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Regal Princess

February 2016 - Regal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Princess comes through again`

We've cruised a lot on Princess, and we really enjoyed this cruise.  The ports were wonderful, the ship was fantastic, the food and the shows were exceptional.  You can't ask for a better experience.


One other thing I really liked on the Regal is the interactive TV.  We usually stayed up late and watched a first run movie after we went to the show - and they have an amazing selection of current movies at no extra cost.  We are not morning people, so this fit our schedule. 


It was a great cruise!!!

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Celebrity Silhouette

February 2016 - Celebrity Silhouette to Caribbean - Eastern

Great Valentine's Day Cruise

I booked this cruise to celebrate Valentine's Day with my sweet wife, and I wasn't disappointed.  We had an excellent 7 days aboard the Silhouette.  We loved the ship, our balcony cabin, and the crew.  The entertainment was excellent.  We were very impressed.  We also enjoyed a "free" beverage package - and drank a bit of Glenfiddich single malt and a very nice port wine, amongst other beverages.  (I got my money's worth on the beverage package -- but overall it was still pretty expensive cruise.)  I am vey happy we tried Celebrity!


We had some moderate to rough seas between Ft. Lauderdale and San Juan, so the Captain apparently slowed the ship down.  We arrived an hour late into San Juan, resulting in our being too late to tour the Fort and only an hour of daylight.  We had a great day in St. Kitts, but the winds were back and caused our boat ride from Phillipsburg to Marigo to be cancelled in St. Maarten.  When 2 out of 3 ports go bad, it is hard to give a top rating.  I wonder how many other times the arrival into San Juan has been delayed on this itinerary???


I know Celebrity consistently receives great ratings for their food, but we felt that overall the food on Princess is better and there is a wider selection in the main dining room.  There were very limited seafood offerings, as well as chicken dishes - but the steaks were great.  My wife ordered salmon from the "always available" menu on two nights, but it didn't flake.  It was overcooked, and not that good.  We do it better at home.  Sorry, Chef!  Still - overall I give this cruise a "Very Good" rating despite these issues mentioned -- and we will certainly travel on Celebrity again if the prices are right!!!  We enjoyed the cruise a lot!!!

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Island Princess

November 2015 - Island Princess to Transatlantic

Great Itinerary - but lots of sick passengers

We love the Med, and enjoyed the Island Princess. Unfortunately, there were a ton of passengers and staff that came down with colds and flu (NOT norovirus).  I developed a nagging cough the day we left the Azores for the 6 day Transatlantic Crossing, and did not attend dinners in the dining room or shows in the theater for those 6 days.  I used Dayquil and Nyquil to control my symptoms and didn't cough around other people - but everywhere I went, people were hacking. As I write this from home 3 days later, I still have a cold and cough.  My wife got a more severe cold as we were leaving the ship.  She developed body aches and a fever on our arrival at home.  I'm mad that other passengers didn't stay in their rooms when they were sick.  I just cancelled a 20 day cruise in February because I'm not going through this again.

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srmueller1's Tips

Island Princess Island Princess - Don't do anytime dining on the Island Princess. They added several hundred people in the 2015 refurbishment when they took out the showroom in the aft and put in cabin - but they didn't expand the dining space, so the lines for anytime dining were often quite long. (We always have 1st seating.)

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reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Celebrity Silhouette and gave it 4 stars!

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reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Regal Princess and gave it 5 stars!