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Grand Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
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Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 28, 2012
Ship: Grand Princess
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
The cruise was great. The point I want to make is how risky it is to book shore excursions through .

We did 3 excursions. 2 through Princess 1 through . The Princess ones were wonderful. No problems, no stress, very organized. The one ruined our day and almost the entire cruise.

From the beginning we were worried that the excursion wouldn't get us back to the boat in time for "All Aboard". The trip was 1-4 and "All Aboard" time was 4:30. We called several times to confirm that we would be OK and were constantly assured that we would be back with plenty of time.

Well we weren't. We got back to the port at 4:50. We ran as fast as we could as the harbor master and hundreds of people on the ship were waving us on. One of the captains met us as we got on board and reprimanded us for being late. We were minutes from being left behind (which happen to a couple that was on the excursion with us but cruising on the boat docked next to us). It was very embarrassing.

We will NEVER book another excursion through again.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Buffet was amazing. Dinning room food was good but not great.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The movie under the stars is really cool

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
everyone is friendly if you talk to them, but don't expect them to be overly friendly unless you start the conversation

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
found some hair in the bathroom, but overall it was nice enough

Pros: Great ship layout

Cons: We almost missed the boat because of an Orbitz excursion

Recommends Grand Princess? Yes!

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