Pretty good, but rough around the edges

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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9 Night Eastern Caribbean & Bermuda (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 05, 2010
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago

Generally, a good cruise.

We had a group of six. Two 30 somethings and four 18-20 year old's. That's still a pretty young group for a cruise in early June. Generally it was a good trip. I feel that the programming on the cruise is still geared heavily toward the 55+ crowd, but if you jump in and do the goofy stuff it' still fun.

The nickle and dime mentality left me with a bit of a bad taste. For example, there is an upscale coffee bar (think Starbucks style) that was added during their recent renovation. My wife ordered a hot chocolate (for $3), and was shocked to see them open a packet and pour in hot water. Seriously? not even steamed milk?

Here's the biggest issue for me: they've renovated the wrong stuff on this ship. All of the things you see (think pictures) are clean, and fresh. But all of the stuff you TOUCH, is worn out. The mats on the deck chairs were horribly worn out to the point of being useless. The pillows were awful. I didn't mind the mattresses, but my wife hated them.

Keeping our stateroom cool was a big problem. We could barely open our curtains or balcony and keep the room cool enough to sleep.

We LOVED the movies outside.

Can we get a cruise line that's creative? Seems like all the same goofy stuff (art auction, bingo, etc.)

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Average. They generally overcook all the meat to the point of dryness (lobster even!). Generally you can find something good, but our group threw away a lot of food trying to get there. The new wine bar looked good, but i couldn't manage to pay for 5 oz pours. Come on! even 6 is on the small side. More nickle and diming.


3 out of 5
Not enough seating for the comedians, but they were great. Events and entertainment for old folks. Can we have a band that plays music written after the 60s? even the stuff from the 90s is 20 years old. How about something for people under 55? The video poker payouts are turned way down vs. land based casinos. Bummer. Photo prices are OUTRAGEOUS. Note to Princess. Cut the prices by half and you'll sell MORE than double.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Pretty hard working, accommodating people! Any staff member is willing to help, even if they aren't "your waiter" or "your steward". Not many examples of "above and beyond" but in general the staff is far and away better than most service industry staff in the US.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Pretty nice ship! Nicely maintained mechanically -- they just need to pay attention to the softer stuff like deck chairs, pillows, etc. A/C in our room was pretty poor.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Big issue with the room temperature. With 80 degree temps outside, we tried to avoid opening the balcony door even to go in and out. We had to keep the curtains pulled, and even with all of that work, it still seemed like 76+ degrees. Basically, we couldn't enjoy our balcony because of it.
5 out of 5
Get a 1 day transportation pass. Take ferry to hamilton, spend 2 hours. Take #7 bus to Horseshoe bay beach, spend the rest of the day there. Was awesome. best stop of the cruise.
Don't Miss: Horseshoe bay beach
3 out of 5
Took a tour of the island. $25 each if you go independent of the cruise line. Just walk to where the cabs are and ask around.
3 out of 5
We just walked around Old San Juan all day. We checked out the forts.. pretty cool.
5 out of 5
Woah. Poor place, but nice people. Check out Governor's beach. It's walking distance from the ship. You can rent snorkels and buy beer there! Beaches are amazing.
Don't Miss: Governor's Beach

Pros: The ports of call, and the itinerary

Cons: Our stateroom

Recommends Caribbean Princess? Yes!

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