Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5

Caribbean Princess -Aptly Named

Sail Date: December 18, 2011

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

We loved everything about this cruise - except maybe embarkation/disembarkation which was a bit rocky at times. Great cabin, friendly outgoing staff - fantastic food (in ALL venues).  We enjoyed first seating (our preference)  and enjoyed our table mates - two ultra liberal Canadians, two ultra conservative east coasters - and us (somewhere in the middle). The ship was in great condition, the entertainment varied and top notch - and this may have ben the first and last trip I didn't begrudge the tip envelopes at the end. The destinations were fabulous (first time for Grenada - spice island (we had nutmegs for years). The sommeliers still wore silver cups on chains around their necks. Cool.

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Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin was fine (for its class) and our room stewards were GREAT. Never saw their boss (who we were obliged to tip).
Embarkation and Disembarkation
A bit rocky - but we came early and left late - and enjoyed Puerto Rico.
Ship Quality
Fine ship - in great condition.
Destinations and Excursions
Loved St. Maartin (the wife got sun poisoning which we cured with a stop at a pharmacy for an herbal tea). Loved Aruba - loved Grenada - and everything in between. Did our own excursions.
Onboard Activities
The theater was excellent and common areas were stuffed with additional entertainment - the pool had live bands - all calypso-esque. Ice sculptures, cocktail demonstrations, pool games - and midnight buffets.
Children's Programs
Must have been adequate - scarcely heard a peep.
Entertainment
Top notch.
Service and Staff
Rarely seen it better - except maybe our first two trips with Celebrity (Century both times).
Food and Dining
Excellent - the buffet/cafeteria was excellent, always something new, lots of places to sit. The MDR was top notch.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We came a day early and stayed a day after disembarkation and enjoyed seeing the town (waterfront, Moro castle - and beaches). Great restaurants.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Neat - two for the price of one (one has only one 'a."
Castries, St. Lucia
Rum distillery, pitons, volcanic hot springs.
St. George's, Grenada
The spice island. Stock up on cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
Bonaire, Netherlands Special Municipality
We were there over Christmas - a special treat - got to see the locals celebrate Christmas with Saint Nicklaus and his henchman - Black Peter.
Willemstad, Curacao
Tour the distillery (I was disappointed to learn that all those different "flavors" of curacao are the same exact liquor - with food coloring).
Oranjestad, Aruba
Fabulous architecture.

Tip

I have heard she hasn't aged well - but we have fond memories.



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