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4.5

My first cruise by biglarrrr

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Overall, for my first-ever cruise, it was fantastic. I really can't wait for my next cruise. I would definitely recommend the Princess Caribbean Western as well. It was a beautiful, clean ship and the service, staff, accommodations, food, entertainment and activities were all very good.

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3.9

Incredible itinerary by dseib

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean

This was an incredible cruise with wonderful Ports to visit and I would repeat the same itinerary and ship. The ship is a little older but has been refurbished so the surroundings are updated. It's just has a little vibration problem.

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4.9

one for the books by kevbuffalo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess

western carribean adventure. the last portion for us to complete. family trip, parents in 70's and kids in 40's

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4.2

Panama Canal April 2018 by taz2713

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Excellent Cruise, very friendly staff. The Panama Canal was obviously the highlight.

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5.0

Another Great Princess Experience by KarenStaffen

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean

This cruise was a b2b of two 7 day cruises. We had a great time. Ran into crew members from past sailings, and got a very well needed rest. There were a few little hitches - such as canceled excursions, but all in all it was wonderful. For some reason I can't review the other ports of call so I'll do it here -Princess Cays we stayed on ship (was here in April) St. Thomas, Kon Tiki boat ride and beach stop . Wouldn't do it again, but was okay, and St. Maarten - snorkling, high speed raft, beach. Fun, but once was enough lol. Overall, this cruise was everything I'd hoped it would be, and more. I just tend to go with the flow, laugh, relax, and enjoy. Lots of entertainment, food, and laughter. What else do you need?

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4.8

We loved it! by Malange

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess

This was our first cruise and we're so happy that is was a very pleasant experience!! We were a bit skeptical at first due to Princess being known to cater to a much older crowd, but we fully enjoyed everything, including the music and entertainment options. The ship is lovely, the food was perfect overall, and we can't wait to cruise with Princess again!! (Sorry, the app would not allow me to delete the duplicate Belize pics)

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4.0

Fall Cruise by DeJong

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Took this cruise to visit the many ports. Very port intensive. Loved the port stops and fall colours. Food was good. Broadway show was top notch and the violinist was top notch. Theme show in Halifax was different. On the whole we had pretty good weather. This was a bucket list cruise for me and it didn't disappoint. Loved sailing out of Brooklyn. The views from the buffet at lunch were great and at sail away

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4.9

Panama Canal and Back! by ZanneG

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

This was our first cruise, we thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to our next cruise. We were a group of 8.

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4.7

Caribbean Princess does it again! by thieshel

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

This was my 3rd time on the Caribbean Princess, I have loved it every single time! Because we went through the Panama Canal, I felt like this was one of those trips of a lifetime that you will remember forever. Thank you Princess Cruises for a memorable vacation!

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4.8

Amazing 1st Cruise by dlaube75

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Caribbean Princess

This was my first cruise and it was an amazing time. I recommend this trip to anyone looking to get away. I wasn't a fan of Columbia; but to each their own.

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4.5

Wonderful week of smooth sailing and perfect weather. by Rebeccajoe

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

Loved our cruise and love Princess! 7 days of smooth sailing and perfect weather. We never got off the ship. We leisured around the pool and played cribbage and just enjoyed the ship.

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4.2

Good(ish) trip by freedomlass

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean

This was our 5th visit to Caribbean and we will no doubt be back again, mainly because we love the area so much and there are still islands yet to visit, wish we could pick out the islands to visit making our own itinerary and maybe even have an overnight stop on some, in general we enjoyed our trip yes some things could have been better but it has in no way put us off from cruising with Princess again in the future.

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4.3

🇵🇦Panama Canal Cruise by PanamaDee

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess

We had a wonderful time! Enjoyed the Panama Canal.

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4.9

An Awesome Experience! by phoneycutt5

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean - Western

We love Princess Cruises!! A awesome experience and will go again.

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1.0

Disappointing & Filthy by PKVacation

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean - Western

My husband and I sailed for our anniversary last week out of Houston on the Caribbean Princess. It was our third cruise, second on Princess. This trip was NOTHING like our experience on the Tahitian Princess 13 years ago. We decided to upgrade to a mini suite for the larger shower/bathtub combination. Overall, we had a great time in the ports and enjoyed spending time together. I have never wanted a vacation to end before this trip and could not wait to get off the ship. I am fine with an older ship (only 11 years old) but there is a difference between older and not taken care of properly. Our experience with the food, water quality and stateroom/ship maintenance needs take the forefront. The rest still heavily contributed to our disappointment. If I was a future or prospective passenger, I would want someone to tell me about their experience. We like to give credit where credit is due, here is the "good" and the "bad" of our trip. Good: Transfers/Embarkation/Debarkation: Transfer from the airport to the Four Seasons then to the ship was great. Good service and no issues. The embarkation process was about 15 minutes and our stateroom was ready right away. Debarkation and transfer to the airport was just as seamless and quick. Weather: I know there was no control over this-weather was great and seas were calm for the whole trip. Pools/Deck/Gym: Pools on board were larger than other ships we have been on. They were not crowded and they were clean. There was plenty of space on deck and there were plenty of chairs and towels. The hot tubs were small and full of people-not inviting to us. The ship did not seem crowded otherwise. Gym was nice and we could always find a machine the couple of times we went. Wish there were more classes and that they didn't charge extra for some of them (yoga, boot camp). Specialty restaurants: Both were good. Sabatinis even better. The food quality and service was what we were used to getting on a cruise vacation. The staff provided the best service we experienced on the ship and would rival the best service we have had anywhere. Wine Bar: One of our favorite places on the ship. Wine is always good, but Jack and Arvin provided exceptional service. They were among the few staff members on the ship who were actually smiling. The tapas and sushi were a nice touch. Pillows/robes: The pillows were good and I liked having a robe. The Bad: 1. Water quality: Even though we booked a mini suite, we were unable to use the bathroom from day 3-7 of the cruise. After our second port in Roatan (day 3), our shower and sink water intermittently turned from dark brown, to light brown to yellow....sometimes went back clear but we were already completely grossed out. Once we thought it might be fixed it would happen all over again. We had to brush our teeth with bottled water and use a shower in a standard stateroom downstairs. We asked for and were provided with this "solution". NOT what we paid for. We had about 10 maintenance staff come through over the course of three days. None of them seemed to be communicating and my husband had to "prove" the color of the water. One of them even stated that it was because the sink was colored and had a brown tint (is that any better?). We were told that they had not tested the water and there seemed to be varying opinions regarding what was wrong with the plumbing and/or water supply. I still don't know if they found or fixed the problem. 2. Stateroom: Our mini suite was not only outdated but it was also worn and dirty. The carpet was dirty, the drawers had other people's hair in it, the shower and bathroom tile had black and other mold in the grout lines. The couch was filthy and the bed had indentions where it was worn out. If it was my mattress at home I would throw it away. The furniture was similar to an beaten up motor home. Some of the drawers in the desk were hard to use. I only ended up using one drawer after cleaning it out myself. The shelves in the bathroom seemed to have a film of hairspray or something else on them. The balcony had white spattered white paint on the blue deck floor and the patio furniture. The railing wood was cracking and needed to be re-stained, the ship metal showed rust and needed to be painted. The patio chairs were usable but not cared for. 2. Food: I am not a picky eater and really like all types of food but this was some of the worst food I have ever had. After three nights in the main dining room we stopped going due to food quality and mediocre service. We skipped dinner completely another night. A FAR cry from what we experienced on Princess before. The beef was grey and tough...food was bland (no seasonings or spices even when it said it was "spicy"). Main courses were probably the worst. We were offered to try other dishes but were done with the experience by that point. Appetizers and desserts were OK but not resort quality. We tried the Palm dining room at lunch and it was just as bad or worse. Room service was mediocre without the ability to get the order right (no mayo on sandwiches, etc.). Coffee in all parts of the ship except for the coffee bar (extra cost) was terrible and weak. Could not eat the pizza or the burgers by the pool. Meat carnival cheap and the pepperoni tasted bad. The buffet was also bad with several trips through without anything on my plate. The scrambled eggs were so bad I spit them out, fruit not cut off the rind (especially pineapple and cantaloupe), not many healthy vegetable choices except for a small salad bar. The omlet bar was edible and I'm glad I accidentally found it. Over the entire week, we had three good meals on the ship and they were all in the specialty restaurants. On the first day we completed the request to have fresh fruit brought to our stateroom daily. It never showed up. 3. General ship state: The ship is LONG overdue for maintenance and overhaul even though it is not that old. Needed to be painted (with taping off), including railings, hull of the ship, etc. A lot of rust is showing throughout the ship. Many of the bathroom toilet stalls in the public areas were out of order. Several doorways were being fixed/upgraded and were blocked off. Some repairs by the pool provided a loud saw and drill noise atmosphere as people were trying to nap. Maybe do this on embarkation/debarkation days or take this ship out of circulation more often for these repairs. I know that does not make money...... 4. Staff Attitude/Attention to Detail: We can count on one hand how many crew members actually seemed happy or provided a smile. I can understand if the passengers are not cared for, I'm sure the crew might be treated poorly as well. General poor attitude and no motivation for attention to detail. Too much "selling" for every little thing all week. 5. Internet Fees & Service: We felt we had to purchase an internet package to send emails to our three kids back home. Wow do they overcharge and the service was spotty. Interesting that I have had better (and included or cheap) internet service on an airplane traveling much faster than a cruise ship. 6. Don't waste your time with the Thermal Suite. We paid about $200 to use it for the week and found that they were not keeping track of others who did not pay using the facility. The area was small and I wish they had soap for my face at least in the showers in the private area. They did not keep the eucalyptus going in the one steam room. We saw people from the regular spa area and otherwise come to use the thermal room. This made me not want to book the spa services that I had planned on booking. Spa area did look nice, seemed a little pricey. We enjoyed our time together and found fun in the ports. This is what salvaged our vacation, the first without kids in 7 years. We only booked our excursion in Roartan through the ship. It was a beach day at Tabaya beach. Beautiful setting, great facility, too many people and peddlers. The other two were through ShoreTrips through our travel agent (Belize Cave Tubing-VIV Tours-awesome!) and Viator (food tour in Cozumel-awesome!).

 

We have notified our travel agent (with pictures) and have completed the online survey form with Princess. The only response we have received was a small OBC for a future cruise if we book by the end of this month.  I find it strange that their compensation includes me spending more money.  While we were onboard, we did receive a comp night at Sabatinis, two large bottles of water so we could brush our teeth and the use of a small stateroom so we could use the (TINY) shower.  Just not what we paid for.

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4.5

First Princess experience mostly positive by pinguina

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Caribbean Princess

Caribbean Princess seemed like a well-run and well-kept ship. Even with our itinerary change due to Hurricane Dorian, things went smoothly and efficiently. The lackluster food was my only real issue, but even then, there were plenty of decent options.

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4.1

Love the Caribbean Princess ship by trvljet

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean

Would do it again in a minute on the Caribbean Princess without the teenage boys. I would like to take the Western Caribbean and Panama Canal. Alaska again as well as the Fjords of Norway

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4.0

Caribbean Princess -Aptly Named by ItaVero

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

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.

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4.0

Good first time cruise-14 days by BRTNY

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean

Good first cruise. We learned alot. No expectations, so no dissappointments

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4.7

"Caribbean Delight on the Caribbean Princess!' by DrDennis

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Overall, this was a pretty good cruise. What made this cruise even nicer was the fact that there was a good blend of age groups. For me, my wife doesn't drink wine, the wine tasting were really good. A nice selection of wines, good educational commentary and was attended by a good group of folks. Bottom line: service , accommodations, food, amenities and the ship were all very good.

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