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Positively surprised to travel again on Caribbean Princess on its 15th year, 12 years after we last travelled on it. The ship was in dry dock for an extensive refurbishment and they did a very good job. The new buffet (marketplace I think they call it) is very good, looks fresh and inviting. Had a bad experience being served a lousy steak (or stakes, a porterhouse and an sterling I believe they call it) during our visit to Crown Grill. We find the service there to be slow and the steaks unfortunately were of very bad quality. Likely they were huge, so we could navigate the fat and veins to get a decent amount of ok meat out of them. Did not want to reorder as we did not want to wait another 30 plus minutes for it. Another bad experience we had was with the soda package, which includes juices, alcohol free cocktails and now they say SMOOTHIES. The price was changed from $7 to $10 a day (plus 15% taxes) to “accommodate the changes”, however in no place in the ship you can get a smoothie. Nowhere. The bars will send you to the new “cone and coffee place”, and there they will send you back to the bars, and then repeat. Other than these mentioned negatives, we had a very nice cruise. Staff was great, the food was good, and the ship is very nice. We actually like this older ship better than the newer ones (have been on the Royal and on the Regal).

Great relaxing cruise.

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by berlinNYC

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
Positively surprised to travel again on Caribbean Princess on its 15th year, 12 years after we last travelled on it.

The ship was in dry dock for an extensive refurbishment and they did a very good job. The new buffet (marketplace I think they call it) is very good, looks fresh and inviting.

Had a bad experience being served a lousy steak (or stakes, a porterhouse and an sterling I believe they call it) during our visit to Crown Grill. We find the service there to be slow and the steaks unfortunately were of very bad quality. Likely they were huge, so we could navigate the fat and veins to get a decent amount of ok meat out of them. Did not want to reorder as we did not want to wait another 30 plus minutes for it.

Another bad experience we had was with the soda package, which includes juices, alcohol free cocktails and now they say SMOOTHIES. The price was changed from $7 to $10 a day (plus 15% taxes) to “accommodate the changes”, however in no place in the ship you can get a smoothie. Nowhere. The bars will send you to the new “cone and coffee place”, and there they will send you back to the bars, and then repeat.

Other than these mentioned negatives, we had a very nice cruise. Staff was great, the food was good, and the ship is very nice.

We actually like this older ship better than the newer ones (have been on the Royal and on the Regal).
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Cabin L256
Nice, but too small. It has no couch. You either sit on the bed, or sit on the bed.
The new large flat screen TV is placed very awkwardly in the cabin. An afterthought. Badly done.
Beds comfortable.
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