- Of the Caribbean itineraries I've been on, this one would easily be my favorite. Lot of different islands to visit, three of which I have not been to before. I wish I had more time to visit some of them, but the variety is nice. The Dutch islands are my favorites, but then again I come from Dutch heritage.
- The ship is in good shape, and seems to be quite well run. Service was, for the most part, good as well.
- The weather cooperated for the most part, and aside from a couple of passing showers in ports and on the sea days it was pretty nice. Definitely better than the winter crud we got away from with this cruise, but that wouldn't be hard.
Not so great:
- I don't know what it was, but for some reason the breakfast food on the ship wasn't so great. The other meals were fine, but a lot of the breakfast food in both the Dining room and the Horizon Court seemed off. MDR service also seemed slower than usual, especially if we opted for a shared table. The waiters seem to be stretched a bit thin.
- A lot of the entertainment seemed skewed toward an older demographic, and my traveling companion didn't care much for most of it. I tend to be less picky about that type of thing, but it sure seems like nobody on the ship had heard of any songs written after 1985.
-The seas did get a little rough during the sea days, but that seems to be nothing unusual for these crossings. Water temperatures at the places we did beach days/snorkels was nice. I had heard it can get a little colder during the Winter, but it was nice.
- After a couple of cruises with them, I have to say I am not a big fan of the updated MDR menus. Sure the old ones got a bit stale, but I could usually find something I liked every night. With the new ones I feel like I'm ordering off the always available side half the time.
- In spite of a few nitpicks, I have to say that overall I really enjoyed the cruise, and wouldn't hesitate to book this itinerary again. My traveling companion would probably prefer a younger group and would probably stick to 7 days. I'm thinking that if we did this again we would probably have to consider something like one of the Oasis class ships or (gasp) Carnival. We do have an Alaska cruise booked in May on the Golden, and are eventually looking at a Mediterranean cruise in the next couple of years, but those ones are so port intensive I don't think the ship matters as much.
More details on this when I get home. Spending the night at a hotel near the port, and flying home tomorrow.
Ruby Princess - Eastern Caribbean: March 2011 (Review)
Sapphire Princess - Vancouver to Seattle 1-day: May 2011, Coastal Repo: September 2011
Crown Princess - Southern Caribbean: January 2012
Island Princess - LA to Vancouver: May 2013
Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean Medley: December 2013, Alaska Inside Passage: June 2017 (Planned)
Golden Princess - Alaska Inside Passage: September 2014
Vision of the Seas - Western Caribbean - April 2016