Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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4 out of 5

Princess 15 Night North Cape

Sail Date: June 12, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Overall, a very good cruise with a very nice itinerary. Princess has been our favorite cruise line up to this point. That is probably still  the case, but it did move down a notch this time. Caribbean Princess is not as nice as the other Princess ships we have sailed on; but we chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We would do it again, although in the future I will try to select ships other than the Caribbean Princess. There was a general lack of communication between staff and passengers; for example, it was communicated ahead of time that there would be one tender port. After the cruise was in progress, we found out that there were 3 tender ports. And there were never any announcements about where the ship was and what we were passing; for example, no announcement when we sailed past the North Cape. We heard a lot of grumbling on the ship about the lack of communication. But the staff we personally encountered were all very nice and friendly, so no complaints there. We liked the ports; only complaint there was that Princess took Geiranger off the itinerary for this cruise, which almost resulted in us not taking this particular cruise. 

Food and Dining
Some of it was very good; some not so good.
Children's Programs
Not applicable for us
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Ship Quality
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Cabin / Stateroom
We liked the size of the cabin and the extended balcony, even though it was too cold on the cruise for us to ever sit out on the balcony.
Southampton (London), England
Stavanger, Norway
Flaam, Norway
Olden, Norway
Andalsnes, Norway
Andalsnes does not seem to be really ready for tourists yet.
Trondheim, Norway
Honningsvag, Norway
Tromso, Norway
Gravdal, Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are exceptional, with jaw-dropping scenery. This was our favorite port.
Alesund, Norway
Bergen, Norway


The Anytime Dining worked well for us, and we thought our dining room waiter and Jr. waiter were exceptional. In general, the ship is a little more "tired" and run down looking than the other Princess ships we have been on.

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