Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

My first cruise

Sail Date: May 27, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was my first cruise with my fiancee. We ended up having some bad weather but had a ton of fun. The staff was friendly and only a phone call away. Really neat feature was "Movies under the Stars" where the pool deck is converted to a movie theater at night. Lots of indoor activities, comedians, dance shows, dance classes, but not a ton of stuff to do on the deck except for sunbathe. Had a few adult pool games and ping pong tournaments but no salt water pool, or rock climbing wall, or batting cages that sort of stuff. Virtual golf is available but it wasn't something we we're interested in. And it was kind of difficult to access unless your really searched because not all of the elevators went to every floor. Overall, I would definitely cruise again it was a ton of fun!

Pros: Service was friendly and always available

Cons: lack of outdoor activity space

Recommends Caribbean Princess? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Decor of the rooms was a little dark, with the bad weather brighter colors would have been nice. The bed was a little on the crummy side, but I think that was just our mattress. The size was functional, a little on the small side. (Especially the shower, I don't mind a shower but at least give a little elbow room) Location was great, only thing it was far from was bingo hahaha.
Entertainment
Loved the indoor schedule... and that if you missed something one day it might be on the next. Would have been nice if the movies that were playing early in the day were on tv at night... needs more physical activities on the sun deck. Pools were great but a volleyball net or something would have been a great asset.
Ship Quality
Cleanliness was good, we slept in kind of late which meant that our room wasn't made up until dinner which didn't really bother us. Ship is an awesome size... big enough to wander after dinner instead of walking in a circle. Decor was appropriate to the area of the ship. Well done.
Food and Dining
Dining rooms were amazing, the food was fantastic, timing was fantastic (could have gone longer to say midnight but 10 was fine), the ambiance was very nice. The buffet style was decent food, appreciate that there was always fruit available, the hours were a little confusing. Breakfast was supposed to go until ten and I showed up at nine thirty only to find out that set up was going on for lunch... kind of peeved. Only certain doors had access which was also kind of annoying. Would have been nice if the food was rotated more often so it wasn't at room temp... overall though it was a pleasurable experience.
Service and Staff
We missed the first part of the trip and ended up joining the ship in Bermuda. It was our first cruise so we weren't really sure how to go about doing things or finding places. I was able to call up Joseito at 930 (after his working hours... oops) to find out where to get food our first day on the ship. He would even call when our room wasn't made if he was going off duty. If I needed extra towels or anything he was always available and always friendly. Made my trip enjoyable. The wait staff in the dining areas were very good as well... only a few in the Dining rooms who had a bit of an attitude for those who showed up late.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Fantastic island! The black coral is a must see... sculptures are amazing! We went to town on a taxi and walked all day and shopped. Bargaining was pretty decent, and the free gifts from the ships made sure I wouldn't forget anyone on my list. The TV channel about shopping helped to map out where we wanted to go so we didn't waste any time. Great feature. Very humid! So stop often for drinks... we ended up at Charaloha... very neat place where the clothes are made from bamboo. There's a smoothie stand there that is a must!
Don't Miss: Cairaloha
Hamilton, Bermuda
We meet our ship in Bermuda so our drive from the airport to the ship was basically our tour. It was neat to see everything from a local's perspective. We saw the world's smallest drawbridge, learned about local parishes and drove by the docks to see the artwork of different ships. Would have loved to visit the caves, heard it was a must see but didn't personally experience it.
Don't Miss: RUM CAKE FACTORY... Ginger & swizzle
Grand Turk Island
It was thunder storming the day we arrived so most of the activities were canceled, but it cleared up in the afternoon. Smoothie shop is awesome... definitely try some and the beach seemed very nice.
Don't Miss: smoothie stop, right through the entrance
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Rained, but we participated in the canopy tour which was amazing!!! Not only was it fun and daring, the people we went with were great. A really fun idea! Only thing is that you kind of miss out on a majority of the time in port so there's not a ton of time to explore the city. When at port, pick up alcohol because it's cheap!
Don't Miss: Canopy Tour


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