Grand Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

A relaxing 30th birthday get away

Sail Date: March 31, 2012

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship was a bit dated, but we knew that coming into the cruise. Accordingly, we weren't disappointed. We understand the ship was updated in recent years, so there was nothing too severe, but overall, the ship felt its age. The furnishings in the room were clean, but showed their age.

Pros: No agenda, convenience of everything, no surprises, friendly staff, few children

Cons: Early final day for disembarkment, sunburn

Recommends Grand Princess? No.

Cabin / Stateroom
The room was very clean, but dated. The bed wasn't terribly comfortable, and the bathroom was quite small, but that is all understandable on a cruise.
Ship Quality
Everything was very clean on the ship, but overall, it seemed dated. The decor would have been great if the TVs were playing Friends and Seinfeld, and if we were concerned about whether Y2K would really destroy the Internet. The size of the ship was just fine -- we never really felt that it was crowded, and we always had space to do what we wanted, when we wanted.
Food and Dining
The specialty options were good, but were limited to a steakhouse type place (that we didn't try) and an Italian place (that was nice). Overall the food was average to good, but I fear that I may have been too much of a food snob. At times the food tended to be bland, but there was always a wide selection. It would have been nice to have some more later night options (after 11pm), but I'm a bit of a night owl.
There was a variety of shows and activities, and we always felt that there was something that we could do, if we wanted to. It seems that a lot of the activities were geared to an older (i.e., retiree) crowd.
Service and Staff
Overall the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. English was not the native language of many of the staff, which sometimes led to some confusion, but nothing serious. Most all requests were readily accommodated.

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