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Sail Date: December 2018
Absolutely magnificent cruise over Christmas and New Year's. The weather cooperated totally and the new surprises on the ship were nice additions. First I must comment on "Steamers". It was worth every cent of the ... Read More
Absolutely magnificent cruise over Christmas and New Year's. The weather cooperated totally and the new surprises on the ship were nice additions. First I must comment on "Steamers". It was worth every cent of the $12 we paid to sample some really great seafood and the service provided by the staff was beyond excellent. The menu at the dining rooms was different than usual, but, terrific in every way! Skywalkers during Happy hour (5-7) for Platinum and Elite members has always been the place for a nice cocktail before dinner, and the servers, particularly, Jennell, made it an even more pleasant experience! The nightly entertainment was Broadway worthy as were the guest performers. I play pickleball at home every day, so it was nice that I was able to play on this ship, I had played before on the Regal & the Royal, this being my 14th overall cruise with Princess. Medallion has made it easier in every way, from getting into your stateroom, to buying drinks or shopping on board. No reason for me to track anyone, since it was just my wife and I, and, more often than not, we were together, but, a nice perk for families traveling with children. I'm currently planning our next cruise with our Princess representative, a super young lady named Kimberly! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
The reason my family and I decided upon Princess was the length of the cruise. All other lines failed to offer a 14 day cruise. We researched the ship, it was about 14 years old, it had undergone a maintenance a couple of years ago.. ... Read More
The reason my family and I decided upon Princess was the length of the cruise. All other lines failed to offer a 14 day cruise. We researched the ship, it was about 14 years old, it had undergone a maintenance a couple of years ago.. The ship looked very nice from the outside, The inside looked clean, the state rooms were in good shape. The only two items I found with the ship was the lower railings on the balcony. They were heavily rusted, and the fan system in the elevators did not cycle air very well and when entering a full elevator the air quality was very poor. My family and I had never cruised before, we learned much about the how cruises work, Embarkation and debarkation was an experience we can now understand better. Our flight out was set for around 6pm EST, The ship had us out of our cabins at 8am we ended up waiting for our flight for 7 hours. It would have been nice if we could have remained aboard until later in the day and then transferred to our flight. The dining experience was enjoyable, We tried all of the food options and were satisfied, We switched our scheduled dining from 3 nights at crown grill, and 3 nights at Sabatini's to 5 nights at Crown Grill and 1 night at Sabatini's. We found that the meals were more to our liking at Crown Grill. We had multiple shore excursions and the activities aboard the ship were enjoyable, The shows were good and the times shown were spaced just right so that we could eat and get to one of the shows. Service aboard the ship was always good, with one minor exception at the Salty Dog. my son ran into an unfriendly staff problem. But the staff other than this was always helpful. The shore excursions were enjoyed by all. My wife and I are older and cannot do the things that are sons are capable of,The only area that would have helped would have been to have steps going into the excursions. The helmet dive in Aruba was great. The steps lead into the activity. The Sea Lion in St. Thomas and the Sting Ray in Antigua all had ladders to go into the pool or sea. If they could add a set of steps this would make it easier for older folks to enjoy the activities. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We have been Princess passengers for years and will continue to be. The best service on board any cruise...perfect. I agree with many others though, about the quality of food. It's short of what it used to be... I think there ... Read More
We have been Princess passengers for years and will continue to be. The best service on board any cruise...perfect. I agree with many others though, about the quality of food. It's short of what it used to be... I think there are fewer and fewer Traditional diners that they have put all their energies into the Lido self serve and new kitchen food. They have also changed the early seating for Traditional to 5...much to early for platinum and elite travelers to go to cocktail party for them nightly..Anytime dining is used by many who don't want to be smart casual or formal diners..a real shame as I love the evening meals with a regular wait staff. All in all it was a beautiful holiday cruise..Santa arriving on top of a tender with a big bag of gift for the children was the highlight, along with the group Symphone. Really talanted performers. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We selected this cruise based on the dates more than anything else. We wanted to be away for Christmas and New Years and we had to work with the school schedule since we were traveling with a kid. We flew in the night before to Fort ... Read More
We selected this cruise based on the dates more than anything else. We wanted to be away for Christmas and New Years and we had to work with the school schedule since we were traveling with a kid. We flew in the night before to Fort Lauderdale and stayed at the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach. For a hotel to spend a night at before the cruise, it was fine. We took their cruise shuttle to the ship. Embarkation was fine. We got there around 1:30 to avoid the rush. We had done all of the "Ocean Ready" stuff and had all of the pre-registration done that we could do ahead of time. We are also Platinum. But for some reason they made us get into the general boarding line. Since the line was so short, it didn't matter. We got through quickly. The ship is almost done with the Ocean Medallion roll-out but we still got the Medallion and a cruise card. Please note that the cruise card came in a plastic sleeve attached to a lanyard with the medallion. The card was very loose in the sleeve and on several occasions it slipped out. Be warned! The CB has had a lot of upgrades on it. The new buffet was great and we enjoyed it. They also converted the old Cafe Caribe into a BBQ place, Planks, and a crab shack, Steamers. Note that you CAN sit and eat in there for breakfast and lunch without paying a cover charge. The charges only apply for dinner. Let's talk a minute about the Ocean Medallion. There are some features to talk about. First, it opens the door. Now the exact same functionality was served by the cruise card. My medallion didn't work as I approached, I had to take it out of my pocket and hold it up to the screen and then my door would open. So I found it exactly the same as a cruise card and it didn't save me any time. So no difference there. The other feature that we used was that we could go up to any of the large monitors in the hallways and track our shipmates. I found this very useful because we were traveling with our son and every now and then we needed to track him down and this worked great. This was the only feature of the Medallion that I found to be of benefit. The other feature that the "Ocean Navigators" (Princess Staff lurking around the halls who would show you how to use the Medallions) were excited to talk about was the Tagalong. So you can use the phone app or one of the large monitors on the ship to create a custom avatar and then it would appear on monitors around the ship as you walked by. Sometimes your name and face would appear. I found this creepy and weird and I couldn't figure out what the point was. A Navigator did tell me that there are times on the Lido Deck when they have games on the MUTS screen with the Tagalongs like video games. (They called it Games Under the Stars, GUTS, not the most elegant acronym.) So I guess you can have that if you like it. One of the things that Princess was advertising was being able to order bar service and such from your phone app. I didn't find this feature available and when you did order anything, they wanted your Cruise Card and not the Medallion. The only exception was at a few locations they had Medallion readers at the desk or at some of the bars so you could scan it yourself. But if you were ordering from your seat, they still needed the card. Overall, I didn't find much to enjoy or appreciate about the Medallion except the tracking feature when it came to my kid. I suspect that it's not fully developed yet though. So more to come I guess. Not to be confused with the Ocean Medallion is the new Internet product, Medallion.Net, which was EXCELLENT. Best internet access at sea right now. Stable and high-speed. Not much to say about the islands on this trip that hasn't already been said. But one point is that the CB has an engineering limitation right now that prevents her from going full speed. This will be fixed in a future drydock overhaul. There is nothing unsafe about this, but it did mean that one island was dropped from the itinerary because the ship couldn't go fast enough to get there. So Princess gave everyone $50 OBC as recompense, which was fine. Entertainment was a delight. The CD mas Micca Reitano, and the ACDs were Ana, and Dan. All three were just wonderful. However, it did appear that there were a few nights where the entertainment program was lacking. No game show in Explorers, and no production show or performer in the Theater. (Maybe just a movie or a football game... boring! We can watch movies in the cabins.) Our son really enjoyed the kid's club and they were just great with so many kids on board for the holiday cruise. They had a full slate of programming and it was thumbs up all around. One note about the cabins. They put in large flat screen TVs on an articulated wall arm. This is great. What's not so great is that the TV is above the mini-fridge and right be the slider to balcony. Because it gets hidden behind the curtains, on several occasions my spouse and I had hit our heads on the corner of the TV, since it wasn't pushed "all-the-way" back into the corner. Be warned! Overall, a great and relaxing cruise. We enjoyed it a lot. The Ocean Medallion stuff was mostly irrelevant. We would gladly do this cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Most important was Christmas and New Year celebrations planned, executed, and cleaned up after! All we had to do was show up in a party mood. Our first time through Port Everglades new terminal. It was nice and the Ocean Medallion ... Read More
Most important was Christmas and New Year celebrations planned, executed, and cleaned up after! All we had to do was show up in a party mood. Our first time through Port Everglades new terminal. It was nice and the Ocean Medallion allowed speedy embarkation. The upgrades to this ship were noticeable, including a nicely appointed buffet and an upgraded grill which now serves tacos and chili fries, and pizza bar serving calzones. Two new pay dining options. We did not dine in Steamers as we live in the Pacific Northwest. We did enjoy Planks except, for us, it was way too much food. We could not eat all of it. There were no improvements to the cabins. We were in R508 which is like a two room inside cabin. Check it out, about 20 square feet larger. The internet is fabulous!! Finally quick, always available service. We are not techy but it looks like a router or extender in every cabin. We felt like the dining room served more food we are not familiar with. The nights we did eat in the dining the service was great and the food delish. My personal favorite was Curtis Stone’s pot pie, yum! The entertainment and activities were pretty much the same as any other cruise we have done. One new addition was a sort of “who dun it” mystery that was fun to play along with. We didn’t do any excursions as we really like to mix with the locals. We walked through a farmers market and saw fruits we have never seen before. We went to a rum distillery and sampled. Rum is very much like tequila with regards to aging. Our bartender in Skywalkers was from Grenada and (because, I enjoyed Moscow mules and dark and stormys) she educated us to homemade ginger beer. I had some at the rum distillery. Very different and delicious. Gonna try to make some. We have done a holiday cruise for five years now and highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise to be away from the home during Christmas and New Year. We felt that being with others celebrating this season would be more enjoyable than staying in a cold climate. Most of the cruise went smoothly from embarkation ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be away from the home during Christmas and New Year. We felt that being with others celebrating this season would be more enjoyable than staying in a cold climate. Most of the cruise went smoothly from embarkation to debarkation, but there were a few times where Princess could have showed some improvement. First what I found disappointing was Christmas Dinner was served on Christmas Eve not Xmas Day. Food was quite good at most times. New use of World Class Buffet on LIdo, with a make to measure meals and extra seating space was a nice touch. Negative: Bingo Games, 1st 3 games in session payout was pitiful. Casino seems to have shrunk, (Gambling was available with new medallion intranet) 25 cent slot machines were few and far between). Laundry facilities: could have use some improvement, Dryer in Caribe level 10 was not working smoothly, even when reported, took several days to repair. The soap and coin dispensers failed on two occasions and needed reporting to Passenger Services. Entertainment: The shows put on by the Princess Dancers and Singers was very good. The guest performers were 'lame and sometimes very disappointing'. The changes in Princess Showtimes, made it difficult to attend some of the events when making meal timings. On a whole the cruise, was a 8.5 from my point of view. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
we love to go away for Christmas and New Year and the dates for this worked really well. But two of the ports were not good, 1. Martinique on Christmas Day with the majority of town closed, limited taxis and not especially nice people or ... Read More
we love to go away for Christmas and New Year and the dates for this worked really well. But two of the ports were not good, 1. Martinique on Christmas Day with the majority of town closed, limited taxis and not especially nice people or many things to do and 2. Trinidad where we were warned by various websites and people that it is the most dangerous of islands with the highest crime rate so don't go anywhere past the terminal unless in a large group with a certified tour - ie pay Princess! - we didn't get off the boat. I dont understand why Princess would have this on the itinery The ship has undergone a refurb but it is only the public spaces - the cabins are pretty shabby with bits hanging off and dirty carpets. However the new buffet and food areas near the pools are great. the theatre shows were excellent and we would have loved to join in more of the evening quizes and game shows however the timings of the traditional dining meant that this was impossible so quite often there was nothing to do after dinner except the casino or nightclub. we found the food to be good, and the service in the dining room and bars to be excellent the main issue, and the title of the review, was to do with our cabin. we were "upgraded" to this oceanview room but it did not feel like an upgrade. when the two beds were put together to make the double, there was not enough room to have the bedside table at one side and still walk round the bed, so i spent the holiday having to jump onto my side of the bed from the bottom! i was coping with this until the night we got rough seas. Then that discomfort paled into insignificance as we got no sleep at all from the noise of the crashing waves and the thunderous rumblings from below our rooms. This continued all night and the next day. we obviously spoke to guest services and after a lot of messing about and continued complaining we got moved into another cabin. I honestly dont know how anyone could have slept there if waters were rough. Overall we found the ship a little old in both the clientel and the rooms. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was my second cruise with Princess. Both times I was on the conferences, so it was partly paid, but this one did not worse time I invested. First of, ship is very boring. Literally nothing going on aboard. If you want to get to the ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Princess. Both times I was on the conferences, so it was partly paid, but this one did not worse time I invested. First of, ship is very boring. Literally nothing going on aboard. If you want to get to the theater, you have to take you sit at least an hour before the show start. Their medalion program is absolute failure - my medallion stopped to open door for the last 2 days of the cruse (fortunately, my wife medallion still worked). The best medallion feature is that you can find your partner on the ship, but there is trick involved. If you used particular wall devise once, it will always show you location of your partner as you saw it the first time. Always! So, to get true actual location you have to find new previously unused device. Errors and trials took me some time to figure that out. Feature, not bug. Our ship was always late on every destination. As result we were waiting for the ship 1.5 hours in the bus returning from one excursion - only to wait for another 1.5 hours in the bus next day to go to next (both provided by the Princess). Since were were late again, excursion was postponed and due to series of miscommunication (Princess was responsible) we were waiting for hours in the bus. The best pert of the cruise suppose to be Cayman island. But we were LATE and all the boats provided by the Cayman port of authority to land were busy to serve ships which come earlier (Carnival and Royal Caribean were fast enough). Our captain did not want to use ourown boats to land, so he moves as fast as he could to the open seas directly to the North. Not only were deprived of Cayman Island experience - in 2 hours were were northern enough near Cuba with ~70 F outside temperature and cold wind, so that no one could be outside. Could we at least stay near Cayman Island where it was warm and sunny? Oh well, list of complains will be too long. Summary: very boring and mismanaged cruise, I want my money back. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Caribbean Princess 12/9 to 12/19 Panama Canal Cruise Pros: Embarkation was fairly smooth and quick with the new electronic Medallion system. Cruise terminal staff were friendly and helpful. Staterooms were ready for guests upon ... Read More
Caribbean Princess 12/9 to 12/19 Panama Canal Cruise Pros: Embarkation was fairly smooth and quick with the new electronic Medallion system. Cruise terminal staff were friendly and helpful. Staterooms were ready for guests upon boarding the ship. Our stateroom door usually “recognized” our electronic Medallions upon our approach and unlocked the door for us. The ship was decorated for Christmas. Staterooms have extra large closets. The stateroom was fairly clean and relatively quiet. Our stateroom steward was accommodating, providing lighter bedding, extra pillows, robes and ice. Getting off and back on the ship at ports of call was fairly quick with the Medallion system, greatly reducing lines. Most staff in all the dining venues were friendly and helpful. Afternoon tea was done nicely and not to excess. Ship personnel decorated stateroom doors with a sign and balloons for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Final disembarkation went fairly well. Cons: Elevators are small, fill quickly, and skip decks if any other elevator is stopping there, leading to long waits, particularly for the disabled who have mobility aids such as walkers, scooters, wheelchairs. Buffets in the “World Marketplace” casual dining area on the aft Lido deck have been renovated to be somewhat island style, but the islands are crammed into too small of an area and not well separated, causing long lines and difficulty getting through. There is no requirement on this ship for passengers to exercise proper hand sanitation prior to entering the restaurant venues. Thus most guests skipped this step completely. The simple precaution of washing hands and using hand sanitizers might have prevented devastating illnesses from being spread by thousands of guests handling the same serving tongs and spoons. Tables in the buffet areas of the Lido deck are in short supply at meal times, especially near a window where most four person tables were often occupied by just one person or by guests playing cards. Frustrating. Finding a staff member to clean a table was often difficult, too, as was obtaining beverage service. Not all staff carried through with fulfilling requests. Staff was not evenly distributed in the Lido dining areas. The ship is not easy to navigate due to a split center restaurant & galley section that cannot be accessed, so guests must get to the middle elevators (the most popular ones) from other decks and then go up or down to detour around the inaccessible areas. This was a much bigger problem for guests with mobility problems than for those who could use the stairs, especially since most non-disabled guests avoided using the stairs, creating an even larger demand for elevators. Service carts take up so much space in the very narrow stateroom hallways during the daytime that wheelchairs and other mobility devices cannot get around them. All of the passengers had to wait an extra hour at the required muster drill held in SRO (standing room only) lounges because of a group of latecomers instead of just having the late guests wait an extra 30 minutes to attend the already scheduled latecomer muster. The drill itself was a loud and lame video featuring old actors from the 1970’s Loveboat television series that caused guests to either cover their ears or otherwise tune out. Afterward, of course, there was the usual battle for elevator space. The latter ongoing issue is especially frustrating for disabled guests who cannot get on the elevators due to faster passengers rushing ahead of them to fill the space. The stateroom televisions will not allow access to any other programming until the same tedious safety briefing video that is shown at the muster drill has been viewed again. Stateroom televisions are not interactive and do not show restaurant menus, ship schedules or the status of stateroom accounts. The electronic Medallion system has some advantages, but is not without down sides. With the new system, casino kiosks have been installed in several places around the ship, enabling gamblers to play electronic bingo, slot machines and other betting games at any time the main casino is open. During our 11 day cruise these kiosks were not popular with cruisers and were very rarely approached. For one thing, they are in busy public areas where everything the guest does is in full public view but the guest is simultaneously isolated from the “gambling community” and social but anonymous atmosphere of the main casino. For some unknown reason, the Medallion system also automatically displays the photos of nearby guests on large brightly lit panels outside of some elevators, creating a loss of privacy. Guests can also be tracked by their Medallion signals, giving a feeling of being stalked by Big Brother. For those who take advantage of the full Medallion app, tracking may be handy for those searching the ship for family members or stateroom mates, but the loss of privacy can be a price some might not want to pay. Guests are repeatedly told to wear their Medallions at all times, leading to feelings of being shackled. Many staterooms have only one electrical outlet and that is located at the desk, making it difficult to recharge electronic devices, phone batteries, mobility scooters, etc. Surge protected power strips that would provide multiple outlets are not allowed on this ship. The long stateroom closet has its own hallway, which greatly reduces the size of the stateroom and bathroom. Because the ship has few handicapped accessible rooms, those using mobility devices (which cannot be stored in the narrow deck corridors) are forced to store the device in places inside the stateroom that create a trip hazard and also block features such as the desk and refrigerator. Changing the size and location of the closet would eliminate the extra unusable interior hallway and potentially alleviate some of these problems. The stateroom shower was the tiniest we have encountered in 12 years of frequent cruising (6 cruises in 2018 alone) on several cruise lines. A guest cannot even bend over in the shower to reach their feet in that shower. Even worse, the shower head is fixed with no capability of being hand held, making it very challenging to thoroughly wash and rinse every body part. And the single knob temperature control does not work when the water is running, forcing the user to turn off the water for temperature alteration. The provided shampoo and shower gel are dispensed literally one tiny droplet at a time, making the user really work to get enough. Talk about chintzy. There are no grab bars near the toilet, which would be helpful on such a rocking ship or in high seas conditions. Some parts of the stateroom are apparently rarely cleaned, leading to thick amounts of dust on shelving and under furniture as well as doors, walls and door handles that really should be wiped down and sanitized between guests. Unfortunately, we have encountered this problem (and worse) on other Princess ships, as well. Stateroom twin beds are small, not that much bigger than a baby’s crib mattress, leading to problems for tall passengers who end up with their their feet dangling off the end of the bed. Air circulation in the staterooms is poor, leading to high humidity and damp bedding that makes sleeping difficult. The Caribbean Princess is definitely feeling its age, especially in regard to the inefficient design of the staterooms and inner deck access. The open slatted metal gangways were also difficult to manage for those using walkers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The absolute worst aspect of this cruise was the food. We and many other guests studied the generally unappealing daily menus that were posted outside the main dining rooms. In our attempts to find good food, we tried every dining venue on the ship, including the main dining rooms, buffets, casual spots such as the pizzeria and burger/hot dog grill, as well as the specialty restaurants, and they all came up wanting. Mediocre meals and selections were the norm, with very few items one might call good. Dried out meats were covered with spicy sauces. Fruits and vegetables, in particular, were generally bad. Moldy fruits were sometimes found on the buffets and old sprouted potatoes with actual LEAVES emerging from them were baked as is and added to main dining room meals. Entrees and side dishes that had clearly been prepared several days before and then reheated were served in a couple of the very unpopular specialty for-fee restaurants. (“Planks” was especially bad.) Entertainment on the 11 day cruise had a few bright moments but they were greatly outweighed by mediocrity to non-existence. Most passengers resorted to playing private games of cards or reading because there was nothing better to do, although finding a lounge that wasn’t hosting an art auction, staff meeting, trivia contest or spa “seminar” was often a challenge. In addition, the few empty lounges usually blasted guests with perpetual loops of bad Christmas music or, in one case (the Skywalker Lounge,) shook so badly when the ship was moving that guests literally became nauseated. After not being able to shower adequately in their staterooms, most guests avoided getting into the pools and hot tubs with other semi-clean people. Outside of pricey options such as gambling, spa treatments, art auctions and shopping, the main daytime entertainment consisted of occasional trivia contests, art/craft or music “classes” limited to just a few participants, older movies shown outdoors in the hot sun for a few dozen loungers near the pool, and watching the news or a few old television programs in the stateroom. Evenings sometimes included an outdoor movie, a few musicians at various crowded bars and an occasional production show of singers and dancers at the inadequately sized main theater. (Most shows were SRO for those who didn’t arrive very early.) Independent entertainers got onboard the ship a couple of times, but their entertainment value was highly variable, with some audience members leaving after only a few minutes. And a few scheduled entertainment events were canceled due to the ship shaking too much. One event of interest (Voyage to the Stars Planetarium) could only be accessed by signing up during a single 15 minute window early in the morning several days beforehand. Why something so popular would only be offered once to a small percentage of guests was never explained. The Caribbean Princess has some major engine problems that even in calm seas caused a great deal of shaking and noise, reduced the ship’s speed, and created thick black smoke billowing from the stacks. Sleeping at night (under clammy sheets) through the noise and frequent jolts was very difficult and many guests complained about it. One port of call was cancelled when we arrived due to ocean swells we could not see and that clearly did not prevent other cruise ships nearby from tendering at that port. Another port of call was reduced to less than an hour’s stay and was restricted to visiting a vendor tent on the adjacent industrial pier. The cancellations of port calls and entertainment were disappointing, to say the least. Internet service onboard the ship was so bad that many people waited in line for half an hour or more to complain about it and get a refund. Connection with the “special features” of the Medallion app was especially confusing and never did work for us and others, so after a couple of days we simply gave up trying in order to save our sanity. At the Panama Canal, which was the main reason many guests had booked this cruise, instead of cruising Gatun Lake as is traditional, after exiting the initial locks the ship merely turned around and anchored in place next to the locks to await permission to go through the locks again in late afternoon, giving guests nothing new to see and wasting much of the day for those onboard. And after going through the locks again those same guests were not allowed to get off the ship as scheduled at the port of Cristobol (where the guests who had been on excursions all met up with the ship) until less than an hour remained before the ship’s scheduled departure time. The excuse given was that the captain was afraid the excursion guests would not board the ship in a timely manner to depart on time, which they actually did with about an hour to spare. We believe the captain eventually allowed the non-excursion guests to leave the ship for that short while because otherwise the cruise line would have been obligated to refund the Cristobol port fees for many of the guests. Regardless, by the time the initial decision was reversed, many guests had gotten ready for bed and didn’t want to bother to re-dress just to spend such a brief time in a vendor’s tent. Talk about frustrating. At most extremely hot ports of call the ship staff didn’t set up cold drink stations near the gangways for returning guests even though they were very much needed. On the deck of the ship an elderly woman even fainted from the heat but ship’s medics would not allow her to be carried or walk to an air conditioned indoor area less than 5 feet away, but instead brought her a chair to sit in on the hot deck and had her husband fan her with a paper. This made zero sense to us. Summary: For the record, we are very experienced cruisers who went on 6 cruises in 2018 alone. Over the past 12 years we have cruised many times on each of 4 different popular cruise lines but we have no financial or other connection with any of them. Our reviews are as objective and fair minded as we can make them. While there were several significant positive aspects of this particular cruise, the overall deficits were serious enough that, despite our high loyalty status level, we will never book another Princess cruise again. Instead of “coming back new,” we came back stressed, disappointed, and so ill that a week later we were forced to cancel our long awaited holiday travel plans to be with family. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I had the Panama Canal on my bucket list. This cruise satisfied my goal. Not the greatest cruise I've ever taken, however. The ship is older and in need of a complete redo. Engine vibration was so loud that we were using sign language to ... Read More
I had the Panama Canal on my bucket list. This cruise satisfied my goal. Not the greatest cruise I've ever taken, however. The ship is older and in need of a complete redo. Engine vibration was so loud that we were using sign language to communicate with our tablemates in the Palm Diningroom. Cracked tiles in the public bathrooms, stained toilets, lumpy couches--you get the picture. May have been a beautiful ship in it's day--not anymore. Food was just so-so. Buffet was loaded with dishes full of mayonnaise. I stuck to salads and fruit. Omelette station in the morning was our only option. No grits!! Instead they make what looks like grits but smells like chicken fat and it sits right next to the oatmeal! Hard to take so early in the morning. The good news is that I came home 2 lbs thinner! That NEVER happens to me when I cruise. The production shows were top quality, the music was excellent throughout the ship, and the Crooner Bar was my go to spot. Best bar service on the ship. The casino was horrible. My husband and I are Video Poker players. They have machines set with 10 coin play and a progressive jackpot. We play 5 coins and a Royal Flush would only give you 1500 coins. Rotten odds, but no worry. We could barely get 4 of a kind. I hit on a random slot machine and played on their money all week. They weren't getting another dime from me! No comps for play, either. No one ever offered us so much as a diet coke! I've been on 50+ cruises--this was my first Princess cruise and probably my last. Read Less
Caribbean Princess Ratings
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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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