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7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We cruised out of NY since it wasn't too far from home. We had an interior room on deck 2 (2295). We were mid ship close to the elevators, when things were happening in the lobby it got pretty loud in our room. My mom was also on ... Read More
We cruised out of NY since it wasn't too far from home. We had an interior room on deck 2 (2295). We were mid ship close to the elevators, when things were happening in the lobby it got pretty loud in our room. My mom was also on deck 2 but at the front and didn't hear anything. The first night we hit rough waters which lasted into the 2nd day. After that we were fine. I was nervous reading all the bad reviews. Areas can get crowded at peak times (lunch, dinner, shows and certain activities) nothing more than normal. You do have the deck seat savers that get out at the crack of dawn to save seats for them and their party. I had to get up early if my kids wanted to go to the Water Works just so we could get a seat near so I could watch them. Buffet was average, we went to the dining room most nights. The cruise director, Chris Williams (Flying Scotsman) was the BEST! He was awesome, very entertaining and funny. Go see his show, The Flying Scotsman, so good. Entertainment was good. We saw Vintage Pop and Latin Nights, We participated in some games and had an amazing time. The Playlist Performers are great! Don't let the negative reviews scare you away. This ship is great and we had an amazing time on it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
EMBARKATION-Very organized, quick, and easy DEBARKATION-Easy and well explained the night before and the day of leaving SHIP-Exceptional, elevators can be a problem on Embarkation and Debarkation,also after the popular shows. Best ... Read More
EMBARKATION-Very organized, quick, and easy DEBARKATION-Easy and well explained the night before and the day of leaving SHIP-Exceptional, elevators can be a problem on Embarkation and Debarkation,also after the popular shows. Best to take stairs, if you are able. Staterooms are very adequate for three people, four people would be tight. Bathrooms are definitely a one person only. Definitely bring your own shampoo and conditioner (none provided). Our room 12581 & 12580 were well appointed and very quiet. Water slide lines can get long, but they move quickly and they are well worth the wait. The Abyss, dry slide, is fun, but not as challenging or scary as they make it sound. Many of the activities are well supervised and cover everyone’s choices from small children to adults. SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS- 150 North Central, Chops Grille, and Izumi Hibachi are amazing. Service was outstanding and menu choices covered anyone’s pallet from meat to vegetarian. Beef choices was excellent and very good quality. Seafood was very tender, large portions and the shrimp was large and meaty. AMERICAN ICON GRILL DINING ROOM-Service was excellent and main entree choices was excellent. EXCURSIONS-Perfect Day at CocoCay for our day was cut short due to severe storms. While we were able to go on the slides before the storms rolled in, were a lot of fun and yes, the lines do get very long. If there is lightning within 10 miles of the island all water slides get shut down. They do reopen when they get the “all clear” signal. Unfortunately their was such a severe storm that hit the island they shut down the island and very efficiently had everyone get back on the ship. Royal Caribbean is such a high class ship they refunded everyone’s money if they paid for the Thrillpark portion of the island. St. Thomas-We had seen the town and did shopping on pervious cruises, so we opted for the St. John On Your Own. DO NOT , I repeat DO NOT. Do this tour!! This was totally misrepresented in the excursion detail. It showed and explained that you would be dropped off at a beach and be picked up at a designated time to get back to the ship. WRONG! We were dropped off at a pier and told if you want a beach you had to walk three miles one way in very unsafe conditions. Dirt, rocks, and stones on a man made path. Nobody knew that we went this way and we were all in bathing suits and flip flops. Finally made it to Honeymoon Beach, no chairs, no drinking water, and nothing around. Please do not do this tour especially if you have younger children. St. Maarten- we chose the Power Boat tour with lunch. Well worth the money and excellent narration of the island and the many different areas. Overall this was more than all of us ever expected. Looking forward to going on another Royal Caribbean cruise in two years. Have to save money for the newer ship in 2021. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We had a 4 family group of 14 and could not have asked for a better cruise. We celebrated a birthday, a graduation and a couple of wedding anniversaries. The cruise director MarQ is a dynamo. I am not sure when this guy sleeps. As one of ... Read More
We had a 4 family group of 14 and could not have asked for a better cruise. We celebrated a birthday, a graduation and a couple of wedding anniversaries. The cruise director MarQ is a dynamo. I am not sure when this guy sleeps. As one of my fellow cruisers stated, if you aren't enjoying this cruise, you need to have a drink and relax. The food and service was wonderful. The Blush dining room staff was fantastic, "Som and YumYum" provided wonderful service and were loads of fun. Our cabin steward, Korn was wonderful. We could not have asked for better service, the room was alway clean and appointed. This ship was at full capacity, there were lines but they never seemed to take long. Embarkation was quick and simple. Debarkation was completely flawless, of course we handled our on bags as were were parked in the garage across from the terminal. Guy's Burger Joint and the Red Frog Pub were big hits with our crowd. The water slides were enjoyed by everyone from "57 year old me" to the youngest 17 year old in our group. The pools were very crowded, so you simply needed to step into one of the many provided showers to cool off. If you can't adapt a little I suggest you don't go on any cruise in the middle of the Summer, when every ship is at or near full capacity. The shows were a mixed bag, a couple were really good a couple just average. The string trio playing in the Atrium was wonderful, and the solo guitar player that played around the ship was very impressive. I would give both an A+. We took one excursion through Carnival, a catamaran sailing from St. Thomas to St. John, Honeymoon Beach. This was a wonderful sail with a fantastic crew, I would recommend it to anyone. Now for a tip, in Grand Turk, we took a taxi to Bohio Dive Beach area. All beaches in Grand Turk are public, so don't bother with an excursion. There was a store just up the beach selling beer and such, nice walk, nice water. Understand that there are very little in the way of amenities at the beaches of Grand Turk. If you are not adventurous just stay at the beach beside the ship and enjoy the crowds. On a final note I have read some recent reviews of this ship and wondered who these people were and what ship they could possibly have gone on? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but understand we had 14 people of various ages and the only complaint we could come up with was the one 17 year old had a hard time getting into the "18 and over only locations". Certainly not Carnivals fault. Did we cheat a few times? Of course! I sometimes think these people could not be happy with anything, or they are just trying to impress someone with how refined they believe themselves to be. Sorry for the rant, but we really enjoyed this cruise, even with the big crowds. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
I am a former cancer patient. I entered remission just a few months ago and had my leg amputated. This was my first cruise. I want to start off with the musicians. There was music for everybody’s taste. But I enjoyed ALL of them. Luisa, ... Read More
I am a former cancer patient. I entered remission just a few months ago and had my leg amputated. This was my first cruise. I want to start off with the musicians. There was music for everybody’s taste. But I enjoyed ALL of them. Luisa, Juliana and Juan in the Accidental String Trio were just...the only word to describe it was beautiful. Neil was singing and Jammin’ the reggae hits on the steel drums. And Rob was rocking it on the guitar. DJ JD with the hits. The Brassaholics with the amazing Maroon 5 medley. And the Latin Band covering latin hits. Emma, Layla and Francois brought so much energy throughout the whole ship. Vargus Mason with the jokes! T.A. Williams at the Piano Bar. Diana and other bartenders tending the bar at the Lobby very well, including the bartenders on Lido who also bring their energy to the ship. I tipped what I could. Next I want to say how much I really appreciate how kind, thoughtful, and caring the staff was. They always offered help. I don’t usually accept help but I made some exceptions. I also made some friends on the cruise. The whole experience is one to remember. They always had smiles on their faces, and always greeted as we cross paths. And as you’re reading this to all of the staff, I just want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. I hope I get to meet you all again. Cheers "Let your smile change the world, don't let the world change your smile..." - unknown "My cup is full to the brim, I could go on and on, the full has never been told" - Buju Banton Side Note: Im looking for a job also (galvancromeo@gmail.com) all photos are unedited Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
I traveled on this cruise with my (extended) family, including 2 children. We had a great time. The kids loved the buffet, and one enjoyed the kids' club and the sushi classes. I took the other on the "all access" tour--it ... Read More
I traveled on this cruise with my (extended) family, including 2 children. We had a great time. The kids loved the buffet, and one enjoyed the kids' club and the sushi classes. I took the other on the "all access" tour--it was expensive as heck, but I don't regret spending the money. The food at the buffet was good, especially the curries. The MDR did a decent lunch and an elaborate-looking buffet. My cabin was nice--the porthole window was great. My steward was attentive and nice--I actually ran into him "too" often because the facilities he needed were close by. He always seemed to be standing in the corridor when I went to my cabin. The shows were all wonderful, although the comedians were a 7 out of 10 at best. Labadee was fantastic. Maho Beach was theoretically very good, but that excursion didn't go terribly well for me in a few ways. All of the members of my party took issue with the safety video at muster, with one going so far as to address it with an officer. I really hope Royal does something about it. It's a waste of time AND doesn't impart the needed safety information. It fails in every way. Another member of my party was upset at being unable to book our group into dinner (MDR) a good 3 or 4 days in advance. Someone else went to Guest Services over it and got it fixed, leading to the first person being even more upset that it seemed to be about who you know or "who" is asking--in other words, why deny the first request and then have another crew member override it? People shouldn't have to go to Guest Services for a simple dinner reservation. Embarkation went fine. The transfer to and from the airport also went fine. I was on Symphony of the Seas not long before this one, and they were pretty indistinguishable. I'd be happy to sail on either one again if it fit my plans and needs. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We recently returned from a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Allure and all I can say is "Wow!" The ship itself is incredible and beautiful, with no shortage of things to do. The staff was friendly, attentive, helpful and fun. ... Read More
We recently returned from a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Allure and all I can say is "Wow!" The ship itself is incredible and beautiful, with no shortage of things to do. The staff was friendly, attentive, helpful and fun. We returned rested and ready to book another cruise on RC! We had two rooms - my husband and I had an ocean view balcony on deck 12 and our daughters were across the hall from us with a Central Park balcony. Two rooms is definitely the way to go when you have kids, if you can swing it! Our room attendant, Yogesh, was extremely nice. We were easily able to walk up to deck 15 to hit the pools....and even down to deck 8 to get on Central Park. Food was very good. We ate at Chops (due to having the Key), and then also at Izumi Hibachi for dinner one night and Giovanni's for lunch one day. Great service (Alain our Hibachi chef was terrific!) and delicious food. All other dinners were in the Main Dining Room, where we had wonderful service again (we did My Time Dining) and then breakfasts were usually at Windjammer (ok in my opinion but kids and hubby really liked it) and then lunch at Windjammer or Central Park Cafe. I was a big fan of CP Cafe! The entertainment was beyond impressive. Mama Mia is a Broadway caliber performance, the performers are fantastic! Aqua show is one of the coolest things you will ever see. Ice show is great. And the headliner group they brought in from Vegas was Mo5aic and they were unbelievable. RC clearly puts a high value on entertainment and it shows. As for onship activities, we were fans of the Flow Rider, mini golf and zip line. Central Park is beautiful an oh so peaceful at night. Boardwalk is fun and my husband very much enjoyed the hot dog shop! Ports - we were on a ship that was originally slated for St. Thomas but changed to Puerto Rico a few months ago. Yes, were were certainly disappointed since they also cut down the time on shore, but it wasn't going to ruin my vacation. Our first port was St. Kitts and we did the Fan ta Sea snorkeling and beach catamaran excursion. Probably the highlight for me! Great snorkeling, excellent crew, tons of fun (ok food, but whatever). This was also the ship that did dock in Puerto Rico, despite the ongoing protests. We were able to dock because we arrived in the morning, whereas the other ships would have been there at night, when the protests were actually taking place. We did the Old and New San Juan tours, and it was disappointing to see the toll the protests took on the city itself. And while we had initially been sad about not having too much time in PR, it definitely turned out to be for the best, given the circumstances. Our last port was Nassau, and we did our own thing at Atlantis, due to a family connection there. We had the Key and it was absolutely worth the investment! From the time we arrived at Port Everglades to getting on the ship was 20 minutes! We could drop off our carry on luggage instead of lugging it around. We loved the Chops Grille lunch that day - although instead of eating at Chops, they serve you the meal in the Main Dining Room. While it might have been cool to eat actually in Chops, it was a great idea by RC to do this because there was zero line and you were not rushed at all. We also got priority seating at the shows, although we only took advantage of it at Mama Mia and the ice show. And we utilized the private times for the Flow Rider and zip line, that makes a difference! My only negative feedback would be putting one of the two towel stations right next to the smoking section of deck 15. Most of us do not want to have to walk through that or stand next to it to get a towel. Seems like something they could move over a bit. Overall, I highly recommend Allure of the Seas, as well as the Key program. Our family of four had a great time and will be back on another RC cruise! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We arrived early for our 1 PM check-in time and were boarded within minutes. We had a balcony cabin, 5244. The view was great, the bed comfortable and cabin clean. It was very nice, but was a bit short on storage space for 3. We had an ... Read More
We arrived early for our 1 PM check-in time and were boarded within minutes. We had a balcony cabin, 5244. The view was great, the bed comfortable and cabin clean. It was very nice, but was a bit short on storage space for 3. We had an excellent wait staff. The food in the dining room was FABULOUS. The buffet was ok. Breakfast was a bit ho-hum, but not a big deal. Guys burgers was possibly the best burger and fries I’ve had in awhile. There was a 24 hour pizza, hand tossed and amazing. Drinks were good quality, but pricey. A tropical drink came to $11 with added gratuity. Even a beer rang up to $7.50ish. The entertainment was great and so fun. There were 2 deck parties with great music from the 70s, 80s and 90s that fit the typical cruiser very well. Dr E was the best cruise director I’ve sailed with. Having 3 pools on board helped to spread out the crowd on sea days. There was a perfect blend of activities and music styles for ALL to enjoy. There was a fridge in our room, we stashed our water we purchased ($4.50/12) and soda/ wine we brought. My 13 year old LOVED circle c club. I barely saw her all week. She made a ton of friends, which was great. Our first stop was Grand Turk. We shopped, swam in the area just off the pier and went to Margaritaville. Margaritaville had a fun pool party. Our second stop was Half Moon Cay...stunning, but we waited too long to get tender tickets and didn’t get there until 11:30. By 3ish, the island started clearing out. It was a scorcher and we were ready to get back onboard anyway. Our last stop, Freeport was the dud of the group. It is not pretty where you dock, at ALL. Really...take an excursion, we did dolphin experience/ snorkeling. Debarkation is late on this itinerary, however we were off 45 minutes earlier than advertised, consider rolling off your own luggage if possible. Also, the fitness center is sort of small. With the recent incidents in the Carribean and Mexico...I must say, I felt completely safe and everyone I encountered ashore was wonderful and friendly. I’ve sailed RCI and other lines, but I’ve been spoiled by Carnival. It was the best time I’ve ever had on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
This was a great cruise in so many ways. We traveled with good friends and all of us had a wonderful time. Service was excellent, staff was friendly, food was good, ship was well maintained, beds were greatly improved since our last ... Read More
This was a great cruise in so many ways. We traveled with good friends and all of us had a wonderful time. Service was excellent, staff was friendly, food was good, ship was well maintained, beds were greatly improved since our last sailing on the Caribbean Princess, and itinerary was perfect. Club Class dining was well worth the extra expense - we had the best service and every meal was great. Adult only pool was very nice on sea days, entertainment was good and there was a nice variety of activities. Staff in boutique stores were phenomenal (Effy, Swarovski) - even got to try on a 45 carat tanzanite necklace - amazing!!! Complimentary wine/champagne events were also a nice addition. The only constructive feedback I have is around the art auction. We've attended art auctions on numerous cruises and have collected several pieces along the way. We intended to purchase art on this cruise, too, but auctions weren't as fun or accommodating as we've experienced in the past or on other cruises. Champagne was extremely limited and all glasses were filled 3/4 of the way with orange juice. I don't drink orange juice, so I didn't get to have any champagne. I mentioned this to one of the staff, and she promised to send a bottle of champagne to our room, but this never happened. During the auction, I tagged four pieces of art to bid on but they never brought them up for action after almost 2 1/2 hours of sitting there. I mentioned this too as we were leaving and they just apologized - there wasn't any personal follow up to help us make a purchase. We also stopped by the art gallery at least 10 times to discuss the art we were interested in but no one was there. So, while some of the art events they hosted were okay/nice (Peter Max showing in art gallery), the overall experience was left to be desired and worse, we left the cruise without acquiring any new pieces. While the art auction experience wasn't the best, we will definitely cruise on Princess again and overall, we had a fabulous time well worth what we paid. We will definitely opt for Club Class on all future cruises and are already planning our next one for the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 in the Caribbean and another one overseas in the Summer or Fall 2020. Can't wait! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We love Princess and it services. The Buffet is outstanding...service can not be matched by and other cruise line. Carribean Princess and it staff are wonderful. Our Cabin (P327) was maintained the way we would expect. If we did ... Read More
We love Princess and it services. The Buffet is outstanding...service can not be matched by and other cruise line. Carribean Princess and it staff are wonderful. Our Cabin (P327) was maintained the way we would expect. If we did not see something we would ask for it and sure nough it would be there by the next day. Our dining on board (anytime dining) was superb.,......the waiters advised what foods would be good and which we would enjoy the most. When we ask for something in the dining our waiter would get it and always make sure it was the way we liked it. If something was not right the staff would make every effort to correct it and provide perfection. We enjoyed the "Production" shows very much. However we do not enjoy comedians and jugglers......perhaps when we younger we may have enjoyed them more. Comedians do not use their microphones properly so the entire ordience can hear them. Only the first five (5) rows of people in attendance laughed at their jokes. Obviously everyone in the sixth row and further could not hear them. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
The cruise was amazing. Food at Palo (brunch and dinner) were exceptional. Rely (brunch with champagne pairing) was incredible. Kids Club my kid was glued to it and constantly wanted to be there. Pirate Night was fun, and I realized that I ... Read More
The cruise was amazing. Food at Palo (brunch and dinner) were exceptional. Rely (brunch with champagne pairing) was incredible. Kids Club my kid was glued to it and constantly wanted to be there. Pirate Night was fun, and I realized that I could have enjoyed the fireworks from our veranda, but hey, it was fun to be with everyone. Excursions, we did National Parks at British Virgin Island Gordo, and walked Devil’s Beach and The Baths. This was amazing, water, felt great, the walk in the caves was very adventurous (climbing down steep rocks, at times using a rope to hold on to, or walking down steep stairs so be warned) and very fun. St. Thomas was a trip to Coral World which was very relaxing, and very interesting to learn about sea life, animals and coral. Castaway Cay was the worst experience I have ever had. I set out to do the 5K which I walked. Lots of water, and beautiful stuff to see. I met my family and noticed that the weather was getting very hot. We found some chairs under an umbrella and sat. My son swam in the water, and I am not sure what it is with the heat and moronic people, but obscenities started to happen in everyday conversation. After discussing it with the people that were using it, and receiving a “Sorry” we decided to move to another area. Really, why do you have to use that language in front of your kids and mine? Come on! Wife started to get really hot and headed back to the ship. My son and I stayed for about 20 minutes longer, and as we headed back to the ship a Coast Guard helicopter landed next to the ship. I found out later, that the Coast Guard was called in because someone was suffering from Heat Stroke. THAT IS HOW HOT IT IS. Just know if you go out on the island, there is nothing to do except be in the sun or the water. When in the water, its a little cooler, but not much. No air conditioning on the island, and the air is pretty still, not a lot of breezes. The food for Castaway Cay left a lot to be desired we had a burger (son didn’t even finish it), and chicken burger. Both of which were the worst part of the food we had on the ship. I did drink a lot of Powerade which made me feel a bit better, but didn’t make anything taste any better. My son and I headed back, got on the ship and my son and I rode the Aqua Duck 17 times in a row....AND IT WAS SO MUCH COOLER! The Stateroom Host was incredible. Our head waiter, waiter and assistant waiter were amazing. The food was fantastic, all in all, you have to do a Disney Cruise if you haven’t. You don’t have to do the excursions obviously, you can enjoy a movie, or show, but enjoy that cruise. It really makes you feel special! My family is currently trying to figure out where to go next and when we can do it. This was my very first cruise, and having heard about other cruise lines, I may be a bit snobby and only cruise with Disney! :) Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This was originally a cruise to Cuba which was the only reason we chose this ship. When the Cuba ports were cancelled we decided to take their offer of 50% off but didn't expect much from this "old" and "small" ... Read More
This was originally a cruise to Cuba which was the only reason we chose this ship. When the Cuba ports were cancelled we decided to take their offer of 50% off but didn't expect much from this "old" and "small" ship. We had a wonderful time. No way did the ship seem old. All of the public areas and our cabin were very clean and just lovely. We loved that the ship was smaller since it was so easy to get around and there were no crowds anywhere. You could walk into the buffet area, the showroom or the pool area and always get seats. We have been on many cruises where getting seats anywhere is always a hassle. The entertainment was top notch. We especially enjoyed the many beautiful costumes. The food was very good and our wait staff friendly and very efficient. In fact every service person we encountered was super friendly. Since we always take a balcony room and there are no regular balconies on this ship we opted for a junior suite which in actuality was the same as a regular balcony on any other ship. If you are thinking of going on the Empress, don't even hesitate. You will enjoy it! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
It was a last minute vacation for my husband and I and our 5 kids (13,14,17,19 &20 yrs) The staff was great, friendly, helpful and fun! Loved the medallion and it’s apps! Very innovative and helpful if you aren’t regular cruisers. ... Read More
It was a last minute vacation for my husband and I and our 5 kids (13,14,17,19 &20 yrs) The staff was great, friendly, helpful and fun! Loved the medallion and it’s apps! Very innovative and helpful if you aren’t regular cruisers. The only thing I wished is that I’d be able to track the kids under 18 in the other 2 state rooms since we had 3 rooms. But because of their age the app wouldn’t allow me to track them but we all have iPhones so we just texted. WiFi plan purchased workers really well, especially being in the middle of the ocean. Food was tasty and lots of options for the picky or for adventurous taste buds. Didn’t eat 1 thing I didn’t like. Plenty of areas to sit and relax, didn’t feel over crowded in any areas (obviously many people at pools on hot days, but there are multiple pools so it didn’t seem to bother anyone and didn’t seem over crowded). There’s about 4-5 smoking areas. Rooms were stayed on top of, very clean, service was great. The staff remembered your orders or likes almost immediately. Made for a very personal feeling. Entertainment was funny and there was always something going on somewhere. Princess cruises has it down pat all the way around. Looking into sailing with them again next summer. Embarking and disembarking was soooo quick and easy too! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
Normally we would never have chosen such a large cruise ship but we picked this ship because of the range of activities for our daughter, our son-in-law and our grandchildren ages 6 and 8, To our surprise we enjoyed the ship as much as ... Read More
Normally we would never have chosen such a large cruise ship but we picked this ship because of the range of activities for our daughter, our son-in-law and our grandchildren ages 6 and 8, To our surprise we enjoyed the ship as much as they did. Embarkation was smooth and easy. We picked the earliest boarding time (11:00-11:30 AM) and were on board having a buffet lunch in the Windjammer by 11:45 AM. We booked two adjoining Central Park View cabins. They were spacious and convenient to elevators, stairways and to Central Park. We loved all the dining options especially the many complimentary restaurants. We never went to the breakfast buffet because we tried a different complimentary breakfast venue every day. We especially enjoyed being able to walk downstairs to Central Park and have breakfast or a snack at the Park Café which was never crowded. Dinner in the main dining room was great. We were seated at an ocean view table which the grandchildren loved. The wait staff was super and so attentive to the kids. Always brought them a serving of fresh fruit while we checked out the dinner menu. And we always left with a plate of chocolate chip cookies for the kids to enjoy back in their room. Entertainment and activities onboard the ship were amazing. Don't miss Mamma Mia!, the Ocean Aria Aqua Show or The Blue Planet. We booked all of those online well before we boarded. We enjoyed all of the ports and booked only one shore excursion. In Saint Maarten we did the Trolley Train Tour of Philipsburg. I thought that it was not as good as advertised but my 8 year old granddaughter thought it was the best!! We did our own walking tour of Old San Juan but wished we would have had more time in that port (it was cut short by ship propulsion problems and the need to get to Labadee). Fort San Felipe del Morro, which is a National Historic Site, was amazing and not to be missed. If you have a National Park Pass or a Senior Park Pass bring it along for free admission for up to 4 people. In Labadee Haiti we enjoyed swimming and relaxing at Columbus Cove. You can take the tram or walk to Columbus Cove, but get there earlier in the day to find loungers in shaded areas. We liked that location as it was close to one of the outdoor restaurants for the barbeque lunch. Disembarking was simple. We were able to carry our own bags so we were able to leave once the ship docked. We were quickly moved through customs and were in our car driving back home by 7:30 AM I would definitely recommend this ship and itinerary to anyone planning a family reunion. There is something for everyone. And we would definitely go again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
We docked out of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and we had two days there before our ship sailed. While in Ft. Lauderdale I’d recommend eating at the Funky Buddha! Fun atmosphere, great food, and flights which allow you to sample the beers. We ... Read More
We docked out of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and we had two days there before our ship sailed. While in Ft. Lauderdale I’d recommend eating at the Funky Buddha! Fun atmosphere, great food, and flights which allow you to sample the beers. We also went to the Everglades. It was exhilarating! Our captain was lively and fun! He honestly made the experience what it was-enjoyable while simultaneously providing us with the history and information of the Everglades in a hang-on-to-every-word way! Now the important part -the cruise! Wow! Wow! Wow! This was my first cruise so I did a little research and I knew that bags wouldn’t be delivered to our rooms right away so I had everything I needed in my carry-on (This is important to ensure a comfortable first few hours). The room was a good size and we had a balcony that overlooked Central Park which was awesome! Central Park- what a beautifully crafty area to the ship. If ever you’re missing that outside world (not likely because of the port stops) go to Central Park. The view is captivating and you get your nature fix. There were tons of pools and although sometimes finding a chair (or two) by one was somewhat challenging (it’s the place to be!) the setup was convenient. The food was great! We went to our reservations at American Icon Grill the first two nights but favored the Windjammer, buffet style, and that it ultimately were we ended up eating the remaining 5 days. We visited St. Marteen, San Juan, and Labadee. My biggest disappointment was that we were only in San Juan for 6 hours. Not nearly enough time to explore. Labadee was my favorite stop! Relaxing and beautiful! Though, if you plan on shopping- BEWARE! The Haitians will bombard you. I initially wanted to support them and though I did buy some stuff from the small shops, I wanted to get out of there as quick as possible which is unfortunate because I would have shopped more. Unfortunately I did not do any excursions on the ports. Last but definitely not least. The entertainment! I cannot speak more highly of this part! Second to none! Incredible! Sensational! And, well, ENTERTAINING! The aqua show: so nice I saw it twice. No really. I had to go see it a second time. You don’t want to look away. The game shows: fun! You’ll get your laughs in! Contests: belly contest, wakeboard contest, dive contest,etc. GO! The ice show- A MUST SEE! Not only is it fun, entertaining, and well choreographed but it was touching and I found myself holding back tears at one point. Honestly, the entertainment on the ship was my favorite part of the cruise and the next cruise I go on (because there will certainly be a next and a next after that and so on) I will hit up every entertainment opportunity. Cannot speak for kids on the cruise because this was a trip just for my fiancé and I but I will say that I can’t wait to bring my kids w us the next time we go! I know they’d have an experience of a lifetime. Highly recommend this cruise line! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
I love MSC, I am number 1 fan of this cruise line. The crew members are adorable, friendly, professionals and very helpful. Embarkation and disembarkation are just perfect. The Seaside is a beautiful and elegant Ship. The Spa is so ... Read More
I love MSC, I am number 1 fan of this cruise line. The crew members are adorable, friendly, professionals and very helpful. Embarkation and disembarkation are just perfect. The Seaside is a beautiful and elegant Ship. The Spa is so amazing. They have to have more Latin Food, Caribbean Food, variety. The Casino spectacular and the Waiters at bars and restaurants excellent. I am not to happy with The ports of calls since they are the same since MSC Cruise came in 2014, so we are so tired of the same ones already. They are more ports like Puerto Plata, La Romana, Dominican Republic, More of Aruba, Curacao, etc. Also the entertainment actives are great. Thank God they are having more latin DJs. The most beatiful thing are the shoes, The Broadways styles shows, they are amazing. The Welcome back to the ship in some of the ports are so great! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Our Ideal Vacation: I think the first thing that I think everyone should state is what they're looking for in their cruise vacation. We were a group of four girls in our late 30's to early 50's who wanted to get away for ... Read More
Our Ideal Vacation: I think the first thing that I think everyone should state is what they're looking for in their cruise vacation. We were a group of four girls in our late 30's to early 50's who wanted to get away for a week's worth of extreme relaxing, reading, staring at the water, eating good food and just not having to do everything for ourselves for a week. We're not foodies, we're not super into all activities and we definitely did not want to feel busy. Three of us are seasoned cruisers, one was on her first cruise. So that established, the Equinox did NOT disappoint any of us in any way. Celebrity's Target Audience: Few notes on Celebrity if you're not familiar with the cruising world. They cater mostly to the 30-50 crowd who are not extreme partiers but enjoy great service, food and the ability to take in a wide range of activities from cooking classes and line dancing to evening Great Gatsby parties. There isn't an overabundance of kids on board but enough. I can't speak to the kids activities. You won't find raucous, loud partiers often which was just fine with us. Embarkation: The cruise embarked from Ft. Lauderdale Terminal 25 - which was newly built for the edge. Provided you have done your advance check-in as they advise you to do and have your credit card on file and all of the information provided - the check-in was smooth and we were on the boat by 11:30am (we arrived around 11am). Proceed right to your stateroom and pick up your key cards for your room right away and drop off your carry on. The rooms will all be ready by about 1pm. The Stateroom: We booked this cruise last year in order to get a room to accommodate 4 people with a larger balcony - in our case this was stateroom 9237 which is Concierge Class and in a perfect location just steps away from the main atrium elevators with a large balcony (must've been 13-15 feet deep and about 7 feet wide - it would fit two loungers and two chairs without issue - we had one lounger, 2 chairs and a table). The room was comfortable and had enough storage for the 4 of us to unpack. Unfortunately the Equinox revolutionizing was shortened due to a crane accident in Nassau that diverted them to dry dock in Spain, but the carpets, bedding and drapes are new, as is the TV (not that we turned it on the entire vacation, but looks lovely!). Our cabin steward was lovely and helpful. A young woman whose parents are taking care of her children back home as she works very hard to provide for them. She won't see them again until January. Having been part of many FB groups where the "is Concierge Class worth it?" debate constantly arises - to that I state that its less about being Concierge Class and any perks and more about what you want in your stateroom. We wanted a larger balcony - this just happened to be found in CC. We weren't interested in any of the other perks really. The Food: Having cruised for the past 5 cruises on NCL, I'd forgotten just how good the Celebrity food is. I'm not talking from the point of a foodie who wants fancy dishes I can't recognize. I was looking for variety, good taste and freshness - as were the other girls I was travelling with. We abundantly looked forward to every meal and did not encounter anything we didn't find tasty and fresh. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants since we were abundantly happy with what was provided in all of the complimentary dining venues. The Entertainment/Activities: Maarten/Martin (spelling?) our cruise director was funny and approachable. We didn't take in a whole lot of activities other than some trivia games. We mostly would go to the shows in the Equinox Theatre. The comedian the first night was quite funny, unfortunately the other shows involving the singers/dancers weren't as high quality as we've seen on other lines. Our main complaint being that certain singers were very pitchy and not really singing in a good vocal range for them. It made it a bit hard on the ears at times. The Crew: This is where the Equinox shines above and beyond. So rarely have I seen a crew that genuinely seems so cohesive as a group and happy to be interacting with guests. We had Celebrity Select dining (aka anytime dining), but they sit you in the same section each night. Our waiter and assistant waiter Rhys and Raul really made the week's suppers specials. They were absolutely lovely and we ended the week with a group photo as well as a group hug. Raul was excited to send a picture to his wife and kids back home to show them his "Queens" that week. I'm always very cognizant that many of the crew have families who they are far away from for a very long time. We were fortunate to have Captain Kate for most of the cruise (except the first couple days). She will be moving to the Edge in mid-August. She's regularly found around the ship and clearly enjoys her crew very much and they in return love her. As four women travelling together it was lovely to see a strong woman at the helm of the ship and as cat lovers - we thoroughly enjoyed that her cat lives with her on the ship. Check out Bug Naked on Instagram - makes me laugh. Disembarkation: This was perhaps the most smooth disembarkation I've ever experienced. We chose to leave our luggage out the night before and take a bus transfer arranged by Celebrity to the airport in Ft. Lauderdale. We disembarked at 8:20am and were at the airport just a little after 9:00am. Summary: Phenomenal. We loved every minute of it and would go again in an instant. We unplugged from the world for the week with no internet or cell service, we laughed, we read, we enjoyed eachother's company and the beautiful relaxing setting where our biggest concern was what of 10 entrees to eat and where to go read or nap. We definitely overheard many conversations from people who seemed determined to just complain about anything - from one gentleman who said that cake was atrocious and he had better recipes (I'm not sure which cake - I encountered at least 20 types during the week and thought them tasty), to the woman who bickered on about not being able to wear beachwear into the main dining room, to other really trivial complaints. We are already planning our next Celebrity Cruise and the Equinox is high on our list of ships we want to sail again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Believe it or not, but we chose a 9-night cruise for our first Royal Caribbean cruise not knowing if we'd even like it or not. To be honest, we had high expectations considering how amazing many people call the cruise line, so we were ... Read More
Believe it or not, but we chose a 9-night cruise for our first Royal Caribbean cruise not knowing if we'd even like it or not. To be honest, we had high expectations considering how amazing many people call the cruise line, so we were expecting a lot. Not only were our expectations met, but they were surpassed greatly and we couldn't have asked for a better vacation! To begin, our boarding was really smooth and I felt it was almost too easy! Although the ship was pretty crowded at some times, it never felt too much and you have to expect crowds on such a large ship with such a large person count. I felt the ship's outline was very different than others but there was nothing too dramatic or bad about it. I REALLY enjoyed the food especially at the main dining room, Wonderland, and Chops Grille. The main dining room was outstanding and we wish we went there more, but we wanted to try other restaurants like Wonderland, Chops, and Jamies. The Head Waitress, Maricris was super nice and visited us every night even though she wasn't our actual server and even though she had many things to deal with, so it was outstanding and so kind of her to do this for us. Wonderland had some of the most extraordinary food my whole family has ever tasted and some of the most interesting food my family has ever tasted. We definitely also enjoyed Chops and the layout of the menu that we did it once for dinner and also again for lunch! Yes, Jamies was amazing and had some pretty good food, but we felt that it could have had more Italian theme since it is an Italian restaurant. Moving on from food, me and my family (I traveled with my husband and one 14-year-old boy for further reference) all enjoyed most of the shows. My son and I were in love with Spectra's Cabaret, my husband not that much. We all hated The Gift and thought it was really hard to follow and made no sense even with having full concentration the whole show. The decorations and set designs and singing in The Gift was amazing but none of it made any sense even though we also did some research beforehand. Both the adult and kid-friendly comedy shows were outstanding and we all enjoyed it a lot. We will rock you is great for long Queen fans, so I really liked it but my husband didn't. Overall, entertainment was pretty good and we saw some shows we couldn't ever forget, especially the silent party which was extremely entertaining and enjoyable. Bingo was pretty good despite the same jokes being used each time in each game and the jokes got a bit annoying but we were barely bothered by it. There was so much entertainment that we had to cut some things out and we weren't able to attend everything we wanted to, which is odd considering you'd think everything would be spread out in a 9-night cruise. My son did the flow rider and rock climbing once or twice and enjoyed it, but the whole family really liked North Star and it was unforgettable with the pictures we also got from it. The Sea Plex had so much entertainment and activities that me, my son, and my husband all enjoyed especially bumper cars and my sons first-time roller skating! The ship overall was extremely clean and as I said before, it had a weird outline and I felt that it isn't the same as other ships but it was definitely something I liked and found interesting. The ship was fairly crowded at some times and at some parts including how hard it was to find a deck chair by the pool, but it was fairly empty above the pool deck 1 deck up and is just as enjoyable to sunbathing, listening to the live music, and watching people swim as well. The ship was just amazing and much bigger than we imagined in pictures! Moving onto our cabin, I found it very unique considering there was actually a charging slot on both sides of the bed as well and also a light switch on the side of the bed that turned off most of the lights in the room. I found this amazing since I didn't have to get up (lol!) and turn the lights off then make my way back to the bed. Our only problems with the room was that our comforter/blanket had a weird stain on it that we found really strange, however, it was dealt with swiftly and the same night we noticed it when we told our room stewardess. We also noticed that we only got a towel animal every other night, which was a shock but I guess that's what happens on a 9-night cruise (this was our longest cruise as well, the other longest being 7 nights). We only had a couple of problems that made us have to go to customer service, one being a clogged toilet and lost items, but they dealt with it fast and with no problem at all. The staff onboard are just so nice and it surprised me how much energy they have every single day considering they do this same old thing every week. Moving on from the ship, we REALLY enjoyed all 4 ports that we visited. Starting in order, we really enjoyed Bermuda, Royal Naval Dockyard. This was the tour that we booked with Royal Caribbean where we visited the Aquarium and Zoo for almost all of the day and the tour guides were just so hilarious and we couldn't say anything bad about the experience or tour guides. The map was larger than the place actually was and it was really small but the time they gave us at the place matched how long it takes to go around the place. After the tour, we just went some shopping and got rum cake that was REALLY DELICIOUS and is a must when going to Bermuda. Next up was Saint Maarten or Sint Maartin where we did a circle island tour that visited Maho Beach, Marigot, and some extra places as well. This tour was booked with Bernards Tours, which was off the cruise line and booked by me privately. We felt this tour was outstanding and we really recommend it to everyone! It took most of the day so we just went a little shopping near the port after and then headed back to the ship. The next port was Puerto Rico where we did visited the El Yunque rain forest with another tour, not with the cruise line as we didn't see any tour about the rainforest until after we booked this one. This tour was absolutely outstanding and there was even an extra part at the end where he brought us to an excellent restaurant where we had to get food to go because the tour took almost the entire day and we only had about an hour or so left. Finally, we visited Labadee, Haiti, the private island. Haiti was by far our favorite port and because it was just so beautiful and sooting for the whole family. My child loved the virgin Labadoozie and me and my husband enjoyed the one with rum but it was so delicious and I am currently craving one badly right now. Barefoot Beach was our favorite beach at Labadee and it was so calm. The water was amazing and so clear, it was one of the best we've ever experienced in a very long time. My son did the zipline alone and he said that it was a lot of fun and described it to be the best zipline he's ever done (he has done a LOT). He has never done an over ocean type of zipline so it was a cool experience for him, along with the dragon coaster he also did alone (me and my husband aren't as adventurous as him, lol!). If I had the choice to do it all again, I would definitely. Although it was kind of stressful sometimes rushing to dinner or the Windjammer and doing washy washy every time we entered, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way and the memories we made can never be forgotten. My son didn't go to the teens club despite me telling him to many times. He didn't really make any friends on board but he was fine with that and he just wanted to relax and explore the ship when my husband and I went to the adult-only events like the hilarious comedy show. Disembarkation was super smooth unexpectedly and once we got off the ship, the line to pick up our luggage and go through customs was extremely long, but it went really fast and it was super smooth and I'd say we got out completely in less than 20 minutes (yes, that fast!). Overall, to end this review, this 9-night cruise on Anthem of the Seas was outstanding and surpassed the entire family's expectations fully. We will definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean again and maybe even Anthem! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
I took this trip with 30 friends and family. I was a little scared to do Royal because I had a bad experience 11 yrs ago with them. The Anthem of the Seas changed me the moment I stepped on the ship. She is big,beautiful and clean. ... Read More
I took this trip with 30 friends and family. I was a little scared to do Royal because I had a bad experience 11 yrs ago with them. The Anthem of the Seas changed me the moment I stepped on the ship. She is big,beautiful and clean. CABIN # 9510---front of the ship with a 6ft window. Cabin was larger than balconies. I had 4 adults in the room with plenty of storage. There was storage over both beds and we had 2 closets. The bathroom was decent size. Umroy --steward took great care of us. He made towel animals almost every night, always greeted us with a smile and asked us how our day was going. FOOD: We had My time Dining. We ate in the Silk dinning room 3 nights, American Icon -once, Solarium Bistro-once, Windjammer- twice, Chops-once and Jamies- once for lunch Service at everyone was top notched. waiters brought out extras for the table. If you wanted something that wasn't on the menu, they got it for you. The seafood tower at Chops is a must. Shawn at Jamies brought us all the appetizers out family style. He also did the same for dessert. Needless to say we did not eat dinner that night ENTERTAINMENT: WE WILL ROCK YOU---so nice I saw it twice THE GIFT--- The story is tough to follow but the singing and special effects are amazing. SPECTRA'S CABERNET: Great singing and acrobatics . Here is my one complainant----Parents with young kids---If you child can not stay quite or sit still for an hour, PLEASE do not bring them to the show. You ruin it for others, SERVICE: EXCELLENT all around. My bartenders at the Sunshine bar( Seon, Gary, Larry, Stephen and Hermit) I will never forget you guys. They were simply the best bartenders I ever had on 10 cruises. PORTS: BERMUDA: took a taxi( $7 per person one way) Horseshoe Bay -- watched friends renew their vows on the beach. ST MARTIN: Took taxi to Maho beach and got drinks at Sunset bar---great experience. At night we did a sunset catamaran cruise on the Golden Eagle--Capt Charlie and crew were the best. A big shout out to My main man Otis who kept the drinks coming even in the thunder storm. SAN JUAN: My sons and I did the ATV ride at Campo Rico--another great time, great staff and drinks. FYI-- bring another shirt because you will get dirty. After that we met friends for a great lunch at Restaurante Mi Tierra--about 2 blocks from ship. Great mojitos and mufungo . LABADEE: was surprised how beautiful this beach was. We did the Dragon coaster( 35 for all day pass) great views from the top . Food at lunch was very good and there were plenty of bars on the island. It is a shame that the ship is moving to Europe next year because I would love to do another 9 days with Captain Hendrik and his crew. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We took our adult kids and grand kids (19 in total) and chose this ship because we had done Oasis in the past and the kids liked it. Also, we live in central Florida so it was easy to get everyone to the ship. The Harmony was nothing ... Read More
We took our adult kids and grand kids (19 in total) and chose this ship because we had done Oasis in the past and the kids liked it. Also, we live in central Florida so it was easy to get everyone to the ship. The Harmony was nothing short of spectacular. We parked at Park Port Canaveral lot and got to the ship fairly early (noon) so check-in was a breeze. We were hesitant to do the buffet on embarkation day so we went to the Solarium buffet instead. It was much quieter and the food was fine. Dining: We had early dining for the group (2 tables of 10) and the only disappointment was that they have moved the dining to 5:00. That is very early, particularly on a port day. But we couldn't do my-time dining for a group of 19. The ages ranged from 5-up and all enjoyed the food immensely. We had 2 different waiters and asst. waiters and all were some of the best we have had on our 42 cruises. Nobody had a 'bad' meal any evening. Even the free steaks were quite good. Our teenaged grand kids are huge eaters and the waiters seemed to love trying to fill them up. We usually ate breakfast and lunch in the restaurant also and the food and service were great. We did have lunch at Jaimie's Italian in Central Park one day and it was fabulous. I highly recommend it. Ports: The revamped Coco Cay is beautiful with much better seating and more food options. Some of our group paid for the water park and were disappointed with the very long lines and crowds. They said that they would not do it again in the future. St. Thomas and St. Martin were simply standard Caribbean islands. Certainly nothing special. The kids all did water-related shore excursions and were happy with them. Entertainment: Here is where we had some disappointments. Usually we love the ice skating and aqua shows. The shows on the Harmony were terrible. They made no sense and were not well-choreographed. Neither show did a good job of showing off the talents of the young performers. Everyone leaving the Fine Line Aqua Show was saying 'what the heck was that all about?'. Really bad. 'Grease' was fine (singing, acting all ok) but we were surprised at the amount of sexual innuendo since we had 9 kids under age 18 there. The one bright spot was the group Mo5aic. We had seen them on the Oasis and they were fantastic. Activities: There seemed to be the standard activities and nobody seemed bored. We had good weather so the kids spent a lot of time on the water slides. We like to dance, though, and found there was basically no chance for ballroom/swing type of dancing. We were on the ship on the 4th of July and they did a great celebration. The running track was great as usual as was the gym. All the staff seemed happy and seemed to enjoy this ship. Complaints (gotta have a couple): This ship has the HOTTEST elevators we have ever experienced. No air conditioning and very crowded. Everyone was talking about it. Miserable when you were stopping at every floor. Prices of drinks. It used to be that drink prices were about half of what you would pay in a restaurant. Now they are more than you would pay. We paid $42 for a bottle of wine that we purchase regularly for $12. Our kids were glad that they had carried on wine and just had a glass in their room before dinner. Also, a glass of fresh orange juice at breakfast was $8. REALLY, $8?? Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
I had heard that the food and service were great The dining room staff was outstanding. Our waiter was Carlos and the Dining Room Captain was Frederick. My nine year old granddaughter asked for strawberry soup and Frederick had it ... Read More
I had heard that the food and service were great The dining room staff was outstanding. Our waiter was Carlos and the Dining Room Captain was Frederick. My nine year old granddaughter asked for strawberry soup and Frederick had it delivered every single night within 5 minutes of being seated even though it was not on the menu. Carlos treated the 2 girls (9 and 6) as princesses. He would bring a chopped fruit cup immediately for the baby. Loved the trip so much I am going again next year and will request both Frederick and Carlos again. Carlos has been on this ship for 14 years. He danced the Macarena with the girls one night. Loved the beaches at all 3 stops in Eastern caribbean. Perfect weather and seas as flat as glass. Port locations in the perfect location from where the ship docked. Medallion class worked perfectly. Boarded the ship within 5 minutes at ll:30 a.m. Virtually walked right on. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We're experienced Cruisers (Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, etc.) and we've done the "Caribbean" thing many times, so I wasn't expecting much more 'Pleasure' from this cruise other than ... Read More
We're experienced Cruisers (Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, etc.) and we've done the "Caribbean" thing many times, so I wasn't expecting much more 'Pleasure' from this cruise other than "watching my Wife enjoy the Cruise" (She can make "waking up every morning" into an event ;) I was wrong, WE - HAD - A - BLAST!!!! We like to "Get off the Tourist Track" whenever Possible... When we travel, We take the Train System while in Europe, Visit Friends in Europe and in the Caribbean, etc. We didn't see any Princess Excursions that looked "Like Us", So we did our Shore Excursions online, not through Princess... We booked a Scuba Diving Trip on St. Thomas from my favorite little Dive Shop there (Been hitting it for 20 years or so?), and it was AWESOME! The Reefs are making a comeback pretty quickly! Christine and Chris did an EXCELLENT job of herding the divers through the tour.. Being experienced Divers, We had a little over 2K PSI of air left in our tanks when the other members of the Excursion (Beginners without Dive Licenses) were pushing their tanks down around 800-500 PSI, so Christine just told us, "You know your way around, Come back to the beach when you're ready" In St. Maarten we had pre-booked the "ATV Island Tour" through "Blue Bubbles Dive Shop"... AWESOME Folks to deal with!!! Dwight and Joshua are FANTASTIC Tour Guides!!! Up Front, you really need to have "Some" experience with an ATV to take this tour, or at least have "An Adventurous Spirit".. They run UPHILL, Up STEEP, Rocky, Dirt Trails, and then suddenly you're running "Wide Open, Throttle To The Stops" FAST, out on the main paved roads, on BOTH sides of the Island! We had several people that obviously didn't know what they were getting into with this tour, and had never ridden an ATV. They immediately began lagging WAY behind... Dwight asked them if they'd be more comfortable going back to the ATV Shop, and those folks took the Van ride back to the shop. After that, the rest of the group was WIDE OPEN again. Joshua played "Tail End Charlie" on the group, then he sped ahead and blocked roundabouts and intersections so the group wouldn't get separated by other traffic, then he'd pull in behind the group again... Lots of great stops for Pictures and "Rest Breaks", Including watching the Jets Land and Take-Off at Maho Beach and from the Sunset Bar. Hit "Confidence Nude Beach" on the French Side after Dwight CAREFULLY got the OK from the ENTIRE group... Just "Lots of Cool Stuff"! Blue Bubble Dive Shop is HIGHLY recommended for their ATV Island Tour, and for Dive Excursions! About the Ship... Our Children are "grown and gone and Producing Grandchildren", so we didn't have them with us. We booked a "Near Aft, Port-Side, Balcony Stateroom" (Back near the last Aft Elevators near the Adult's Pool and Bar). The Room was CLEAN and Pretty Quiet. We spent most of our "Room Time" out on the Balcony. We LOVED the "Movies Under The Stars" HUGE TV Theater out by the pools, Restaurants ("Sabatini's": AWESOME with STARS! 'Nuff Said ;). Pools, etc. Children on the Ship musta been having fun SOMEWHERE, because we didn't see or hear very many, except while trying to Snorkel on Princess Cay... Princess Cay is Highly Sculpted, like a Theme Park, and just wasn't to our tastes. I could go ON AND ON AND ON... Suffice it to say, I'm an Electrical Engineer and Retired U.S. Army.. My Wife is a Doctor Of Regenerative Medicine.. We own a secluded Mountain-Top Ranch.. We can (and DO) go "Anywhere we want to go". We "ALMOST" just stayed on the Ship to do a Western Caribbean Cruise! We had *THAT MUCH* FUN! The Staff was AWESOME (Without "staying up in our faces all the time"), the Ship was GREAT, The Medallion Services functioned Flawlessly, Internet was ACTUALLY Broadband, etc etc... We've decided that this was our Favorite Cruise EVER, and *THAT* is saying something! Few last things: Princess treats Military Veterans *RIGHT*! That was unexpected and GREATLY appreciated! We signed up for Early Debarkation (We carry our own Baggage), We had "Mobile Passport" on our Phones for Customs, etc,.. We left the Stateroom PROMPTLY at 7;30AM, and we were SITTING IN A TAXI by 7:52AM!!! That was an UNUSUAL Experience for us, so don't book Air-Flights around that information, but it happened! FANTASTIC, MUCH NEEDED, Vacation! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
My husband and I decided to do a Caribbean cruise for our anniversary, and my son’s high school graduation. I was a little weary about sailing on a Princess Cruise because it seems to cater to an older crowd, and we had an 18 yr old, ... Read More
My husband and I decided to do a Caribbean cruise for our anniversary, and my son’s high school graduation. I was a little weary about sailing on a Princess Cruise because it seems to cater to an older crowd, and we had an 18 yr old, 16, and 11 yr old with us. Half the passengers were senior citizens, and the rest were families. All of my kids made friends on board and had a great time. The food was great, the weather was perfect, the islands were beautiful, the crew went out of there way to cater to everyone. There were plenty of lounge chairs, and rarely any lines. The newlywed game and Voice of the Ocean was great. The medallion system and WiFi was exceptional. Movies on deck were great. My kids can’t wait to do another cruise. I like that the atmosphere is low key, and laid back. A slide or two for the kids would be nice, but I would definitely Cruise Princess again. Princess Cays, St. Maarten (Maho beach) St. Thomas (excursion to Trunk Bay St. John’s USVI) Perfect. Getting on and off the ship was well organized too. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Cruised more than 65 times, Princess is one our favorites. We’ve traveled to 85 plus countries. The cabins are good, the food is above average . I’m not a fan of anytime dining but they have options. We did the specialty Resturant and ... Read More
Cruised more than 65 times, Princess is one our favorites. We’ve traveled to 85 plus countries. The cabins are good, the food is above average . I’m not a fan of anytime dining but they have options. We did the specialty Resturant and it doesn’t get any better than what they did. The food was excellent and the service was equal to it. The shows were very good and the performers were on the upper scale. I actually didn’t get the shows but it’s probably because I’m a bit older. The comedian was great. The magician was one of the worst most amateurish I’ve seen, probably why he’s on a cruise ship! Not good! The staff and crew were better than most. They cared. It’s important to me to see a happy crew and workers, the Captain must be doing a good job. Everyone wanted to help! I’ll continue to cruise and use Princess. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
There were many things we valued. 1) I was incredibly ill one evening and into the next morning. Patricia in the Medical Centre not only got me on my feet, but I was able to go on the shore excursion that we had been looking forward ... Read More
There were many things we valued. 1) I was incredibly ill one evening and into the next morning. Patricia in the Medical Centre not only got me on my feet, but I was able to go on the shore excursion that we had been looking forward to for months. 2) Ivan - Food and Beverage Supervisor in Planks was remarkable. We even celebrated our 16th anniversary there. He was thoughtful, attentive and funny. 3) When we discovered a false charge on our account, they investigated it and credited it within 24hrs. 4) We didn’t use the internet with the Medallion program. It could be as integrated or as minimally used. It’s up to you. 5) We totally enjoyed Movies Under The Stars. It was so relaxing. 6) The food was incredible both in the included restaurants and ones you paid for. We enjoyed both. We highly recommend Planks and Crown Grill. Both were superb. 7) We sat out on the balcony every night and just admired the stars. It was better than Yoga!! 8) EVERYONE MUST GO TO CORAL WORLD in St. Thomas. The staff and activities are incredible!! The staff is thoughtful, knowledgeable and sincere. Get a kiss from Rosy the sea lion. Be in awe of Fred. Go do Snuba. We can’t wait to go back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Chocolate Journeys desserts were AMAZING! I enjoyed my balcony stateroom on the Aloha deck foreword starboard. The food was great throughout the ship with only a few dishes not to my liking. I was able to relax on this cruise with a ... Read More
Chocolate Journeys desserts were AMAZING! I enjoyed my balcony stateroom on the Aloha deck foreword starboard. The food was great throughout the ship with only a few dishes not to my liking. I was able to relax on this cruise with a nice balance of sea days and port stops. The guests were great to meet and get to know and there was a mix of ages and group sizes and celebratory occasions. I enjoy Princess Afternoon Tea, English Pub Lunch, the pizza bar, and the movies in the stateroom and at the pool. The gym was great and I should’ve used it more. I wish the salads were better in the dining room but I guess I could’ve made my own in the buffet. I wish Princess had an itinerary out of Jacksonville or Orlando so I didn’t have to drive to Ft Lauderdale. Overall I really enjoyed my vacation. Read Less

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