A pretty good cruise

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Caribbean Princess

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 30, 2018

Ship: Caribbean Princess

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: E618

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Our first cruise was with a small, older ship on Carnival. We did not do our research and suffered the consequences. I picked what seemed to be one of the best of Princess’s ships. The food was fine - nothing spectacular unless you upcharge for the restaraunts. I didn’t feel like this was a ship I would take my kids on and I probably wouldn’t choose this ship again for just my husband and me. There didn’t seem to much tailored to kids at all. There were plenty of food places and entertainment throughout the day and the evening. There were a few pools. But nothing that just really makes me want to go back on that specific ship. The workers are fantastic - there’s always someone taking away used dishes and asking if there’s anything they can help with. I did enjoy most of our ports and the excursions we chose.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
I’m not walking away talking about the food. It was fine, just not anything special as far the food bars and timed dining. We did try the Crown Grill one night and it was outstanding.

Ice Cream Bar

2 out of 5

Coming from carnival where it was 24/hr self-serve, they seem a bit stingy with their ice cream on Princess. They serve you and quite a small amount - so plan on asking for extra on the onset or go back for more! They also close down when the other food bars do.

Crown Grill

5 out of 5

Absolutely outstanding.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
I was a little disappointed. I’d be even more so had I brought our kids along. The only thing they offer for kids is the one teen area. There are a few pools on board. They play a fairly new movie every evening. There are a couple clubs with music and dancing. They had karaoke and the voice try outs. Throughout the day they had a string duet that would play, and a couple bands, singers, intrumantilists that would play.

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Children's Programs

2 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

I wouldn’t bring my kids on this cruise. There are many other ships out there that provide more kid tailored entertainment.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
This one was my favorite. We went on the stingray encounter. This was by far the most beautiful beach. We stopped by Hell (completely unimpressed - I have no interest in going back), we stopped at the “rum factory” which resembled more of a gas station convenient store. We were able to hold sea turtles and then we were shipped out to play with stingrays. If you can manage to find an excursion that just offers the turtles and the stingrays I would choose that one!

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

1 out of 5
I didn’t like this one at all. We did a beach day and shared the area with Carnival - it was a small, overcrowded area. They give your tickets and you still have to wait in a forever long line to get other passes for snorkeling and your beach clam and then you have to go hunt down someone to help you reserve a clam.

Belize City, Belize

5 out of 5
We did the Lamanai excursion here. It was about a mile walk in and then you can choose whether you want to climb to the top of the ruin. I think any of my kids 3 and up could do this excursion.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
We did the Chichen Itza tour here. It was an awesome experience! Unfortunately, most of the day is spent on a long bus ride to get there. I also think a child could do this one, but have some entertainment available for the long ride.

Disembarkation

2 out of 5
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