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  1. We are hoping to take 11 of our family members including us on a family cruise in February of 2020. We are from Iowa, so will want a warm weather location and thinking 7 days. We will have four of us that are late 60s and early 70s, four who are mid 30s to mid 40s, two who are early 20s and a 1 1/2 year old baby. We are not familiar with the Caribbean, so wanted opinions of which location might be best. Princess has cruises to both areas in Feb. of 2020. Four of us are cruising on the Royal to the Mexican riviera next month, so that's why we're thinking the Caribbean for next February. Thanks for any ideas!
  2. Hello Princess Gurus, We are experienced cruisers but have never been on Princess before. We are considering December carbibbean cruises on Regal Princess or HAL. I am familiar with HAL so I know about their pool deck. Can you all tell me about Princess? Is it lively? Completely packed on sea days? Live music? Fun atmosphere? What is on screen during the day? This may help us decide.
  3. So at the suggestion if another passenger on the roll call, I'm starting a “live” thread so everyone can read about the ship/activities/excursions and so very much welcome other passengers recommendations on activities and restaurants. Awesome 👍😀 The more I think about it, the more I'll look forward to the margaritas/gin & tonics & Pina coladas at the social events! My work supervisor mentioned margaritas today, so let's get this started! ⛴️🛳️☸️⚓🚢🍹
  4. Any idea of about when we will be able to book summer/fall Caribbean cruises? I know they are out up till April but was just wondering when these will be available to book?
  5. Hi all, I'm hoping someone who's cruised before on this itinerary at this time might be able to help me with this. I'm looking at the Crown Princess 10 day Caribbean in early January, however we have a 19 year old son that will be with us. I'm wondering if there are some families with kids/young adults on board at this time/on the longer sailings? To clarify, we enjoy Princess and have no issue with people of all ages, but I know it would be nice for him to find a few friends closer to his age. We've cruised over the Holidays and have done 7 days right after New Year before, but I know longer cruises tend to have less families. I appreciate your insight and experiences Ilana
  6. Going on the Caribbean Princess 1/3/20 panama canal sailing. Wondering if anyone has the latest MDR menus? Thanks, Jeff
  7. I am looking at the Caribbean Princess balcony cabin for 3 persons. It shows balcony cabins for 3rd people that state “3rd & 4th - 1 rollaway bed permanently placed in cabin”. Do they not have upper bunk beds in any of the cabins? Do they take out the barrel chair by the balcony door to put the rollaway to sleep on? When the rollaway is folded up, where is it placed in the cabin, - in front of desk, or refrigerator? Not much room to move around?
  8. My Review is up from our cruise a few weeks ago. It’s a long one, so pour yourself a drink, put your feet up and enjoy.😀 In a nutshell, it was a great cruise - nice ship for its age, loved Quebec City and the ports, especially Cape Breton, NS. Caribbean Princess-Canada NE 08/09/19
  9. I have E725 booked and was wondering where the smoking section is. Is it aft on starboard or port on promenade deck?
  10. I'm sorry this is so late being posted. I wrote it months ago but life has been busy and I totally forgot about it until now. This is my review of Caribbean Princess on the March 30 – April 6, 2019 sailing. This voyage went to the Western Caribbean. Caribbean Princess: This cruise was booked with an offer through Station Casinos. The offer was for an inside but I upgraded to a handicap balcony because at the time wife used a wheelchair. Unfortunately we lost her a few months ago and she didn't make this trip. I took this cruise with my father & mother as well. When I booked this cruise back in August it came with a few perks. Those being $20 in on board credit, & a free specialty dinner. I had been on this ship before so was familiar with the lay out. A few things had changed since my last trip such as a few new restaurants and name changes of a few other and the biggest change being the addition of Medallion Class. Knowing this ship had been in a dry dock to have these upgrades done I was surprised at how beat & worn this ship was in some areas. The pool areas and rooms are two that come to mind. In my room the furniture was really beat and worn as were the walls. The bathroom was in dire need of a refurb. I do expect handicap rooms to have a bit more wear and tear but this was a bit more than expected. The room my parents were in wasn't in much better shape. I was kind of surprised that these rooms still had the original furniture from when the ship first sailed. While on board we were informed that after next week's sailing the ship would be going in for a 28 day dry dock. Hopefully these issues will be addressed. The ship has all the amenities of most ships with shops, a casino, library , gym, bars, and of course lots of FOOD! For the most part the ship was spotless other than the areas I mentioned above. Below is my review of the stateroom, food, and entertainment and ports of call and more. I’ve broken it down by category. Pre-cruise Hotel: We stayed at the Sheraton Suites Plantation for 2 nights before the cruise. The hotel is quite nice but a bit on the pricey side. The only downfall about this place is it's a bit of a drive from the pier and the construction that's ongoing. Because of the construction the parking lot is a disaster and parking was difficult. I had a rental car so the distance to the pier wasn't all that big a deal. The parking situation at the hotel was a bit of an issue. Embarkation: We were originally planning to get to the pier at about 10am. We dropped off the rental car with Budget and they shuttled us to the pier. Checking in was probably the smoothest and fastest I've ever checked in on any ship. In just minutes we had our medallions and were off to the waiting area. Me and my father are both Platinum so were among the first group to board. This was pretty organized but as always a few a-holes can't follow instructions and just slow things down for everyone. I don't understand why some people need to have 4 carry on bags and fight them all of the way up the gangway. The real slowdown here was boarding the ship. They took the pictures for our medallions/ID here. I think this should have been done at check in. It would speed up the actual boarding process. Our first stop was up to the buffet for lunch. We were some of the first there. It was nice to see the buffet all set up and untouched. Everything was fresh and hot. After lunch we put our things in our rooms and got ready for the muster drill. My muster area was the casino. I got there early and grabbed a seat. The drill went well but there's always the people that can't follow simple instruction. Stateroom: We had handicap accessible balcony cabin R301. The room was about twice the size of a regular balcony room as was the balcony. As stated earlier the room was pretty worn and in need of a renovation. The bathroom was also very large. It had the standard vanity and toilet but was roomy enough for a wheelchair to roll around in. The room is actually a wet room and the shower only had a curtain around it. It was the first wet room style bathroom I've even been in that had a proper sized shower curtain that kept the water from going all over the place. The bathroom was in dire need of renovation. Most of the grout was missing from the tile and what was there was quite nasty. Other than the wear and tear there were were no issues with the room at all. This room was clean and was spotless. The room steward's name was Joe. He was a friendly guy and greeted me by name every time he saw me which wasn't often. He was pretty stealth in getting the room cleaned. He left one towel animal during the trip. Cruise Director: Our Cruise director was Matt Barard. He was ok and did a good job although he was a bit of a dork at times. Dinner (Main Dining Room): We had late traditional dining which was at 7:30pm. We were assigned to the Palm dining room. Our waiter was actually a Junior waiter and not fully ready to be a waiter. I'm not sure if he was just promoted or was filling in. He forgot quite a few items and brought the wrong items a number of times. He did seem to get better as the trip went on. I won't get too much into the food because everyone rates it differently. I can say though I thought most of the meals I had were excellent. I was disappointed to see the downgrades to the menu which I had read about. While a few of my favorites were now missing or changed to a lower quality everything was good for the most part. I didn't use the free specialty dinner that came with the cruise. I prefer the main dining room so can't give a review of that. Main Dining Room (Lunch): I had one lunch in the main dining room. The service was good and the food was too. International Cafe: Stopped in here once or twice. Sandwiches and some baked goods. Nothing fancy but what I had was good. Slice Pizzaria: Had pizza here a few times. As far cruise ship pizza goes, I still think it's the best. World Fresh Market Place(Buffet): A room that was a bit too small with many different stations and selections. Laid out pretty well despite the size with separate stations instead of one big “cafeteria” line. All of our breakfasts and most lunches were here. Never came for dinner or a pre dinner snack. There was normally plenty of seating too unless you were there right at prime time, then it was a bit packed. I felt the food was pretty good and very few things I had did I find to not be good. The desserts in the buffet were ok, nothing super but nothing really bad. There were the typical buffet issues here like people not reading the signs about NOT filling water bottles, people eating in line, drinking at the drink stations and leaving their glasses on the counter. It amazes me the way people act when they see an endless supply of food free for the taking. Coffee and Cones: Had the free soft serve here a few times. I liked how it wasn't self serve so that kids (and adults) couldn't spill ice cream all over. The quality of the soft serve wasn't that great. Thin and watery which tells me it probably wasn't ice cream but instead frozen dairy dessert. Entertainment: We went to the Princess Theater each night for the main show. Broadway Ballroom: Standard Issue cruise ship show. Featured music from Broadway with the Princess singers and dancers. Not really my thing but it was ok. Bravo: Similar to Broadway Ballroom. Standard cruise ship entertainment. Comedy with Steve Caouette: Fairly funny for clean humor. Typical cruise jokes. He got off on a tangent making fun of a guy in the crowd. Comedy Magic of Brent and Sarah: One of the worst magic shows I've ever seen. Same tricks too many other magicians do, too many “off the shelf” tricks and just lame humor. I can say their “slight of hand” was excellent. Production Show – Fantasy Journey: Another show featuring the Princess singers and Dancers. Traditional cruise ship entertainment. Mexican Folklorio Festival: Traditional Mexican style dancing with some history of the heritage. Pools: The pool areas were a little worn and in need of renovation. Unlike most ships we didn't have too much trouble getting chairs. There didn't seem to be as many chair hogs as usual although they were out there. Other: The above are the main things we did. There were other types of entertainment available as well as Movies Under the Stars. I never made it to either night club this trip. Casino: I don't go on a cruise to gamble for the most part but do like to play a bit. However, after looking through this casino I chose not to play anything but craps. I played each night doing well some nights and losing others. No major wins or losses. They must have liked something about my play because I was offered return offer if I sailed in the next 30 days with $150 free play. Internet: I pre purchased unlimited internet before the cruise based on reports it was fast. I can say not only was it fast but it was as fast if not faster than my service at home. I was able to stream video and surf the net at the same time. I forgot how much the pre cruise price was but I think it was around $55. Other than getting knocked offline a time or two there were no issues with it at all. In Room TV: The in room TV was interactive. I do have to say though that they had a weak TV channel line up with only 7 live channels. All were news or sports. They did make up for that though with a huge amount of On Demand choices. Ports of Call: I'm not much into doing shore excursions and don't really cruise for the ports. Rather to just be on a cruise on the sea so didn't do anything special on this cruise in any of the ports. Grand Cayman: Have never been here before. Took the tender into port and walked around town for a while checking out some of the shops. I thought the area was bright and clean unlike some of the Caribbean. Roatan: Another Port I've never been to. We went to the beach here. You have the option of walking from the ship (quite a walk) or taking the sky lift for $14 per person. We opted to walk. Nice walkway on the way to the beach. Spent some time here before returning to the ship. Belize: I have never been here before either. Took the long tender ride to the pier. Just stayed in the immediate area and walked through the shops. Ventured out of the area for a while and found the area to get quite dumpy, quite quickly. Turned around and returned to the tenders and back to the ship. Cozumel: Seven ships in port today with 3-4 right in the area we docked. Area was very busy and jam packed with people. Walked through the shops for a bit and then headed back to the ship. Disembarkation: We arrived back to Florida right on time. We used self disembarkation as did many others. This went well and we were off the ship before the sun came up. Customs was empty and we cruised through there as well. We took a cab to the airport. Realized we didn't want to sit there for 8 hours until the flight in the afternoon so rented a car for the day. Took a drive around the area, stopped at a few stores and had lunch. Other: The seas were like glass. This was one of the smoothest voyages I've ever been on. Weather was great. Was nice to get out of cold NY for a week. I don't currently have anything booked for the future but that will change really soon. EDIT: I currently do have Norwegian Escape booked from NY to Bermuda October 13 Questions and comments can be posted or e-mailed to me directly.
  11. We arrived at Port Everglades, and check-in was only delayed because some of the local agents seemed to be still learning the whos, whats, wheres, whys, and hows of the Medallion system. Boarding had not quite started, but within 15 minutes or so, we were on the ship. Our cabin wasn't ready yet, but I dropped off our case of wine and carry-on bags before heading to the dining room for lunch. Our waiter strolled in about 10 minutes later....he had just returned to the ship after spending several months at home, and he wasn't in his groove yet. We were in vacation mode, and apparently, so was he, so we chuckled about it. We ended up eating in the main dining room only a couple of times, opting for the buffet, and specialty dining more often than not. Once at both Sabatini's and Planks BBQ, twice @ Steamers, and four times in the Crown Grill. Sabatini's: It's been at least 7 years since we've tried Sabatini's. The meal was excellent. Everthing was fresh, and tasty. My only complaint....it's a loud room, Lots of hard surfaces. They also sat 5 tables in our waiter's section within minutes of our arrival, including a party of 10, swamping the poor guy, but everyone stepped up to get things served as timely as possible. He thanked us for being patient. Hey, I'm on a boat, with my wife, and a killer bottle of Chianti. What's not to like!? Planks: Service was great, but the food was only so-so. But when it comes to BBQ, I'm a tough cookie, because I live in Georgia, and I'm surrounded by great BBQ. Steamers: We really enjoyed the view from the window while chowing down on great seafood. Add the crab legs and lobster! Not everyone likes certain things, so it was real easy to say, no clams, or no mussels. They gladly offered substitutions. The service was outstanding. Crown Grill: Excellent service. I'd always drop off my wine a few hours before our reservation, and it would be decanted, waiting for us when we'd arrive. I had the lamb chops twice , and they were cooked perfectly. My wife had the filet each time. Only once, did she have to send it back for being under-cooked. It happens every once in a while, and they took care of it. The entire CG staff were kept busy all night. Princess would go broke if they had to pay these folks by the mile. Vines: We enjoyed 2 flights of wine, and the pricing was very reasonable. Service was perfect. MDR: We had dinner there once, and were seated in a section that didn't have a waiter. After a few minutes, the Maitre D' asked us who seated us there, and quickly found a waiter to serve us. He did a great job, even without the help of an assistant waiter, but we found ourselves missing the friendly faces of the servers on the Lido Deck. The Ship: They are keeping her up nicely, always busy working on something. They are dealing with a/c issues in both public areas and cabins. We needed someone to fix our a/c the first night at around 11:45pm. They adjusted everything, and it was ok for the most part, but not 100%. Fans were offered, we declined. Our cabin was R745, the very last inside on the starboard side, which we absolutely love due to it's location. Three steps up, and you're at the terrace pool. We liked to call it our own private balcony. We ate breakfast and lunch up there most of the time, and there's always someone willing to bring you a drink or take your plates away. Every member of the food & beverage team we encountered on the Lido Deck, were delightful. Service was excellent. The Crew: Everyone seemed to be in great spirits as they had just finished doing months of 7 day Caribbean sailings, and this was a big change for them. New ports, cooler temps, and a week off from dealing with a turnaround day. We rarely encountered any lines or delays going here or there, because we learned a long time ago, that the early bird gets the worm. We were usually off of the ship while most were just showing up for breakfast.We walked between 5-6 miles each day in port. In a stop like Charleston, it was nice to walk and see everything and be back on the ship before it was too hot. How do you avoid an hour long line to buy ferry tickets in NYC? You download their app, and buy your tickets on your phone. I realize that some folks were miserable on this cruise, while others, like us, hated to leave. It's all up to you how you want to spend your time. Do you spend the night complaining, or do you choose your battles wisely and roll with things. I'll give you an example, there's a special drink I like on the platinum/elite lounge menu, I'd order it every day, and it was consistently made wrong. Instead of sending it back each evening while my wife drank her cocktail, we'd joke about if they were going to make it correctly or not each time. They got it right only once. A miserable record, but great folly for us. Some people seemingly take comfort in berating the help, I witnessed some doozies on this sailing. I would never let folks talk to my employees that way. So....if you don't like standing in lines, go before or after everyone else does. Don't get angry at the Maitre D because it's your anniversary and you can't get a window table. If it's so important to you, make arrangements ahead of time. Plan ahead, so you can enjoy later. You're on a floating hotel in the middle of the ocean, if you can't somehow enjoy yourself, you deserve to be miserable.
  12. Hi Everyone, I'm booked in C716 on an upcoming cruise and was wondering if anyone knows whether the pullman bed pulls down from the ceiling or is attached to the wall. Would appreciate any insight!
  13. I'm on the CB right now and I've blogged this trip. If you want to read my blog: http://linfish69.blogspot.com/ One thing I forgot to post is the crew is awesome!
  14. We are planning a cruise on the Caribbean Princess that goes through the new locks of the Panama Canal. Hoping to hear from others who have taken this trip. We've heard some ships open the bow so passengers can get the best view of the passage. Does the Caribbean Princess? Thanks for any information. Elaine
  15. I can only speak for ourselves but this has been a very good cruise. Just finishing the Western Caribbean and next week is the Eastern . No worries with the medallion , we love them😎 I have the bangle bracelet and DH has black rubbery band 😎 No issues using old coffee cards 😎drinks are great 😎booked all Princess excursions and they were stellar 😎evening performances were very professional and I went early 😎this week was Shark week and we had a very knowledgeable speaker😎we booked the last and only cabin on the ship (L217) on the 15th and front and would book it again . First time with inside cabin and it wasn’t bad at all😎 We did anytime dining... food and service were excellent😎we do not do formal night so I can’t comment 😎my favourite spot was adult pool at the back of the ship 😎 Can’t find any fault on Princess other than our very full tummies 🤪 ... so anyone one coming on next week ... no worries ... it’s all Good! Thanks for for all the tips beforehand, they were all appreciated .Cheers and we’re ready for week 2😎😎
  16. I've been reading alot about A/C issues still occurring on the Caribbean Princess. If you have cruise on her after her refurb, which was June 2019 could you please just post your cabin number & how the A/C was? Thank you.
  17. How many formal nights are there usually on a 16 night cruise? Does my husband need a jacket for those nights? Thanks for your help.
  18. Does anyone have a copy of the Patter for the first full sea day for this cruise? Trying to plan some group activities and hard to know when major activities occur and work around those. First day after embarkation is stop at Princess Cay and following day is the first sea day. Thanks.
  19. We haven't cruised for over a year so I've got a few questions I'm sure y'all can answer for us. We'll be sailing on the Caribbean Princess in a few weeks. Is there still a coupon in the coupon book for 2 for 1 at a specialty restaurant on the first night? Is the Lap (Lotus) pool heated? We will be on a cold Canadian/Greenland cruise but I'd still like to use the pool if heated. Are the sauna and steam room available for anyone to use or do you have to purchase access? We'd like to swap out our complementary mini bar for coffee cards. Do they actually still use cards or is it done via the medallions? Also, we have a few punches left on some old coffee cards. Will they still be honored? Thanks in advance! Trish
  20. Good morning everyone! I am here at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina getting ready to head out to Port Everglades for a 7 day western caribbean cruise. Our first cruise was on the CB in the same exact stateroom (L309) so that is kind of cool. It is our first cruise (and first trip) alone since we adopted our two kiddos from foster care in 2015. God bless grandparents! I will be happy to try to answer questions. For some reason I got free Medallion Net for 4 devices, compliments of Princess. I'm Ruby so I don't know why... We have late traditional dining and a res at the Crown Grill for Thursday. In the meanwhile, enjoy some pictures of the view from my balcony and of our room. It is a convenient if pricey hotel with a comfortable bed. And don't mind the messy suitcase. Chronic overpacker here. There is also one of my delirious husband as we waited at baggage claim at FLL at 1:30 AM this morning.
  21. We embarked the beautiful CP yesterday. I can only say that so far everything has exceeded our expectations. We flew in on Friday and spent the night at Hyatt Place. Expensive but we love the convenience to Publix, Total Wine, and restaurants. After shopping and dropping our stash at the hotel, we had a wonderful dinner at La Bamba. The fish frajitas were awesome. We caught the 11:00 shuttle to the port and sailed through check-in. We don’t have smart phones so we did not pre-order the medallion. No problem, we were on the ship before noon. Upon boarding the ship, I did not see or did anyone tell me that I could not go directly to my cabin, so we went to our cabin. We usually do longer cruises and mini suites but since this was only a 7-day cruise, we booked a regular balcony Baja deck low 600s. I was concerned about the reports of the air conditioning problems and the removal of the barrel chairs and table the in regular cabins. When we got to our cabin the door was open. DH saw the cabin attendant down the hall and asked him if we could drop off our carry-ons. Our dear cabin attendant, Olimpio, said yes, our cabin was ready. After entering I saw a “round table”—yeah! I asked Olimpio if it was possible to get a “removed” barrel chair and he said he’d ask his supervisor. He also said he would talk with us later. After unpacking our carry-ons we headed to the Lido buffet where we had a nice lunch. Contrary to other posts I have read and we being very big salad people, we found that the salad fixings were very good. Before muster, Olimpio said our chair would show up later. Yep it did! We also asked him for wine glasses—we got them. Great cabin steward. Random observations: Our air conditioning is working perfectly. Instead of our free minutes, I opted for the 25% off unlimited medallion net internet package which was $52.49. It was very easy to sign up for. There are no wine package offerings on this cruise. There are over 2,000 newbies on this cruise (blue medallions). That being said, no problem finding a seat in the theater last minute for the production shows which have been outstanding. This is our 3rd time on the Caribbean Princess. Wait staff and food in the dining room (early traditional in Coral) have been outstanding. Tonight a first for me in the casino, while I was playing blackjack a casino host offered all of us a free drink. That was a definite YES! Tomorrow is Grand Cayman. No plans other than a bit of shopping. Any questions, let me know, I’ll try to answer, no guarantee. As I said, this is live from my barrel chair on the beautiful Caribbean Princess.
  22. We are scheduled to cruise the Caribbean Princess on a Canada New England cruise and we would like to know if they have a lot of seafood in the main dinning room. Thank you in advance
  23. The following are the Princess Patters for the July 29, 2019, Eastern Caribbean sailing of the Caribbean Princess. Unfortunately, I lost the Friday, July 5, 2019 Princess Patter. the events I remember are: 9:30am High Seas Heist, Piazza 4:30pm High Seas Heist Reveal 8:00pm Country Line Dance class 10:00pm Movie - Bohemian Rhapsody CB PP June 29 2019.pdf CB PP June 30 2019.pdf CB PP July 1 2019.pdf CB PP July 2 2019.pdf CB PP July 3 2019.pdf Cb PP July 4 2019.pdf
  24. Is there a miniature golf course on the Caribbean Princess?
  25. Good morning all! I know there have been several Caribbean Princess reviews lately. Is there any interest in a live blog? We got free medallion net as a perk so I figured I would take advantage of the "free" internet if anyone is interested. We leave tonight and set sail tomorrow!
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