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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Great itinerary. Know the ship been on her before. Some change to way buffet done, found it easier to get to food. Entertainment was much better than last time. Had 8 ports of call most were great, two so so. Wife not a big fan of ... Read More
Great itinerary. Know the ship been on her before. Some change to way buffet done, found it easier to get to food. Entertainment was much better than last time. Had 8 ports of call most were great, two so so. Wife not a big fan of cruising but had a awesome time. Some tours booked on ship were reasonable , booked others through Shore Excursioneer. Overall was a nice relaxing vacation. Great price for 14 day cruise. Our cabin was super had large interior with king size bed lots storage. Cabin steward was excellent best ever. Our dinning waiter Julian and Marco were best , anything you wanted and as much. Food first few days so so but improved 100%. Had most seafood ever on a ship. We usually don’t stay up late bit entertainment was excellent saw every show. Austin at the piano on deck 6 very entertaining. You have to realize that some things will happen but they do best to resolve, nothing is always perfect, so relax roll with it and enjoy. We did Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise because of the dates and itinerary. Husband turned 70 and we wanted to celebrate. First time on this ship and we liked it. The new medallions work well so did the WiFi. We had some free minutes being Platimum but ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the dates and itinerary. Husband turned 70 and we wanted to celebrate. First time on this ship and we liked it. The new medallions work well so did the WiFi. We had some free minutes being Platimum but they seemed to evaporate. Our cabin was on deck 15 forward, this was a new position for us but we liked it. The bed was really comfortable. The balcony was small and fully covered but was private as no one could look down on us. Our Steward, Roall was excellent, couldn’t fault him at all. We liked being on deck 15 it was handy for everything. We liked the new style buffet and the choice of food for breakfast and lunch was excellent. I can’t believe people who moan about the food and lack of choice. We were more than satisfied with it. We had anytime dining and liked that, there was a choice of 2 restaurants and both gave excellent service. The restaurant food didn’t offer a great choice, but was always well cooked. We had splurged on the drinks package being a special occasion, which was good, the bar service was always excellent, however, the sparkling wine we usually have before dinner was a dollar over the limit so that was a disappointment. I doubt if we’d do the package again, although we had coffee on sea days from coffee and cones which was nice. There was never an issue with sun loungers, we always found a spot after breakfast. We liked the deck near the Sanctuary pool it was always quiet and we enjoyed reading there. We did try the Sanctuary one day but to be honest there was no need to pay extra, although we enjoyed being brought afternoon tea, we were just as happy on the deck. We loved all the islands and there were 2 we hadn’t been to before, Trinidad and Curacao. Trinidad was lovely when you got away from the town and into the mountains and Curaçao was one of our favourite ports. Entertainment was good, we aren’t great ones for shows but did see a couple and a comedian, all good. We usually spent some time after dinner listening to Austin on the piano, a very talented and nice guy. All in all a great cruise,? Very relaxing which as just what we needed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This cruise had the best entertainment of any previous Princess cruise. It would be hard to improve upon it. The food however, even in the "upscale" restaurants was poor. Something very wrong has occurred with the food ... Read More
This cruise had the best entertainment of any previous Princess cruise. It would be hard to improve upon it. The food however, even in the "upscale" restaurants was poor. Something very wrong has occurred with the food selection and preparation on this ship. The safety drill was not adequate as life jackets were no longer required to be carried to the Muster Stations. Too many people were not paying attention to the instructions about how to put on life jackets. If passengers are not required to actually put on life jackets, this is a safety issue and panic will occur if life jackets are needed due to an emergency. I incurred $387.94 medical expenses due to an accident. A mid-ship elevator closed on my hand. I received adequate medical care and had to wear a wrist/hand brace for 12 days. An older woman was backing out of the elevator in a wheelchair and her can was beginning to drag on the floor. I thought the elevator door was going to close on the cane and placed my hand between the doors assuming the safety sensor would immediately open the door. The door closed on my hand and then, immediately opened. The cane was not closed on and the woman was not hurt. The elevator doors should be replaced with rubber "bumpers" that would lesson the above accident. We liked the larger TV's in our cabin but the TV placement was an accident in the making. From the picture I've attached you can see how easy it is to hit your head on the corner of the TV when coming into the cabin from the balcony. This is a safety issue that needs to be improved upon. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was a 14 day circle the Caribbean voyage, not a back to back cruise. However, upon returning to Port Everglades, we switched over to the Regal Princess for an additional week's cruise. (this was our 3rd cruise on the Caribbean ... Read More
This was a 14 day circle the Caribbean voyage, not a back to back cruise. However, upon returning to Port Everglades, we switched over to the Regal Princess for an additional week's cruise. (this was our 3rd cruise on the Caribbean Princess this year) One of the reasons for picking this cruise is that we had never been to Martinique and had been to Trinidad only once about 8 years ago...and because it wasn't a back to back cruise The ship is well maintained and clean. The crew is friendly and helpful. If you say hello or good morning to anyone, even the ones that paint or fix broken items, they will smile and respond with warmth. The CP is the first of the Princess ships to fully use the Medallion system (the Regal will be fully done mid-Feb). We each received a medallion on a cloth lanyard (they try to sell you other items to hold your medallion). As you stand in front of your cabin door, it senses your medallion and unlocks. Throughout the ship, there are screens where you can play games (gratis), order room service, and even find out where you cabin mate(s) is/are. The best part of a full medallion system is that you can access the internet (at a cost) anywhere on the ship with any phone, tablet, etc., and the speed on the internet is as good as you can get from your home or usual hotspot. Entertainment. - we've seen all of the production shows before, but still go and enjoy. Do not miss Bravo and Fantastic Journey. I had read that one must get to the theater at least 30 minutes before showtime. We did not find that to be true. Granted, you can't show up 2 minutes before showtime and expect to find prime seats. We generally showed up 15-20 minutes before showtime and could get prime seats (other than the first row) without any problems or searching. We did note on two nights that some people lined up outside the theater doors (still closed) an hour before showtime....probably wanted to be in the first row. The production shows use a live orchestra, as do some of the other entertainers. Carlos Oscar,a great comedian, used one in his act .At one point, one of the orchestra members almost fell out of his chair from laughing so hard. My wife and I had tears from so much laughing Food - breakfast is breakfast...you can get omelets made to order if you want. There are several options for lunch....the pizzeria now has more than just pizza...calzones for example. What used to be a hamburger grill has more options too. The buffet is a different story. After our August cruise, I wrote a letter to Princess complaining about the lack of a carving station for lunch and the unusual offerings that few people knew what they were. Since my wife is gluten and dairy intolerant, there was nothing she could eat (in August) except cold cuts and salad. We were very pleased to find that on this cruise, they new had gluten free pasta mixed with grilled veggies every day, and a carving station about every 2nd or 3rd day. Dinner - the food was probably the best I've even had on any cruiseline. After having their prime rib on two nights, I will hesitate from ever ordering it again from that "Australian" restaurant chain. Service was great, but don't expect to be in and out in 45 minutes. Sit, relax, and enjoy some great food. Excursions- We did a ship trip in Martinique and in Trinidad. In Martinique, we took the tour that stopped at the rum distillery...we've done a lot of these and this was one of the best (so was the rum samples). But you spend a lot of time on the bus riding around. In Trinidad, we took the tour to the Monastery....spent hours on the bus getting there and back, and other than it was built on a mountain top in the 1800s there was nothing special about it. I certainly would not recommend it. One last note of interest...we found that both Curacao and Aruba now have sales taxes. No more duty and tax free savings. At a couple of the other islands, they do have a VAT, but if you show them your cruise card and sign the form, you don't have to pay the VAT (which one one island was 16%) Our next Princess cruise is on the Regal, and we would not hesitate to cruise on the Caribbean Princess again Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
My husband and I are in our early and mid thirties and we travel often, however this was our first and probably our last cruise for a very long time. We chose this cruise based on the ports of call which were fabulous with the exception ... Read More
My husband and I are in our early and mid thirties and we travel often, however this was our first and probably our last cruise for a very long time. We chose this cruise based on the ports of call which were fabulous with the exception being Trinidad. Entertainment: The average age on this cruise was around 80 years old and we found the entertainment was geared towards this age group. The majority of the nightly entertainment was around sing alongs and karaoke. We saw a couple of their shows and they were ok but nothing amazing. It would have been nice to have a variety of entertainment options for all age groups, and no we are not into partying or anything like that (we are not the carnival type). It just would have been nice to have something to go to after 9pm that was no sing along. The ship was pretty much dead after 10:30/11pm. The day time activities were also lacking, one day there was a paper plane flying contest and a watercolor contest. I am an artist and was pretty excited for the watercolor contest, however there were only 6 easles and far too many people wanting to join in. The staff also wouldn’t let you mix colors or anything like that so I opted out. We tried to sign up for steel drum lessons but couldn’t get tickets (they only offer sign up on one day at the beginning of the cruise). The other craft activities could only accommodate 24 people and we were 30th in line so no luck there either. It would have been nice to see some language classes or even a towel folding class. SONETHING would have been better that nothing. Bathrooms: there are not enough bathrooms around the pool deck or even around the ship for that matter. On the pool deck there was always a line in the ladies room, and usually one toilet was out of service. Inside the ship there was usually a line for the ladies room in the evenings. It was frustrating. There was also a sewage smell in the middle elevators and on some floors. I’m a nurse and am use to this smell and it was even too much for me to handle at times. Pools: pools were fine, but were crowded on sea days. Food: the food in the dining room was usually ok, but we had 4 meals out of 14 that were not good at all. I ordered fish one evening and it was hard and I couldn’t cut it. I guess I had higher expectations. The buffet was hugely disappointing and lacked variety. The food was often hard as a rock and you couldn’t eat it. There also was not much to choose from. I was hoping for a made to order crepe station at breakfast but there wasn’t any. There were no made to order stations that you would normally see at a buffet. The exception being at steamers for lunch but they ran out of food by 12:30. Planks was not great and even though it is only a $12 cover charge out meal by the end cost $50 usd with a gratuity. Crown Grill was really good, we ate there twice. It seems like the food that is an up charge is much better than what is offered in the dining room and buffet. Drinks: we had the soda and more drink package and I’m happy we went with that option as there wasn’t much to drink that was “free” otherwise. The coffee bar at cones and the international cafe were decent depending on who your server was. Sometimes it was terrible. Room: we had a balcony which was nice. No real complaints here as it was what we had expected. Staff: were amazing and they work really hard to make sure you have everything you need. Excursions: we booked two excursions with Princess and after our one excursion we just didn’t bother going on the second one. I would never book an excursion with the ship again, the value isn’t there. Also be aware of all day excursions that offer a lunch as some passengers were shocked when they were brought back to the ship to at lunch that was supposed to be included. Overall: I’m not sure if cruising is for us after this experience, but we are happy we were able to see the islands. We usually travel to resorts or on our own. We have travelled to Secrets, Couples, Excellence, and Sandals resorts. I would not recommend this cruise to anyone under 75! If we do go on a cruise again we will not go with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose it because the price was reasonable and wanted to see the rest of the So Caribbean. We loved the excursions be the ship left a lot to be desired. They had v ery little entertainment during the day and what they had at night was ... Read More
We chose it because the price was reasonable and wanted to see the rest of the So Caribbean. We loved the excursions be the ship left a lot to be desired. They had v ery little entertainment during the day and what they had at night was no very good. We loved the Royal and Regal but this ship is one we will not sail on again. We were bored and that does not usually happen on a cruise. The crew was great as was the food. A lot of our time was sent in the casino which was our form of entertainment. The chairs in Crooners were filthy and very uncomfortable. The mattress was too soft and gave us back aches. The worst was the size of the shower in our balcony room. It was horrible. My husband is 6ft 3 and could not manage. I had trouble. Could not bend over and was my feet. Had to do it when I got out. We will not go on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Embarkation was organized and fast. The medallion is great. It was good and easy to use. No more searching for the room key or getting to the door with your hands full and fumbling to get your key to unlock the door. The state rooms were ... Read More
Embarkation was organized and fast. The medallion is great. It was good and easy to use. No more searching for the room key or getting to the door with your hands full and fumbling to get your key to unlock the door. The state rooms were ready earlier than most cruise lines so we were able to relax before the mandatory drill. All the muster stations were inside with seating for nearly all the cruisers. The drill was oral and the staff demonstrated the proper procedure for putting on the life vest. The entire check in and drill demonstration was precise, orderly and perfectly seamless. All the Staff was excellent . The cabin steward introduced himself and greeted us warmly. It would have been great to have comedy shows more often. Maybe bring on another comedian the next week. The marriage show would have been better if it was in the Princess theatre, it needed a larger venue. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I cruised with my wife and our two younger children aged 8 and 10. We chose this cruise because it fit perfectly with our schedule and I had not been to many of the ports. First: I can only share our own personal experience. ... Read More
I cruised with my wife and our two younger children aged 8 and 10. We chose this cruise because it fit perfectly with our schedule and I had not been to many of the ports. First: I can only share our own personal experience. Embarkation. This was so smooth, I was almost flabbergasted because we waited in no lines at all as we boarded the ship around noon. We had done all the pre work for the medallion which I think expedited things a bit. We were able to enjoy a nice sit down lunch onboard which was a great way to start things off. Princess Air: I do have to include a note on this. We booked the air through Princess. First, so that we were guaranteed no problems. Didn't want to miss the cruise because of flight issues. And they were having a sale. Even with the sale, prices were only close to competitive and not actually discount. Our flight from SFO to FLL on a red eye transferring through Newark was over $500 each. We were still charged for luggage which I guess is the norm now, but I would think Princess would negotiate this as anyone cruising for two weeks would have luggage. Also, our flight home had long layovers resulting in getting to SFO at around 11PM PST Pretty late when we could have been off the ship at 5AM PST (8AM local) Room was as expected. Everything worked not funny noises. Cabin P321 and basic ocean view cabin. I thnk it is ideally situated near the art, very close to the international cafe which is the only 24 food location. One note about this level 5 cabin. There is machinery that is used when tying up at port that must be right under. So there was a fairly loud sound when the lines went out at each port but it didnt last long and our kids slept through it. The cabin steward agreed to make our bed as a queen instead of twins. This is an issue bacause we had two bunks in the room and it is much harder to make them up (basically impossible unless the steward stands on the lower bed if you have it as a queen. But we didnt mind that. Steward was amazing. He was invisible like a ninja when somehow kept our room spectacular even with 4 us including two kids and all that entails. Food: I have read comments from my fellow about this cruise. I found the food to be very serviceable at least where I was. There were a few items at the buffet that were underwhelming but I would say 90% of the dishes we ordered were very tasty. I would give a word of warning though. I think they are trying to raise the culinary bar and they had much more complex and different items in the buffet. I could see non adventurous eaters being turned off by many of the selections compared to how it was in the past. We ate at crown grill which was a gift from our travel agent. Service was very good. My steak was good but not great. I had the porterhouse. I will say the server suggested the ribeye which I probably should have gone with. Sides were tasty. We had the new Planks BBQ. We enjoyed it. The Spicy Meatballs were unusual for BBQ but they gave a "free" sample before we ordered the main entree and we both decided to order it. The meal is generous with 4 meats and sides. At $12 it was a good price for something special and unique. We did not do Sabatinis. I will say, on this cruise, that place was EMPTY. I never say more than a couple of tables filled and I passed it many times during prime dining. Kids Program: There were only 31 people under 18 onboard. Three teens total and about 12 kids from 8-12. Our kids absolutely loved the kids program. For them it was perfect. At this age, with parent permission, kids can check themselves in and out of the program. Medallion: This is the second ship to have the Medallion. This was a great experience for us. It involves greatly improved internet (which we did not use) But all things were bluetooth. The cabin door knew when you were coming and unlocked automatically. You could find out the location of your cabin mates (read kiddos) at any point. You could access the app with your phone and see schedules and your onboard account info. Disembarkation. This was as smooth as embarkation. We had done the special were you pay extra to send your bags all the way to the airport direct. It was a $25 charge to do this plus whatever airline charges there would be. This was great for us. We had one large bag and I packed it to over 70lbs because they did not charge extra for overweight luggage using this method. We had a nice lounge which was never crowded were we staged as people left. We got on a nice transfer bus and were at the airport no problem Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We have sailed on two of Caribbean Princess' sister ships, however this is the only one that showed some weird motion and noises. On all previous cruise ships we have of course felt the usual roll or motion the sea brings with it....we ... Read More
We have sailed on two of Caribbean Princess' sister ships, however this is the only one that showed some weird motion and noises. On all previous cruise ships we have of course felt the usual roll or motion the sea brings with it....we sailed for the most part through moderate seas on this cruise, however, the roll of the ship felt different then the roll of the seas....shorter time period to it.....almost like a wobble.....also, we had traditional dining in the Palm Dining room at the aft of deck six....there was pronounced vibration and knocking sounds from the props turning and sometimes we could hear grinding noises....this made us very unsettled about going to sleep at night thinking ' if this ship starts popping rivets or tearing welds we will all be in trouble!' Our waiters for dining were the best pair we have enjoyed on any of our cruises and were the highlight of the cruise. As far as an enrichment program, it was pretty much contained to art auctions, sales in the boutiques and childish games in the Piazza such as paper airplane, bean bag toss, connect four, etc competitions....not our cup of tea. Cleanliness of cabin was fine as was the cleaning...our stewart did a fine job....I wish I could give Princess a better report but I am afraid this ship is one we will avoid in the future....if there is some engineering issues with the ship, I hope they resolve these soon! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this particular line again, due to the service, care, comfort, food, entertainment. The dining rooms are very elegant as well as the specialty dining rooms, which I highly recommend. After all, it is a vacation!! The ... Read More
We chose this particular line again, due to the service, care, comfort, food, entertainment. The dining rooms are very elegant as well as the specialty dining rooms, which I highly recommend. After all, it is a vacation!! The entertainment is wonderful. Our traveling partners took their grandchild and they took advantage of the discovery center for kids. He loved it and insisted on going everyday, as they have great activities for the kids and teens. The ports we visited were just beautiful. Shopping was great at all of the ports. There was plenty of ports visited: Princess Cays, St Thomas, Curacao, St Kitts, Trinidad, Antigua, Aruba, Martinique and Barbados. The new Medallion is really a nice added feature. No worries with having a cruise card, you actually have nice souvenir to remember to take home. If you ever get the opportunity, please sail with Princess at once in your life. You will love it. Read Less
Caribbean Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 3.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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