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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
Our very first cruise experience was on the Caribbean Princess in 2005. We fell in love with cruising. The Caribbean Princess has aged well and the changes made are a plus! Ship was in very good shape. Staff were very welcoming. Matt ... Read More
Our very first cruise experience was on the Caribbean Princess in 2005. We fell in love with cruising. The Caribbean Princess has aged well and the changes made are a plus! Ship was in very good shape. Staff were very welcoming. Matt and Kelly, the cruise director and his assistant, were exceptional! The room was updated, clean bed extremely comfortable. Great mix of entertainment. We were kept informed throughout the cruise as to choices, where we were, etc. Plenty of seating by a variety of pools. We do like the extra number of pools. Only complaint was jumping and diving rules not enforced at the Neptune pool. The adults facilitating the games kept other adults from enjoying the pool. Yes we should have complained but Princess should have stopped them. Casino was clean and fun. New addition of Good Spirits bar was enjoyed. All public areas were very clean. We will definitely cruise on her again! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Just returned from a fabulous 7 day cruise to Grand Cayman, Roatan-Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. The Caribbean Princess is one of the bigger ones and has just been outfitted with Ocean Medallion. The biggest plus for this is the excellent ... Read More
Just returned from a fabulous 7 day cruise to Grand Cayman, Roatan-Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. The Caribbean Princess is one of the bigger ones and has just been outfitted with Ocean Medallion. The biggest plus for this is the excellent internet service. You can now purchase internet for the entire voyage. It is quick and you don't have to log in and out to save minutes. BUT be sure to purchase on the first day at a greatly reduced price. The ports on this itinerary were excellent - 4 days of non-stop fun. The entertainment on board was fabulous. It was nice to see new shows and entertainers and Princess is really trying to appeal to a younger crowd now with their shows. There was a much younger crown on board than I've previously seen on Princess but there was something for everyone-us slightly older folk and the younger cruisers. I can always count on Princess to deliver a quality experience. Entertainment is one of their specialties with the Voice of the Ocean to culminate a great week of entertainment and game shows/trivia. If there is a choir offered on board, I always join that as it's a great way to meet people. This time you could learn the steel drums and our fellow passengers delivered a really great concert on the final day. Grand Cayman- port is right downtown George Town. I did the tourist things like going to the Tortolla/Rum factory for tastings (very busy place), visiting the town of Hell and going to the Turtle Farm - I really enjoyed them all.Then I bought a brand watch in town - was very grateful for the Princess discount offered to me. Roatan-Honduras-this is a beautiful port made specifically by Carnival Corp. I did a dolphin encounter to Anthony's Key Resort. I loved the small group we had and the fact that our dolphins were in a very beautiful, natural setting. They were very healthy and having so much fun with us. The trainer was excellent. It is only an encounter, not a swim though. Water was lovely and warm. Then back at port, I couldn't resist taking the chair lift to Mahogany Bay beach - a man-made beach resort - I enjoyed the ride so much I did it twice. It costs US$14 at the port or US$12 bought through Princess for unlimited rides. Great views as you are taking the 5min ride and right next to the cruise ship. The beach area is noisy though and appeals to a younger crowd. I was so glad to hear that the port area provides lots of jobs for the locals as this is a very poor island and is an eye opener to see. You need to have compassion for the locals. Belize-the people of Belize are very warm and friendly. I took the tour to the Lamanai ruins. It was the highlight of my trip. You are taken by bus to a boat dock area and taken by speedboat to the Archaeological site of Lamanai deep in the jungle. We did an hour's hike round 4 of the best sites - the Jaguar Temple, the High Temple, the Mask Tempe and the Ball Court. You could climb a staircase they had built to the top of the High Temple - highly recommended - views are amazing. It feels surreal standing on top of a structure that was built over 3000 years ago. Walking trails are uneven so wear good closed toed shoes and it is HOT so bring lots of water. Back at the boat dock we were given a nice lunch of chicken, rice and beans, potato salad and fruit punch - all very welcome after a hot hike. Cozumel-I did a dolphin swim at this port and an encounter with manatees which are sweet, docile creatures. This is a commercial facility that churns out dolphin swims by the thousands each day so, whereas I was glad to fulfill a bucket list item of swimming with dolphins, I enjoyed my gentle encounter at St. Anthony's Key Roatan much more.The port shopping area is teeming with multiple ship loads of people so be aware of the crowds. Overall I chose this itinerary because of the port stops on offer and felt that visiting 4 ports in the 7 days made my trip really good value. Highly recommended. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Early-50s mom cruising with mature and independent 16-year-old girl. Great itinerary to visit my dad in Fla. before boarding. We had a fabulous time, with carefully chosen excursions at all 4 ports and lots of fun or quiet reading in ... Read More
Early-50s mom cruising with mature and independent 16-year-old girl. Great itinerary to visit my dad in Fla. before boarding. We had a fabulous time, with carefully chosen excursions at all 4 ports and lots of fun or quiet reading in between. We never went in a ship pool, and thus avoided any louder kids under 10, but there were not many of those on June 8 week anyway. Indeed the whole ship rarely felt crowded, in part due to the crew's hard work and efficiency. Embarkation and disemb. both a breeze -- major kudos there! Medallions a great value-add that smoothed everything, every day. Loved having my stateroom unlock on my approach, and being able to locate anyone in your party on the many big screens around the ship. FOOD: Don't let any reviews dissuade you on this basis. I'm a major S.F. foodie who cooks a great deal myself--but boarded with "appropriate" expectations for a cruise ship serving 2000+ passengers. I am here to tell you: SOLID job, and sometimes outstanding. Food was reliably very good throughout the week, with lots of variety, including for "traditional" dining. There were just a few disappointing dishes or appetizers, compared with a solid handful that were truly excellent. We never ate in Planks, Steamers, or any other specialty restaurant as there was simply no need. The World Fresh Marketplace (buffet), excursion lunches, the International Cafe and Slice for occasional snacks, and Palm Dining Room had it all covered very nicely. ENTERTAINMENT: Only went to the theater two nights, as we were tired after shore days and 7:30 dinner. Comedian was HILARIOUS (and I went in skeptical)! Really, I laughed so hard I cried. ;-) Production show the first night was good but just not our cup of tea. Never went to casino, but our dining companions did and had a great time. CABIN: We had a big balcony on deck 10 mid-ship---a major plus. Room itself wasn't beautiful to look at (finishes need refreshing), but great beds and amazing amount of storage ... we packed appropriately (not over or under) and never even used two of the desk drawers. Except in the tiny bathroom; there I strongly recommend the cruise trick I picked up online beforehand: a $15 (Target) shoe holder hooked over the bathroom door---presto, 20 clear pockets to hold all your stuff, in easy reach of the shower and sink. PORTS: Had a great time in all. The tour guides work so hard to please! MUST BRING each day: 5s and 1s for tips, other cash for the less commercial vendors who can't take cards, sunscreen, and most importantly: one *reusable* water bottle from home for EACH person, which you should fill with ice and then top with water at World Fresh Marketplace before leaving the ship. Especially in Roatan, the one port with inadequate sources for drinks onshore where you meet your guides, and the most intense sun! We aimed to avoid using disposable plastic bottles, and it was just good to know we had ice water on hand to start each day. Even bringing all that water, we still had to buy Arizona iced teas along the way, in addition to the drinks served with our cooking lesson in Cozumel (awesome!!), catamaran lunch on way back from snorkeling in Roatan (best roast chicken I can remember eating in my life), etc. Caribbean in June is very warm. VIBE/ACTIVITIES: Lots of variety; something for everyone, especially on sea days--though I would have liked to have a yoga class in the mornings. Very recent movies in cabin and on big screen near pool on Lido Deck, for those who want that. Great that they showed Game 6 of the NBA Finals in a big lounge! Average age of passengers 58-62, I'd say, but plenty of older folks and also lots of families. No rowdy teens or heavy drinking, at least that I ever saw going to bed by 10:30 every night. No overselling of art/jewelry/future cruises, and I'm very sensitive to that; we were able to enjoy looking at everything with only mild overtures that we respectfully declined and that was that. Overall I thought it was a great value for the price paid. Having waited a week to write this, the experience has "grown" in retrospect to one I'll think super-fondly of for years to come. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Got a good deal on a cruise for my wife, daughters and their respective beaus' so we decided to take a family vacation from the Pacific Northwest to the Hot Caribbean, and hot it was. The ship was very clean and well kept up and ... Read More
Got a good deal on a cruise for my wife, daughters and their respective beaus' so we decided to take a family vacation from the Pacific Northwest to the Hot Caribbean, and hot it was. The ship was very clean and well kept up and the staff was exceptionally pleasant throughout. Matt the cruise director and his first mate Andy were great and very entertaining and kept us in stiches the whole time we were on board. Our room steward was never far from sight and the room was always impeccable. Food was good but it has digressed form the Princess of 15 years ago but I guess that is true of a lot of things as the accountants take over. Overall the cruise was great and we all had a wonderful time and the Caribbean Princess is a well run well kept ship. We would cruise again on her without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose the first 4 night adventure after Caribbean Princess had a several week yard period to get a preview of the Caribbean Princess for a later cruise and are very happy we did with using the Medallion. We registered before the ... Read More
We chose the first 4 night adventure after Caribbean Princess had a several week yard period to get a preview of the Caribbean Princess for a later cruise and are very happy we did with using the Medallion. We registered before the cruise date and had our Medallions delivered to our home and embarkation was a breeze. We had no issues with the Medallions during the cruise and we were surprised with what some of the features were with them. The ability to use the directions and use the 2-D feature on the screens helped us find our way around the ship quickly. The entertainment was very good; the Fantastic Journey production show was not very good. The songs were hard to understand and there just seemed to be no sense to the production. The comic was funny and we went to his show in Club Fusion also and it was better in a very small venue vice the theater. The magician was also very good having been on Americas Got Talent a few seasons ago. The food was typical Princess, always good and a great variety. Our one stop was in Cozumel, enough said. We have a 10 day Panama Canal cruise in March 2020 on the Caribbean and are very much looking forward to that cruise after experiencing using the Medallion. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was my 24th cruise, 3rd on Princess, 1st on this ship. My sister went with me. It was her 1st time on Princess. I choose this cruise because it was in May and it was a short cruise, and I wanted my sister to sail on Princess. ... Read More
This was my 24th cruise, 3rd on Princess, 1st on this ship. My sister went with me. It was her 1st time on Princess. I choose this cruise because it was in May and it was a short cruise, and I wanted my sister to sail on Princess. Honestly, I read every review on this ship since January and I was more than a little scared about what I had read regarding the condition of the ship. But the purpose was to spend time with my sister so off we went. We flew down the night before and stayed at The Conrad. It was great. The next morning we went to the port at 12:30. We had already received our Medallions and had registered everything prior so we basically were able to walk on the ship. We immediately went up to the Sanctuary on deck 16 to reserve space. This cruise only had 1 port day and 3 sea days. All the loungers were booked (at 12:40) but the cabanas were available Cabanas are a bit pricey, at $140 for half day, but included several things, so we decided to spurge and booked the first and last mornings sessions. Next we went down a deck and ate lunch at the buffet. We walked the entire length of the buffet areas and found everything from the food to the service to the furnishings to be top quality and just excellent. The Planks and Steamers areas décor was beautiful and brand new. Now on to our guestroom. We booked a Club Class Mini Suite, D504 on the Dolphin Deck. When we walked up to the door, the door automatically unlocked, this was great, When we got inside I was SO HAPPY. Everything in the room was BRAND NEW. The beds were new, the carpet was new, the sofa and chairs were new, the drawers and their knobs were new, the TV's were new. In the bathroom the tub was new, the toilet was new, the shower doors and head were new, the floor tiles were new. After unpacking, we explored some of the ship. Just beautiful, everywhere we went everything looked pretty much brand new except for the theater. It didn't look bad, just a bit outdated and the chairs were very small. We went to the muster drill and then I had to go to the medical center because I left some medicine at the hotel and needed to get it replaced. The Doctor and her staff were nice. The cost to see the doctor (they would not just let me get the meds) was $95 plus the cost of the insulin pen $20. I was glad they had the medicine. First night of Club Class Dining- We went early and there was no wait. Service was wonderful and food was very good. We found out from our server that this ship had just spent the last month getting engine repairs and a face lift. That explains everything being brand new. I have to say that Princess must have listened to all the reviews, and they did something about it.. Also, whatever they did to the engines, we felt NO movement on this ship. We did not even have "sea legs" when we got off the ship, which was a first for me. First night show was a comedian. He was funny. Show started at 7:30 and was 90% full. Now, to the casino. I belong to the Princess poker player's club. I recommend this to everyone, as you get special deals emailed to you once in a while. Anyway, I like to play craps and poker. No one was at the poker table, so I played craps. There were only 3 of us playing, but I had a few long rolls. There was a gentleman playing a dragon slot machine right next to us who hit for $10,000. Lucky him! Off to bed. We had breakfast in the dining room. Disappointing. The choices were extremely limited. I ordered a ham and cheese omelet, which came with no ham or cheese. The second one was not much better. I think they just want everyone to go to the lido to breakfast. Off to the Sanctuary. Our cabana was very nice. It included a sofa, chair, 2 loungers, fruit bowl, TV, bar set up, welcome drink and lunch . This area has a great view and easy access to the spa pool. My sister doesn't drink, and I had the alcohol beverage package, so the bar set up was wasted on us, so they gave us a bottle of wine instead. They did take our lunch order too late so we didn't get it before we left. They chased after us saying they would bring it to us to a different location, but we passed on that. I did appreciate the effort. Now to a meeting. Before the cruise I had received an email and an opportunity to participate in a focus group on the ship. I got selected and went to this meeting located in a dining room. About 120 people, we were divided based on the survey we filled out. I was put in the celebrations group (my sister's birthday). The moderator was very good, asking several questions on lots of subjects. We were all able to express the good, the bad, and suggestions. My suggestion was to have some alcohol packages that were per day or a drink card with a certain number of drinks, instead of the whole cruise only package which is way too expensive for people who only want a couple drinks a day. And now the bad news. Starting the night before, I had been coughing and feeling just ok. Now, after this meeting, I met my sister and we had the pizza. It was voted best pizza at sea, and it is the best pizza I have ever had on a cruise. And then I started feeling worse and worse and worse. Bottom line, I went back to the medical clinic. I had a bad sinus infection. The doctor gave me a z pack and Benadryl. I hardly was able to leave my stateroom after that. I only left to get something to eat. We had reservations at the steakhouse that night. We went and it was good, but then I went back to the room. I was coughing so much and so loud that I didn't want to ruin a show and didn't even feel well enough to gamble, which is really saying something. My sister and I had been looking forward to this cruise for months. We don't get to spend much time together and this was going to be extra special being her birthday. We didn't get to see any other shows or even visit some of the nightclubs. My sister stayed with me and read on her ipad. We did not use our cabana on the last sea day, but some one came to our cabin and told us they would not charge us. That was very nice. My sister and I did get to talk and be with each other, which was what we wanted from this cruise. So even with missing out on most of the activities on this now brand new beautiful ship, we both had a great cruise. I would highly recommend this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our 4th Princess Cruise and completing our 48th day on Princess. We have 3 more Princess Cruises booked! We love Princess! The entertainment was fantastic! Production performance was very upbeat and well done. Broadway ... Read More
This was our 4th Princess Cruise and completing our 48th day on Princess. We have 3 more Princess Cruises booked! We love Princess! The entertainment was fantastic! Production performance was very upbeat and well done. Broadway caliber! The Medallion Internet upgrade was very much an improvement on Princess. Internet was fast. You paid by the day and not by the minute which was a tremendous improvement! Passengers would wear a Medallion which could be a locator for other guests that you approve on your own app in advance. All parties have to approve of this. Also crew and waitstaff can fill orders right to you without them being present to take the order. You can use the Compass Locator to find a destination step by step. You can pull up the onboard event schedule. Food was great! Even the buffet had choice food with excellent presentations. Overall the trip was very pleasing! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
Perfect 4 day trip to Cozumel. Embarkation was extremely fast. Arrived at 11am. We were on board within 30 minutes after parking our car at Park-n-Go, love those guys. Best deal, $6/day. Our luggage was in our room 1 hour later. Had ... Read More
Perfect 4 day trip to Cozumel. Embarkation was extremely fast. Arrived at 11am. We were on board within 30 minutes after parking our car at Park-n-Go, love those guys. Best deal, $6/day. Our luggage was in our room 1 hour later. Had friends that were first time cruisers on Princess and they were so impressed with everything. Day 2 was a sea day so lots of pool time. Then we did Sabatini's for dinner. Just awesome food and service. Day 3 Cozumel. Pool time in the morning then did a half day excursion. We had our own jeep and went to a private beach where a late lunch was provided, A local feast, so much food. Day 3, back to the pool for lots of cold beers and live entertainment. Such a fabulous trip and our friends were so glad we talked them into booking the cruise. Til next time, which will be very soon. Love Princess Cruises. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our first time on the Regal Princess and our fourth cruise aboard a Princess Ship. The Regal is Medallion ready and we loved the system. I could track my son, husband and other shipmates. There was one glitch in which I ... Read More
This was our first time on the Regal Princess and our fourth cruise aboard a Princess Ship. The Regal is Medallion ready and we loved the system. I could track my son, husband and other shipmates. There was one glitch in which I couldn't locate my daughter because she is a minor not staying in my cabin. It is to protect minors, but there was no way (yet) to let me add her. Our loop hole was that my son could track her as he was another minor. Every dining experience was good. Our favorite speciality dining and the only one we did was Sabatini's. It's excellent! I highly recommend the short ribs in the main dining room on lobster night. I just ordered surf and turf and had the lobster tail on the side. We only ate breakfast in the dining room once, but wish we'd done it more often. We met lots of nice and interesting folks every time we shared a table. In Princess Cay we just did a beach day and rented a clam shell. It's nice to have shade access if necessary. My mother in law did the glass bottom boat tour and said it was "Okay." (Not too thrilling). In St. Thomas we taxied to Red Hook and took the ferry over to St. John and then took another taxi to Trunk Bay Beach. It was a beautiful beach. There is a snorkeling "path" with some signs to read. It's not the best snorkeling I've ever seen, but it was still pretty. There are no chairs or umbrellas. We were only approached once by a lady living there selling bracelets. My daughter had to have one. The trip across the two islands was scary, but we made it. The roads and steep, winding and they drive on the opposite side of the road but still have the steering wheel on the left side. In St. Maarten we just grabbed a taxi and planned to go to Little Divi but the driver (Uncle Al's Taxi) talked us into Mullet. He was a GREAT driver and was basically a tour guide the entire drive. He charged us $8 per person one way. We got to the beach around eleven and planned to stay until 2:00. We thought Al would go drive more people, but he stayed at the beach chatting until we were ready to return. There were local ladies selling merchandise, massages and hair braiding on the beach. My daughter wanted braids so I said she could get three. I agreed to a massage without discussing a price (mistake). While I was off getting my massage my daughter got 14 ($42) braids and the massage lady told me I owed her $80. Good Lord, I am sure I could have argued, but I set my hubby to an ATM since I didn't think I'd need as much cash as we spent. Al drove him to a nearby casino. The chairs were two plus an umbrella for $15. What I thought would be a cheap taxi ride day ended up costing about $211---take away the massage and braids and it was just $89. My son bought a burger and a soda which was ten bucks I believe. After the ports, we had two relaxing sea days that went all too fast. The comedians were great and we enjoyed the shows we went to. We also went to several of the game show events in Princess Live...Voice of the Ocean, The Married Couples game, Majority Rules and Battle of the Sexes. All were entertaining...more so if you participate in the last two I mentioned. Cory was the cruise director and I thought he did a really nice job. The galley tour after the food demonstration was interesting. My husband and I did the $25 wine tasting in Allegro. We learned about six different wines. I managed to drink it all and I rarely drink. I could feel it when we were done. Next time I'll sign up for the $40 per person one to get better food. That one is less people and is held in Sabatini's. The pool area was very nice and I didn't feel like it was too crowded. We were at the end of spring break season for public schools. I think there were only 300 children aboard out of about 3500, so a very small percentage. My 15 year old daughter really had a great time with the teen center. It's basically just a hang out. They have their own hot tub. My son (10) spent a lot of time at the basketball court and none in the kid program. I don't know why he didn't go there....just didn't want to. He used to participate when he was younger. To sum it up, I'd definitely do it all again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to snorkel and we wanted to try Princess cruises. The ship was lovely, clean, well maintained, well appointed. We enjoyed the water show and the outdoor movies at night. We LOVED the singers and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to snorkel and we wanted to try Princess cruises. The ship was lovely, clean, well maintained, well appointed. We enjoyed the water show and the outdoor movies at night. We LOVED the singers and dancers/production shows, and the Beatlemaniacs as well. The comedian was great. The food was beautifully presented and well flavored. Our waiters were very good - elegant, knowledgeable, attentive, kind. Our cabin was very well cared for. The weather was excellent, and we loved Princess Cay and St. Thomas. St. Maarten's traffic was bad, probably due to repairs being made from the hurricanes last year, so getting around took a long time. I would recommend going one place (a nice beach) and staying there, rather than trying to see much around the island. Maho beach was fun because the airplanes fly directly over the beach, and the water was great there. Orient Beach looked fun, but we didn't swim there. We will definitely cruise on Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary (stops in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel) and the fact that it was recently refurbished. It was also a great price since we booked six months prior. This cruise was during our ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary (stops in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel) and the fact that it was recently refurbished. It was also a great price since we booked six months prior. This cruise was during our daughter's Spring Break as well as her 16th birthday. She was very excited to travel to so many Caribbean countries in one week. As for the ship itself, we took a Princess cruise to Alaska in 2013 and were very surprised to find the Caribbean Princess had the exact same layout as the one we sailed on then (don't recall the name). It made things easier to find as it was familiar to us, but it was slightly disappointing to feel like we'd been here before after so many years. We wanted an aft facing mini-suite but they were sold out even six months in advance, so we ended up midship. This was absolutely fine, but I think the aft facing provides the best views since you can see both side of the ship while in port. As for the food, the Coral and Islands dining rooms had good decor, great service, and a nice menu. We ate in the Crown dining room for our daughter's birthday and had excellent service and food (the filet Mignon was the best). Well worth the extra $29 per person. We also ate in Steamers, but weren't impressed. The menu is intentionally extremely limited (only clams or fried seafood, nothing broiled) and the placement of the restaurant is where the ship rumbles and shakes during the whole meal. Not worth the extra $12 per person, for us. The International Marketplace buffet was fresh and tasty and we didn't grow bored as the selection kept changing (veggie lasagna was the best!) Entertainment was the best by far of my five previous cruises. The dancing and singing were top notch and the Voice of the Ocean competition was well done (congrats to Hannah on her win for Abba's Dancing Queen!) Most activities were targeted for the very old (e.g. arts and crafts). Average age was 65, I’d guess. Also, each time there was something we were interested in seeing it was at 9:00 a.m. after a late night, so we didn't attend anything other than Bingo and that was as expected. Finally, I was pleasantly surprised at the Casino's selection of slots and variety of table games. I enjoyed myself at the Casino three of the nights (even though I didn't end up winning - big surprise). One downside of this itinerary on Princess is you change clocks four times. Twice one hour behind, then twice one hour ahead. Made for a wonky jet lag experience every morning. On Carnival, we stayed on ship’s time no matter the port time. All in all, it was a wonderful vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We are seniors who love cruising, often staying on board while in port. We rarely avail ourselves to bingo, art auctions, or trivia, preferring the relaxing experience of cruising and the excellent service & food. Our loyalty to ... Read More
We are seniors who love cruising, often staying on board while in port. We rarely avail ourselves to bingo, art auctions, or trivia, preferring the relaxing experience of cruising and the excellent service & food. Our loyalty to Princess gives us elite status, so we enjoy the free laundry and internet, not to mention(But I am about to) the mini bar set ups & shop discounts. We truly come back new & packing for our next trip. Our only regret is that we have to travel to FT, Lauderdale to embark, so we often choose another cruise line for the convenience of a home port. While we enjoy the other lines they do not have the music we enjoy, nor do we receive the perks. The new Medallion class is great!!! The door opens as you approach the stateroom. We are not up on all the advantages of the medallion, but will eventually catch on. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
2nd time on this ship. It was great. Western and Eastern Caribbean. Both 7 day sections had an age range from mid 30's to mid 60's. Not the kind of ship for under 18, not much to do for that age range. But plenty to do for ... Read More
2nd time on this ship. It was great. Western and Eastern Caribbean. Both 7 day sections had an age range from mid 30's to mid 60's. Not the kind of ship for under 18, not much to do for that age range. But plenty to do for everyone else. You can hide yourself in total isolation away from crowds to submerging into non stop activities. Anytime Dining was rarely a wait, the Horizon Court buffet always had a great selection. My favorite was the suchi bowls. Lunch time they had noodle bowls. Ate all venues at least once except Sabatinis Italian. Staff was great. Our cabin steward was like stealth, we forgot something in the cabin, and went back 20 minutes later and the cabin was already immaculate. Went to some shows, all were good, but, the comedian was the best. Filled every venue he performed at for 2 nights. Though these cruises were sold out, the ship never seemed crowded. Sea days were the busiest around the pool but if you looked, I always found a deck chair. My wife and I couldn't understand why so many people were on their phones nonstop. Your on vacation people. The medallion that you use to pay and get in your cabin works great even though we didnt bother with downloading everything before our cruise. One scary thing about downloading all the apps on your phone is you can download the casino and play slots with your money anywhere on the ship. And you use your medallion in the casino and just charge it to the cabin. Make sure to control yourself, or your trip could get pricey. The ship was heading to drydock after our cruise to get some upgrades and fix an engine problem that would make the back of the ship vibrate slightly at full speed. Something that has lasted 3 years or so. The only bad thing was we had to leave. Going through withdrawal as my room isn't cleaned twice a day. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The staff on princess cruise made my vacation the best vacation ever!!! Everyone was so attentive kind and very helpful. Anytime I needed directions they always knew how to direct me. The steward kept my room clean and even after it was ... Read More
The staff on princess cruise made my vacation the best vacation ever!!! Everyone was so attentive kind and very helpful. Anytime I needed directions they always knew how to direct me. The steward kept my room clean and even after it was cleaned and I took a nap my bed was later remade and of course I loved the chocolate left on my bed each night. The waiters were awesome as well making sure my meal was the best. The entertainment on the ship was awesome. We got to know the staff very well and they were all so nice and friendly. We had a lot of laughs playing games and watching the different activities. I love Ed that we could grab a pizza slice late at night for a good snack. This was my first cruise and I now have fond lasting memories of the best vacation I’ve ever had. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We wanted a relaxing time away and to warm up!!!. The crew was exceptional especially in the bars and international cafe The Salty Dog Grill had exceptional grilled food and offered a good variety. It could be substituted for main course ... Read More
We wanted a relaxing time away and to warm up!!!. The crew was exceptional especially in the bars and international cafe The Salty Dog Grill had exceptional grilled food and offered a good variety. It could be substituted for main course if you don't want buffet or dining room. The dining room breakfast was good far better than dinner. Service at dinner was always slow. We really enjoyed the buffet. The dinner was different each night with a theme from different countries. It was exceptional. Dining room sit down was so so. Entertainment was fantastic and they offered a variety of venues nightly. The singer and dancers on this ship were very good and voices paired up very well. The highlights were the comedian and the ventriloquist. The both did two shows with the ship using the smaller venue stage which worked out great as they staggered start times between them and the main show in the princess theater. The ports were varied and offered a variety of choices to everyone. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The itinerary as well as the 10 days, gives you more time to enjoy activities as well as time to relax. The cruise director, Peter and his staff were wonderful. Alwyn was especially good at his position of assistant cruise director, ... Read More
The itinerary as well as the 10 days, gives you more time to enjoy activities as well as time to relax. The cruise director, Peter and his staff were wonderful. Alwyn was especially good at his position of assistant cruise director, then Song and Will. There was another member and I can’t reme correct spelling or pronunciation, Bongani. We enjoyed about every aspect of the cruise, many games and activities throughout, trivia, karaoke, The Voice, bingo, you name it we did it. Also did 3 Princess excursions that we all enjoyed. Had one of the best experiences ever at The Crown Grill. All in all, a great cruise. I simply loved every to cruise with Princess. My husband and I have cruised 29/30 times. This was our 27th with Princess and we now only travel with Princess. The Crown is somewhat older compared to Regal and Royal, but still a lovely ship. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth. Our inside cabin was adiquitly furnished with enough shelf, drawer and hanging space, abundance of coat hangers made a world of difference. Had great ports of call where we did 3 Princess excursions. Great cruise with great company. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We arrived the day before, choosing a hotel with free transferts from airport and to port. But, they changed the rules before we gat there, so now they charge 10$/pers to port... a taxi cost 25$. We were 4 adults, so we chose the taxi. ... Read More
We arrived the day before, choosing a hotel with free transferts from airport and to port. But, they changed the rules before we gat there, so now they charge 10$/pers to port... a taxi cost 25$. We were 4 adults, so we chose the taxi. Embarcation was fast (we are Platinium) and they offer cake and coffe while we wait in a private lounge. The ship, our cabin, dining venues and especialy the service was wonderful! Entertainment was good when the dancers and singers were giving the show, but stand-ups were skeaking too fast for those who were not english speaking (native). Ports : we had been to most of them before, so we just walked around in the neighbourhood, except for Dominica, where we took a tour by Princess (good idea, since it was late and they waited for us!). We were surprised by 2 other family members who joined us for the cruise! They managed to find out our cabin number and booked the cabin just beside us! We then opened the balcony doors to have a 3 cabin balcony... very nice! (for confidentiality... that is another story!) We did the same cruise last year and truly enjoyed both cruises. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my first time going on a cruise, and it sure didn't disappoint. We booked this cruise during my school spring break, and for my parents' 25th anniversary. (They got married on St. Thomas during a cruise on the old Crown ... Read More
This was my first time going on a cruise, and it sure didn't disappoint. We booked this cruise during my school spring break, and for my parents' 25th anniversary. (They got married on St. Thomas during a cruise on the old Crown Princess. They went on the Sun two years later.) Unfortunately, my mom couldn't go, so it was just me and my dad. Some of you may remember my thread in the forum. Anyway, this cruise is 7 days and the itinerary is Princess Cays, Falmouth, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel. It left from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In Florida, we stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel, and it sure was nice. Nice view, pretty spacious, no bugs. From a window further down the hallway, I could see Regal next to Carnival Conquest. We took the hotel's shuttle service to the port, which we waited about an hour for. They must have a thing for Celebrity Cruises, as the first ship they called for was Silhouette, then Edge, then Silhouette again. Finally, they called for Regal and Conquest. I felt bad for the couple who came a bit late who needed to get to Silhouette. Very nice people who I talked to for a while. It took us a while to get into the port because there was a bunch of tankers that kept pulling in. Not to mention the mile long line of taxis. Speaking of, we should have just called a taxi from the hotel. Once we got into the port, we had to drop off one person at Celebrity Edge, then we had to go all the way around to Carnival Conquest, passing numerous other military and cruise ships, including Harmony of the Seas. After Conquest, the rest of us were dropped off at Regal. Inside of the Princess port, we went through security and got our medallions. I got blue and my dad got gold. My mom also would have gotten gold. For some reason, my dad's medallion was defective. He had to go to the front desk twice to fix it. The first time, he got a new medallion. The second time, they said it was a problem with the account. I had no problems with mine. I like how it unlocks the door by walking in front of it. It's nice if your hands are full. But, what if you don't want it to unlock and you walk past? Does it stay unlocked? So, about this ship. What a beautiful ship. I could tell how proud of it the crew was. It wasn't very crowded. The crew and passengers were all very nice. No matter where I sat down to eat, whether it be Horizon Court or on the Lido Deck by Trident Grill, somebody came up to ask about drinks right away. The food was awesome, even though I didn't eat much. The ice cream is the best you'll ever have in your life. I had about 2 vanilla cones a day. We had the unlimited internet, but I wasn't impressed. It was pretty slow. Well, what should I expect from internet at sea? Our stateroom was mini suite M428. It was gorgeous. The balcony was big since it was at the end of the Sea View Bar. Our steward was Kleynard, or Kley as we call him, and he was absolutely awesome. He was so nice, did a great job cleaning, and would always leave us chocolates. He even would convert the couch for me to sleep on and would fold all my blankets. When he would come in the morning, he would convert it back to a couch. Thank goodness, I have no idea how to do that. If I go again, which I want to when I'm a bit older, I would certainly book this same stateroom if possible. The entertainment was really good. I loved the Sail Away celebration, with all the dancing and singing. That Love Boat horn sure was something else. That was a nice touch. Anything Love Boat related on a Princess ship is a nice touch. I'm not a big movie watcher, but I did end up going to Movies Under the Stars a couple times. The first time, I came late and still got a good seat. I got popcorn from Swirls and a blanket from Calypso Cabana. When I sat down, the head cushion fell and hit me in the head. I go to fix it and my ice cream and popcorn spill. I'm such a clod. A mom notices and sends her daughter to get me napkins. I said it was unnecessary, but she still got them anyway. The second time, I watched Crazy Rich Asians in a hot tub, which I found to be pretty stupid. Most of the movies they played were stupid. But, you couldn't drag me out of those hot tubs even if you tried. The pool was absolutely freezing, so I sat in the hot tubs talking my head off. No wonder I ended up with sun poisoning. I looked like a tomato, I was burning, had the chills later, and then my eyes swelled up shut. Ouch. I sure did like the concerts, though. I watched Elton John and Bryan Adams from the hot tub, both of which I like. What I find weird is that they start playing movies before it gets dark. They start setting up way before. One of the people I talked to had been on about 20 Princess cruises and was complaining that they played a lot of Tina Turner concerts and was tired of it. She also said that their first time on Regal was the first time they used medallions and it was full of problems. I was in the teen lounge once, and it was pretty cool. There were computers with PlayStations and a hot tub outside. There's nothing really to discuss about ports, since we didn't do any excursions. We did go onto the islands, though. Would I go again? Heck yes. I would wait a little while because I had crippling homesickness every night on this cruise. Overall, I loved this cruise and would want to go again on this same ship. (I'll post photos later, since they're all on my phone. I'll either send them to the computer or do it on my phone. If I can post videos, I will do that too. I got a good one of the Sail Away party, the Edge setting sail, people waving to us, and the horn.) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We took this cruise mainly to get away and to have the option to depart from Los Angeles. Thankfully, after we returned home both of us left the voyage confident we had made a good decision. The food was excellent and being our fifth ... Read More
We took this cruise mainly to get away and to have the option to depart from Los Angeles. Thankfully, after we returned home both of us left the voyage confident we had made a good decision. The food was excellent and being our fifth Princess cruise we felt that all of the eateries on board were excellent. The Horizon Court Buffet was the biggest surprise. It was outstanding! A huge variety with many different selections each day. Crown grill as always was excellent as was our first visit to Sabatini's. Both places the service was top of the line, with fun and knowledgable wait staff. Our room was kept immaculate by our steward. The only minor downer was that the bed had not been transitioned to a Heavenly Bed yet but we were told it was coming soon to our level (Caribe Deck). The other downer was being charged for an excursion that was paid for a few months prior, but I am confident Princess will make it right after I contact my Princess agent.That is why I have focused primarily on Princess cruises. My agent, Phoenix Quevedo, always makes a sincere effort to ensure we are well served. The cruise was great. The entertainment was excellent with something for everyone. The stage design, singers, music and energy ensured we returned every show we could. Speaking of energy, Matt O, was the best cruise director we have ever seen. He has that unique ability to entertain most anyone he comes into contact with. He is not afraid to take a change, ensuring he never allows for routine. A true professional with a God Given talent. We departed after enjoying each day of the trip well rested and actually refreshed. We have already booked our Cabo cruise for December 2019. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Loved this ship! So glad they are making a duplicate with the Princess Sky. This ship is large enough to keep everyone occupied and user friendly too. Loved the mid ship atrium. Gave the Ship a sense of community. We selected this ... Read More
Loved this ship! So glad they are making a duplicate with the Princess Sky. This ship is large enough to keep everyone occupied and user friendly too. Loved the mid ship atrium. Gave the Ship a sense of community. We selected this cruise because of the many ports of calls. Gave us a good flavor of the Western Caribbean. The medallions were really handy and helped a lot when we got off the ships with identification and getting back on the ship. Often when we disembarked there were other cruise ships. The Princess medallions and the staff would have no lines, while other cruise lines would have lines that snaked all over the pier. The entertainment was amazing and the movies under the stars truly an unique experience. We found the staterooms to be ample in size and both my husband and myself are not "small" in stature. However in all fairness we were not in the rooms much either, as there is so much to do on the ship and we booked all 4 ports of calls shore excursions. Shore excursion are pricier than what you can find in the port, however if safety and getting back to your ship on time is a concern I would stay with the Princess line shore excursions. Overall this was a wonderful experience for our entire family. We did this during spring break and brought our 2 young 20's daughters. The age mix on the ship was perfect. There were many families with small children and a few teens and college age students. The night life was very tame. If you are looking for a party boat this is not your cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Itinerary was one of the main reasons to go on the Caribbean Prince. We have already cruised on this ship and loved it. We were celebrating a few things. My wife's Birthday, my 70th Birthday, and our 25th Weddings ... Read More
Itinerary was one of the main reasons to go on the Caribbean Prince. We have already cruised on this ship and loved it. We were celebrating a few things. My wife's Birthday, my 70th Birthday, and our 25th Weddings Anniversary. First time getting a larger suite, mainly for the size of the room and balcony. Was a little disappointed in the suite, because of the noise, no sun, sleeper sofa, and closet door making so much noise. Also my wife got her finger slammed in the door. Loved San Juan going to the Bacardi Rum distillery was the best your ever. Wish we had more time there to see more of New San Juan. The staff and service was great. Loved going to the Club Class restaurant every night. Everyone was so polite and helpful, all the way from the wait staff to the head chef. So happy with the new Medallion set up. The value for this Cruise was good. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We choose this cruise for the itinary and the lenght. Visiting 6 nice places! It was very easy for embarkation and disembarkation, no wait! The ship was nice, like that on deck 7, you can walk all around, chairs for admiring the ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the itinary and the lenght. Visiting 6 nice places! It was very easy for embarkation and disembarkation, no wait! The ship was nice, like that on deck 7, you can walk all around, chairs for admiring the view. The staff is so nice and always smiling at you! The entertainment staff is really funny. A lot of onboard activities, we really like the 'Voice of the Ocean' and the 'Love Boat Party'. We took some excursions, two on beaches (St-Kitts and Barbados) and one was a water taxi in St-Thomas and shopping, really nice, on your way back to the ship, you do the tour between the island of St-Thomas and St-Croix. In Martinique, we took a little bicycle-cab (electric), the person is pedaling and showing/explaining all the major attractions, we went to the supermarket. Didn't really like Antiga, In Grand Turk, they are trying to rent you umbrella at the beach when it says at the entrance free chairs and umbrellas! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our "Triple Crown Cruise" since it was the third time we've sailed on her. The Crown has been updated so it looks brand new. With 10 days to relax and four new ports to explore it was a great cruise. We had the ... Read More
This was our "Triple Crown Cruise" since it was the third time we've sailed on her. The Crown has been updated so it looks brand new. With 10 days to relax and four new ports to explore it was a great cruise. We had the cabin the back of the ship which was very quiet except for the engines: we knew when the ship was docking since we heard, and felt, the side thrusters. There was a little more ocean motion that we felt at night and it was a pleasnt rocking that rocked us to sleep every night It stil was a wonderful room. The food was great at every food venue, but the Crown Grill is still the best steakhouse on land or sea and the Carribean. We were finally able to get reservations at The Sanctuary which was a whole new experience. The crew were outstanding and they all treated us like family. the International Cafe was our favorite place, as usual. There were great show and and the comedian was hilarious! I highly suggest swimming with the turtles in Barbados. Don't forget to book your next cruise while still on the ship! We love Princess Cruises!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We Uber’d to the pier for $8 for the 4 of us. We planned to walk as it is just across the street about a 10 minute walk to births 1 and 2 The usual Princess ones, but the Crown was at berth 14. We arrived around 11 am and checked in ... Read More
We Uber’d to the pier for $8 for the 4 of us. We planned to walk as it is just across the street about a 10 minute walk to births 1 and 2 The usual Princess ones, but the Crown was at berth 14. We arrived around 11 am and checked in with no line then waited about 15 minutes to board. On by 11:20 I think. The ship looked good inside and out. All the crew members I talked to were friendly and open. I tend to talk to crew a lot. Only on the last sea day was it hard to find a lounger by the pool. No noticeable lines anywhere even on embarkation day. Bar service was good as well as the grill, pizza and ice cream. The buffet was good also. My youngest son was pleased to find that they had waffles for afternoon snack at the buffet; he’s a big waffle fan! I was introduced to star fruit there as well buy a server, probably the tastiest fruit I’ve had. The usual cruise activities didn’t intrude if you didn’t want to participate or watch. It was the first cruise that I actually saw whales in the sea, both jumping and spouting! We had an emergency evacuation the second day. They cleared the front half of the ship outside and the promenade deck as well as all balconies on the port side as a Coastguard helicopter came to take the passenger to a hospital in Puerto Rico. We didn’t do any shows. Saw a special guest magician that was really fun. We went to trivia a few times but mainly just relaxed on ship. The boy’s loved the kids program in the Lodge. We let them check themselves in and out on sea days. They had foosball, air hockey, skeet ball, a lot of arts and crafts, movies, and of course computer games. They came back with a lot of stuff from the program some junk and some worth keeping. They got small stuffed whales as a goodbye gift. They get a “kids” patter in the room the first day with the week’s schedule. On sea days we would have breakfast with them then they would go to the Lodge and we’d meet back for lunch and pool time most days. Most nights they would eat dinner with us and leave before we were done to go to their evening activities. On port days after our excursions or exploring we would have to check them in and out of the program in person and be given a pager for contact until sail-a-way. We had Anytime Dinning that worked great for us. As I stated we were a group of 8 and the first 2 nights we had a 10 to 15 minute wait but from day 2 on the Maitre’d told us to just show up whenever we wanted as they were holding the same table just for us! Our Head Waiter, Sebastian, took excellent care of us. On several nights he brought us special dishes for us, a couple of pasta dishes, calamari, and a special dessert once. I think they were from the Club Class. The pastas were tasty the calamari not so much. My 9 year old told him he liked the bacon in the buffet so on his birthday he brought him a plate of bacon as a gift! It was a favorite time of day for us as a family to get together each night for dinner and share experiences not only amongst ourselves but with Sebastian and Natalia our waiter. Often we would stay late talking with them and each other. We booked all excursions through the ship. We like the security of that. St. Kitts was swim with dolphins. It is kind of expensive but well worth it. This was our 9 year olds birthday request and by far the highlight of the trip for us all. My wife had done it in the past and said it was incredible, I was more along the lines of we’re on vacation and it was an experience she wanted to share with the boy’s so let’s do it. It was fantastic! We were in the water with the dolphins for about 40 minutes we danced with them, pet them, held them, they pushed us by our feet, pulled us with their fins, had them do some other tricks. It was the most amazing thing to experience. It’s hard to explain until you experience it. But if you get a chance to do it go for it! I couldn’t recommend it more. In Martinique we did a catamaran sail/beach break. The sail was much better than the beach break. It was interesting in that the tour guide constantly reminded us that Martinique is part of France and the EU, things like “all our exports go to Europe “or, “we can travel to any EU country without visas” “we are all French citizens”. It seemed a little more than just national pride, almost as if she thought she was superior because of it. Incidentally I think the majority in our group was from the UK. Martinique was the least touristy of the ports. There is a neat fort near the cruise port but you can’t go in as it is an active French military base. In Barbados we went snorkeling over shipwrecks and saw sea turtles and stingrays as well. It was really fun snorkeling there. In Antigua we did a sting ray encounter witch was fun as well. We rode a small boat out to a sand bar on the Atlantic side of the island and had about an hour interacting with the rays or just snorkeling around the shallow bar. St. Thomas we basically stayed on the ship. After 4 busy days it was nice to just relax aboard and the boys wanted to be in the kids club anyway. Grand Turk we just hung out at the cruise port beach. There was a Carnival ship in before us so it started out crowded but they departed a few hours after we got there and gave us more room. It was a good beach day. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
My sister has been travelling with Princess for 25 years. She’s always encouraged us to join her and so we did this year (March 2019) and were very pleased with the experience. The Crown Princess is a beautiful ship, our cabin was kept ... Read More
My sister has been travelling with Princess for 25 years. She’s always encouraged us to join her and so we did this year (March 2019) and were very pleased with the experience. The Crown Princess is a beautiful ship, our cabin was kept spotless, the waiters and all dining staff were superior and the Entertainment was Broadway comparable. My husband never had an issue with his food allergies. We were a party of 10 and had no problem being seated together at anytime-dining dinners. The Antigua Catamaran excursion is well-worth it whether or not you snorkel. The rum punch on-board the Catamaran is complementary, there’s lots of shade or sun on-board and we visited a beautiful beach for optional swimming. My spouse and I stayed onboard during the snorkeling and enjoyed watching others in the water. It was our first Princess Cruise and we will definitely travel with them again. Read Less
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