Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

A new experience

Sail Date: July 01, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Room Type: Balcony

Never having been on a cruise before, we did not know anything about the layout and standard activities. There was a tour the first day, but we were not made aware of this. It was difficult to find things and to know when the pools were open. There are only 2 small adult pools, with very little space. There is a "sanctuary", but there is a fee and it books up for the week on the first day. The only guide you get is a vague map. There are a lot of additional fees that no one tells you about.

Pros: room with balcony, food choices

Cons: service, entertainment

Recommends Caribbean Princess? No.

Ship Quality
The ship was clean and well-maintained. There are not a lot of public area bathrooms. There were not a lot of pools, and it was unclear when they were accessible.
I was unimpressed with the variety and quality. There were wine tastings, but there was a fee. Some of the classes had fees as well.
The shopping guide lectures were like the HSN channel, and the woman was rude and obnoxious. There was no one to help you navigate your way around the island - places to see and things to do. You were instructed to pay for an excursion.
Service and Staff
Service was terrible. The only exceptions were the room service staff and the stewards.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our room was a balcony room, mid-ship. It was very comfortable.
Food and Dining
"Excellent" is only for the food.
The food was very fresh, well prepared and offered quite a variety.
The service was terrible. There are specialty restaurants, but there is a fee. There are 2 buffets with different food options, but you are not told ahead of time which is open. Reservations are needed for all dining except buffet.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Beautiful island. You can walk around town as soon as you dock but it is ALL uphill. Find the local tour company (blue shirts & air-conditioned minibus) - ask for Angel.
Don't Miss: The forts
Royal Naval Dockyard, West End, Bermuda
The activities at the dockyard are very limited. Taxi costs $50 to get to Elbow Beach. Beach facilities are very limited & food is all fried. Tours do not include tips, food, beach chairs or umbrellas.
Grand Turk Island
Princess owns a beach at the dock. Only thing to do at the port is go to the beach or Margaritaville. Tours do not include tips, food (which is usually fried), beach chairs or umbrellas. VERY limited chairs and shade.
Don't Miss: Power Snorkeling
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Magen's Bay was very nice. The "shower" facilities are outside and have salt water. Facilities are very limited & food is all fried. Tours do not include tips, food, beach chairs or umbrellas. Downtown was all about jewelry. Stick with the larger stores for gemstone jewelry. Go to Palm Passage downtown for local artists - jewelry, crafts, photography, paintings.
Don't Miss: Palm Passage shops - Okidanokh & Fish Face

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