Caribbean Princess Overview

 
Caribbean Princess
Caribbean Princess – photo courtesy of Princess Cruises.
   

Operated by Princess Cruises, Caribbean Princess is a top choice for couples, groups, and a growing number of families. Built in 2004 and completely refurbished in May 2019, this Grand-class ship has more of everything, including an updated main pool and entertainment zone and The Reef, an all-new water park and backyard game area.

Caribbean Princess offers a well-rounded selection of activities, amenities, entertainment, and dining. Whether you prefer action or relaxation, this ship has something for you. Splash in the pool, work it out in the fitness center, or unwind in the spa's thermal suite. If you prefer the tranquility of adults-only spaces, lounge on the Sanctuary sundeck, drift in the Terrace Pool, or unlock VIP MedallionClass amenities with your virtual key.

Whether you prefer Broadway shows, musical revues, or live bands, there's no shortage of onboard entertainment. Princess also hosts Festivals of the World theme parties and outdoor movie nights that show first-run films, sporting events, and concerts. The ship's complimentary and specialty dining options are just as expansive. Choose from three dining rooms, a well-stocked international buffet, and several casual eateries serving everything from Neapolitan pizza to hot dogs. There's also an upscale steakhouse and an ever-popular Italian restaurant.

After dinner, enjoy the evening at your own pace with cocktails and cool jazz in Crooners Bar, dancing in Club Fusion, or a wine tasting at Vines. At the end of the night, return to your tastefully appointed stateroom. Soft textures, soothing neutral tones, and luxurious custom-designed mattresses were hand-selected for restful sleep so that you can wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy the next day of your cruise.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

Caribbean Princess sails from Fort Lauderdale, Manhattan, and Québec City. The aptly named cruise ship visits all corners of the Caribbean. Tour the Panama Canal, hike through the rainforests of Costa Rica, or explore Mexico's ancient Mayan ruins on a four to 14-day cruise. Caribbean Princess is also an ideal choice for a classic New England cruise that explores ports across Maine and Nova Scotia. Additionally, this Grand-class ship visits Greenland and offers in-depth multi-week voyages along the Eastern seaboard.

Best For

A consistent crowd-pleaser, Caribbean Princess is popular with retired couples, groups, and families traveling with older children. It's also an excellent choice for first-timers.

You Should Know

The latest refurbishments added many more family-friendly amenities, but options are still somewhat limited compared to lines like Royal Caribbean.

Activities on Caribbean Princess

From classes to theme parties and educational kids' clubs, Caribbean Princess has activities for the whole family. Practice your putts on the Princess Links, join a pick-up game on the sports court, or delight your kids with hours of fun in The Reef Family Splash Zone. If you prefer complete relaxation, retreat to the adults-only Sanctuary, or visit the thermal suite in the Lotus Spa. After dark, savor a cocktail in the top-deck Skywalkers Nightclub, watch a Movie Under the Stars accompanied by fresh buttery popcorn and warm cookies, or visit the Piazza, a hub of activity complete with street performers, boutiques, and a European café.

Ship Highlights
  • Fresh water pools and whirlpools
  • The Reef Family Splash Zone
  • Princess Links miniature golf
  • Basketball and sports court
  • The Treehouse playroom, The Lodge kids camp, and The Beach House teen club
  • California Science Center kids programs
  • Discovery Channel at SEA edutainment
  • The Voice of the Ocean singing competitions
  • Movies Under The Stars outdoor cinema
  • Festivals of the World theme parties
  • Broadway-style entertainment
  • Three main dining rooms
  • Specialty restaurants and dining experiences
  • Bars and clubs, including Vines and Skywalkers
  • Vegas-style Grand Casino
  • Lotus Spa and Fitness Center
  • Adults-only Sanctuary and Terrace
  • Wedding chapel

Cabins

Designed by sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus and HGTV stalwart Candice Olsen, cabins on Caribbean Princess have a soothing neutral color scheme and a calm uncluttered aesthetic designed for relaxation. Travelers can look forward to exclusive Princess Luxury Beds, hypoallergenic linens, and multisensory SLEEP experiences. Standard staterooms feature convertible twin-to-queen mattresses and a compact living room with a vanity and desk. In all, Caribbean Princess has 1,569 passenger cabins, including 1,111 outside rooms. Balcony cabins average above 200 square feet, with  ocean view and interior rooms coming in slightly smaller. For a luxury experience, reserve a suite, Club Class mini-suite, or two-bedroom family cabin.

Dining

Restaurants on Caribbean Princess may not be avant-garde, but they offer consistent quality and excellent service. For a specialty dining experience, visit the Crown Grill, the line's flagship steakhouse, or reserve a table at Sabatini's Italian Trattoria, which offers robust Northern Italian fare developed by Los Angeles-based chef Angelo Auriana. For a nominal fee, treat yourself to a premium platter-style meal at the modern smokehouse Plank and Steamers, which specializes in New England-style seafood. If complimentary dining is your thing, you'll enjoy the World Fresh Marketplace buffet, the Slice pizzeria, or the three main dining rooms, which offer your choice of anytime dining or fixed seating.

Caribbean Princess Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 3,080
  • Total Crew: 1,200
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.57
  • Built: Feb 2004
  • Refurbished: Nov 2011
  • Number of Decks: 15
  • Total Cabins: 1,564
  • Cabin Categories: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 112,894
  • Length: 952
  • Beam: 118

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.2
  • Children's Programs 3.6
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.0
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.2
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 4.1
  • Onboard Activities 3.7
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.1

Cabins

1564 cabins and 34 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.4
(105 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 162 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $109/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.2
(73 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 179 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $124/night
Balcony Balcony
4.1
(154 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 231 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $173/night
Suite Cabin Suite
3.8
(66 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 524 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $219/night

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Dining

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Dining Room Dining Room
4.8
(12 Reviews)
Prego''s Pizzaria Prego''s Pizzaria
4.8
(4 Reviews)
Sabatini''s Sabatini''s
4.7
(7 Reviews)
Crown Grill Crown Grill
4.6
(18 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Calypso Reef And Pool Calypso Reef And Pool
5.0
(1 Review)
Vines Bar Vines Bar
5.0
(3 Reviews)
Grand Atrium Grand Atrium
5.0
(1 Review)
Terrace Pool Terrace Pool
5.0
(2 Reviews)

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An Enjoyable Taste of Latin America by deangrandin50

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Overall, the cruise was excellent and can't say enough nice things about the Caribbean Princess and staff. I would say that some of the ports disappointed, but this may may have been more a function of not choosing the best excursions, rather than what the destinations may really have to offer. If Panama is on your bucket list, this cruise may be the one for you!

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Great Visit to Panama Canal by dbellant

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Overall, I would recommend this cruise to anyone, but particularly to anyone who is appreciative of great engineering accomplishments, which the Panama Canal certainly is.

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Not worth the money by tdhigh

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Would find another ship, this one needs a major overhaul. i was drawn in by the many different ports, but after visited them i would only recommend Barbados, Curacao and Aruba.

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deadeyedowding
Oct 03, 2014

Recommend Anytime Dining, Movies under the Stars, and eating breakfast and lunch in the Horizon cafe. Ship layout is great for picture taking. Multiple pools for relaxing and having fun. Some are even adult only...

firebob87
Oct 07, 2014

The buffets had exceptional food and the lines were short. Use anytime dining worked best for my group.

suse
Apr 23, 2013

For those adults that want quiet, go to the aft pool on deck 14...wonderful place to hang out.

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