stansburyal

stansburyal
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Joined: 12/29/2014
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Caribbean Princess

December 2015 - Caribbean Princess to Caribbean - Western

Not as good as the other two Princess cruises I've taken

The menus seemed less inspired and the food quality didn't measure up to my two previous Princess cruises.  Encountered a few rude crewmembers, but overall the crew was great.  The cabin steward, MaryAnn, is probably the best steward I've had on a cruise.

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Coral Princess

December 2014 - Coral Princess to Panama Canal, Central America

Wonderful

I chose this cruise based on the itinerary and a previous good experience with Princess.  I wasn't crazy about all the days at sea, but truly enjoyed the port lectures by Dr. Dean (may I have his job when he retires?).  The crew is wonderful.  My steward, Domingo, was terrific.  All the dining room staff were great.  The mattresses in cabin Plaza 536 do need replacing as even when the bed in made the dips are obvious, making it impossible to use my "queen-sized" bed as a queen-size.  I could only sleep on the side less worn.  Shore excursions were great.  In Jamaica, the open-air tour of a plantation showed a lovely horse and carriage.  Be warned it is actually a hay wagon with benches (no ladder for climbing up)  and towed by a smelly diesel tractor.  Tour guide, Donovan, was okay EXCEPT for the many, many Monica Lewinsky jokes that were out-dated and in poor taste.  Check-in for the cruise was easy as was disembarkation.  I chose the EZ option so Passenger Services printed my boarding pass and got my suitcase to the airport.  It arrived at my final destination in good shape.  This service is well worth the $20.

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stansburyal's Tips

Caribbean Princess Caribbean Princess - The Anytime Dining was so popular that we always had to wait for a table. Don't know why they continue the traditional seating.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - Marvin was a great guide. The tram through the rain forest was amazing. I wish we had had longer than one hour on the Tortuguero Canals.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica - This is a place to do stuff (water sports, etc.) rather than sight seeing. Open-air carriage ride at the plantation shows a horse and carriage, but it is a hay wagon with benches towed by a smelly diesel tractor. Donovan's bad Monica Lewinsky jokes were inappropriate.
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal) - I watched the journey through each chamber from a different spot to get a great perspective. First chamber from deck 15. Second from my window on deck 5. Third from deck 7. Get a balcony for this trip.
Cartagena, Colombia - Frank was an amazing, knowledgeable tour guide. Be sure to see the Old City. Get your photo with the sloth at the mall.
Colon, Panama - Simply a place to re-board the ship. Very poor city with terrible traffic congestion
Oranjestad, Aruba - The two shore excursions I wanted were already booked, but since it was my first trip everything was new. Ryan was a great guide.
Coral Princess Coral Princess - I really did like channel 40 with the maps showing the ship's location.

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received a helpful vote on their Coral Princess cruise review - Wonderful

received a helpful vote on their Caribbean Princess cruise review - Not as good as the other two Princess cruises I've taken

received a helpful vote on their Caribbean Princess cruise review - Not as good as the other two Princess cruises I've taken

received a helpful vote on their Caribbean Princess cruise review - Not as good as the other two Princess cruises I've taken

reviewed their Caribbean - Western cruise on Caribbean Princess and gave it 4 stars!

added Dec 13, 2015 cruise on Caribbean Princess to their profile.

shared a quick tip for Caribbean Princess"The Anytime Dining was so popular that we always had to wait for a table. Don't know why they continue the traditional seating."

received a helpful vote on their Coral Princess cruise review - Wonderful

received a helpful vote on their Coral Princess cruise review - Wonderful

received a helpful vote on their Coral Princess cruise review - Wonderful