A different experience at Christmas

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Caribbean Princess

14 Night Circle Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 20, 2019

Ship: Caribbean Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B342

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This was our first time away at Christmas and we knew that it would be very different. The cruise itself was brilliant and we thoroughly enjoyed it and the ship was very well decorated. Carols were sung and Santa came on Xmas Eve to give toys to the children. However, it did feel very different as Xmas day was just like another day. As UK passengers, we were definitely in the minority and as the Americans don't celebrate as much as we do and for this holiday, this was felt. To cruise during this holiday was our choice so no issues with all this but we are unlikely to cruise again over Christmas.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Would have liked to have received the medallion prior to boarding as all US passengers did as didn't notice a real difference from the last cruise.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The main dining rooms and specialty restaurants were great. We only used the buffet for breakfast and the odd lunch which were fine but didn't have dinner here so can't fully review.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We used the pools and participated in trivia which were our choices. Happy with all we saw and did. Also went to an enrichment lecture which was well attended and very interesting.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The shows we went to were brilliant but would have liked more variety with the onboard acts around the ship. Appreciate over the holidays, there was less chance of extra acts coming on board and the musicians that were there were very good.

Children's Programs

No children with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We couldn't fault any of the service staff. Each and every one of them constantly had a smile on their face and a friendly word for everyone. They worked hard the whole time and you never saw anyone stood around doing nothing. They're a credit to Princess and often the reason passengers chose to use this cruise line.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
No issues with the layout and if you had any issues, the medallion and the portals soon helped out. The areas we saw were all clean and working and the public toilets were spotless and well maintained at all times.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was the same as our other cruises on Princess (our only cruise line) which we found to be great. It was plenty large enough for us and we had no issues with storage.

Ship tip

Get to the theatre early for the shows you want to see as they get very busy.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
We went on a river cruise around the waterways and really enjoyed this.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
Visited Megan's Bay after visiting the observatory. Loved the port.

St. John's, Antigua

4 out of 5
Lots of shops at the port area. Went on a boat trip in the afternoon which was great fun.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

3 out of 5
On this visit, we only walked around the port and then returned to the ship. It was Xmas day so some of the shops opened later.

Bridgetown, Barbados

4 out of 5
Visited 3 different beaches on an excursion which was lovely.

Port of Spain Did not visit port

We'd seen too many articles and heard from several friends that this island was not particularly safe so decided not to venture outside the gated area.

Fort-De-France, Martinique Did not visit port

We decided to stay on the ship although we did have a look round the tented stalls.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
We loved this port and the surrounding areas to downtown. Also did a tour round the island and spent time on the beach. Our favourite island to date.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
We enjoyed this island very much and put it on a par with Curacao. The beach was great and the excursion on the kuku kunuka bus to get there was terrific fun.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very quick and well organised as we had an excursion prior to going to the airport.
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