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Notwithstanding the very long flight from Jersey (no, not New Jersey, how many times did we get fed up of saying that, but then 65% of Americans could not point out the Uk on a map), the extra flight to Dominican Republic our travel agent did not tell us about, the lost bag at San Juan and the overnight hotel that had not allowed for our eight year old as requested, we boarded the next day. Embarkation Pretty good. We were told that embarkation was from 2pm but when we arrived at 1.30pm it was obvious that it had already started, hence we found it very efficient and were in our cabin in no time. Signs and information around the boat are pretty poor and in some cases, you have to go up stairs to go downstairs to get where you want. Sunbeds were usually OK to find but the second week seemed to allow a lower class of passenger which affected the enjoyment of everyone else. (E.g. pool diving into a full pool, sitting for minutes on an exercise machine reading a magazine, 'reserving' a sunbed and trying to claim it five hours later, shouting 'WHOOO' repeatedly after sniffing any alcoholic bottle, issuing everyone with a hooter for New Years Eve and them blowing it from 8pm) Cabin Small but expectedly so. Clean and efficiently looked after. Eating Only found out after six days there was a buffet upstairs, probably because we don't eat every hour as some seem to do. At least that stopped us explaining why we regarded the menu as a choice rather than a tick list. Menus were a little restricted and predictable. Some good dishes some bad (could have played basketball with one piece of fish). Eastern European waiters need to know that sarcasm and sneering are not accepted on cruises like this. And wine waiters need to know how to serve wine. Sports Three table tennis tables (one broken for half the week), kids clubs that seemed shut when the boat was in harbour (i.e. most of the time) and a well kept gym although more air con was needed and a water fountain that could have dispensed water colder than tepid. Entertainment Not big fans of this, so that sways my judgement. The comedians weren't that funny and mostly had 'in' jokes about parts of America (lost). Dance routines seemed tired and the whole shebang seemed debased to the lowest common denominator of visual enjoyment, like the Princess Pop Star around the New Year. As someone aptly put it, "so they let you do your own entertainment then." Not enough for kids to do as partly explained above. We would have liked to take our child to the bridge and saw that Princess were organising a tour of that, the engine room and other parts of the boat. For $150 each !!! The giant TV either showed dumbed down movies (no more Abba, please I beg you) or sport which was either American channel ESPN or international ESPN, which was mostly American. Tipping The Princess way is to add a charge to your room bill daily. OK fair enough , but $11 each day and for each person is taking the proverbial, not forgetting that any drinks bill from the bar incurs it's own 15% tip. We learned that you could waive this, which we duly did and tipped those who deserved it. I understand that the Princess way rewards all the staff by sharing it out, but they need to make this realistic. Shops Overpriced tat mostly. Wine tasting would have been good but all the bottles were the 'cheapest' only so I didn't bother. On the whole, having heard from friends about their cruises, I may have another one, but with someone else. There were twelve ports of call but this forum only allows six so the below picks out the good and bad.

unimpressed

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by Jerry Bolton

Trip Details
Notwithstanding the very long flight from Jersey (no, not New Jersey, how many times did we get fed up of saying that, but then 65% of Americans could not point out the Uk on a map), the extra flight to Dominican Republic our travel agent did not tell us about, the lost bag at San Juan and the overnight hotel that had not allowed for our eight year old as requested, we boarded the next day.
Embarkation
Pretty good. We were told that embarkation was from 2pm but when we arrived at 1.30pm it was obvious that it had already started, hence we found it very efficient and were in our cabin in no time.
Signs and information around the boat are pretty poor and in some cases, you have to go up stairs to go downstairs to get where you want.
Sunbeds were usually OK to find but the second week seemed to allow a lower class of passenger which affected the enjoyment of everyone else. (E.g. pool diving into a full pool, sitting for minutes on an exercise machine reading a magazine, 'reserving' a sunbed and trying to claim it five hours later, shouting 'WHOOO' repeatedly after sniffing any alcoholic bottle, issuing everyone with a hooter for New Years Eve and them blowing it from 8pm)
Cabin
Small but expectedly so. Clean and efficiently looked after.
Eating
Only found out after six days there was a buffet upstairs, probably because we don't eat every hour as some seem to do. At least that stopped us explaining why we regarded the menu as a choice rather than a tick list.
Menus were a little restricted and predictable. Some good dishes some bad (could have played basketball with one piece of fish).
Eastern European waiters need to know that sarcasm and sneering are not accepted on cruises like this.
And wine waiters need to know how to serve wine.
Sports
Three table tennis tables (one broken for half the week), kids clubs that seemed shut when the boat was in harbour (i.e. most of the time) and a well kept gym although more air con was needed and a water fountain that could have dispensed water colder than tepid.
Entertainment
Not big fans of this, so that sways my judgement. The comedians weren't that funny and mostly had 'in' jokes about parts of America (lost). Dance routines seemed tired and the whole shebang seemed debased to the lowest common denominator of visual enjoyment, like the Princess Pop Star around the New Year. As someone aptly put it, "so they let you do your own entertainment then."
Not enough for kids to do as partly explained above. We would have liked to take our child to the bridge and saw that Princess were organising a tour of that, the engine room and other parts of the boat. For $150 each !!!
The giant TV either showed dumbed down movies (no more Abba, please I beg you) or sport which was either American channel ESPN or international ESPN, which was mostly American.
Tipping
The Princess way is to add a charge to your room bill daily. OK fair enough , but $11 each day and for each person is taking the proverbial, not forgetting that any drinks bill from the bar incurs it's own 15% tip.
We learned that you could waive this, which we duly did and tipped those who deserved it. I understand that the Princess way rewards all the staff by sharing it out, but they need to make this realistic.
Shops
Overpriced tat mostly. Wine tasting would have been good but all the bottles were the 'cheapest' only so I didn't bother.
On the whole, having heard from friends about their cruises, I may have another one, but with someone else.
There were twelve ports of call but this forum only allows six so the below picks out the good and bad.
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