Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

Princess 7 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Sail Date: August 02, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

This was my second cruise, my first was with Royal Caribbean.  Overall the Princess cruise was OK, the dining experience was excellent.  Both the food and wait staff exceeded my expectations. I made the mistake of taking an interior state room which I found lacking in both space and overall cleanliness.  My stateroom stewart was very polite and professional and was attentive to our needs.  The entertainment was severely lacking.  It seemed most of the entertainment was performed by the crew and although they did their best, it was no where near the quality of shows I saw on Royal Caribbean.  The piano bar had a piano player that was absolutely horrible.  I was amazed that Princess hired him.  The ports we visited seemed rushed and on one excursion in Puerto Rico the bus left my wife and I half way through the tour (even though we arrived back at the bus stop 8 min before the scheduled departure time) and we had to walk back to the ship.  Although, I booked the excursion through the ship, princess basically told me that it was not their problem they are only an intermediary and I would have to contact the tour company in California.  The other two excursions we went on (in the Virgin Islands and Grand Turk) went very well.

 

Overall it was an OK cruise on Princess, but I think I will stick with Royal Caribean in the future; their overall service was amazing and the ship was wonderful.

Food and Dining
Food was exceptional and the high point of the cruise.
Cabin / Stateroom
Room was small and not very clean.
Ship Quality
Ship was an older ship but OK, nothing really stood out.
Service and Staff
My waiter (Irwin) was amazing. Very attentive, polite and professional
Entertainment
Not very good at all.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Princess Cays (Cruise Line Private Island) we skipped this due to weather
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Really enjoyed the excursion and tour guide. Beautiful beach.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We were abandoned by the tour guide half way through the tour.
Grand Turk Island
Did the yellow submarine excursion. Very good.

Tip

Go to the sit down dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It =made the trip. The buffet was so-so.



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