Posted April 12th, 2004, 10:54 AM
Also back from the 4/3 Caribbean Princess and had a great time!! Once I get over my cruise withdrawls, I'll try to post a review as well. Just wanted to note a couple things here if FliLady doesn't mind me piggybacking on the thread.
I'm sorry to hear your experience wasn't what you had hoped.
We were late pulling out of Port Everglades b/c of a late flight arriving with pax, but we were underway about 40 min later than scheduled. As we left, the Golden trailed us on the port side and a couple helicopters did a *bunch* of flyovers, filming and taking pics for promotional materials. Also onboard was a camera crew recording footage of the ship and pax interviews about the ship.
We (me, mid 30s, and mom) had 2nd seating traditional and each dinner was pretty long. We were at a table of 8 and figured that may have had something to do with it (we sorta all talked a lot and it took longer to finish each course). Jose and Ciro were awesome and did a lot of the little things (keeping drink glasses full, etc.). We didn't do alternate dining, but heard they were really good (empty at the beginning of the week, full at the end).
The ship is beautiful and well laid out. As mentioned, we never felt like there were 3,000+ other people on board.
Seas were incredibily smooth all week, with one exception. The wind was out of the west while at Princess Cays, making the tender ride pretty rough. It was like being on a ride at Disney World!
On the sea day Monday, we saw a group of about 20 dolphins swim by the ship. Later in the day, I saw another one from my cabin, literally just below me.
Didn't see Movies Under the Stars ("Somethings Gotta Give"), but did watch a bit of "Finding Nemo" on the big screen. They put big, fluffy pads on the chairs that have built-in pillows, plus serve popcorn and other movie theater munchies. A number of times when I walked by during the week, they were showing music videos (sometimes with sound, sometimes without), Cartoon Network (no sound), excursion videos or just the ship's logo. They did have pool games at the pool under the screen on sea days, but I didn't hang out for much of them. And I'm still wondering how that woman got the watermelon *AND* cantelope in her swimsuit!!
And the 1 guy and 1 girl who put a pineapple in their suit.. um... well, that *HAD* to hurt!!!
There are 3 other pools away from the pool games and noisy crowds, so you won't even know they're there if it's not your thing. Great Caribbean music by the bands when they played. Plenty of deck chairs to go around and never had to hunt for one. If you want *right* next to the pool, that's a different story, tho. Pizza and burgers/hot dogs by the pool were also great.
If you get a chance to see Bert, go see him!! He's fun to watch!! And does a great 40-minute version of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
Okay, well, it's not exactly a cruise-friendly song (and it's more like 4 minutes), but he's really good!! Be sure to be Bert-ified!! It's a "Bert-iful" experience!!
All in all, there were a few downs, but an overall great experience, IMHO, considering it was a shakedown cruise. Met some great friends from CC, some not from CC, and chatted with some of the crew, all who were friendly when I talked to them. I hope future cruisers have a great trip on this ship! It's a really beautiful ship!!
Caribbean Princess - 4/2004
Dawn Princess - 12/2003
Sea Princess - 12/2000
Emerald Seas - 7/1984