Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Contributor Level: Second Mate

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

5 out of 5

Great itinerary, lovely experience

Sail Date: August 04, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This cruise had such a great itinerary. My husband I Iike "destination" cruises, not just cruising for the sake of it. The ports on this cruise were all interesting - especially the first (Guernsey) and the last (LeHavre-Normandy), whose WWII history was so interesting and moving.

The Caribbean Princess was a really nice ship, excellent service, food and entertainment. The only shortcoming to me were the lack of informative port talks. Instead of subject matter experts, they had a person who just seemed to be an experienced cruiser showing her own photos and commenting.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
All good except for port talks.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
We hired a local taxi driver to take us to the German Occupation museum and the Little Chapel - excellent.
Cobh (Cork), Ireland
We took the walking tour of Cobh; charming town with quite a history of its own. Lovely
Dublin, Ireland
Didn't see that much - ship's tour of city - St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College. Nice. but would have liked to see more.
Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland See same category above.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
We hired a local taxi ( to see the areas of political history ("The Troubles") in west Belfast, then around town. Excellent.
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland
This is the loveliest place I didn't know I wanted to see!
Invergordon (Inverness & Loch Ness), Scotland
We took a local tour company (Jacobite) tour of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle - excellent. Then walked around Inverness before taking taxi back to Invergordon. Lovely town.
South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland
Edinburgh was fantastic, though terribly crowded due to their International Festival, Fringe Festival and Tattoo, all happening during the week we were there.
Le Havre (Paris), France
We took the ship's tour of the Normandy landing beaches. This cost $219 pp, and was a great tour, but Princess didn't even give us a bottle of water for the day. You'd think that with an all day tour for which they charge you $219, they could at least throw in the water and not charge you for it.

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