Caribbean Princess -Aptly Named

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Captain
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 15
Helpful Votes: 43

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
8 Night Southern Caribbean Holiday (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 18, 2011
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 5 months ago

We loved everything about this cruise - except maybe embarkation/disembarkation which was a bit rocky at times. Great cabin, friendly outgoing staff - fantastic food (in ALL venues).  We enjoyed first seating (our preference)  and enjoyed our table mates - two ultra liberal Canadians, two ultra conservative east coasters - and us (somewhere in the middle). The ship was in great condition, the entertainment varied and top notch - and this may have ben the first and last trip I didn't begrudge the tip envelopes at the end. The destinations were fabulous (first time for Grenada - spice island (we had nutmegs for years). The sommeliers still wore silver cups on chains around their necks. Cool.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Excellent - the buffet/cafeteria was excellent, always something new, lots of places to sit. The MDR was top notch.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The theater was excellent and common areas were stuffed with additional entertainment - the pool had live bands - all calypso-esque. Ice sculptures, cocktail demonstrations, pool games - and midnight buffets.


5 out of 5
Top notch.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Must have been adequate - scarcely heard a peep.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Rarely seen it better - except maybe our first two trips with Celebrity (Century both times).

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Fine ship - in great condition.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was fine (for its class) and our room stewards were GREAT. Never saw their boss (who we were obliged to tip).

Ship Tip

I have heard she hasn't aged well - but we have fond memories.

5 out of 5
We came a day early and stayed a day after disembarkation and enjoyed seeing the town (waterfront, Moro castle - and beaches). Great restaurants.
5 out of 5
Neat - two for the price of one (one has only one 'a."
5 out of 5
Rum distillery, pitons, volcanic hot springs.
5 out of 5
The spice island. Stock up on cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
5 out of 5
We were there over Christmas - a special treat - got to see the locals celebrate Christmas with Saint Nicklaus and his henchman - Black Peter.
5 out of 5
Tour the distillery (I was disappointed to learn that all those different "flavors" of curacao are the same exact liquor - with food coloring).
5 out of 5
Fabulous architecture.
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