CarolSwango

CarolSwango
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Joined: 01/11/2015
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Royal Princess

December 2016 - Royal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Christmas Caribbean Cruise

We got off to a bad start as we had difficulty locating the Princess greeter who was standing off to the side and her sign was not visible. She said it was not her job to find us nor help with our luggage, she really was not very pleasant and certainly not helpful. 

The ship was beautiful bur our Penthouse Suite was smaller than those we have had on other Princess ships. The balcony was almost impossible to use as it was so small. 

We missed the sink in the bar area and the center drawer in the desk and no mirror over the desk. If there are two in a room then there should be two of everything, including two mini bar set ups when both occupants are elite, no matter if you get another because you are in a suite. If this is a benefit for being elite than it should be available to all those elite in a cabin and not just one or to be shared.

 We  really enjoyed the concierge lounge and the attendant there was very helpful when she was there but her hours were limited. 

The service in the dining room was so slow (sometimes three or more hours) and even if we told the servers that we wanted to see the show. Thus sometimes we would not go to the dining room if we wanted to see the show. Sabatinies  was very nice and they made you feel very welcome and the food was excellent. 

We enjoyed meeting the other travelers and those working on the ship. 

The tours were very good and the guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. I use a wheelchair part time and those in the tour excursion dept. were not very helpful unless I  really made a point of asking for help. 

I would have liked to have taken my granddaughter on a tour of the backstage as she is in theater but I did not see that offered on this ship. The shows were good but a little loud and I heard others complain about this too. 

In all, it was a good cruise and we really like the Easy Check.

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Island Princess

December 2014 - Island Princess to Panama Canal, Central America

Family time together at Christmas

Our entire family were together to celebrate my husband's life and Christmas, Princess did an excellent job of planning and conducting our family service in order to have a burial at sea of my husband's ashes. Christmas was a grand affair complete with Santa arriving in the glass elevator, gifts for all of the children and egg nog and cookies. The entire ship was decorated for the season, 

We were on the Island Princess and although I love its size it is an older ship and I was glad to hear that it is headed for dry dock in April 2015 for a complete overall as it is beginning to show its age. 

The staff and crew was great and everyone was in the festive mood., I have sailed with Princess many times before and will continue to do so. I think it is the family and friendly atmosphere that makes me want to continue sailing with them. Thus I have another  cruise booked for July 2015.

I would definetly recommend Princess for an Alaska or Panama Canal cruise but I probably will never sail another cruise line as Princess is comfortable and works to make everyone happy.

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CarolSwango's Tips

Royal Princess Royal Princess - Plan your meal time well in advance of the show times if you want to attend them and tell your servers of your plans.
Oranjestad, Aruba - Went to the Ostrich farm, the Lighthouse, etc. and it was nothing special but a nice ride and several sights were pointed out.
Cartagena, Colombia - Went to the Emerald making and it was great for all ages and we could keep one p;iece we made and buy the others for a small price.
Island Princess Island Princess - Take time to get to know the staff at the service desk, photographer desk, boutiques and other crew members. They are aware from their homes and family for a long time (9 -12 months). They love it when a passenger takes time to visit with them and ask where they are from and about their family,

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received a helpful vote on their Royal Princess cruise review - Christmas Caribbean Cruise

received a helpful vote on their Island Princess cruise review - Family time together at Christmas

added Dec 20, 2016 cruise on Royal Princess to their profile.

reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Royal Princess and gave it 4 stars!

shared a quick tip for Royal Princess"Plan your meal time well in advance of the show times if you want to attend them and tell your servers of your plans. "

received a helpful vote on their Island Princess cruise review - Family time together at Christmas

shared a quick tip for Island Princess"Take time to get to know the staff at the service desk, photographer desk, boutiques and other crew members. They are aware from their homes and family for a long time (9 -12 months). They love it when a passenger takes time to visit with them and ask where they are from and about their family, "

reviewed their Panama Canal, Central America cruise on Island Princess and gave it 5 stars!

added Dec 18, 2014 cruise on Island Princess to their profile.