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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Chosen for length of cruise and ports. The onboard entertainment was exceptional. The food was the best in my cruising experience. We especially enjoyed the traditional dining room for dinner and we prefered the International Cafe for ... Read More
Chosen for length of cruise and ports. The onboard entertainment was exceptional. The food was the best in my cruising experience. We especially enjoyed the traditional dining room for dinner and we prefered the International Cafe for lunch. I like Princess in general because of these two things plus not having a lot of kids onboard. The embarkation and disembarkation were both very efficient and took less time than any other cruise in my experience. Our waiters and cabin steward were the best ever. This ship is a medalliion ship and it was my first experience with the medallion. I liked it very much for ease of unlocking the cabin door and locating shipmates. I wasn’t fond of my name being displayed beside the cabin door for all to see. The adult only pool is very nice, but it is very crowded when the ship is at sea. The theaters on Princess ships are too crowded. If you don’t get there 45 min before the show you probably won’t find a seat. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
chosen for rock event concerts at sea, not ports that were on the cruise which we would have not chosen as ports of interest. Only port of interest was short timed grand cayman while other long timed ports had most folk aboard hours before ... Read More
chosen for rock event concerts at sea, not ports that were on the cruise which we would have not chosen as ports of interest. Only port of interest was short timed grand cayman while other long timed ports had most folk aboard hours before we left. The ship iis showing its age despite things like changing drapery, big screen tv and newish carpeting. Food quality and quantity in special rest. has changed not for the better. Sabatini has gone from an abudonza italian rest to a milanese cafeteria.. The ports are for most part princess compounds and are about the same as being on ship for shopping or eating. Most tours are not for easy or handicapped status and for those of you feel that we should not complain about this, we pay the same as you vibrant healthy folk do. Medallion had so many glitches for us as to be useless Princess has cut quality and needs to inform cooks to mix spices and salt gently not dump it. Viking ocean is looking better and better for cruising. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
The Caribbean Princess is a big ship but is in need of a facelift. The rooms are in need of new carpeting, etc. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The food was good but only that, just good. Drinks overpriced and not poured well, if ... Read More
The Caribbean Princess is a big ship but is in need of a facelift. The rooms are in need of new carpeting, etc. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The food was good but only that, just good. Drinks overpriced and not poured well, if they had liquor in them at all. I'm not a drinker and I couldn't taste the Bailey's in a Baily's w/cream on the rocks! The diving in Honduras as the best ever. I would come back anytime to dive or snorkel here again. The pools were clean and breakfast was the best meal of the day. They had a "private party" in two main areas of the ship each night and we were not allowed to go. Who knew? This took away from activities that could have been for the whole ship, I think that this should be made known at the time of booking so that another date could be chosen. Save your money...don't eat at the Italian restaurant it isn't worth it. Princess should really try to think of NEW things and not just the same old stuff. Sorry to be negative. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
To get out of cold weather and enjoy the sun and warmth of the Caribbean. This cruise was on a ship with the implementation of the latest Princess marketing project. The Mediallion. The implementation was very weak, and the only real ... Read More
To get out of cold weather and enjoy the sun and warmth of the Caribbean. This cruise was on a ship with the implementation of the latest Princess marketing project. The Mediallion. The implementation was very weak, and the only real benefit was the excellent internet service. Although to receive the full benefit you must purchase the service with unlimited time. Then it will be like using your wireless network at home. The time required to embark and disembark the ship using the Mediallion did not save us any time. Actually it took us more time to complete the process. The cruise card was quicker. If fact you have to carry both the Mediallion and the cruise card, as food and drink purchases only use the cruise card. Go figure. Additionally, we were supposed to be able to approach our stateroom door and the door would open. This never did work without touching the panel on the wall and waiting. Princess removed the small slot on the wall for paper notices to be placed. Now they are slid under your door on the floor. So watch out when you open the door and not slip and fall on the papers on the floor. We also tried to use the OceanNow app to order food or drinks. It never did work. You cannot purchase but very few of the Mediallion accessories. This is truly mind blowing, as Princess has been marketing this service for at least three years. And they cannot even get the accessories in stock. Someone is not keeping their eye on the ball when it comes to the Mediallion services and products. Don’t expect to see what you have read in the marketing materials. Some of the items on the dining menu have had their recipes changed, as Princess has hired a new chief to revise the menus. We liked the old recipes better than these new recipes. It reminds me of the New Coke vs. the Classic Coke. Why mess with something that isn’t broke. Leave it alone, or if you want to make changes, add some additional items to the menu. This would make it better. Other than these short comings, this was a very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first cruise and we would change up a few things. Paid for two drink packages. Didn't even get close to using the maximum. Waste of money Went on an excursion @ every port. Time wasted in " hurry and wait in ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we would change up a few things. Paid for two drink packages. Didn't even get close to using the maximum. Waste of money Went on an excursion @ every port. Time wasted in " hurry and wait in line" I would only book a couple and definitely look check to see if the boat can dock or if you have to get transported in by boat. Don't book if you have to boat over!! Dinners: We were unaware of dining anytime... We had a 5:30 dining time and our off ship excursions took to long to be able to enjoy the dining rooms. Ended up eating in the buffet almost every night.... Not recommended. The excursions also took time away from on ship entertainment. Look before book excursion if there is something you would like to do or see on ship. We traveled on the Mid sized ship and still got turned around on occasion. The ship was clean and most of the servers were friendly. We had a few that seemed put out by helping you. Entertainment was good. Only one show had technical issue and stopped before it was over. Definitely take time to see at least a couple of those. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This was a great winter getaway cruise because it included some awesome ports, and a great ship. Also, the Caribbean Princess is Ocean Ready and I really wanted to be among the first to experience this innovative approach to cruising. ... Read More
This was a great winter getaway cruise because it included some awesome ports, and a great ship. Also, the Caribbean Princess is Ocean Ready and I really wanted to be among the first to experience this innovative approach to cruising. Thanks Princess, the experience was simply awesome. The Embarkation and Disembarkation processes using the Ocean Medallion were a snap. The ship amentities are fun now using the medallion because you can navigate your way around the ship much easier and find out what’s happening in every venue. The Medallionet is also unbelievable...I mean out of this world. As a former IT Engineer and Satellite Systems Manager, I know how difficult it is to provide a seamless, expedient and reliable internet connection in open seas. The satellite connectivity for ocean faring ships is expensive average 25 kHz links, and can be spotty at times because of the weather changes and ocean conditions. But, I got on to this new internet and it was like sitting at home. I had the full cruise, unlimited access package, and I never had to log-off, and I was allowed to have four devices connected simultaneously. Wow! What a deal. My wife was over the moon because she could finally send pictures of our cruise to family and friends. Again, great decision Princess. We will definitely be on another Princess Cruise. And, we did come back new. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. We had never been to Roatan or Belize; plus we went to Cozumel and Cayman Islands. Caribbean Princess was in very good shape. It was the first ship to have full use of Ocean Medallion program; and ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. We had never been to Roatan or Belize; plus we went to Cozumel and Cayman Islands. Caribbean Princess was in very good shape. It was the first ship to have full use of Ocean Medallion program; and it is great. There is so much you can do with the ocean medallions and the digital screens on board and the downloaded apps. We ate in Crown Grill, World Fresh Market Place, Slice Pizza, Salty Dog burgers, Coffee and Cones, Main Dining Room, and Int'l Cafe. Everything we ate on board was very good; we did not have a bad meal. Great crew and Cruise director was very good. We went to two shows total. The Magic show as just ok; a little cheesy, and comedian; who was excellent We had three shore excursion scheduled; but one cancelled; so we ended up swimming with dolphins in Cozumel and beach day in Roatan. Those were great shore excursions. We visited Club Fusion every night; Skywalkers twice, and Explorers lounge once. I enjoy sailing with Princess; this was our second time and we like how they treat the passengers, and how they maintain the decor of the ship. Medallion Net is the new high speed internet system. It is super fast; you can stream Netflix, Hulu, and other shows. All in all I give this cruise a 9.8 out of 10 Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Ship embarkation was fairly quick. The food was excellent (ate at Crown Grill, World Fresh Market Place, Slice Pizza, Salty Dog burgers, Coffee and Cones, Main Dining Room, and Int'l Cafe) not any bad meals. Good Cruise director and ... Read More
Ship embarkation was fairly quick. The food was excellent (ate at Crown Grill, World Fresh Market Place, Slice Pizza, Salty Dog burgers, Coffee and Cones, Main Dining Room, and Int'l Cafe) not any bad meals. Good Cruise director and all 5 shows very good. Lots of things to do on-board and the entertainment was number one. We visited Club Fusion every night to dance; Skywalkers to relax, and Explorers lounge for a drink. I enjoy sailing with Princess; this was our third time and we like how they treat us. Medallion Net is the new high speed internet system. It is super fast; you can stream Netflix. The stateroom was clean and bed / pillows are very comfortable. The whole ship was very clean and service was great. Ports visited are a great experience, but did not use the ships shore excursions. I would travel again with Princess Cruises and recommend the ship Caribbean Princess. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Oh dear what a difference a few years make, not like no ago princess was one day of my two favourite cruise lines. The cut backs are enormous, the majority of the crew need retraining in knowledge and service. We had so many problems ... Read More
Oh dear what a difference a few years make, not like no ago princess was one day of my two favourite cruise lines. The cut backs are enormous, the majority of the crew need retraining in knowledge and service. We had so many problems that were caused by poor staff and it took ages to sort out. The cabin steward was a miserable sod (ok they have off days like all of us but not the whole cruise). And his attention to detail was poor , dirty towels left lying around after cleaning , dirty cups plates glasses left around , and some nights no chocolates. Cabin d733 also avoid like the plague if you want peace and quiet yes it has a massive balcony but the engine noise is terrible. Food was poor and unimaginative and repetitious. The MDR one one occasion I literally had my plate slid across the table to me and half fell in ff onto the table cloth. The kids club was great and so was the medical staff which we both used a lot. The ship itself is lovely clean and bright Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Had been recommended that Princess was a"premier line", so expectations were high. Have previously sailed Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The embatcation was quick, on board in less than 30 minutes. Stateroom was ready. B748 aft ... Read More
Had been recommended that Princess was a"premier line", so expectations were high. Have previously sailed Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The embatcation was quick, on board in less than 30 minutes. Stateroom was ready. B748 aft premier balcony, very small compared to other lines. No sofa, one chair, small table,layout was small apart from hanging space at bathroom door where there was lots of hanging space and a closet holding the safe with lots of shelving. Bathroom very small with limited storage. Nylon shower curtain. Balcony was large with 2 lounge chairs and small table. Dining room food was mostly cold, under cooked and lacked any taste. Only used this venue 5 nights out of the 10 on board. Horizon court, not a lot of choice, "mashed potatoes" grey, lumpy and disgusting. Constantly closing the lines ar mealtimes. Not at all impressed by Princess. For what we paid, poor value for money, wouldn't return. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We wanted to visit at least 5 ports, and the Crown Princess had a good itinerary. The Crown Princess embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth and fast. No waiting at all. The ship was clean and fairly easy to maneuver. We had a ... Read More
We wanted to visit at least 5 ports, and the Crown Princess had a good itinerary. The Crown Princess embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth and fast. No waiting at all. The ship was clean and fairly easy to maneuver. We had a mini-suite on the 9th deck, Dolphin Good size, small bathroom, ok storage. Veranda does not have a cover. The veranda above can see the entire balcony. Shows were generally average. The comedian, Kevin (?), was hilarious. There was a wonderful opera singer who joined the production and Ashlie-Amber, a singer was good. The other productions and events were ok.Outstanding service from our cabin steward, Joseph, and the bartenders. Dining room staff was friendly but service was slow. Most of the cruisers were retired people trying to get away from the cold!! Nice, fun crowd. Very few children.I would definitely take the Crown Princess again, especially this itinerary.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
we were with 8 people to cruise with , wish I got a baloney.,too enclosed for me , have claustrophobic issues the rooms seemed seems too tight, i also wish the exist were marked better mentioning what dinning room you were heading for , ... Read More
we were with 8 people to cruise with , wish I got a baloney.,too enclosed for me , have claustrophobic issues the rooms seemed seems too tight, i also wish the exist were marked better mentioning what dinning room you were heading for , it would of been nice to see a large floor number when you got of an elevator. , there were so many people confused on the ship trying to find where they had to go . the organization of coming on the ship and leaving the ship was excellent . The trip for us was great . The people on the ship were so kind and very help full ,when we do our next cruise , I hope the gym is open earlier , so i can use the tread mills . we will be booking a balcony for sure . we had a incident with the was on the ship it was not marked so we drank it and then the next day there was a bill to sign for the water . i did go to the service desk to have it corrected , and it took so long to have that cost removed . i would sooner not have water in my room and ask for it to be brought when needed . . thank you for the nice safe cruise . we will cruise with princes again for sure . Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I am not one to criticize for no reason or even one to write reviews, but I feel the need to warn anyone under the age of 40, even 50 to seriously consider a different ship. I’d say 80-90% of the ship was 60-80 years old. All the ... Read More
I am not one to criticize for no reason or even one to write reviews, but I feel the need to warn anyone under the age of 40, even 50 to seriously consider a different ship. I’d say 80-90% of the ship was 60-80 years old. All the food, activities, and entertainment was catered to that crowd. Food was bland and not well seasoned. Very repetitive as far as the Buffett selections on a day to day basis. During the day at the pool, there was no music, they would play movies or videos of concerts of people like Elton john or Bryan Adams. They screen was in the air so you had to stare into the sun if you decided to watch during the day. No pool activities or games. Servers around the pool were few and far between. At night it was all broadway type entertainment catered to the older crowd. Drink menus were also the same throughout the ship with only about 10 total mixed drinks on it. Again this isn’t so much a bad review as it is a warning to anyone looking to have fun while on board the ship. Also two of the ports did not have docks for the large cruise ship, spending hours on small rescue boats in rough waters and waiting in lines to travel back and forth. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This is going to be a very mixed review. There was so much to like about this cruise - and quite a few things that detracted from a wonderful experience. To start, this is a medallion class cruise. I can't say to avoid a ... Read More
This is going to be a very mixed review. There was so much to like about this cruise - and quite a few things that detracted from a wonderful experience. To start, this is a medallion class cruise. I can't say to avoid a medallion experience as there was much to like about the GPS tracking units worn around passenger necks. The problem is that they promise more than they actually deliver. Getting "ocean ready", Princess speak for pre-loading travel documents, was a wonderful thing. This process was relatively simple and made embarkation the easiest and quickest I have ever had. Princess has nailed getting folks onto, and off-of, this ship. Our room was ready when we walked on and our luggage was delivered in record time. One problem was that the medallion only opened our stateroom door about 75% of the time despite having it re-flashed. Too often we had to track down our steward or go to the front desk in order to get into our room - a complaint we heard from several passengers. Another issue with the medallion is that not all of the promised services were actually functional. Yes, we could use interactive maps on our cell phones or at any number of interactive touch-screen displays located throughout the ship, but we couldn't order drinks/food in many locations and there were big issues with getting off the ship at ports (more latter) due to the Wi-Fi going down. I found our tag-a-longs a dorky but really fun thing. Try scratching your turtle or fish's chin to make them happy. The Regal Princess is a huge ship with a beautiful central multi-use area. The public spaces are 'regal' and the ship is well cared for. Moving about was easy and the spaces were grand with enough small nooks and hideaways to provide intimacy among thousands of other passengers. Our room was small but well appointed. The TV was huge and there were many movie and TV options. Dining rooms were beautiful and the staff in all settings did their jobs efficiently, and more often than not, were friendly and kind in the process. The food in the dining rooms, buffet, and casual eateries was very good - better than most ships. The specialty dining was quite good with our favorite being the Italian upgrade of Sabatini's. Very competent service and an exceptional meal. I highly recommend upgrading to both the steakhouse and the Italian joint. The buffet was adequate but the food served (especially for breakfast) got tired a few days in. There was a lot of choice but little rotation throughout the week. Service in the buffet was great but tables filled up fast during peak times and we were left wondering around with plates in hand seeking a table more than once during the morning rush. I wouldn't be able to tell you much about the entertainment. We attempted to view a comedy show and a musical show but due to our dining times could only be there 15-20 minutes early. This was not early enough to secure a seat. Staff shared that we would need to be there at least 30 (and they recommended 45 minutes) early to get a seat. This is just not acceptable. A similar problem occurred when trying to secure a seat at the sanctuary. This was a deciding factor to choose a princess cruise. I love the sanctuary experience and we headed for the location immediately upon embarkation only to find that it was booked to capacity for nearly the entire trip. This was especially disappointing considering one cannot reserve a chair until one is on the ship. We did get one port-day and it was fantastic. However, we were really sad to not get a space otherwise. Don't count on getting a space in the sanctuary if you are on a ship that doesn't clear out all passengers no matter how fast you get to the reservation desk. Folks traveling back-to-back, 7-day itineraries will beat you to the punch and you will be left to fend for yourself on the sun deck. The low points all revolved around the ports of call. Our "discover Jamaica" tour was terrible. Princess should be ashamed for selling this tour. The bus tour was pretty sketchy but the trip to the botanical garden was downright bad - there were so many people there we could hardly move around. A person on our trip was lost and we couldn't get a decent picture due to the HUGE crowds. The personal lunch and shopping time in Ocho Rios was terrible. Within a 1-block span I was offered drugs 7 (count them 7) times. The panhandling and Mister-Mister sellers were terrifically aggressive. I have been to Guatemala, Beijing, and Tijuana, Jamaica takes the cake for the most aggressive 'sales' experience. The promised restaurants were non-existent (sans a broiling hot burger king). Without food and without much shopping, we headed back to the bus after 15 minutes only to find that 75% of the tour had returned before us feeling that Ocho Rios was simply gross. We waited on our bus for an hour while watching a 20-year old VHS copy of Cool Runnings - We sat there and waited for it to be over. On our way back, the bus broke down within a massive cloud of burning break fluid. We were told that the ship had been emailed (yes, emailed) and told that we were going to be late. We were also reminded (for the 5th time) that tips were welcomed and should be handed over immediately as the driver and "tour guide" were going to leave us on the highway if and when a new bus arrived. We awaited transfer to a "fresh" bus and finally made it back to our ship. Jamaica was total dumpster fire and I blame Princess for not properly vetting this excision. Our Stingray City, snorkeling, and beach lunch tour at Grand Cayman was rained out but not until we had witnessed several folks puking in their purses during the 45 minute wild-tinder process and helped a woman knocked over by the surf trying to get back on the tinder. Princess lines on-shore were the longest and least controlled during the return tinder journey. To say the experience was a little "lord of the flies" is an exaggeration but not too far from the truth. Princess can't control the weather but the tinder process and safety of their guests is within their control and they failed on this port. Our last port was Cozumel where we were to board a ferry to the mainland for a cenote swim and tour of Tulum. We were probably the 10th couple in line to get off the ship but failure of the Wi-Fi rendered our medallions useless. Hence, nobody was leaving. The failure of a "down time" system was inexcusable. In the vestibule, the elevator doors kept opening and people kept crowding to try and get out. 45 minutes passed with not a single announcement from ship staff. People were restless, hot, and ready to sit down. We were finally told to try another exit. We shifted to a new gangway only to be told to return to our original off-ramp. You get the idea. 90 minutes later we got off the ship only to be told our ferry had left and all excursions to the mainland were cancelled. Literally - the woman next to me started to weep - and I felt like crying too. The excursion staff were left with a clip board to face the angry mob of people who had yet another port of call ruined, The staff were feckless. They didn't have any printed materials for travelers to review. They were totally unhelpful in finding us other tours to take unless you wanted to watch Mexican Abulitas make Hot Chocolate or have your picture taken with a Zonkey (think donkey painted like a zebra). We returned to the ship having missed another port of call. So, at the end of the vacation I am left torn. The ship was great. The embarkation and disembarkation was the best I have experienced. The food was far above average. The very expensive drink package ($960 for 2 people) was well-used and actually worth the money. The staff was, by-and-large, very effective. The specialty dining was great. The musicians in the lounges and public areas were awesome. The experience of movies under the stars was fantastic. There was so much to love about this journey. However, the medallion experience is not yet ready for prime time, the ports of call were true disappointments, and the sanctuary reservation system needs a massive overhaul. Would I go on a princess cruise again? Yes. But I would proceed with reservation. This was average - and I was hoping for more. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
There were 8 of us on the Cruise to celebrate the 60th birthdays of the 4 guys . There was no problem with boarding or disembarkation , we chose to depart with our own bags which made it even smoother. Our room R323 was balcony suite ... Read More
There were 8 of us on the Cruise to celebrate the 60th birthdays of the 4 guys . There was no problem with boarding or disembarkation , we chose to depart with our own bags which made it even smoother. Our room R323 was balcony suite , mid ship and very nice , tons of storage space , standard balcony and we had great room cleaning and service by Roxane and crew . Did not think the tendering process was very smooth and it took away valuable time on shore. The weather was rough in 2 ports and at Cayman Islands only about 1,000 people were able to leave the ship before they had to shut it down for safety reasons. We will be looking for ships that do not need to tender at each port in the future The ship was clean and public areas well kept . The food was very good at both buffet and sit down service . We found the service at sit down service , pleasant but the staff were overworked and therefore slow to get initial drinks/wine ( plus they had to travel a long way to get drinks). Perhaps it was because they had our large table and a table of 10 next to us ? Our work around was to bring in our own beverages to take away the aggravation factor. The entertainment staff was challenged on our voyage as many of the guests were older (with what we guessed is a average age of 70+). I thought playing the movies during the day was inappropriate , music was a better choice and we liked the concerts they played . There was music everywhere on the ship and most of it geared to the older crowd. The 2 shows we saw were fun . The best part we liked was the Voice of the Ocean contest , it was a lot of fun to watch the contestants go from Karaoke to the big stage . We found the staff on the ship to be overall pleasant and polite and helpful . I really appreciated the extra effort to remind guests to wash hands often and that the washrooms were kept very clean ( unlike a MSC cruise I was on last year). I didn't like the medallion program. I did not like having "big brother" watching my every move and being all knowing - I can see the advantages but I personally did not like it . I do not recommend getting the new "all inclusive" drink package - Princess did away with a mid level price option for drink packages so both me and my cabin mate purchased this at over $ 600.00 Canadian EACH . There were so many rules and caveats about what is included and what is not included , which varied from bar to bar and server to server - very confusing and frustrating . One example is at some bars I could take up both our passes and get us each one drink per pass , but other bars refused to serve us unless we were both there !! Another was that you could not order a double shot of alcohol in our drinks. If you were to order one of the fancy cocktails that have 2-3 shots of booze that was fine , but you could not order a double rum and coke- ridiculous !! Also keep in mind that you can only have one drink every 12 minutes , so if I wanted to get the extra ounce in my drink I had to line up again at the bar but wait out the time - I ended up making a "stash" of rum shots so I could have my double when I wanted it . By no means are we over drinkers and never came close to the 15 drink ( per 24 hours ) limit - Like I said frustrating and confusing and very expensive . Overall we had a good time however next time I cruise I will be looking for a smaller and more "lively" entertainment and no tenders to port. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
nice cruise, everything seem to go well, securtiy is lacking on this ship. weather very nice which helped. grand caymon was horrible weather and long long wait lines with the tendors going and coming back. food was good, nothing ... Read More
nice cruise, everything seem to go well, securtiy is lacking on this ship. weather very nice which helped. grand caymon was horrible weather and long long wait lines with the tendors going and coming back. food was good, nothing outstanding but good. food in the international cafe were always fresh and quick. not sure why we need to pay for regurlar coffee in the coffee shop in the international cafee, see a way to get more money but I guess it was because of the convience. shows were good, especially the singers and dancers. the beatles were great in the show and in the piziaa. spa services are way overpriced but good. nice clean ship flowers were hard to order. gift shop prices seemed high but nice items. glad to see the casino had smoke free nights and comfortable chairs. glad to see the staff working and cleaning the restrooms often. keep everyone healthy Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This is my totally over-comprehensive review of my second cruise ever. We chose this cruise for our honeymoon and this itinerary because I had heard so many good things about Grand Cayman. I realize how over-inclusive it is, but I hope ... Read More
This is my totally over-comprehensive review of my second cruise ever. We chose this cruise for our honeymoon and this itinerary because I had heard so many good things about Grand Cayman. I realize how over-inclusive it is, but I hope it provides anyone who doesn’t quite know what to expect an idea of what to expect. Embarkation: Getting from the airport to the ship was a little crazy as multiple ships were boarding thousands of people at the exact same time. Once we reached the terminal, however, embarkation was surprisingly easy. With the medallions, we just zipped through with no problems whatsoever. Ship: The décor aboard is stunning. However, echoing other reviewers, the ship is laid out in a manner that is not very conducive to getting around easily. Aside from the difficulties getting bow to stern, getting up and down is hard as well. The main public areas are the pool deck/buffet on level 16 and the Piazza on Level 5. Getting from one to the other is a challenge every single time because getting an elevator is a nightmare. To make matters worse, on every floor, you press one button for some of the elevators and another button for the two panoramic window elevators. What do people do? They press all the buttons and climb on to the first elevator to arrive. The result is you stop at almost every single floor on every single trip – with no one getting on or off. Our room was on level 14 so getting to and from the Piazza (level 5) was daunting. Walking all the way forward or all the way aft made it easier to catch an elevator, but I doubt it actually saves any time. I’m all for taking the stairs, but not many people can skip the elevator and climb 10 flights up from Piazza to the Pool. Perhaps that’s just their way to keep bathing suits out of the Piazza. Medallions: When they work, they are amazing, and when they don’t work exactly the way they were designed, they still work fine. For instance, it was hit-or-miss whether my medallion would unlock our room on the first try. In some bars, the bartender could charge me without even looking at my medallion, while other times, I had to hand my medallion to them. Having to occasionally hand a bartender a medallion to order a drink does not count as an inconvenience, so I am a fan of the medallions. Buffet: The food selection and qualify was excellent. If you can’t find something good to eat at the Buffet, that’s a you problem. That said, we mostly skipped the buffet and enjoyed other options. Dining Room: We had nothing but terrific experiences at dinner. Our first dinner took about 45 minutes total. For some reason, each dinner after that was about 90 minutes. Dinner was an event for us each night so we had no qualms about investing the time. There are plenty of other excellent options if you don’t want to spend that kind of time on one meal. Once we realized dinner would take an hour and a half, we just planned accordingly (i.e., if you are eating a 6:30, don’t expect to make an 8pm show). The waiters and staff are all fantastic. The food quality and selection are spectacular. We had to wait for a table a few times, but it was never an inconvenience. They just took our name and said come back in 15 minutes. No problem. Formal nights were not particularly formal. Most people were closer to business casual than formal. A few people wore tuxes, but others wore short sleeve shirts. My wife wanted to dress up more, but felt awkward around people who were in shorts and t shirts. I think most people would be relieved to know that the “formal” dress code is not too strict. Other Food Options: Up by the pool, there is a pizza counter and a burger counter (not to mention the entire buffet). There is no such thing as bad pizza, but the pizza by the pool was nothing special. Same for the burgers. They were good in a pinch, but not worth spoiling your appetite over. We tried to save our calories for the extravagant dinners. The Italian lunch place was a pleasant surprise for us. We stopped by on a whim and were blown away. The pizza is good, but the other items are amazing! They had raviolis that come in a boiling sauce that is worth dying for; the capressi salad plate is top notch; and even the regular house salad is amazing. We only ate here twice, but they were some of the best meals we had aboard. Our favorite place to eat by far was the coffee shop in the Piazza (and I don’t even drink coffee). My wife bought a coffee card that was probably the best money we spent on the trip. I think it was $30 for 15 coffees – more than 2 per day for her and she drank them all. We usually skipped the crowds at buffet in the morning and instead had lattes and breakfast sandwiches, donuts and/or yogurt parfaits in the piazza by the coffee shop. At lunch they had sandwiches (my favorite was the ham and swiss croissant), salads, and mini desserts. It was such a convenience and a treat. Entertainment: Our fellow passengers were mostly in their 70s so the entertainment is heavily tailored for an older demographic (we are in our mid-40s). Still, our first stage show, Born to Dance, blew us away. The production value and professionalism of the dancers and singers was shockingly good. I never saw a misstep or a heard a missed note. After seeing that show, we made it a priority to see the dancers every chance we could. These were not second-rate wannabe performers – they were all truly gifted professionals. Pro tip – you need to find a seat for 8pm shows by 7pm. By 7:15, you would be lucky to find more than 2 seats together. We saw seasoned cruisers find their seats and then pull out books or playing cards to pass the time. Seems kind of weak sauce, but hey, they got the seats they wanted. Conversely, you could walk into the 10pm shows and find decent seats even after the show has started. Once we learned to skip the 8pm shows, life got much easier. The house band played a lot of soft rock from the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. Everyone else seemed to love it, but I would have liked to hear some more current music from time to time. They made a big deal about having a Beatles cover band on board mid-way through the cruise. I’m not anti-Beatles, but I’m clearly not the target market for that kind of show. The game shows were surprisingly entertaining. Yes, it is a little dorky to “film” game shows as if people will actually watch them in their staterooms, but the witty banter from the hosts and forced awkwardness of making people do things like guess their wives’ bra size was pretty entertaining. We just embraced it and enjoyed the goofiness of it all. Ports: We stopped at Princess Cay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Princess Cay was exactly what you might expect: a beach resort. We had no problem getting a tender to and from the ship, no problem finding a beach chair, and no problems getting food. Easy. We had a great time in Jamaica. I overheard a lot of people say they were not getting off the ship because they don’t care for Jamaica. Their loss. We did the bobsled/Dunn’s river excursion and had a great time. Grand Cayman was a bust due to weather. The water was rough and 6 ships were all trying to tender their passengers to just a few tiny piers. Once ashore, we were supposed to go to the stingray sandbar but half-way out we turned around because of a mini-mutiny on our excursion boat (it was raining and enough people were angry enough to convince the captain to pull the plug on the whole trip). Getting back to the ship was a nightmare as the authorities had to close our tiny pier because waves were breaking over it and knocking people down. None of this is Princess’ fault, of course; they were assigned a woefully inadequate pier for their tender operations. Cozumel ended up being our favorite stop. The port is touristy but fun and light-hearted; it knows how exactly obnoxiously touristy it is and does not pretend to be something it isn’t. Our excursion on the Fury Catamaran was super-fun (although snorkeling with 40-50 other people in a tight group is a little strange and claustrophobic). The free margaritas helped. Ship Activities: Again, the demographic was mid-to-late 70s so the activities were pretty tame. Knitting was literally one of the daily activities offered. The cruise director staff were nothing short of adorable. My one note was that their witty banter was pretty obviously canned/scripted. They would ask a group a question and then pretend to hear the answer they needed to spark their funny but canned response. This was especially obvious for the ones speaking English as a second language: “Did you say ‘final answer?!’ That’s a different game show!” hahaha. It made some activities feel like they were just going through the motions. Still, on-board activities were going on every minute of the day. Sometimes we had so much trouble picking one thing to do, we ended up doing nothing: “We can’t go to X, because then we would miss Y, and if we go to Y, we miss Z.” Then, once we picked an activity, we couldn’t help but think that we were missing something better somewhere else: “I wonder if that trivia challenge would have been better than this line dancing.” This is, of course, insane, but the FOMO was real. Pool: The pool was only two flights of stairs up from us, but we rarely went. Too many people “reserve” pool chairs for the day before 8am by placing towels and pool bags on them and then leave them empty until about 11am. We could not find chairs anywhere near the pool even though most of the chairs around the pool were empty. That’s annoying but not uncommon in many resort hotels. It is what it is. You really have to commit to the pool or the Piazza because they are literally and figuratively worlds apart. Two comments that don’t quite count as complaints: First, we loved the coffee bar in the Piazza so much, we would have liked a second coffee bar somewhere else on the ship. It was not easy for us to get to the coffee bar and it was sometimes overcrowded. Second, drinking water was hard to come by. Bottled water was $3-4 per bottle, but even if you are willing to pay that much, it was not always readily available. Tap water was free, but hard come by. Example: after a dance class, most of the participants were sweating and could have used some water, but there was none readily available. When we went to the gym, we would bring empty bottles from our room, go to the buffet and fill them up (trying not to look at the food), and then on up to the gym. A few strategically placed coolers full of ice water would have gone a long way. If I had one complaint, it was the passengers. Being old is fine, but being uncool is not. We met a lot of truly wonderful people, but too many times we witnessed people rudely making ridiculous and obnoxious demands. We saw a couple without a dinner reservation rudely demand a table for two when none were available in a busy restaurant. They held up the line and had a hissy fit until the MD found them a table in a different restaurant on the ship. We witnessed a woman rudely demand a tender get her to shore immediately despite the fact that the pier was obviously full and the water was extremely rough. The worst was the mini-mutiny on a snorkeling excursion because it was raining and passengers were getting wet. Apparently, you don’t want to get wet before you go snorkeling. Of course none of this is Princess’ fault, and when you get a couple of thousand people together, there are bound to be a few jerks. We didn’t let these people ruin our honeymoon and I hope they find some peace in there lives because they sure seem miserable now. There you have it, my totally insane, overly-inclusive review of my second cruise and honeymoon. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Getting on and off the ship was without fuss... Excellent service throughout the cruise, staff very friendly and professional. Food excellent from the Buffett, through to the main restaurants (3), and to include the specialty restaurants ... Read More
Getting on and off the ship was without fuss... Excellent service throughout the cruise, staff very friendly and professional. Food excellent from the Buffett, through to the main restaurants (3), and to include the specialty restaurants ($ extra). Pool area relaxing with ample loungers for everyone... Large big screen entertainment during the day with music concerts to films. Night time films on big screen too. Lots of profession entertainment from the "shows" every night, to day time (if required). Pool waiters brought us drinks whilst sunbathing. Buffett choice was plentiful with world wide choices to include Asian, Indian, South American, North American and European cuisines. There was always something for everybody. Fresh salads and deserts were offered too. Sugar free deserts too... Highly recommend Princess as one of the best cruises we have taken. We will definitely book another Princess cruise, but maybe with different ports of call. Thank you Princess Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We did enjoy our past cruise on Princess. This is a cruise for the older crowd. Not many young people on the cruise. When I say young, I mean 30's to 50's. a very relaxing cruise. Its a big ship with plenty to do on board. ... Read More
We did enjoy our past cruise on Princess. This is a cruise for the older crowd. Not many young people on the cruise. When I say young, I mean 30's to 50's. a very relaxing cruise. Its a big ship with plenty to do on board. Food is a little sophisticated for me. Wish they had more meals that were simple. Movies under the stars were great, first run movies, they could be a little louder. The wait staff for bar service were few and far between. they didn't really push the alcohol the way I was used to. Our room Stewart was very nice and kept our room clean. we did enjoy the extended stays at the islands. We did love the Medallions, it was easy to get in the room and the ship knew where you and your party was during the cruise. The port was easy to get to and get out of when we got back. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Review Caribbean Princess b2b cruise Feb 9-23 2019 Port Everglades Terminal - Medallion line was quick but we waited about 15 minutes on the gangway because of medallion security photos being taken or retaken, the new pinch point of ... Read More
Review Caribbean Princess b2b cruise Feb 9-23 2019 Port Everglades Terminal - Medallion line was quick but we waited about 15 minutes on the gangway because of medallion security photos being taken or retaken, the new pinch point of the process. Our room Baja 743 was all the way to the aft, throbbing noises and shakes, propeller out of balance? Heard others complaining about shaking too. We asked for a room change but it never happened. Comfortable bed & pillows. Large TV in room excellent and lots of movies. Cabin a bit short on storage space. Shower was only a hand held and NO mount, it just dangled there. Very difficult to hold on and shower when ship was moving. Bathroom needs hooks for travel kits. Strangely our cabin phone displayed the wrong name and was not corrected until the 3rd day even though I called about that right away. Our room steward Gerwin was very nice. On first day my Medallion unlocked our cabin door from 15 feet away, my wife had to tap her medallion on the screen for it to work. My medallion stopped unlocking the door after a couple days and had to be replaced twice. The second time they kept the medallion to "check it out" I was told to go back to my room and the medallion would be delivered to me shortly. I expected that they wanted to test it so I waited for 2 hour's (now in port so I could not get off). Went back to desk and was told they were still working on it. It did not get "delivered" till after dinner, with just a note "Please find enclosed your Medallion" without any apology. The Medallions did work sometimes around the ship screens, but it was very spotty and the screens around the ship seemed to hang up often. My “Tag along” only occasionally showed up, but went away so fast it became worthless to try. The best part of the cruise were the production stage shows, they were fantastic! Born to be wild, excellent. Fantastic voyage a bit busy with lights but still very good. Broadway Ballroom and Bravo were excellent. Loved the staging of each show and the use of LED screens, lifts, lights, set, costumes and even drones. Trivia was OK but hard to hear, the hostesses seemed to just be doing it because it was assigned. Do not miss Discovery at Sea - Planetarium "Voyage to the Stars" and the Star talk-walk done one night! We were disappointed they did not have those two programs the second week. I went to the enrichment lectures and they were good the 1st week but I only saw one listed the second week as they had a music cruise people paid for going on. We were told it would not effect the cruise but that was just not true as a lot of things that happened week 1 were not offered week 2. Food was a weak point on the ship. We have had much better on other cruises. Orders were often not cooked correctly, bread and deserts were so-so. This was true in our main dinning room (Island) and the World Fresh Marketplace. Even the The Salty Dog Grill had Burger buns that were hard and the burger was not worth eating, very disappointing. We did try the British-Style Pub Lunch at the Crown Grill and that was good, but a Crown Grill steak I paid for in the Island dinning room was not very good at all. The ship has board games in the internet room but no tables to play them on. Bridge players met in the Crown Grill but that was not an option offered for games. The Ocean Apps were a big disappointment, they show potential but just did not work well if at all. OceanNow was so hard to login to I never got to order a drink at sail away. The App also showed the wrong ship time and asked you to be at the same location for up to 45 minutes, what a joke. OceanCompass was OK but it did not show all restrooms and had mens and Ladies mixed up in places. It could find my wife only some of the time and the routing directions were hard to follow. Ocean Ready was pretty good, and we did use that to get our Medallions delivered at home. I purchased an unlimited internet package and was pleased with the speed of it except for updating or downloading Apps on my iPad or iPhone. Also switching between devices was a royal pain and it would not allow for cut and paste or my password app so each time everything had to be manually entered. Many people had a lot of trouble with logging in and/or getting disconnected without any reason. Ports Princess Cays - Long tender waits even after the first rush. Line for lunch was also very long so we just went back to the ship. San Juan - We took the free trolly as we docked right in the heart of Old San Juan. Speaking of docks NCL Epic tried to dock next to us and destroyed part of the dock. They even had two tugboats. They claimed it was wind but it was not that windy IMHO. Amber Cove - We took the Princess Easy Puerto Plata tour, not a lot to see and it was very hot. Gran Turk - We only got off for a short time and stayed in the cruise compound. Fort Lauderdale - This was our first experience with a b2b cruise. Not a lot of information provided by Princess about how this would work. I was told there would be a meeting about the procedure but it was at 10 am the day we were there, bad form Princess! We wanted to get off the ship and walk to some stores so we got off at about 8:45 am and were back at 11 only to get caught up with all the new people boarding for the first time. Our "Guest in Transit" cards were only moderately useful. Grand Cayman - Took the Trolley Roger tour through Princess. Overpriced and would not recommend. We were late getting in port, all the Princess tours were rescheduled, and then our 1 hour tour was a 40 minutes late from the new time on top of that. Tenders were again very crowded and took and long time to get one. Roatan - We did the Princess AERIAL CHAIRLIFT & MAHOGANY BAY BEACH BREAK WITH KAYAK. The chair lift was fun but once again we were late to port so we did not get full use of our purchase. The Clamshells were not a good rental, avoid them. Also the water craft rentals only allow you to go in a small inland bay area that is not very interesting. Not recommended, but we might purchase the chairlift again. Belize - We waited till after lunch and the tenders were still a long wait. Walked around a bit but did not feel very comfortable in town so we headed back to ship. Cozumel - Half the pier is a long building you have to walk through to get in or out of the "Shopping Village". It was crazy crowded with 5 ships and not worth the crush. Trying to get back onboard was even worse as there was no "lane" to return and you had to "swim" upstream. Poor design. Disembarkation - We got to use the Platinum Lounge and getting off the ship was easy. We used the Mobile Passport App for the first time. However we were surprised that they asked us to have our luggage out before dinner the last night. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Great get away from snow and winter weather. I enjoyed the lovely 80 degree weather. My husband and I took excursions at each port. It was nice to have people give us tours and take us to points of interest. On board the Caribbean ... Read More
Great get away from snow and winter weather. I enjoyed the lovely 80 degree weather. My husband and I took excursions at each port. It was nice to have people give us tours and take us to points of interest. On board the Caribbean Princess we took in the shows each night. What a wonderful job the cast put on. Each night a different type of show. Our vacation also gave us time at night to sit down in the Island Dining Room. The food was wonderful, and full of varieties. Everything from seafood to steak. My husband enjoyed the lobster and I enjoyed the New York Strip steak. And you couldn't forget the desserts. Made from scratch apple pie and baked Alaska. The service we received was awesome. From the port, to dining to our cabin. The cabin is cleaned twice per day, which is so nice. Our stateroom steward did a fabulous job. Our room was clean and spotless. We enjoyed spending our vacation on Caribbean Princess. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Have been on many other Princess Cruises but had not tried the Caribbean Princess. I read good and bad reviews and will now share my review. We started off in Fort Lauderdale....we flew in the same day of the cruise. Took the ... Read More
Have been on many other Princess Cruises but had not tried the Caribbean Princess. I read good and bad reviews and will now share my review. We started off in Fort Lauderdale....we flew in the same day of the cruise. Took the Princess Shuttle and was at the port in a timely manner. Our Embarkation was very smooth. We had ordered our medallions ahead of time but still needed to get checked in. I will start off by saying the medallion is a bit heavy. I wore mine around my neck and we needed to have the ship card so both of these made it a little uncomfortable. I did not want to spend additional money for necklace or a watch for the medallion. I had the medallion on the Regal in November.. However, I did not have any issues with opening the door. This time on the Caribbean half the time when going to the door the medallion would not work and I had to place my medallion on the screen that is on the wall before the door. We did like that we could order breakfast from our phone to our room and we liked that we could see what was going on for the day even if we did not have our patter. Other than those items we didn't use it for anything else. I read about a funny smell on the ship. Well I could smell this on our first day. After that we either got used to it or it went away. Our room was comfortable and adequate. Our bathroom had a funny urine type smell not sure what that was because it seemed pretty clean. We had cabin A747 which has a large balcony. We really enjoyed this balcony and the room. There was more than enough room for all our items and the tv was nice and large. We do enjoy watching the movies late at night that Princess has on the tv. They also have some great travel series that we enjoyed as well. Our bed was very comfortable and I slept well every night. The pillows were also great! Our room steward was ok. Nothing extra. When I asked for a robe after we got there he said we had to wait a day. I did not bring a robe so I called the front desk and one was brought to me right away. One thing we did extra this time was the Ultimate Balcony Dining. It was $100 but so worth it. I ordered this online and then called room service when we got to the ship. A room service rep came to our room and from there we decided on the date we wanted to have our dinner. We were then given a drink menu and we were both able to select an alcoholic drink (we were also given a small bottle of champagne with dinner) Then you are given a menu. We chose the canapes, crab cake, salad, filet and lobster. The dinner comes with bread and butter and an amazing dessert. They also give you a tray of 12 goodies like fudge squares, lemon tarts etc. There is a lot of food and it was cooked perfectly. How they serve it is a butler comes to your room and sets up a table on your balcony with a white tablecloth. He then put a beautiful vase with roses on the table and a pretty lit candle (not fire) He then brings you the courses one at a time and gives you enough time to enjoy each course. Then a photographer came and took pictures. When we went to see them the next day we were given a complimentary picture and we could select the one we wanted. We did not buy any of the other ones. Also they will work with you on changing the menu to adapt to any allergies you may have or if you just want something different then what is on there. They are very accommodating. I would do this again in a heartbeat!!! Our regular dining was at the Palm Dining Room which was on deck 6 aft. The engine was so loud that it made our chairs rumble under us. I did not care for this nor did my husband. The menu choices are ok on some days. But some days there was nothing I wanted on the menu so we went to the buffet. I wish Princess would put the strip steak back on the menu as a regular item. Then if there was nothing on that I liked I could at least have a steak (without paying extra) We did the first formal night. My husband wore a button down shirt with dress pants but no suit. I would say that on this sailing probably 70% of the men wore a suit and some had tuxes. I had a dressy dress. It is ok to dress without a suit if you so choose but I would at least dress pretty nice. The buffet is quite smaller then on the Regal or Royal but we did find some items we liked and there was some good desserts. The one day they had chocolate covered bananas and apples. The chocolate on the apple had coconut on it. I asked if they could make me one with no coconut and they did. It was wonderful!! We ate breakfast there on some mornings and found something we liked each time. We also ordered room service breakfast a few times which was also good and brought right at the time we ordered it. Our first port was Princess Cays. We had a beautiful day there. Since there was a fire the only drinks we had at the buffet were bottled water. The food trucks were all closed. Also at the bathrooms the water pressure was down so you had to hold down the handle of the toilet for a little bit to get it to flush. You also washed your hands from a big jug they brought. It was fine considering the fire they had. We were just happy to enjoy the beach day!! The second port was Puerto Rico. We did not do a tour but walked the city. We went to both forts and to a beautiful church. We did a little shopping and stopped at a delicious pizza place called Pirillo pizza..which was not to far from the port. Loved this port and happy we had a long day to enjoy it. The third port was Amber Cove. I have been here a few times but my husband had not so we took a tour through Princess. It was the Heritage tour with lunch. We saw dancers, at Don Carlos Ranch. We had a traditional lunch there which was actually pretty good. It was a type of stew with chicken in it and a side of rice. At the ranch we learned about many different types of trees and fruits trees. We also went to a chocolate factory and a cigar bar. We met a lot of nice people on this tour. I was stung by a wasp and one of the guys on our bus brought me a bag of ice to put on the sting. Another woman offered to have me come to her room for some lotion to put on the sting. I have to say this bus had such caring people on it. I was very thankful. Our tour guide had to do a report and said someone at Princess would contact me. No one ever did. Kinda bummed about that since it was there tour. The final port was Turks and Cacos. We got off the ship and walked around a bit but nothing interested us so we decided to go back on board and enjoy the pool. We had the pick of the seats and we had a nice relaxing day. The Casino if you enjoy playing in the casino and winning this is not the place for you. If you enjoy playing and can handle losing a lot then go for it. I was on the ship as a VIP player. I was really disappointed in the slots and that no one was winning. I won't say how much I played but this is this was not even real to not win anything with the amount I spent. Casino Medallion. Be careful using your medallion on this ship. I saw a few issues with my own eyes with using the medallion and how there can be errors with it. The women next to me sat down at her machine. She put in cash. She played for awhile and wanted to cash out and asked me what to do. I said to hit the cash out. Then she said the name on the screen was not her name. I said omg you need to call the attendant. Here the person before her cashed out but it did not cash him out and she started playing and she ended up playing on his account and not hers. She had to get the staff to go into the machine and correct it. Had she not asked me and hit the cashout button all her money would have gone in his account. A machine behind me had the same issue...it would not cash the person out and they had already left the machine. A person wanted to play it and waited a little bit to see if someone was coming back. She waited about 15 minutes then called an attendant who fixed it and gave the new person playing the money that was left on the machine. I don't think they should have done this. And I went to play at a quick hit machine and no one was on it. But when I looked at the screen there was a person's name on it. It cashed them out but it should have timed them out. So make sure when you leave a machine that your machine is totally cashed out or you could lose your money. I would go on this ship again. The staff was very nice and very accommodating for the most part. I also understand The Caribbean Princess will be going to dry dock this year and will be getting a family splash zone on deck 17. That should be great for the kids!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We traveled with two other couples. Port choices not ideal ( Princess Cay, Puerto Rico, Amber Cove D.R., Grand Turk). Cabins are a good size, lots of storage. We were in a partially obstructed view which wasn't obstructed. Crew were ... Read More
We traveled with two other couples. Port choices not ideal ( Princess Cay, Puerto Rico, Amber Cove D.R., Grand Turk). Cabins are a good size, lots of storage. We were in a partially obstructed view which wasn't obstructed. Crew were excellent in every venue, bar, restaurant. Medallion for room was great for opening doors, getting on/off ship, but little else. Even tech people weren't able to help so after about three days we gave up. Maybe it was the time of year, but it seems geared toward an older crowd. Theater shows a bit cheesy some performers not the best. Sabatini's Restaurant was excellent. Movies Under The Stars was very nice. They put cushions on the deck chairs and handed out popcorn and blankets. Don't buy any T-shirts early they'll probable have a sale late in the voyage. Ship emptied quickly on disembarkation so we were able to get off about 45 minutes early. We didn't use cruise excursions or the fitness center. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
The Caribbean Princess is outstanding. Great food, wonderful service and fast internet. Loved the Ultimate Ship Tour - would highly recommend. A great way to see the ship and discover the day to day operations. We visited the kitchen, ... Read More
The Caribbean Princess is outstanding. Great food, wonderful service and fast internet. Loved the Ultimate Ship Tour - would highly recommend. A great way to see the ship and discover the day to day operations. We visited the kitchen, laundry, photo/print shops, engine room, Princess theater back stage, medical area and the bridge. The tour takes approx 3 hours. Space is limited - so make sure you sign up early. Guest receive some great gifts at the end. Make sure you leave room in your luggage. The casino is a fun place to play. The casino bar staff is friendly and service is very good. A wide variety of activities. We enjoyed the Medallion Class Experience. We liked the keyless stateroom entry, fast Wi-Fi and expedited boarding. Loved playing the games. The World Market offers a good variety of choices. Food is appealing. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Many other food outlets on board. We are looking forward to our next Princess cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Appreciate Princess for its Loyalty Program. The new ocean medallion Cruise was great. Keeping the medallion for access to the room for entry was easy and worked quite well. We had window suite F301. First time ever travelling without a ... Read More
Appreciate Princess for its Loyalty Program. The new ocean medallion Cruise was great. Keeping the medallion for access to the room for entry was easy and worked quite well. We had window suite F301. First time ever travelling without a balcony and the size of the room and the bathroom with two sinks, jacuzzi tub and stand alone shower all added to the enjoyment of the suite. Plus breakfast at Sabatinis every day and Club Class dining also died positively to the experience. Both embarkation and disembarkation were seamless. We arrived around 12:30 pm and most of the crowd was already on the ship so there was no waiting and we went right onto the ship after checking in. Disembarkation - for the first time ever, the disembarkation times were moved up as the crew did such a great job off loading the bags. We did B2B and the first week disembarkation was also moved up in time so this crew got it right both times. Read Less
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