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Hi, first time on Princess.  Have cruised in the past mainly with Holland America, Royal Caribbean and P&O.

 

1.  I am not a great fan of movies under the stars as there are too many distractions, kids playing around the pools etc, does the ship show films anywhere other than the big screen outdoors?

 

2. I am cruising over Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean.  How does the ship celebrate Christmas?  My daughter is 15 but still likes the whole Christmas thing.  I will bring a present for her but will there be a surprise gift from 'santa' or is she too old? Are we allowed to hang tinsel in the cabins to make it a little bit more festive? 

 

3.  On Holland America we were able to text each other on the app so that I always knew where she was on the ship and what time to meet up etc?  Does the Medalion have this feature?

 

4.  On Holland America we are able to book the unlimited laundry package for a very good rate which means we can send out laundry every day and it came back the following day washed and ironed.  Does Princess have this on their ships?  If not, do they do a bag of laundry wash as this will work out cheaper than paying for each individual item.  I know there is a self laundry but I don't fancy spending my holiday washing and ironing.  If they do a bag wash - how much is each bag?

 

5.  What is their thermal spa like?  What facilities does it have and does anyone know the cost?  In particular the thermal pool - is that large.  On one ship on Holland America it was no bigger than a small hot tub.  If you sign up for the spa, other than the thermal pool does it have an adults only pool?

 

6.    I normally use the casino in the evenings.  What are the minimum bets on blackjack?  Is the casino normally busy on a Caribbean cruise? 

 

7.  We have an outside view cabin, is there anywhere quiet on the ship, outdoors, where I can sit in the shade and read a book?

 

8.  Are there many teenagers on a Christmas/New Year cruise that my daughter can hang out with?

 

9.  Which shows are good and worth arriving early for and which ones can I give a miss? 

 

10.  We have four sea days, what sort of activities do they have that maybe my daughter and I could spend some time together doing?

 

11.  They have a good deal on wifi at the moment.  How good is it to stream Netflix or do facetime (nice for Christmas day to speak to family.

 

12.  Is there anywhere I can see the current 14 day mdr menus so to know when to book the other restaurants.  Also anywhere I can see the daily "patters" to see what activities they do.

 

Sorry for all the questions but it would be great to hear back from anyone.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, lynn2002 said:

1.  I am not a great fan of movies under the stars as there are too many distractions, kids playing around the pools etc, does the ship show films anywhere other than the big screen outdoors? Yes. Generally in the theater in the afternoon. There are kids in the area during the day (but then it's not "under the stars"), never noticed any kids being a bother in the evening.

2. I am cruising over Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean.  How does the ship celebrate Christmas?  Lovely decorations everywhere. Special meal on the day of. My daughter is 15 but still likes the whole Christmas thing.  I will bring a present for her but will there be a surprise gift from 'santa' or is she too old? Don't know about the age requirement, but there's usually a Santa visit with gifts. Are we allowed to hang tinsel in the cabins to make it a little bit more festive? Can't think why not...just don't use tape on the walls.

4.  On Holland America we are able to book the unlimited laundry package for a very good rate which means we can send out laundry every day and it came back the following day washed and ironed.  Does Princess have this on their ships? No. If not, do they do a bag of laundry wash as this will work out cheaper than paying for each individual item. Each item is charged and it ain't cheap. I know there is a self laundry but I don't fancy spending my holiday washing and ironing.  If they do a bag wash - how much is each bag? Depending on what you put in the bag, it could hit $50 easily.

5.  What is their thermal spa like?  What facilities does it have and does anyone know the cost?  In particular the thermal pool - is that large.  On one ship on Holland America it was no bigger than a small hot tub. Don't know. If you sign up for the spa, other than the thermal pool does it have an adults only pool? No. There's a pool adjacent to the spa, it's adults only, but it's not part of the spa. Many think that it's off limits unless you're booked in the spa or Sanctuary which makes it a very quiet pool most of the time.

7.  We have an outside view cabin, is there anywhere quiet on the ship, outdoors, where I can sit in the shade and read a book? Lots of places fit that description. Promenade, Skywalkers (not outdoors, but quiet). Walk around and you'll see little nooks and crannies all over.

8.  Are there many teenagers on a Christmas/New Year cruise that my daughter can hang out with? Maybe. Depends on the cruise. Sign her up for the age group Kid's Club and she'll meet most of whoever is on the ship.

9.  Which shows are good and worth arriving early for and which ones can I give a miss? Highly subjective and depends on what's been booked for the cruise. For me magicians are a miss.

10.  We have four sea days, what sort of activities do they have that maybe my daughter and I could spend some time together doing? Again, highly subjective. Trivia?, Bingo? one of the contests that you sign up for like egg drop, design a boat that doesn't sink in the pool, etc.

11.  They have a good deal on wifi at the moment.  How good is it to stream Netflix or do facetime (nice for Christmas day to speak to family. If it's a Medallion ship, it will have the faster internet. If not, fagedaboutit.

12.  Is there anywhere I can see the current 14 day mdr menus so to know when to book the other restaurants.  Also anywhere I can see the daily "patters" to see what activities they do. Cruise Critic.:classic_laugh: Some are usually posted in reviews. Easier to wait till you're on the ship. Ask the waiter on the first night to see the menus in advance. Pick your day and make reservations. If you see menus now, they will likely be different than the ones on your cruise. Christmas cruise, 3 months away...the menus will change.

Didn't know the answers to some of your questions...others will chime in. Count on it.:classic_wink:

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Caribbean Princess is one of our favorite ships!  Our last 3 cruises were on her and we loved each one.  It will feel Chrismasy as they really do a wonderful job decorating.  All that I know has already been answered above, but personally speaking, I am sure you will have a great cruise!  Enjoy😎

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18 hours ago, lynn2002 said:

4.  do they do a bag of laundry wash as this will work out cheaper than paying for each individual item.  I know there is a self laundry but I don't fancy spending my holiday washing and ironing.  If they do a bag wash - how much is each bag?

 

 

Whether or not they will have a special price for an entire paper bag of laundry is not known in advance. It may or may not happen mid-cruise. As I remember it, it used to be $25 a bag. I would not count on it being offered.

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Streaming netflix can be done but i find it bettervto just download and watch off line.

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The Movies are availible on the TV in your stateroom, there is no other venue that they show them on.


Princess does not have a Laundry package, Elites get 'free' laundry service. Last cruise I was on it was a 3 day turn around on the Caribbean Princess (alot of Elites).  I don't recall seeing the fill a bag, but, it's not on my radar. Before you send laundry out, ask your steward what the turnaround time is.

 

There are plenty of shaded quiet areas outside where you can read.

 

Shows are a personal opinion. Again, on our last cruise in July on her, we got to the shows 30 minutes early and sometimes did NOT get a seat.

 

The MedallionNet is crazy fast, you can stream Netflix & Facetime with no issues.

 

To see menus & Patters you will need to look at some of the reviews or "Live From".

 

I'm guessing you have a Back to Back Caribbean?  Enjoy!

 

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Here is some additional random information.

Shows. Don't miss Bravo. A great singing show with a full orchestra. It's about 50 minutes long. Arrive 45 minutes early for a seat. All seats will probably be full by 20 to 15 minutes before show time. In general you have to arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes early for all shows. But, even earlier for Bravo. To me this was the only negative to the Caribbean Princess.

Guess you are on the Dec 20th 14 day Circle the Caribbean. We did this 14 day cruise. Really nice itinerary, not a b2b.

The Caribbean Princess was a well run ship. We were on her a few years ago for the Circle the Caribbean and just this past August for a Canada/New England cruise.

Made to order omelettes and other made to order eggs can be found in the aft Planks & Steamers section of buffet area.

DR's are open every day for Breakfast and Dinner and for lunch on sea days. There are some theme days. Information can be found on the back page of the Princess Patter.

Check out the brand new, added May 2019, adult and youth lounging area on deck 17. Really great sun and shaded seating. A really nice area.

If you are interested in the Thermal Suite visit the spa on boarding day, deck 16 forward. Believe they sell cruise long packages.

The Sanctuary is on deck 17 forward. This is popular on Caribbean cruises. There is a cost. $20/half day, $40/full day, $30/day if booked for the entire 10 days of the cruise. You get to select your own reserved lounge. Visit on boarding day if interested.

Attached is a laundry price list. Prices may have changed some, but you can get an idea. Self service machines are available on every deck except deck 15. $3 wash, $3 dry plus cost of soap and dryer sheets. They are small and crowded. Best time to do laundry is on a port day before you go ashore.

No charge dining: DR's, International Cafe, open 24/7 no charge for food, buffet areas open 5am until 11pm never close during that time, pool side venues, Salty Dog Grill, Slices Pizza, soft ice cream open 11am until late evening, room service limited menu.

Have fun.

Cruises Laundry List Prices.doc

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Thank you for all your replies.  It looks like I will be doing some laundry after all - have been spoilt on Holland America!

 

Might surprise my daughter with wifi on the cruise.

 

Confused what is the difference between the Sanctuary and the Thermal Suite?

 

We are doing the Caribbean circle.  First time to the Caribbean so very excited.  Will check with the Caribbean Boards but is there anything in particular we should not miss. 

 

If not using tape for the Christmas decorations, what should I use to hang them up?

 

 

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15 minutes ago, lynn2002 said:

If not using tape for the Christmas decorations, what should I use to hang them up?

glue on magnets ...

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2 hours ago, lynn2002 said:

Thank you for all your replies.  It looks like I will be doing some laundry after all - have been spoilt on Holland America!

 

Might surprise my daughter with wifi on the cruise.

 

Confused what is the difference between the Sanctuary and the Thermal Suite?

 

We are doing the Caribbean circle.  First time to the Caribbean so very excited.  Will check with the Caribbean Boards but is there anything in particular we should not miss. 

 

If not using tape for the Christmas decorations, what should I use to hang them up?

 

 

The sanctuary is an outdoor lounging area where you reserve a specific lounge chair, see below web site for example. No pool in the sanctuary. The pool and hot tubs are outside the sanctuary and are open to all passengers.

The thermal suite is an indoor area within the spa with hot beds and on some ships a thermal pool. Not sure if the Caribbean has a hot tub in the thermal suite.

https://www.princesscruises.de/en/holiday-princess/onboard-activities/lotus-spa-fitness/sanctuary/2353

 

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9 hours ago, skynight said:

Here is some additional random information.

Shows. Don't miss Bravo. A great singing show with a full orchestra. It's about 50 minutes long. Arrive 45 minutes early for a seat. All seats will probably be full by 20 to 15 minutes before show time. In general you have to arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes early for all shows. But, even earlier for Bravo. To me this was the only negative to the Caribbean Princess.

This is true if the two of you are going to the show and want to sit together. There are often single seats available at the last minute.

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The Thermal Suite on CB does not have a pool.   It is indoors in the spa area with heated loungers and special showers and steam rooms all with aromatherapy.  It is pay extra - you buy a pass for the entire cruise - usually $150 pp and up.  Most Grand class ships have this feature.  

 

On the CB and other Grand class ships there is an outdoor adults pool area right next to the spa. There are two hot tubs at that pool. This area is not pay extra.  

The Sanctuary (pay extra loungers as described above) is one deck above this pool area.  

 

The Royal Class ships ( Royal, Regal, Majestic etc) have The Enclave which is a bigger Thermal suite and includes a Heated pool as well.  

 

When you google for photos make sure you know which class ship you are looking at. 

 

It will be similar to this one on Crown Princess: (not my video - I searched on youtube)  

 

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We're taking this cruise too. My DDs ages 14 and 17 will also be on the cruise in the Teen Zone at times, so I'm sure they'll be looking for other teens to hang out with.

We took a Royal Caribbean cruise over Christmas a few years back. They had all kinds of trees and decorations on the ship, so I would expect Princess to do the same.


We cruise CB a few years ago, before some of the recent dry docks. At that time, there were self-serve laundries on each deck if you are looking for a way to do laundry more cheaply.

Can't wait to meet you on the cruise!

Matt

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On 9/14/2019 at 9:00 AM, lynn2002 said:

3.  On Holland America we were able to text each other on the app so that I always knew where she was on the ship and what time to meet up etc?  Does the Medalion have this feature?

Princess does have a texting feature but there's no audible indication to know when a message is received making it almost worthless unless you don't mind checking your phone dozens or times daily. Does HAL have an audible tone?

 

They also have a feature using the medallion that lets you find others on the ship via a display board which works somewhat providing a general vicinity. 

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17 hours ago, NavyVeteran said:

This is true if the two of you are going to the show and want to sit together. There are often single seats available at the last minute.

Don't count on it, especially for Bravo. We were on the Caribbean this past August and for almost all shows last minute single seats were rare. All production shows were SRO. For Bravo the theater was full 15 to 20 minutes before showtime. If my memory is correct it was also SRO for the comic. The Caribbean Princess theater seats right around 800. There are 3,100 passengers on board. 

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We were also on in Aug on Greenland cruise and we had to be there at least 1 HOUR before to get any seat at all, for ALL theater shows.  There was overflow seating in Explorers on most nights.  

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51 minutes ago, skynight said:

Don't count on it, especially for Bravo. We were on the Caribbean this past August and for almost all shows last minute single seats were rare. All production shows were SRO. For Bravo the theater was full 15 to 20 minutes before showtime. If my memory is correct it was also SRO for the comic. The Caribbean Princess theater seats right around 800. There are 3,100 passengers on board. 

 

48 minutes ago, Level six said:

We were also on in Aug on Greenland cruise and we had to be there at least 1 HOUR before to get any seat at all, for ALL theater shows.  There was overflow seating in Explorers on most nights.  

There are a few posters that still believe you can wait until the last minute & still get seats (even together). 

I've never seen it unless the show was a hypnotist or juggling act.:classic_laugh:

Try waiting until the last minute for most shows & you'll be standing in the aisle or they won't even let you in the theater.

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