Grand Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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1 out of 5

Kids program disappointing

Sail Date: December 01, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

We chose Grand Princess because we heard it had the BEST children's program. We have three little girls 6 and under and spent a lot of money hoping we would have some R&R time (based on their stated hours, etc.) If you have smaller kids you need to know this.

1. First of all - the cruise ship says while sailing they are open 7-10, 1-4 and 7-10. The first day of the cruise, they are not open at all. The second day they don't open until 8.

2. They state that your child needs to be potty trained. Our girls are potty trained but for whatever reason one of them had two accidents. Instead of helping her they left her in the bathroom (once with poop on herself) until my husband picked her up. I was on an island and he slept through the first page so they left her there for at least an hour. Unexcusable.

3. They say when you are at port they watch them all day. Well, not exactly. On the private island they don't open until you get on the island which in our case was around 1200 because of the wind. They should have had someone on the boat in that case watching them but they didn't.

4. If your kid is scared and cries instead of calming them down they will say, "If they don't quit crying you will have to pick them up." Yes, they actually said this to me. Our twins are 3 yrs - of course they are going to be nervous at first.

Overall, the bigger kids seemed to have a good time. The smaller kids did not get the attention they should have. I will not do that again for years to come and wanted everyone with smaller kids to be aware.

Pros: Did have fun crafts for older children (suggest 7 and above)

Cons: They are not "kid" people

Recommends Grand Princess? No.

Service and Staff
I mean - for small children. Otherwise -good.
Children's Programs
See comments above.
Enjoyed the hypnotist.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a minisuite and it was great.
Food and Dining
We went to both the high scale restaurants and they were not different than the dining room. Don't waste your money.
Ship Quality
The ship was beautiful.

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