Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Caribbean Princess
When is Caribbean Princess slated to resume cruising?
Caribbean Princess resumed sailing from Port Everglades on November 28, 2021. The ship is currently offering a variety of 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises. Depending on the itinerary, Caribbean Princess will make port stops in Charlotte Amalie, Basseterre, Nassau, Costa Maya, Belize City, and Princess Cruises’ private island Princess Cays.
All guests sailing with Princess Cruises must have received a final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise. In addition, to board the ship, each guest must present proof of vaccination and proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within two days of embarkation. According to Princess Cruises, there is no age restriction for sailing with the line, however, they require ALL guests to be vaccinated.
Cruising on Caribbean Princess? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Caribbean Princess is one of Princess Cruises’ larger, Grand Class ships. The vessel was built in 2004 and last refurbished in 2019. The latest update revitalized the main pool area, entertainment venues, and added a water park. At full capacity, this ship holds up to 3,080 passengers and 1,200 crew members. There are 1,564 total cabins, with 34 different categories.
Activities + Entertainment: Caribbean Princess is home to a number of activities guaranteed to please passengers of all ages. A selection of onboard highlights includes five pools, the Reef Splash Family Fun Zone waterpark area, a miniature golf course, basketball courts, kids and teens club, a casino, the Lotus Spa and Fitness Center, and the adults-only Terrace and Sanctuary areas. Come nighttime, guests can enjoy movies under the stars at the poolside theater, see featured guest entertainers and Broadway-style shows at the Princess Theatre, or enjoy cocktails at one of the numerous lounges and bars.
Dining: Caribbean Princess offers several dining options throughout the ship, from a seemingly endless buffet to gourmet pizza, frozen treats to high-end cuisine, and everything in between. With Princes Cruises’ ‘Dine My Way’ option guests can reserve when and where they would like to eat instead of dining at a set time and location.
Dining options included in your cruise fare are The Salty Dog Grill, World Fresh Marketplace, Slice Pizzeria, International Cafe, and Coffee & Cones. Those looking for a specialty dining experience on Caribbean Princess can check out Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria, Crown Grill, Steamers Seafood, Planks BBQ, Vines Wine Bar, and the Chef’s Table Experience.
Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly for Caribbean Princess’ return to the high seas! Right now, you can expect to pay about $60 per person, per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin so that you can enjoy the spectacular views of the ocean from your private oasis. Balcony cabins currently start around $90 per person per night and go up from there based on location and category. We recommend booking NOW if you find a price you like - chances are it won’t last long!
Embarkation & Onboard Protocols: Princess Cruises’ pre-embarkation protocol includes several mandatory health screening checks. In order to board the ship, all guests must present proof of their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine (taken at least 14 days before the beginning of the cruise), as well as proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within 2 days of their embarkation. Secondary screenings and health checks will be performed throughout the cruise when necessary. Contact tracing is planned for every cruise.
Onboard, Princess will have protocols in place for social distancing in entertainment venues and restaurants. When physical distancing can’t be maintained, or when mandated by public health authorities, Princess will require masks onboard, on private islands, or during shore excursions. Masks are required in terminals, during embarkation and disembarkation.
Following are some of the top tips and reviews from our members who have sailed on Caribbean Princess:
What a great vacation. A few hiccups at first. But most issues we’re worked out within a few days. Love this classic cruise experience with great service and relaxed yet not boring vibe. - SteveinAz
We were the first passengers on the ship in over 600 days and the crew was so excited to have us back - they were wonderful. - dcmiller
The game shows in the Explorer Lounge were so much fun. Aft pool is amazing and has great service. Movies Under the Stars is always very nice. - deedradel
With so much to see and do in the ports which Caribbean Princess visits, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. The top-rated excursions by destination are:
Princess Cays is Princess Cruises’ own private island in the Bahamas. This pristine paradise features 40 acres of white sands, bungalows, local crafts, and a variety of water-based excursions. If you are looking for a day of fun-in-the-sun on your cruise, this is the destination for you!
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