and had a few drinks with passengers from another ship. Had it been our first time, a trip to Trunk Bay on St. John would have been in order. We didn't do anything at all in Antigua, we were lazy and did not plan. We enjoyed St. Kitts, beautiful and not suffering from over development as Aruba seems to be. Dining - Dining was varied during our trip, initially not quite meeting my expectations for a variety of reasons. After day three, I found that our experience improved quite a bit. I will admit, the first two nights I was quite ill due to motion sickness, with most of the ship movement occurring just around dinner time. It may very well be that my impressions of dining these first few days are tied to my feeling of being ill. In terms of dining venues, we had multiple options to chose from. Initially, we chose the dining room but asked for a table just for the two of us. Again, I was feeling terrible, thus nothing memorable to offer other than the ability for the hostess to accommodate. Over the next three days, we chose the onboard Italian restaurant, steakhouse, and BBQ/seafood restaurant, all of which were quite good. These are “specialty” dining restaurants, thus an additional charge. Worth it in my opinion. We then decided to give the dining room another chance. They were unable to accommodate a table for just the two of us without an extensive wait time, thus we took a shared table. This was the best thing that could have happened to us! We dined with people from all over the world, each with great tales of adventures at sea and their personal lives. We kept the tradition going and decided to share tables in the dining room each night thereafter and had a blast. The people we met at dinner were mostly fantastic, with a miserable one here and there; still, the experience was great. Entertainment - I will start the entertainment portion of our experience with a few statistics. I suspect the average passenger age on the ship was somewhere in the late 50s, with the median being somewhere closer to the upper 60s, infer what you will :). We chose Princess as we desired to be amongst a mature crowd, we certainly got that here. A good portion of the entertainment onboard reflected this, with a lot of trivia, bingo and the like. A reasonable amount of mature “fun” activities. We also had evening music venues, one with an excellent live band playing everything from Caribbean music to rock, a piano bar, and a full-on nightclub. My only critical comment regarding entertainment would be the time most of the adult entertainment wrapped up early, generally by 11 pm. Additional mature venues going into the early morning hours would have been great. Also, one more critique; Princess offers what is called “Movies under the stars”. Via this, they show movies on deck late in the evening, with deckchairs covered with additional padding and towels offered to stay warm if needed. For the vast majority of the nights, the movies under the stars featured football games. I get it, football is big, and the games were likely quite important; but, I would like to have had the chance to watch a movie at night. I was quite disappointed. People - As mentioned in my dining section, we really met quite a few nice people during the trip. At dinner, while watching the band play, on excursions, etc. As this was our first cruise together, it was great to hear perspectives, thoughts, and ideas from others during our journey. I am reluctant to exchange contact information as I don’t often feel it to be authentic; still, I do hope to see many of them sometime again. We did have a lovely couple we met seek us out on the last night of the cruise to share their contact information with us. I will be in touch with them! Interesting tidbits - I met a woman who worked at the hospital where I was born (LIJ). She may have been working the night of my birth! I met another woman who graduated from the University of Tampa and lives in Sarasota. We talked a bit during dinner one night and began discussing dogs. I told her about Rhaegar and Nymeria, and she knew all about Staffordshire Bull Terriers and how they were different from pit-bulls and American Staffordshire Terriers. I didn’t need to give the “speech”! One of her neighbors in Sarasota is a retiree from England, where he used to breed Staffords. I met a young lady who studied at Brown AND also lived/worked in Manchester, the parish in Jamaica where I spent a lot of my childhood. I met a woman from the UK who loves Kuala Lumpur, her favorite city in the world. We discussed all of the great things about my third home and were both craving a bit of nasi lemak after our chat. We coincidentally ended up at the same dining table twice. I met a gentleman who worked on the ship, he was originally from Mandeville, Jamaica. We talked about the time we spent driving go-karts at Merry Makers, a small racing track and arcade located not too far from our homes. Peeves - “Do you have the package”? My god, there was a package for damn-near everything. For the internet, for alcohol, for soda, for coffee, you name it. What a way to cheapen an experience. In the dining room at night, if you wanted anything besides water, it is literally “screw you, pay me”. While I understand the desire to have folks pay for beverages throughout the day, doing so in the dining room seemed cheap to me. Offering a house wine and soft drinks during dinner would have been more than a reasonable from my perspective. I didn’t go anywhere near the pools, far too many people in each of them, all I could see were giant Petri dishes, yuck. They were so full, I suspect they had to remove some of the water to accommodate all the passengers sitting in them. Yes, sitting; there was absolutely no way to swim given all of the people. Best - 14 days with my wife, no distractions, no stress. Just relaxation and what we wanted to do. Next - A lot of what drove our decision to cruise with Princess was the itinerary. I would have no problem cruising with Princess again during the winter holiday period as there is a more diverse group of passengers, specific to age. I am not sure I would cruise them outside of that, as I suspect the ship may get a bit “sleepy”. Celebrity is at the top of our list currently, for the mixture of passengers we are seeking. Thus far, we are considering three options. Another Caribbean cruise, visiting ports we did not see during this trip. We also came across a transatlantic cruise, stopping in a few interesting places with Barcelona being the final destination. Lastly, we found an option for cruising to cities in Australia and New Zealand. We’ll see, as our preference is to find a holiday cruise, and time is a bit short now as I am back in school. I won’t be able to travel much until 2021 but can fit in a cruise next December. Final note - We just booked another holiday cruise with Princess the day after returning! See you in December :). Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Embarkation and Disembarkation As Elite members, embarkation was a breeze. We did not obtain our Medallions in advance, because we figured the priority line wouldn’t be too long and we were right. On our last cruise, we did obtain our ... Read More
Embarkation and Disembarkation As Elite members, embarkation was a breeze. We did not obtain our Medallions in advance, because we figured the priority line wouldn’t be too long and we were right. On our last cruise, we did obtain our Medallions in advance and it was a lot of fiddling to get them done, plus we had to remember to pack them. The non-priority lines were much longer, so may be worth considering doing in advance. Disembarkation was quick and efficient. We shipped our heavy bags direct from the ship to our home airport. We only had a small bag each when disembarking. Lines for US and Canadian citizens were short. Itinerary and Ports Probably the most interesting ports to visit on a 14-day Caribbean cruise. We did this cruise in November 2018 and still found it enjoyable. As my husband doesn’t like to tour, I have to take the ship’s tours if I want to learn more about each of the islands. The port specialist, Cherry, gave presentations on each of the ports and I was able to follow these each day on the TV. Cherry’s advice was very helpful. I’ve listed the tours below. Weather We were very lucky to have good weather and smooth seas every day. Staterooms We had a mini-suite on Dolphin Deck 9 on this trip. The staterooms (and the entertainment areas) on this ship are showing their age and need to be renovated in the near future if they want to compete with the newer, more modern ships. The bed is really comfortable, just too small for my husband and me. Wish they offered king-size beds. The “do not disturb/clean my room” signs constantly fell on the floor. Also, looks like the cruise line has reduced the number of stateroom stewards. We had to allow our steward two hours to clean the room, but on the disembarkation day, he had a small army of helpers. Food MDR food was OK if you knew what to choose, except I like my hot meals hot and they were usually tepid to cool. Need warm plates. After the first couple of days, I stopped ordering beef or steak, because the meat was tough and gristly. I stuck to poultry and seafood most of the time. The Cesar’s salad is wonderful. We saw a lot of people ordering it every night. If they figured out how to get some seasoning (garlic or other) in the croutons, it would be perfect, so we ordered it without croutons. Salmon was good, especially the Caribbean salmon – very tasty. I always like their Chicken and leek pie. The fresh bread rolls are yummy too. The vegetables, on the other hand, were rock hard most of the time. I couldn’t even cut the broccoli with my knife. I know chefs like to offer veg “al dente”, but really, my gut didn’t like the veg. I prefer my veg cooked so they’re medium soft but not soggy and certainly not so hard. Not a lot of choice for desserts, other than ice-cream, although they have a list of nice desserts they offer every day. Note: If you want a table for two in “anytime dining” in the Island Dining Room, you need to get there before 5:15; otherwise they escort you to the Palm Dining Room, which is much noisier. We’re hoping to book Club Classic on our next cruise – no waiting and plenty of tables for two. International Café had a good selection of sandwiches, desserts and snacks all day. It was very popular. Also, that’s where you get the best coffee on the ship. World Marketplace, or Horizon Court as we have known it over the years, is the best place for breakfast. Not perfect, but much better than the MDR. They offer a variety of breakfast foods, but I must admit they don’t vary them very much. Lunch always looks delicious – sandwiches, soups, salads and hot meals, if you prefer. We were disappointed with the dinner options. Food was tepid to cold and not a great variety. Entertainment We are very interested in a ship’s entertainment. Princess used to have at least two guest entertainers performing at the same time, but most evenings, it was only one. The cruise staff host multiple game and trivia shows, as well as karaoke, so you’ll find it’s often the guests entertaining other guests. Some of these events are good, but I don’t understand why they have so many, unless they’re under the misconception there’s a large audience in the Explorers Lounge each evening. That’s usually because there’s nothing else to do. The only exception is The Voice of the Ocean, which attracted large crowds during the auditions and finale. Lots of good talent onboard. The very talented singer, Daniel Bondi won. Lisa B. was the runner-up and she received lots of accolades, too. Caribbean Princess Orchestra was fantastic. Production shows were marginal. They really didn’t have a lot of shows for a 14-day cruise. Cruise Staff DuVaul is the CD and his assistant CD’s were Karen, Jerry, Kaitlynn and Jacinta. DuVaul is very likeable and entertaining. Karen is the Zumba instructor and a good dancer. She’s also a good organizer and game host. Jerry is a good singer and great at hosting karaoke and musical trivia. Kaitlynn is good at hosting game shows. Jacinta is new, but she did host a trivia game and did a good job. While we liked them all, we’d still prefer to see professional guest entertainers more than staff entertainers. Holiday Atmosphere The atrium was decorated with trees and swags. Looked quite festive. We had two opportunities to sing Christmas songs with the crew and other guests. The kids seemed pleased to see Santa on Christmas Eve. The Holiday Show in the Princess Theater was more like “amateur dramatics,” although the crew singing their version of the Twelve Days of Christmas was quite funny. Shopping I browsed the shops but only bought one or two items. However, the outlet sales were really good. Ben, the shopping concierge held a few raffles and also worked as a substitute cruise staff member. He’s really good. Spa I didn’t use the spa on this trip, mostly because I had a massage and had my nails done before departure. Casino The casino was our muster station and was on deck 7. To get to the Princess Theatre you either had to walk through the casino or go to deck 6 and walk around. When in the casino, I chose the starboard side where there was less smoke. Captain’s Circle Like most Elite members, we no longer attend the Captain’s Circle party. Service Overall, the service was good. You’re always going to find a couple of exceptions. Medallion Class We just used our Medallions to open our stateroom door, but there are many more uses with their app. However, I switch my phone to airplane mode, then switch it off and place it in the safe when I’m on a cruise. I want to enjoy my vacation. Other Passengers About 60% were seniors and we had a lot of Elite guests. There were several families with kids, but not overwhelming, which is fine. I don’t mind kids on a cruise. Just wish their parents would keep an eye on them and not let them run everywhere. They don’t understand the safety aspects and the consequences of possibly colliding with a senior who could fall and break a hip. We had three formal nights and most guests complied with the suggested evening wear. I did see at least two people declined entry to the MDR because they were wearing shorts. Just read your Princess Patter for guidelines and follow the ship’s etiquette recommendations. Ports St. Thomas – We docked at Havensight – yeah! Good access to many shops. I just went to the pharmacy in building 5 to pick up a few extras I’d forgotten to pack. Reasonably priced and helpful staff. The view of Charlotte Amalie from the ship is spectacular. We’ve visited this port many times and done the tours, so we don’t mind staying on board. Antigua – We didn’t disembark here this time. If you walk more than a few hundred yards, the neighborhood is not somewhere a female can safely walk alone. Cherry’s presentation showed the other side of the Island – Englishtown – was really pretty, so maybe I’ll do a tour there next time. St. Kitts – We were there on Christmas Day. The streets in Basseterre were almost empty. At this time of the year, they celebrate Carnival every evening. I took a tour to see where the Batik cloth was made – very interesting and colorful. It was very humid inland. The driver took us to the other side of the Island where the rich folks lived. We could take panoramic photos from a hill. Vendors want to take your photo with the tiny green monkeys, but Cherry warned us to decline, as these baby monkeys are taken away from their mothers at a young age. The driver seemed to be on “Island time” and we arrived back at the port 45 minutes late. Barbados – Always a lovely island, but I had done an island tour a year ago and the tours offered didn’t interest me. I took the shuttle to the terminal shops, took photos and came back to the ship. We had two medical emergencies at this port. Martinique – I did a tour last year and wasn’t too impressed. I would have liked to walk past the market stalls and along the shoreline to the town of Fort-de-France, but wasn’t sure if it was safe to walk alone. Trinidad – Last year, I went to Maracas Beach, which was very nice but a long drive. None of the other tours interested me and I decided to stay on board after Cherry warned us to only walk around Port Spain in groups because of pick pockets. Curacao – This was by far the best tour and we had an excellent tour guide, Helvig who was very knowledgeable and helpful. We visited the liqueur factory. I’ve been there before but it’s always a nice visit. From there we visited an Aloe Vera Farm which was really interesting. However, the presenter offered samples of the juice which I didn’t taste. I tested the lotion in the shop. Afterwards, we visited a Chi-Chi Doll Workshop. The dolls were colorful and the ladies painting them were very friendly, but just not my taste. Aruba – I was disappointed with my tour, because I had chosen it to see the Gold Mill. We visited the California Lighthouse, Alta Vista Chapel and Natural Bridge – all places I’d been to last year. When we reached the Gold Mill, the driver/guide swung round the parking lot, pointed to the mill and drove off. He then took us to see a couple of their rock formations, which wasn’t on the schedule, and brought us back to the ship 15 minutes early. That’s the time we could have taken to visit the Gold Mill. General Impression of Tours I’ve been sailing with Princess for many years and the tours don’t vary much from year to year. I’d like to see Princess offer some different tours. Talk to the locals and find out more. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was the seventh cruise for my husband and me, the fourth with Princess. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. We knew the weather would be hot and humid, but were not prepared for how exhausting it would be. (Of course, I'm not ... Read More
This was the seventh cruise for my husband and me, the fourth with Princess. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. We knew the weather would be hot and humid, but were not prepared for how exhausting it would be. (Of course, I'm not implying that this was Princess's fault!) We were glad to have all the sea days to recuperate! Embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was chaotic, to put it mildly. We have never had to wait so long to board. It was 2:30 before we finally got on board. By that time, lunch was over in the dining room. The buffet was packed, of course, and the lines for the pizza and burger places near the pool were extremely long. It seems that on embarkation day the dining room could be open longer. We had a balcony cabin on deck 10, and it was just what we expected. Our room steward was pleasant, courteous, and very efficient. Dining experiences on this cruise did not live up to what we have come to expect. The main dining room choices for lunch and dinner were limited and repetitive. Three of the four times we ate lunch there, we both ordered cheeseburgers from the "always available" part of the menu. We had dinner in the dining room most nights, always hoping it would be better than the night before. Highlights were the pheasant, pork chops, gnocchi, and lobster. We had a free special dining perk, and we chose the Crown Grill, based on the reviews we'd read. We felt the food was only marginally better than the dining room. The maitre d' was friendly and pleasant, but our waiter was somewhat arrogant and condescending. We were glad the meal was free. We would definitely not pay $29 to eat there again. The best dining experience we had was at the Salty Dog Gastropub in the Wheelhouse bar. It was $12 each and worth every penny! There were great choices (lobster mac and cheese, short rib poutine, gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup to name only a few), and you get a ton of food even though they call it "small plates". The atmosphere was relaxed and casual. Many of the tables are bar stool height, which we don't care for, but the waiter gladly rearranged a table and a couple of chairs in the lounge section so we could have a regular height table. As for the buffet, blechhhh. It was much smaller than we've ever seen. Food choices were repetitive and boring. The plates were almost too hot to hold, which makes it odd that the food was cold when we got to a table. I guess it started out that way. We avoided the buffet for most of the cruise. Unfortunately, room service was no better. We usually order room service breakfast when we have an early shore excursion. The food was cold or barely warm, and often didn't come with items we asked for. It seems odd that we can get hot pizza delivered to our house but room service can't deliver hot food to the rooms. We loved the International Cafe! My husband is a coffee-holic and I love a good chai latte. We were not disappointed. It's also a great place for a snack or a light lunch. And it's open 24 hours. The entertainment in the Princess Theater was so-so. We enjoyed the ship's troupe of singers and dancers in a disco themed show and another rock music show. A guest violinist was also very good, as well as the band for all the shows. We didn't go to any other shows in the theater because the description in the Patter didn't sound like we'd like them. However, we LOVED the steel drum player, Roston, and LADO Strings. We followed them around the ship from the Piazza to the Wheelhouse bar and back again. They should have been on the main stage as far as we're concerned. We really enjoyed the destination expert's talks on the ports and a woman from the art auction doing a presentation on the art of DaVinci. We had never been to any of the ports on this cruise. The Panama Canal was amazing. Everyone should experience it! We did shore excursions sponsored by Princess at all ports but one. Our favorite was the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. We did not book an excursion in Puerto Vallarta. We thought we'd just wander around and see what there was to see. Well, what there was to see was mainly shops and stalls selling made in China souvenirs. We went back to the ship after an hour and a half. Disembarkation went very smoothly. We did have to go to Guest Services to request an earlier disembarkation time, and we're glad we did. We would barely have had enough time to make our flight if we'd gone later. The customs line was long, but moved pretty quickly. (And yes, we know that's not within Princess's control.) It was a much better experience than embarkation. This cruise was on our bucket list, and we're very glad we took it. The somewhat minor inconveniences definitely did not ruin our cruise! Looking forward to our next Princess cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Wanted to experience the new locks of the Panama Canal and enjoy some sunshine over the Christmas Season. We have cruised with Princess 5 times previously and agree with other reviewers that the atmosphere is slipping. Our room steward ... Read More
Wanted to experience the new locks of the Panama Canal and enjoy some sunshine over the Christmas Season. We have cruised with Princess 5 times previously and agree with other reviewers that the atmosphere is slipping. Our room steward was fabulous but the Anytime dining servers are generally too rushed and the officers appeared stressed and were not friendly or helpful. In general all the room stewards we passed on our travels through the ship greeted us with smiles, the other staff, somehow "Consummate Host" motto seems to be forgotten. We are not expecting a conversation, but smile would be appreciated. Embarkation in Fort Lauderdale was slow and we were not provided with any information on the delay. We need to use the wheelchair service to board and were left outside in the heat and near the vehicle exhaust from before 12 to 1:30 pm before boarding began for anyone. I realize this isn't an unusual boarding delay, my frustration was due to lack of communication. Fortunately, we have priority boarding status now, so once boarding started we were in our cabin in about 25 min! Yeah! We really appreciated hearing a Christmas choir in the Piazza as we boarded, sure helped relieve the stress of embarkation and help us get in the Christmas spirit. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas throughout the public spaces. Generally found the ship over air conditioned even during the day. Our room steward, Rick, was fabulous, learned our names, always kept our room in great shape and responded graciously and immediately to any request.. We choose Anytime dining and though we didn't have a bad experience, often felt rushed. The food was good and we enjoyed the variety of the menu. Interesting, the temperature of the plates and hot food was better/hotter in the Da Vinci dining room; the Michelangelo was borderline warm at times. We tend to relax on vacation and don't take in many of the day time activities, though did appreciate the Lecture series by Dr. Wineland and I was intrigued by David Klinenberg's Da Vinci Code talks, his violin concert was fabulous and I am not a knowledgeable music fan. The Stargazing Discovery event was a bust for us - though we arrived early there was no organization in how the headsets were handed out and they ran out at the party before us. To their credit, they did schedule it again the next day but the weather didn't cooperate and sadly it wasn't possible to try again. The production shows including the "Magic To Do" Production Show were very enjoyable and the Magic to Do, could be experienced more than once as so much was going on. The comedian, Carl Guepra was fun and entertaining and IMO suitable for all audiences. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were memorable and there were multiple options to bring in the New Year! Disembarkation went well for us in Los Angeles. Excursions: Cartagena - Hop On/Hop Off bus tour - this was a bust. The tour guide spoke over the pre-recorded audio and provided much less information. Our intent was only to tour around once as it was so hot and humid; but the timing was better set up to also complete the 90 min, walking tour through the Old Town. Getting back to the ship earlier wasn't well organized. Even on the bus the local vendors were very persistent. Panama Canal Transit - Incredible day as such an engineering marvel. We chose to start the day in the Stargazer Lounge on the 18 deck to ensure we had seating. The commentary wasn't being played anywhere inside the ship and it took a few of us asking at Guest Services to get this set up in this one lounge. It could be done if you were willing to be somewhat persistent. Puerto Amador - hadn't plan anything official and after hearing there were tendering issues (mechanical) chose to stay on the ship. All passengers were given a drink voucher to compensate for these issues. Puntarenas - had previously thoroughly enjoyed the "hike in the clouds" tour, but didn't enjoy the bus ride to the rain forest. Other tours of interest also included a long bus ride, so I passed and only walked through the market at the port. There was great variety and the vendors were friendly and their persistence was manageable. San Juan Del Sur - another tendering port and again more issues apparently weather related this time. We were asked to meet by 7:20 am but didn't actually get onto a tender under 9:00. Though a few announcements were made that there was sufficient time to go the the restroom - no idea of how long or any reason for the delay was ever given. At about 8:30 am I asked the shore excursion manager for information and the reply was surprisingly abrupt. Sure would have prefered to spend that 90 min. some other way. I had booked the cloud forest hike at the Mombacho volcano. Full day excursion with the 90 min. bus ride followed by a 4 wheel drive journey up to about 4000 ft/1300 meters. This tour is highly recommended if you are up for a 90 min. hike with uneven steps and ups and downs. It was well organized with knowledgeable and friendly guides. Huatulco - very pleasant surprise, We took the 5 Bay Catamaran tour and really enjoyed ourselves. I wandered through the market at the pier after and appreciated the friendly vendors. It is a beautiful area which I would visit again. Puerto Vallarta - we spent the day with friends who live there through the Winter season, so won't comment further. We did not travel with children though I spoke to a few "Grandmas" whos grandchildren were having a wonderful time with the youth leaders and their New Year's Eve celebrations were very well managed. We have now traversed both the Historic and New Panama Canal locks and do not plan to go again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose the Emerald Princess to see the Panama Canal. Ports that we visited were all excellent enjoying Cartagena, Columbia thee most, other than the Panama Canal. All the other ports -Puerto Rica, San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, Huatulco ... Read More
We chose the Emerald Princess to see the Panama Canal. Ports that we visited were all excellent enjoying Cartagena, Columbia thee most, other than the Panama Canal. All the other ports -Puerto Rica, San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, Huatulco Obando Puerto Vallarta were also very enjoyable. The food on the Emerald Princess was great along with the staff. Live theatre performances could have been better, recommend they install large HD TV sets on the sides for better viewing of the shows. We found the staff to be welcoming and great ambassadors for Princess. We enjoyed the new dining venues of Steamers and Blanks BBQ they are reasonably priced. We also dined in the Salty Dog pub and had a great hamburger. The only disappointment was the disembarkation was slow and we were an hour behind in getting off the ship. We will look at Princess again but there are lots of options to look at. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our first cruise in over 20 years so really a new experience for us. The ship was older but our room was clean, bed awesome, and food good. Using the Medallion is such a breeze and this truly makes everything so easy for you. ... Read More
This was our first cruise in over 20 years so really a new experience for us. The ship was older but our room was clean, bed awesome, and food good. Using the Medallion is such a breeze and this truly makes everything so easy for you. We didn't go to many activities as the idea was for us to just read books and relax. I do recommend ordering the water package prior to the cruise since it was great having our own bottled water and it was much less expensive than getting it at the bar. Also the premium coffee package worked great. This Ship doesn't have a lot of water park stuff for kids so although there were kids on the ship, not as many as others that have more kids stuff, I would assume. This was good since we were looking for more of an adult cruise. The Movie under the Stars was great. We did 4 shore excursions and although I thought they were a little pricey to just go to a beach but since we were alone it worked out. If we had another couple with us we would have just gotten a cab to beach. The staff was very good and room steward just helpful enough without bothering us. Getting on and off the ship using the Medallion worked great. Nice to be able to go onboard early and check out ship even though our room wasnt ready for an hour. I've been to the Southern Caribbean before so would look at different itinerary next time. Not sure some of the Ports are worth it unless you do an excursion (Antigua, St Lucia) as the Port area isn't the best. I would cruise again with Princess and will try another line as well in the future as cruising is a great way to go! The Medallion is a great addition for Princess. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our 4th family Christmas cruise (all on different lines) and it was very nice. We had 7 of us ranging in age from 19 to 79 and we all enjoyed ourselves in 3 cabins, although 5 of the 7 of us are still fighting respiratory illness ... Read More
This was our 4th family Christmas cruise (all on different lines) and it was very nice. We had 7 of us ranging in age from 19 to 79 and we all enjoyed ourselves in 3 cabins, although 5 of the 7 of us are still fighting respiratory illness and we've been home for a week. We hired 2 Uber vehicles to get from FLL airport to the seaport and the price was $17 for one and $26 for the second with the cars being of equal quality/size. No idea why such a difference but had a similar experience with taxis for the return trip to the airport (in fact the larger car on the return was the cheaper one?). Embarkation was a beautiful thing. One of the easiest we've experienced. Debarkation was awful!!! Seems too many people can't follow directions and get in the line before their combination color/number was called. There were only 4 customs agents on duty so that contributed to the very long line but he did not even ask us any questions, so I'm not sure why the process was so lengthy. Luggage delivery and collection was very efficient for us, although my in laws had to wait til evening to receive their luggage on embarkation. The ship is a bit on the older side but was good for the most part. As usual, had problems finding loungers around the pool but really appreciated not having to check out the pool towels (like on RC, Carnival, and Norwegian). The screen for the movies was very nice but sometimes a little hard to hear. Popcorn was available for No Charge! (Yeah as RC charges $2.50) but 2 of the 3 times it wasn't very good. Third time it was good. They showed a large variety of movies/scenic pics/football game on Sunday/etc. No Star Wars but some relatively recent movies. (Toy Story 4) Service was excellent from the cabin steward to bar staff to the dining room. We don't pay any premiums for specialty dinners so can't comment on those. Food was usually very good but was missing fresh berries and fruit pies. The ham for Christmas dinner was delicious. The pancakes in the buffet were cold but were quite good in the dining room. We prefer to eat in the dining room whenever possible so we don't have to search for a seat, get your own food and drinks, ask for silverware, etc. Salad dressing offerings in the dining room were better than the buffet as well. Could not get chocolate milk or lemonade in the dining room (but ice tea was available) and we found that odd. We had the early dining at 5 and we were usually done by about 6:45 in time to get to the shows that started at 7:15. However, occasionally they changed show times and/or had more than 1 in the evening and that created some need to "run" from one to the other to get seats (esp. if we wanted 7 together). There were several shows in the Explorers Lounge (lots of game shows and the ones we attended were usually very funny/enjoyable) but the comedian's show should have been in the theater as there were not enough seats. The entertainment staff was excellent and very involved. The cruise director, John (Mr. Energy), Bree, Mark from Canada and Mark from the UK, Bryan and Natty were all very friendly and easy to talk to. And funny. However, the male singers were OMG AWFUL! The dancing was great and the couple production shows were pretty good. The opera on 2 1/2 nights was way too much! She had a beautiful voice but we're not opera fans. Also, 6 or 7 of the songs were not in English (I know it's opera) but no thanks. Too polite to leave but we should have as lots of others did. I like more of the large production shows and they really only did 2 plus a Christmas show on this 10 night cruise. Too much solo singing, esp. since both the male soloists were so bad. We had a balcony on deck 10 and I made a point to use it but could have gone without. Everything out there was covered in a salty mist so you needed to wipe it before you touched anything. Also, not real private as we could balconies below and people above us could see us. What I missed was having a chair or small sofa inside the cabin as the only place to sit was on the desk chair or the bed. Speaking of the bed - very soft with large indentations from previous bodies and a huge bump in the middle where the twin beds were connected. Very uncomfortable but we both slept OK most nights since we were so tired. The bedding was very nice. The third person in our kids' cabin was in a pull down bed that he said was extremely uncomfortable and the air conditioner was directly above him. Not ideal. They also had issues with their toilet that were never resolved. A technician came in right away at my request into my room to reset the thermostat as I like it cold in the room. That was appreciated. Ports of call were pretty good. Princess Cays had plenty of seating and some in the shade. They provided a BBQ for us for no charge but we could not get a soda on the island using the prepaid soda card from the ship. Mocktails, but no soda as they wanted to sell the stuff in cans. We booked all our own excursions so I can't comment on any from the ship. I enjoyed the line dancing classes and the 2 Zumba classes I attended but the ball room class was a joke! Way too many people for the space and the instructors had no patience. Wish they would have had more offerings for this and more fitness classes too. This was our first Princess trip and each line has its pros and cons. Other than entertainment this beats the Norwegian and RC ships we've been on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
CARIBBEAN - CROWN PRINCESS - NOV-DEC 2019 Stayed previous night in B Ocean hotel and just used a private hotel shuttle to ship at U$8pp which we thought was reasonable. Medallion class which means you are given a disc instead of a ... Read More
CARIBBEAN - CROWN PRINCESS - NOV-DEC 2019 Stayed previous night in B Ocean hotel and just used a private hotel shuttle to ship at U$8pp which we thought was reasonable. Medallion class which means you are given a disc instead of a card. It is quite handy in many ways but definitely is for the benefit of Princess. Be aware they are electromagnetic so do not use if you have a pacemaker. Embarkation was easy but we were sent to the wrong line. We were already sea ready so just needed to pick up medallions. Lots of people were sent to wrong line. Disembarkation was well organised and quick. Cabin is roomy enough, bathroom tight as normal. Bed and pillows too soft for us. From aft of ship we had to go to deck seven to access other areas or walk down hall to middle or front elevators. LAUNDRY Laundries on nearly every floor. Laundry on Aloha was small with two top loading washers and two dryers. Token operated at U$3 per load wash and dryer, and US$1.50 for washing product. So basically US$7.50 a load. One dryer was not working for most of second cruise and one of the irons had something stuck to it which ruined a silk shirt. Princess were very good about it but I could only get a cotton shirt from shop. DINING Food was plentiful, very enjoyable and my special dietary needs were well looked after. We ate in the dining room nearly all the time at both a shared table and a table for two. Many staff in need of personal recognition from us but Jelena and Emil and Fernando in the Da Vinci dining room especially deserve a huge thank you. Coffee upstairs was not very good but from coffee shop was better. High tea on sea days. We were treated to a Deluxe Balcony Breakfast one morning. Three trays of food and drink, and a small bottle of bubbles. Way more than we could eat. One night we decided to eat in the buffet for a change. Watched a woman coughing and sneezing, (not into her hands or a tissue), in the buffet restaurant, then go into the food area without sanitising her hands. We left the buffet and continued to eat in the dining room. I did complain to guest services about why they did not reinforce the message of clean hands more often. The answer was, they have sanitisers placed where you have to walk past them. SHIP Lots of pools, plenty of deck chairs but not always available on pool level. Gym is well equipped and well utilised. Found the spa overpriced as usual but even with the port day specials, I did not go due to exchange rate. Remember that 18% tax is added to all services onboard as well. The Sanctuary at the front of the boat is a pay to use area. U$20 half day, U$40 for a full day. Decent selection of movies in cabin but BBC was unavailable for some of the voyage. Cruise director Angela, never contacted me about the Cruise Critic M&M. Not impressed with her lack of communication or visibility on board. No port talks were given. Lots of shopping talks. Casino is a smoking zone so impossible to enjoy without getting a sore throat and smelly clothes, even on non-smoking nights. Perfect trifecta for addictive personalities, gambling, drinking and smoking. Smoke lingers around midship. I prefer the other ships, like Majestic Princess, that have sinks in the lead in to the buffet area to wash your hands and crew with bottles of sanitizer in the eating areas. Two very good entertainment acts whilst we were on. Soprano Heather Lundstad was just fantastic and Gerry London, a singer/impersonator was extremely entertaining. Didn’t find the ship overcrowded. Would we travel on this ship again, probably. PORTS OF CALL BONAIRE Great for beaches, snorkelling and diving. We walked off the ship as we were right there. Nothing much to look at, no transportation unless you book through ship or get a taxi. Tours were basically U$25pp upward no matter what you did. A few shops. Had a coffee right on the water then got back on the ship. CURAÇAO Off ship early, very little open till 9am. Beautiful architecture, tourist shopping available with lots of the same thing but also higher end shops around Renaissance Hotel. Easy to walk around and get into town. Walked off ship past Renaissance hotel and shops over Queen Anne swing bridge. Starbucks coffee, MacDonalds and Subway available. Wifi available at cafe’s and free spots. Cruise ship books out most transportation, so cannot get trolley train unless booked through ship. Was offered a cheaper tour on way back to ship but time was tight, cheap tour operators also available once across pontoon bridge. GRENADA Very busy place. Did a private tour of the island which we enjoyed. Did not have any time to walk around town. DOMINICA Moored in shipping container port, not downtown. Town is long distance away. No shuttle provided to town. U$3 one way for taxi. ST KITTS Crown Princess tour. Not as advertised in guide. Unfortunately we did the catamaran coast cruise first. Not enough shade so ended up extremely dehydrated even though drinks (and alcoholic) were supplied. Thoroughly enjoyed the cane train trip. ST LUCIA Grabbed a HIPPO water taxi across bay. U$5 pp return. Only goes when full though so you can end up sitting for a while waiting. I didn’t find much to look at in town. ST THOMAS Ship docked at Havensight Mall. Taxi to downtown in shared F truck is U$4pp each way. We were in on a Sunday and shops didn’t open till 9.30ish. Gladys cafe, good coffee and wifi. The free Wifi offered at the tourism office in port didn’t work. Lots and lots of jewellery shops and tourist shops. Nice tablecloth shop but expensive for us due to exchange rate. GRAND TURK Ship docks right at port, very nicely set up area. A few good beach bars, great beach/ sand, pool, Starbucks coffee and some shops. We walked to Jacks Shack at far end of beach purely due to wanting Jerk chicken, which was okay but not like Jamaican jerk. Drink prices were same as onboard. The crew from Crown Princess were all there on an organised staff day for lunch, so very busy. Would try some of the other places if we go back. Swimming pool was a great set up right next door to Margaritaville. FORT LAUDERDALE As we were transiting, we did the Everglades Airboat tour. Whilst fun, I was disappointed. We did go very far, staying on a well used track. Saw two alligators but not much else. Alligator show was enjoyable. PRINCESS CAY Even though it was well set up for food and drinks, we were not impressed with the beach. ST THOMAS 2nd time Went up skyride. U$21 pp return. Nice view, drinks expensive, wifi didn’t work very well. ST KITTS Crown Princess tour Booked Dane train with coastal cruise back. Unfortunately we went in the catamaran first. It was too hot with very little shade. Couple of people suffered with the heat, even with drinks provided. Alcoholic beverages and snacks supplied. Cane train was very enjoyable and drinks and snack were also supplied. Acapelo choir went through the carriages singing. ST LUCIA Water taxi across port. U$5 pp return. Two companies working and you can only get the same boat back. Walked around town but wasn’t that impressed. Cheaper tours can be negotiated. BARBADOS Ship docked in container port. Free shuttle to cruise terminal. Free wifi in terminal and shops. U$5pp taxi into town oneway. 20-30 walk Along main roads. Tours and taxis available. Seemed expensive to us but our exchange rate is poor. We went back onto ship for lazy day by pool. ANTIGUA Four ships in here on same day. Docks right in town. Wifi available at bars if you buy a drink. Another Caribbean town with lots of tours being sold outside cruise terminal. Easy to walk around but very rough pavements. PORTS OF CALL BONAIRE Great for beaches, snorkelling and diving. We walked off the ship as we were right there. Nothing much to look at, no transportation unless you book through ship or get a taxi. Tours were basically U$25pp upward no matter what you did. A few shops. Had a coffee right on the water then got back on the ship. CURAÇAO Off ship early, very little open till 9am. Beautiful architecture, tourist shopping available with lots of the same thing but also higher end shops around Renaissance Hotel. Easy to walk around and get into town. Walked off ship past Renaissance hotel and shops over Queen Anne swing bridge. Starbucks coffee, MacDonalds and Subway available. Wifi available at cafe’s and free spots. Cruise ship books out most transportation, so cannot get trolley train unless booked through ship. Was offered a cheaper tour on way back to ship but time was tight, cheap tour operators also available once across pontoon bridge. GRENADA Very busy place. Did a private group tour of the island which we enjoyed. Did not have any time to walk around town. DOMINICA Moored in shipping container port, not downtown. Town is long distance away. No shuttle provided to town. U$3 one way for taxi. ST KITTS Crown Princess tour. Not as advertised in guide. Unfortunately we did the catamaran coast cruise first. Not enough shade so ended up extremely dehydrated even though drinks (and alcoholic) were supplied. Thoroughly enjoyed the cane train trip. ST LUCIA Grabbed a HIPPO water taxi across bay. U$5 pp return. Only goes when full though so you can end up sitting for a while waiting. I didn’t find much to look at in town. ST THOMAS Ship docked at Havensight Mall. Taxi to downtown in shared F truck is U$4pp each way. We were in on a Sunday and shops didn’t open till 9.30ish. Gladys cafe, good coffee and wifi. The free Wifi offered at the tourism office in port didn’t work. Lots and lots of jewellery shops and tourist shops. Nice tablecloth shop but expensive for us due to exchange rate. GRAND TURK Ship docks right at port, very nicely set up area. A few good beach bars, great beach/ sand, pool, Starbucks coffee and some shops. We walked to Jacks Shack at far end of beach purely due to wanting Jerk chicken, which was okay but not like Jamaican jerk. Drink prices were same as onboard. The crew from Crown Princess were all there on an organised staff day for lunch, so very busy. Would try some of the other places if we go back. Swimming pool was a great set up right next door to Margaritaville. FORT LAUDERDALE As we were transiting, we did the Everglades Airboat tour. Whilst fun, I was disappointed. We did go very far, staying on a well used track. Saw two alligators but not much else. Alligator show was enjoyable. PRINCESS CAY Even though it was well set up for food and drinks, we were not impressed with the beach. ST THOMAS 2nd time Went up skyride which was within walking distance. U$21 pp return. Nice view, drinks expensive, wifi didn’t work very well. ST KITTS Crown Princess tour Booked Dane train with coastal cruise back. Unfortunately we went in the catamaran first. It was too hot with very little shade. Couple of people suffered with the heat, even with drinks provided. Alcoholic beverages and snacks supplied. Cane train was very enjoyable and drinks and snack were also supplied. Acapelo choir went through the carriages singing. ST LUCIA Water taxi across port. U$5 pp return. Two companies working and you can only get the same boat back. Walked around town but wasn’t that impressed. Cheaper tours can be negotiated. BARBADOS Ship docked in container port. Free shuttle to cruise terminal. Free wifi in terminal and shops. U$5pp taxi into town oneway. 20-30 walk Along main roads. Tours and taxis available. Seemed expensive to us but our exchange rate is poor. We went back onto ship for lazy day by pool. ANTIGUA Four ships in here on same day. Docks right in town. Wifi available at bars if you buy a drink. Another Caribbean town with lots of tours being sold outside cruise terminal. Easy to walk around but very rough pavements. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a quick cruise with 1 port - Amber Cove. The Island Princess was a beautiful ship, decorated everywhere for Christmas and the crew was fantastic everywhere we turned. The ship... The ship was in wonderful condition...the ... Read More
This was a quick cruise with 1 port - Amber Cove. The Island Princess was a beautiful ship, decorated everywhere for Christmas and the crew was fantastic everywhere we turned. The ship... The ship was in wonderful condition...the only imperfection I noticed was in our stateroom where they had obviously changed out artwork on a wall for a wall mounted large flatscreen TV....you can still see where the old artwork was attached to the wall. I much prefer the large TV to the artwork, so I'll take it! The lotus pool was absolutely beautiful, one of the prettiest spots on board, although on a Caribbean itinerary I wasn't really looking for an indoor pool. Still, it was beautiful, and would be a fantastic option in inclement weather. The main pool / MUTS (Movies under the Stars) was a nice large open area with a nice pool, a few hot tubs, plenty of drinks flowing and activities galore. I noticed the crew opted not to put any chairs on the upper level around the pool once we were at sea. I have to think this was perhaps due to the relatively high winds we experienced; 20-25mph sustained the first 2 nights. The loungers may have actually posed a risk of blowing out to sea or down onto someone's balcony. My wife and I did joke that it was really "Movies in the Wind" on this cruise. Nothing anyone can do about that, but we couldn't make it through a movie up there, at least not late at night when the temps also dropped off. Not having upper level chairs would have made it difficult to find a spot as well. I probably prefer the Lido layout on the Grand Class ships with a separate MUTS area/pool and a separate Music/Stage pool. This layout on the Island combined the stage and the MUTS in order to leave room for the indoor pool. Goes back to the fact that this indoor pool would work better on a different itinerary, so not a real complaint, just observation. Standard Dining... Buffet was standard. I always struggle to find much to eat at Buffets other than breakfast so that's really the only meals we ate there and they were good. I like that they have a premium coffee service station in the buffet area. Very convenient. Slightly confusing was that on the first morning I was able to get fresh brewed coffee with my beverage package, but when attempting it the next day I was told they could only do specialty drinks and not brewed coffee...i.e. I would either need to grab the standard buffet coffee or go down to deck 5 mid-ship to get the fresh brewed. I literally just got it 24 hours earlier in that location. Oh well. This was the only real damper in service that we experienced. Ate in MDR twice; both meals were very good. Small sample size with just the two meals, but I always hold my breath for MDR based on past experience and both times were very good. Had to skip the British Pub lunch this sailing simply due to logistical issues, but they offered it on the first sea day in the Bayou Cafe and having had it twice before on other ships I highly recommend it; a pretty standard feature on princess at this point, I'm sure it was delicious. Pizza & the Grill up on the Lido were excellent as always. For me, pizza and the grill are pound for pound the best food on board. Between the taste, the convenience/availability, and the price it's just tough to beat. Don't get me wrong, the filet from downstairs will taste better than the bratwurst, but there's just something really nice about being able to snag that bratwurst at a moment's notice in whatever I'm wearing at the time and not having to pay anything out of pocket. Both are open until 11. Premium Dining... Bayou Cafe (Embarkation night): Great little restaurant with a Cajun flare. I had some spicy shrimp on a stick as an appetizer and a massive t-bone for dinner. Both were excellent, left 100% satisfied. Sabbatini's: Italian Fare and while I am not usually much of a pasta lover, there were plenty of other options available. Had an absolutely fantastic cut of veal on the bone that was probably the highlight of the trip from a food perspective. Both premium options delivered. Entertainment... All the usual fare was available on board from trivia to game shows and silly games in the piazza. Entertaining as always. There were two excellent theater shows - On the Bayou, and The Secret Silk. It was clearly the same cast in both shows and they were excellent all the way through. These two shows always run on the 10 day Panama Canal cruises that the Island Princess usually runs, I felt quite fortunate to get both on our little 4-day getaway. Heck of a treat. Port... Amber Cove was a nice little port, albeit a bit commercial immediately off the ship. The views of the island from the ship as we made our approach at sunrise and sailed away in the late afternoon were just breathtaking. We elected to do an excursion titled La Casa En La Playa and had a great time. It's basically a mini beach club. Home cooked (excellent!!!) food, all drinks included, beautiful beach front with plenty of loungers. Limited enrollment in the excursion so it's not too crowded. Priced a little higher than other beach getaways but you definitely get what you pay for. Great way to spend a few hours on the beach, which was all this Pittsburgh based couple was looking for in December. Quite a treat. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I could not resist the rates on this 4 day cruise to achieve Elite status. Settled into a cabin on PR deck aft. Loved the location close to exit doors directly onto Promaneade deck. First time on this ship since 2013, and the refit. ... Read More
I could not resist the rates on this 4 day cruise to achieve Elite status. Settled into a cabin on PR deck aft. Loved the location close to exit doors directly onto Promaneade deck. First time on this ship since 2013, and the refit. Really missed the full PR deck. It was almost as though I had never cruised this ship before, Explorers Lounge - gone. All kids' clubs are now aft, along with Fitness Center and Sanctuary, which was virtually a ghost town. NO international cafe added. But in fairness, there is NO room on this class of ship, so just know you will be going a bit in reverse after enjoying on larger ships. I heard others' complaining about the buffet, and lack of choices and entrees. I found nothing to complain about. There were more than enough choices in my opinion. Here again, once you have eaten in Royal or Regal, etc., the variety and size may not excite you. Don't forget, you are on a ship which entertains 1,000 less guests, so do the math. Had anytime dining. I am still trying to talk myself into the benefit of the flexibility. I really missed having the same wait staff, and had a line on two of the four nights. My fault for going at "peak dining times". The ship felt empty, just what I expected on a quick 4 day voyage. The shows and entertainment were good. But the cruise director, well, can I say, absent and forgettable in my opinion. So sorry. Amber Cove was just what was expected. Photos and reviews are accurate. I wanted to leave the compound, but didn't want the hassle, so just enjoyed the secure area. The weather was a mixed bag. No fault of Princess! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted as short cruise before the Holidays and this fit the bill. It was quite unexpectedly an inexpensive cruise and as the price dropped, our agent was able to get us a refund and then an upgrade to a midship balcony. The ship is ... Read More
We wanted as short cruise before the Holidays and this fit the bill. It was quite unexpectedly an inexpensive cruise and as the price dropped, our agent was able to get us a refund and then an upgrade to a midship balcony. The ship is older and was built to sail through the old Panama locks, but she is very well kept. The balcony room was a bit smaller than other Princess ships We have sailed on, but there was enough room for the two of us. Our steward did the minimum keeping the room clean. The food was a bit disappointing and my travel companions thought it might be because of how inexpensive the trip was. That being said, the waitstaff was wonderful. They made suggestions and made us feel as though we were the only ones in the dinning room with all the attention we received. The entertainment in the Princess Theater was excellent. We especially enjoyed the solo singer whose range went from pop to opera. The Princess Singers and Dancers performed two shows which we enjoyed. The weather was not cooperative. There were gale force winds each evening which made some of the on deck activities a bit difficult. Movies Under The Stars was bare bones, no cushions on the deck chairs, no bar service, or popcorn. Overall, we had a good time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
As expected, Sky Princess is a beautiful new ship that Princess' customers will love. A few tweaks would make it even better. Not sure about the Medallion technology though. Embarkation was very good, if not as easy for us as it is ... Read More
As expected, Sky Princess is a beautiful new ship that Princess' customers will love. A few tweaks would make it even better. Not sure about the Medallion technology though. Embarkation was very good, if not as easy for us as it is for US customers, who get their medallions in advance. (Transfer tip: we got an Uber from Miami to Port Everglades, for about $40). Leaving the ship and finding our Miami transfer was seamless. Although we were on our own, the Christmas week was very much a family cruise and had a great atmosphere. the week before was significantly quieter, with half-empty bars most evenings. Our 'obstructed view' cabin had a lifeboat outside the balcony but didn't spoil the view. We used it like any other balcony cabin we've had before. But which muppet put the toilet roll holder on the opposite side of the bathroom underneath the sink?! The Lido deck is excellent with plenty of room for loungers, although I think one of the two roughly-equal-sized pools should be a Family pool, and one an over 18's pool. We discovered the Retreat pool a little too late - get out early if you want to find a lounger. We were disappointed that Movies under the Stars only had one evening showing at 7.45pm, so you can only watch the film if you eat early. We used to go to the late showing at 10pm on other Princess ships, but that wasn't an option here. Also, this being a 95% American cruise, NFL games were prominent - one day had 3, morning, noon, and night (can't imagine P&O getting away with showing 3 Premier League football matches, can you?) The Slice pizzeria on the Lido deck was superb, yet surprisingly quiet, while the Salty Dog burger bar was also good, with queues around the corner. The Horizon buffet is excellent. The Wake View pool at the back of deck 16 was very small and also smokers' corner, so we didn't use it. Inside, the beautiful atrium is the place to be as ever. On Deck 5, are Vines and Bellini's bars, International cafe and gelato shop. (Credit to Princess for using recyclable take-away coffee cups, lids and paper straws across all bars) The house band Static were excellent and unbelievably energetic, keeping people dancing in the Piazza every night, to the extent that DJ Mateo was redundant in the Vista lounge - Princess should not have scheduled him to be on at the same time. Deck 6 has the (very small) art gallery, dozens of photo selection screens, and small-but-packed casino (busiest place in evenings), and also the uninhabitably-cold Take Five jazz bar. If you're allergic to seafood don't go on Deck 7, the smell of which is dominated by the Ocean Terrace seafood bar, overpowering the (excellent) Alfredo's pizzeria. Brave choice, but unlike us, lots of people like their shrimps. Stretching back from the atrium on deck 7 is the Ocean Front helpdesk where you will (need to) get help with the Medallion App, the Princess Live! lounge with great evening gameshows with the entertainment team, the Crown Grill & Lounge, and the Vista Lounge, which I thought was very plainly decorated for what it is supposed to be used for. The theatre on 6 & 7 holds a lot of people but is quite plain and functional. We're not ones for shows, but the bits we saw were on or above par. The cruise team was good, having only been together a couple of months, but they get an easy ride from Captain Michele Tuvo, who probably entertains more than any other individual (He's no shrinking violet!) We chose Anytime-Dining in the Estrella or Soleil dining rooms. Good food and service, if lacking a little choice of deserts (different type of cheesecake/souflee/profiterole/creme brulee every night, not much else). The simple pasta starters/mains were excellent. The Medallion & App The medallion concept is sold to us as a way of personalising our experience, but in reality is about making their operations more efficient and saving money/making more profit. Why else would they retro-fit thousands of sensors to older ships? The process of becoming ‘Ocean Ready’ when you fill the phone app with all your information, is really about doing all the admin for them. For UK customers it doesn’t help you board the ship as they don’t send the medallions to you in advance, as they do in the US. This wouldn’t be such a bad thing, but we found the app unbelievably slow. I wasted hours waiting for it to load pages and had to log in well over 100 times in two weeks. We only managed to order one drink in all that time, as it seemed unable to tell where we were. The Ocean Front helpers fobbed us off with excuses about updates and memory capacity. All told, I probably spent a full day of my holiday faffing with phones. The only way we really used the medallion was to open our stateroom door, which seems like an expensive solution to a problem nobody ever wanted solving. Each room now has a tablet outside to tell you it has seen you coming and unlocked your door, but it couldn’t ‘see’ the medallion if it was in my pocket and it certainly didn’t open the door any faster than the cards did (but it will have told the office when you were in/out of your room. And why is there a medallion sensor above the toilet?) We loved our cruise but the medallion did not enhance it in any way, and actually made it unnecessarily frustrating. Service in all of the bars (inside and on deck) was incredibly slow. Is this a consequence of them being busy fulfilling app orders and not having to go looking for business any more? It was always quicker to go and get drinks yourself. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I was disappointed with the Food on the Sky Princess, our table of 6 were served cold escargot and the Dining Room food was not the usual Princess Food. I ordered a Filet from the Crown Gill menu and it was black and tuff, our waiter said ... Read More
I was disappointed with the Food on the Sky Princess, our table of 6 were served cold escargot and the Dining Room food was not the usual Princess Food. I ordered a Filet from the Crown Gill menu and it was black and tuff, our waiter said “can you eat it”. The names were fancy, but the food was not. There are no drink stations, you have to wait for a Server to bring you silverware and drinks at the Buffett. The Medallion App, needs a lot of work. No restaurants listed on it and you can not make reservations for Dinner. You have to get in line an get a Beeper and wait. The Princess Theater held less people than other Ships, No Balcony and the seats are even smaller than others. Our toilet stopped working, for this brand new Ship. There was not as much entertainment as usual. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We ate most of the time in Club Class, the food was Excellent and the entire staff in Club Class was Excellent ! We also ate in Alfredo"s for lunch at least 3 times it also has Excellent food. The staff was good. We ate a couple of ... Read More
We ate most of the time in Club Class, the food was Excellent and the entire staff in Club Class was Excellent ! We also ate in Alfredo"s for lunch at least 3 times it also has Excellent food. The staff was good. We ate a couple of times in the World Fresh Market and for a buffet it is real good. Nice new design all these places. The only thing we has a small problem with was our room steward got ill and his replacement was no where as good as he was, also there was a communication problem with him. It was taken care of by the Hotel Manager after the 2nd day. We did get our room steward back and was the best. We did not like what the new design of the Sanctuary took out lounge chairs and a area that you could sit under away from sun and rain. They added more Cabana's and put in 1 Hot Tub. Entertainment & activities are real good, the entertainment various no-one is going to like it all. The mini suite is also updated and nice, the balcony is small not much room Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
First of all my loyalty level with Princess is Elite so I have sailed with them numerous times. I just retuned from a Dec. 10 - Dec. 20, 2019 cruise on Caribbean Princess. We had a great time. We had two mini suites next door to each ... Read More
First of all my loyalty level with Princess is Elite so I have sailed with them numerous times. I just retuned from a Dec. 10 - Dec. 20, 2019 cruise on Caribbean Princess. We had a great time. We had two mini suites next door to each other. We loved eating in the main dining room and find it much better food than the buffet. The buffet setup encourages people to overeat. We ate at the Crown Grill and loved everything about it - superb service, delicious food, and wonderful ambiance. We visited countries close to the equator and they are hot and humid all year long. Luckily we did not encounter any rain except on Jamaica, our last port. Our room attendant was Christine, and she was amazing being helpful in every way. The ship was decorated for Christmas and the final night we participated in a sing-a-long in the atrium. Grand Turks - went on excursion, the Rainbow Calypso Tram where he drove us around the island. Highlight was seeing the donkeys near the lighthouse. In Cartagena, Columbia we went on the scenic drive of Cartagena and San Pedro Claver Church. Nice tour but as day progressed so did the heat and humidity - no one's fault but unbearable. Panama Canal partial transit very interesting and excellent speaker/commentary. The new locks are huge and interesting to see. Well planned and everyone was able to enjoy it that chose to participate. In Limon, Costa Rica we went on the excursion Limon Waterfront and Backstreet Canals. Loved this! We saw a beautiful island up close with its natural beauty and in the canals we saw several sloths. Go on the first tour of the day! In Montego Bay, Jamaica we went on the scenic drive which was a disappointment partially due to the rain. Montego Bay is a vision of poverty. Very sad to see the conditions in which the locals live. Resorts are beautiful but obviously provide to help to the island improving itself. This was not our first cruise on the Caribbean Princess nor will it be our last. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We selected this cruise because of the destination (i.e., new Panama Canal) and timing (Winter). We have crossed the old Panama Canal in the Coral Princess some time ago. Adding the new Canal excursion to cross to the Pacific (in the ... Read More
We selected this cruise because of the destination (i.e., new Panama Canal) and timing (Winter). We have crossed the old Panama Canal in the Coral Princess some time ago. Adding the new Canal excursion to cross to the Pacific (in the Caribbean Princess) in a boat was great! We got both new and old experiences of passage, fortuitously. We left Syracuse just as Winter snows were upon us! Despite the rain showers, the temperatures during the voyage were quite enjoyable in swim trunk attire. Prior to departing New York, I had pre-ordered the medallion accessories and uploaded our pics, boarding info and docs to activate OceanReady. This facilitated our embarkation (and disembarkation) immensely! The Caribbean Princess clearly showed improvements from having been rejuvenated in the docks last May (2019). Our balcony cabin reflected what we experienced on several cruises aboard the Caribbean in the past; our cabin attendant did a fantastic job caring for our bedding, ice, and flowers. The variety of dining with seafood and BBQ, in Planks and Steamer, has improved our dining experience. But we would still like to know how to specify a seating in Anytime Dining MDR on the first evening to be reserved every dinner at the opening (i.e, 5 pm); on the first night aboard. Our prime entertainment is Movie Under the Stars with many new movies we had not seen before. We did not experience many Princess Theater entertainments except a comedian. Still, service aboard the ship was excellent with exception to the selection of a table located in the MDR. Ports and Shore excursions were about what had been reported in the Princess online descriptions. We did not travel with our grand-child. Yes, we would go again in the future. But we have other destinations in mind in the Caribbean aboard Princess Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Chose this cruise to see Panama Canal. Had the opportunity to see some South American countries for the first time. Stops at ports were a great experience for the entire family. We will take Princess Cruise again in next two years. ... Read More
Chose this cruise to see Panama Canal. Had the opportunity to see some South American countries for the first time. Stops at ports were a great experience for the entire family. We will take Princess Cruise again in next two years. Shore excursions were set up in an orderly manner. Easy to get on and off ship unlike Carnival that is a free for all. Free movies to watch plus we watched the news daily. Rooms extremely clean; buffet was excellent; staff service was top notch on entire ship. Checking in luggage and getting to our room was very fast. Only complaint was baggage handlers tore the hell out of one of our check off bags getting off ship. We will carry our own bags on and off ship from now on. Loved the dedicated daily night dancing on 18th deck. Great dj playing music on daily basis. The comic Bengt was worse comedian I had ever heard. He needs to get a new career. The second comedian Scott Weyler was very funny. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Reason for cruise was bucket list destination of the Panama Canal - Princess choice based on value with solid reputation for good food and entertainment which we have experienced on prior Princess Cruises, which did not disappoint on this ... Read More
Reason for cruise was bucket list destination of the Panama Canal - Princess choice based on value with solid reputation for good food and entertainment which we have experienced on prior Princess Cruises, which did not disappoint on this one; however have noted a decline in food quality, type and variety in buffet since previous cruises with them - Elite status for this cruise. Was older ship that needs updating in bathrooms and particularly the shower (compared to previous cruise on Celebrity with nicer room and restroom / shower). Compared to very same previous cruise, Princess much better in main show and average entertainment and cruise director. Very efficient embarkation was a nice surprise in Fort Lauderdale with Princess ground personnel and medallion - the port location itself has allot to be desired - old dilapidated and congested airport and cruise port - not Princess fault; also very mismanaged departure back to airport if using independent shuttle service that we acquired through hotel to port and upon return to airport, with disorganized and horrible waits and wait areas - also not cruise line’s fault; in fact for same price would recommend using cruise line transfers or taxi to airport. Different cruise lines have their various plus and minuses compared to others I have sailed - this one overall good experience and a great time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My husband and I wanted to see the Panama Canal. Overall the trip was satisfactory. The staff were wonderful. My only objection was that some of the ports were not much to visit unless you were going on a tour. We found that many of ... Read More
My husband and I wanted to see the Panama Canal. Overall the trip was satisfactory. The staff were wonderful. My only objection was that some of the ports were not much to visit unless you were going on a tour. We found that many of the tours were too expensive. The best port was Cartagena, Columbia. It had a small park with exotic birds and a free shuttle. I wanted to go on this cruise because my birthday was December 18th. Our steward Edgar was so kind and competent. He changed our room ( picture window) to a better configuration so we could both get out on each side of the bed. My husband is allergic to msg as well as a number of other things so the staff in the Main Dining room were very accommodating and watched over him including Kieron who was the head waiter. They had him order the night before so they could make sure there were no food additives. The problem was generally the sauces or anything that was a preordered item. We really enjoyed the cruise but encountered a problem when my husband fell in front of the dining room due to the motion of the ship. The medical staff were great though and my husband is now all right. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
this cruise was a late booking to fit in a week before some time in Florida for these snowbirds. Bed was not as comfortable as Princess advertises. Cruise Director Dan Falconer from the UK was excellent, very witty, cute jokes every ... Read More
this cruise was a late booking to fit in a week before some time in Florida for these snowbirds. Bed was not as comfortable as Princess advertises. Cruise Director Dan Falconer from the UK was excellent, very witty, cute jokes every day, great job hosting Marriage Game had 3 sea days, so lots of activities Lots of movies under the stars and NFL, movies were shown next day in your stateroom Food was acceptable, but lacked variety in some dinner menus 2 formal nights were excellent, with surf turf, like steak and shrimp or lobster tail on last night, excellent french onion soup and escargots on these nights, why not every night, like Celebrity and Royal? all Princeses ships have the poor dining room design with the kitchens between dining rooms, requiring one to go up down floors. Also Horizon buffet design needs some work, very hard to find what you want, should use more islands instead of all the laneways between the main flow buffet food was good Princess pizza is the thin crust, new entries each day and the best at sea soft serve ice cream, Celebrity has real ice cream scooped. Some shows should use Vista lounge instead of much smaller Princess live Princess main theatres like on this ship are quite small compared to others, often no balcony. So to see shows you must arrive around 30 min prior. Lots of seat savers unfortunately. No drink holders in theatre. 3 production shows Sweet soul music, Born to Dance and Bravo. Bravo was outstanding with super singing. Dancers were awesome in born to dance. Excellent stage orchestra that played in atrium a few times, don't miss it, rock and roll and world mixed music. Comedian Robbie Printz did 2 shows, really funny. Beatlemaniacs were excellent, looked, sounded like Beatles, did a second show in the atrium ,don't miss it lots of other lounge singers/music. Michelle Joly, from Northern Alberta, was outstanding, interesting voice, has 4 of her own albums, she is going places The usual game shows. good movie selection Abba dance party Princess medallion, interesting but if you don't have a smart phone it will just open your door and be security in/out of ship. need to download 2 apps, they don't always work, but when they work, you can track locations, chat with another shipmate you add and view daily program, order drinks, play games and casino online. Did not see many people using it. A RFID device like Disney band, but smarter. A shame it can't be reprogrammed, new one every Princess cruise Internet, they say fastest at sea, not at all Royal is better Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My husband and I sailed on the first 7-day cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. We have previously sailed on 4 other Princess ships as well as several Royal Caribbean Oasis Class ships and the Disney Fantasy. Upon embarkation, the Sky ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the first 7-day cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. We have previously sailed on 4 other Princess ships as well as several Royal Caribbean Oasis Class ships and the Disney Fantasy. Upon embarkation, the Sky Princess was stunning. Staff at the terminal and at the gangway were welcoming and set the mood for a great experience. We had booked a balcony cabin but had been notified a few weeks prior that we had been upgraded to a mini-suite. Our mini-suite was spacious with plenty of storage space for unpacking 2 suitcases. The bathroom had a tub as well as a shower and we appreciated this feature. The mini-suite featured 2 televisions but we never used the one in the sitting area as we preferred the outside view when we were in that part of our room. We dined at only 1 specialty location...the Crown Grill steak house. The food and service was very good. We also dined at Alfredo's on deck 7 for great pizza and pasta at lunch and enjoyed the British pub lunch served on deck 7 on the first sea day. Other than that we mostly ate in the main dining room...sometimes just the 2 of us and sometimes sharing a table with other shipmates. All of the staff were attentive and so friendly as you would expect since the staff for this new ship had been specifically selected to launch this ship in style. We were especially impressed with the measures taken to accommodate guests with food allergies. We witnessed this first hand when we dined with a group which included a woman who had a gluten intolerance. Entertainment on the ship was very professional and included a comedian, a magician, a Mexican Folkloric performance, a Rock Opera and a stage show based on a video game. The final night at sea, the stage was taken over by international crew members who showcased their talents. WOW! We did not take part in any of the trivia challenges or bingo or casino games. A special thank you to the cruise director Alexander for your hard work...you seemed to be everywhere and doing everything. The reason that I did not rate this ship 5* is because of problems with elevators which were out of service on both embarkation and disembarkation day...a serious problem at those congested times. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We are elite cruisers with Princess. We have done many of the other brands - Norwegian, Royal Carib., Holland, Celebrity. And just like hotel brands that not all are the same so goes the cruise line companies. So we know what to expect ... Read More
We are elite cruisers with Princess. We have done many of the other brands - Norwegian, Royal Carib., Holland, Celebrity. And just like hotel brands that not all are the same so goes the cruise line companies. So we know what to expect with Princess. They deliver a traditional cruise experience, which is what we prefer. Sky Princess did not disappoint. In some areas, she exceeded our expectations, most she fully met and a few areas she disappointed but overall - we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and appreciated the new updates Princess had made to their newest "baby". The Medallion I found mostly to be very good. I had a lot of trouble connecting it before getting on the ship. Had to call 3 times and each time was told they were going through an "update" and it would be working soon, to give it a day and try again. I finally got it all set up. Embarkation was a bit rough but to be expected as it was her first full Caribbean cruise AND they were also doing her naming ceremony that day. I did not fully expect to like all the interactive tech. on the ship and have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. Internet worked fairly good. Liked that the door opened when coming up to it, loved the interactive boards throughout the ship so you can find your way - but also have to say a bit of a "germ" collector too when I saw cough, sneeze then start using their fingers on the "boards". I also loved we could check our onboard account anytime we wanted. Very easy and we only visited the guest services desk a couple times for change or to adjust our disembarkation. Once on, ship was gorgeous. So terrific to see a brand new ship. No rust, bumps, nicks or wear and tear. We don't mind these things as it is part of a ship - impossible to have it perfect unless on a private yacht! But lovely ship. A disappointment was the size of our mini-suite balcony. On the older Princess ships, the balcony can be enjoyed - this one was more of a "French" balcony - barely able to sit and walk on. But, we do enjoy our balcony time at sea. Room layout was very functional. We did miss having our pre-cruise glass of champagne that is supposed to be provided to mini-suite/suite guests. Also, am not fond of the large refillable bottles of soap and shampoo/conditioner. I knew this to be the case so brought my own bars of soap. I don't wash my face with a bottle of "hand soap". Had to wait a couple days for my elite amenity kit. Also, first day sent out laundry that took to the 3rd day for return. Nothing that was a deal breaker but not elite quality either. We do enjoy going to the elite lounge. We were given a card in our room saying to go to the Vista Lounge but it was actually in the Take 5 lounge. I did enjoy the special drink menu they had. But i was a bit shocked when we went later one day after the elite lounge had closed and I ordered a "Deep Sea" which was one of the featured drinks only to be told I could not have it since it was during the elite lounge time only? Really? I had the drink package so pricing could have been more but they just wouldn't serve it. Crazy. Loved the Captain! Captain "bye bye" Michele is terrific that he is everywhere and I feel this is great to keep all the staff on their toes. If management just stays in the bridge, it takes the edge off having to give your very best sometimes. Food was just ok. Nothing really memorable except Crown Grill. And, the Ocean Terrace was wonderful! We love fresh sushi and this did not disappoint. Too bad people didn't take advantage of this coz it was excellent! Sabatini's and Bistro LaMer were just ok. We actually went to LaMer twice and second time it was much better. But, for feeding 3,000 + cruisers, we don't expect 5 star food at every venue. It was not BAD food just much of it was not memorable. Entertainment, I felt was better than it has been on past cruises. Rock Opera and 5 Skies were very well done. We are middle aged but LOVED speaking with the "mature seniors" who said Rock Opera was TOO LOUD and they did not understand 5 Skies at all. Maybe Princess should show the film Ready Player One several times to help out those who don't get the premise of this show. Anyway, we don't always go to shows and we actually did this time and enjoyed them - they are included at no extra charge! And we were entertained. Music was very good. Something for everyone. The house band had a "Gods of Rock" show at Princess Live that was excellent! Strings, guitarists, steel drum. Alittle for everyone. We didn't do any shore excursions. We sometimes get off the ship and sometimes enjoy having the ship to ourselves when everyone else is off. Grand Cayman looked pretty busy so we stayed on, Costa Maya was CRAZY busy walking around the port so that was a short stop for us, Honduras we had a nice walk around the port. I was AMAZED that the Carnival Glory basically parked right almost "ON" our bow! Maybe that captain is a bit nuts since this week he HIT the Legend?? Even Captain "Bye Bye" made a comment that he almost had a heart attack when she pulled in. We have NEVER seen a ship so close in all of our years of cruising! Cozumel we never got off either. Been there - done that a million times. Overall, this cruise delivered an excellent Princess cruise experience. We personally don't do rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, hate being nickel and dimed" throughout the cruise, would have preferred to see more "formal" dress as we do enjoy that on special occasions but we will return to Princess. It is like a family that we have come to know and does not disappoint us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We are elite members for princess and decided to try Sky because it was a new ship. Well with that being said the ship is NO different from the Regal or Royal. Very disappointed that the piazza had no visual appeal. Very plain. ... Read More
We are elite members for princess and decided to try Sky because it was a new ship. Well with that being said the ship is NO different from the Regal or Royal. Very disappointed that the piazza had no visual appeal. Very plain. Entertainment was very disappointing. The new show “Rock Opera” was a disappointment. They had one new show that they said you could only see the special effects if you were sitting in the middle of the theatre. Who puts a show on that is not visible from any seat. Same boring games a night. No specialty acts in the piazza. Princess needs to take a hard look at other cruise lines such as, Norwegian and MSC which have some of the best shows at sea. Overall the ship was nice but nothing different. Food was excellent in the buffet and dining room. Sabitinis food was great as well as the crown grill BUT the crown grill changed there desserts and they are not better. Pizza was good, as was Movie under the Stars. Beware of shopping in St Thomas and St Martins. Unless you want jewelry all the other shops are dying a quick death. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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