I have been to Dominica several times. I believe I was actually there once when it did not rain. LOL Your best bet in Dominica is to take a tour. The downtown area scares me. I never go to the Private Island and actually try to pick Princess Cruises that do not go to their own Island. A private island may be good for a cruise line but I don't want to give them all my money. I prefer the choices of free enterprise.
Review by joem124
In response to review, jetsvettes says ...
joem124 - Thank you for posting your review.
A couple things may help make your next cruise (and I hope you do cruise again) more successful...
PCL balcony cabins are different than others we have been in. The biggest issue we started to notice was that many of the older ships did not include a sofa/loveseat in balcony cabins. That is what got us started comparing cabin size and amenities across cruise lines as part of our selection and booking process. On PCL's older ships, if you want more room and a sofa/loveseat, you pretty much have to book a mini suite. We do see that ships like the Regal Princess have better in-cabin seating but it is important to critically evaluate the cabin before booking.
The cruise line does not pick where they dock unless they have a really sweet deal with the port. Generally, port schedules are set in advance but unfortunately that doesn't automatically mean ships get the berth that is the most passenger-friendly.
Ports get changed for a variety of reasons. It is disappointing for sure. Substitutions are not easily arranged (due to advanced port schedule). As much as we book based on itinerary, we always keep in mind that any given port could be cancelled and don't let it knot our panties if/when it happens. It sounds like you had your share of port changes... one is disappointing but two changes is a real blow.
I hope your next cruise sails smoothly.
Thanks for the review.
They do offer the "Superior Balcony" as an in-between for the regular balcony and the mini-suite. The room is slightly larger than a regular balcony and does include a small loveseat. Additionally, they have some of these at the front of the ship (facing forward) above the bridge and generally the balcony is quite a bit deeper than normal, and the two rooms in the center (101 and 102) the balcony is somewhat wider due to a fire locker between the two rooms.
I've heard that they give the aft balconies a run for their money.