Good itinerary and New England in the fall is nature at its best but the Caribbean Princess is 15 years old and showing its age despite a recent refit

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

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 23

Overall rating:

3.4 out of 5
Caribbean Princess

27 Night Canada & New England (Quebec City To Ft. Lauderdale)

Sail date: October 24, 2019

Ship: Caribbean Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: A638

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We have cruised Princess a number of times and will do again if the right itinerary comes along on a more modern ship but this cruise was very average


4 out of 5
Good but the Canadian immigration lady could do with taking the treating people civilly course

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
Food was very average and a disappointment after enjoying better on previous Princess cruises. Dining room was very hit and miss with beef dishes poor quality cuts. The usual gripe of the food not being hot enough was evident throughout in line with many cruise lines. Our biggest issue was the time it took to get food from the kitchen which meant that dinner would take up 2 hours most nights which is excessive for what is now a 3 course menu with coffee. Fortunately the nice people on our table meant that the time was well spent but did mean that the show was full by the time we arrived The buffet was ok but the food layout was confusing with some different items in different area. The omelette station is now only in one area and the waiting list was so long that most people gave up and didn’t bother- a shame to economise on this. The Italian restaurant was superb but the BBQ did not look appetising

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
The ship is old and has few facilities but the fitness centre was good but small


3 out of 5
The main stage has a relatively small capacity that requires you to get a seat at least 20 minutes before the start We were turned away on a number of occasions However the bars do have good entertainment most nights although for Uk travellers the prices for beers and drinks generally is very high now and substantially more than a recent RCI Pacific cruise

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Waiters were effective but could do nothing to get the food to the table in a timely manner Room Steward was quiet but very efficient Guest Services genuinely tried to assist

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Very clean but the layout is dated and the ship does not really have the sea worthiness for the weather on the Canadian leg.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin seemed smaller than normal balcony with a dresser but no seperate seating area which we like The large TV was a bonus but it is sited at head height as you go onto the balcony resulting in a few head bangs The cabin was clean throughout I thought we had seen the last of small showers with the dreaded plastic curtains but no they are still present here

Ship tip

May be a disappointment if you have sailed other Princess ships

Ports of call

Quebec City, Quebec

4 out of 5

Sydney, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5

Halifax, Nova Scotia

4 out of 5

Saint John, New Brunswick

4 out of 5

Bar Harbor, Maine

4 out of 5

Boston, Massachusetts

4 out of 5

Newport, Rhode Island Did not visit port

Cancelled due to weather at short notice

New York, New York

2 out of 5
The Princess Cruise Terminal in Brooklyn is miles from anywhere and means that you have to leave about 90 minutes each way to get into Downtown which leaves very little time to explore We looked with envy on the other cruise lines who had there ships in the Manhattan terminal right in the centre of things

Norfolk, Virginia

5 out of 5

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5


4 out of 5
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