I’m fresh off the Carribbean Princess today and will give a brief review addressing some of the topics of conversation I’ve seen on the board recently. Don’t hesitate to ask if any questions!
The ship is beautiful and in great shape. The Ocean Medalions are fantastic and make many processes better. I could not image a smoother embarkation or debarkation. Literally walked straight on and straight off with no lines. If the Information Age freaks you out- the medallions may not be your cup of tea. Every crew member we walked by had a tablet or phone and any passenger nearby with their medallion’s information appeared. Loyalty class, hometown, name, stateroom, etc. I guess that makes for more personalized service, but can be a bit creepy.
The carpet desperately needed replaced in our ocean view stateroom. There were so many wine stains it seemed like a murder scene. The room was somewhere between cooler than warm and warmer than cool. Most nights it was fine, but woke up warm a few nights. That said, I like to sleep very cool, so it probably would have been fine for most.
For those that care, all straws were paper straws. The dining room was great and the buffet was average. One thing I discovered thanks to our great waiter that I didn’t know before is that every night in the dining room there is a $3 desert drink special that even comes with a small soveiner glass. One night was limoncello, another was a Khalua drink. Great deal. Make sure to ask for it.
Entertainment was pretty good. The 24k gold deck party was great and full of energy. It was a shame that it was the only deck party of the cruise. Shows were okay, but had no real storyline or narrative. The final show, Fantastic Journey, was cut short on the first showing as the lift broke due to ship movement. Made for a bit of an awkward moment and the remainder of the show was cancelled as well as the second showing due to safety concerns for the performers.
Overall it was a great cruise. I highly recommend both the Carribbean Princess and the eastern Carribbean itenrary!