Caribbean Princess Cruise to NE and Canada was lacking a lot

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall rating:

2 out of 5
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Caribbean Princess

7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 05, 2013

Ship: Caribbean Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: A701

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

Overall, we enjoyed the ports, primarily due to our own efforts. Unfortunately encountering a Government Shutdown in the USA hampered our ability to see certain sites and partake in numerous excursions offered by Princess, such as, the Statue of Liberty, JFK library, various National Parks, etc. We really didn't get to see a lot of what we were planning to.  It's a shame The Princess Cruise Lines couldn't have had a backup plan with other innovative, alternate excursions, being the US government potential shutdown was in the news for some time prior to our cruise.


The quality of the food has diminished quite a bit, from our Alaskan Princess Cruise approximately 5 years ago.  I would rate today's quality average at best. However, the Crown Grill was excellent.  It was much better than the Dining Room main entrees.  Also, the hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza around the pool at times were much better than what was being served in the Horizon Buffet. Much of the service for breakfast &  lunch in the Horizon was average at best.

The cruise staff appeared to be understaffed and unavailable a lot in the Buffet.  Lastly, the initial muster drill with life jackets resulted in numerous people having to sit on the floor at our muster station.  I have never seen a room so crowded before on our 7 other cruises.  Not a very safe environment.  The disembarkation process, however, went exceptionally well.  


I would not recommend this cruise to anyone and am extremely disappointed with the Princess Cruise Line.  We have had much better cruises in the past with Princess and other Cruise Lines.







Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
See my overview comments

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5
Good comedian, dancers and singers; magic show not so good

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

If you want to see the ports as you embark into port, make sure your room is port-side. Otherwise, you will not see the ports at all as you sail in and out of the port on this cruise. Seeing the changing of colors and fall foliage at this time of the year is risky at best. Not much there.

Ports of call

Brooklyn, New York Did not visit port

Ground Zero, Times Square, Angelos in Little Italy a plus

Newport, Rhode Island Did not visit port

Quaint port with a bit of shoping

Boston, Massachusetts Did not visit port

A lot to see if you want. Quincy Market a joke.

Bar Harbor, Maine Did not visit port

Exceptional port with fresh lobster. Would have liked to have seen Acadia Natl Park

Saint John, New Brunswick Did not visit port

Another quaint port for shopping

Halifax, Nova Scotia Did not visit port

See the Titanic Exhibit at the Maritime Museum by Cab.
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