Pretty good, but rough around the edges
Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: June 05, 2010
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryGenerally, 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
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.
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
A/C in our room was pretty poor.
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Horseshoe bay beach
Don't Miss: Governor's Beach
Pros: The ports of call, and the itinerary
Cons: Our stateroom