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Caribbean Princess 11/10-17/2012 Review

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We cruised on the Caribbean Princess November 10-17, 2012, and celebrated our first wedding anniversary on the second day of the cruise (we married on 11-11-11). For background, we are both 37 years old, and have previously sailed on Carnival Imagination and Celebrity Solstice. I’ll probably end up making comparisons to the Solstice since I think they’re on the same level of service etc. Carnival was a fun four days, but the ship just can’t compare, and it wouldn’t be fair to compare the two!

 

 

We did a pre-cruise stay the night before at the Embassy Suites in 17th St. in Ft. Lauderdale, using Hilton points. We asked for a room facing the port and were told if we were willing to wait for one, we could have one that was being cleaned, so we went to lunch next door, picked up supplies (wine!) and Publix, and checked into our room on the 9th floor. It was perfect the next morning, I opened the curtains and the Caribbean Princess was staring right back at me!

 

 

View of the Princess from our room at the Embassy Suites:

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We stayed in a Suite, so this experience comes from the viewpoint of having received those perks. We stayed in the Nevis Suite, C748 on the Caribe Deck, facing aft. I think it’s safe to say I’m spoiled now.

 

 

I’ll try to break this up so it’s not one long post, and insert photos where appropriate. I didn’t take photos all over the ship, but I will post what I think would help!

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Embarkation

 

 

Since I wanted to get into The Sanctuary, I went to the terminal early (around 10:45). If I was doing regular embarkation, I would definitely be posting a different embarkation experience, because the line for regular passengers snaked the entire length of the outside of the building. Thankfully, we had preferred embarkation, which had ZERO line, and went right on in!

 

 

One note, there were no porters outside when we got in line, so I ended up carrying my large suitcase throughout the entire embarkation process. It meant that we got to unpack right away (nice!), but I couldn’t figure out why there was no one to take the bags when they had the large metal luggage racks all set up and waiting. We had a delayed sailaway, the captain said, due to an issue with baggage handling, maybe the lack of porters at the beginning was a sign of that?

 

 

We only had one person in front of us getting their cruise card, and quickly checked in and sat in the suite/elite area. Again, the process for non-preferred people seemed to be going slower.

 

 

When it came time to go upstairs to get the welcome aboard photo taken and get on the ship, even though I’m not elite and should have gone after them with the rest of the suite people, I ended up being probably one of the first 10 or 15 people on the ship because I kept chatting with the security people (what else is there to do in that terminal?) and when they opened the doors, they motioned to me to go through with the others. I wasn’t about to protest that!).

 

 

The downside to having no porters came when I got on the ship, because I was determined to get a pair of loungers in the sanctuary, so once we got off the elevators on the Lido deck, I sprinted carrying my suitcase to the sanctuary. I’m sure it looked hilarious! Anyway, except for a couple who were on a back-to-back, I was the first new passenger up there and had my pick of loungers. They did eventually sell out for the week.

 

Overall Ship Condition

 

 

I have read others comments about the CB being thread-bare, and did not find that to be the case at all. I found one or two rust spots on the ship, but that was about it, and on Friday they were painting on the upper decks. While the furnishings on the ship didn’t look brand-spanking-new, they looked in good condition to me. Carpets were clean, etc. Overall I thought the ship was in very good condition.

 

 

Movies Under the Stars Pool

 

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Mid-ship pool:

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Stateroom

We were in an Aft Suite, and I think I’ll never go back! C 748 had its own little vestibule area before the actual doorway, I should have taken a photo of it but didn’t think to. When the outer door was shut, you wouldn’t know there was a guest room back there because the outer door blends in with the wall (except for the handle), but the door to the actual room was just like all the other doors. The suite had a sofa bed and sitting area, wet bar, walk-in closet, jetted tub and separate shower in its own room, and a toilet and sink in its own room. There were two flat screen TVs. I was ECSTATIC that they played reruns of The Love Boat on Channel 24, and probably watched more episodes than is healthy LOL.

 

 

The Balcony was gigantic! We had the balcony next to The Dreaded Vent. Yes, there is noise from the vent, but it wasn’t noticeably louder than any other random ship noise you hear outside. And when the ship was moving, the sound of the wake drowned it out. As the The Dreaded Smell from The Dreaded Vent, it was there, though I imagined it being much worse. When the ship was moving, you couldn’t smell it, but when we were still, you could. Of course, I leaned over the railing and stuck my head around the divider to check out the vent, and the smell when you’re directly facing the vent is much worse LOL. The smell (kind of like a kitchen smell) would NOT stop us from booking this room again.

 

 

First entering the room:

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Sitting Area:

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Bed and dressing table area:

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Closet:

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Ultimate Balcony Dining

 

We did Utimate Balcony Dining for our anniversary. It was worth the cost. We had two waiters serving us all night! There were a couple of hiccups, but nothing that ruined the experience. The photographer showed up right on time, but the dinner was nowhere to be found. It came about 15 minutes late, the photographer felt really bad, and he’s just standing there.

 

We finally forced him to sit down and enjoy a cocktail and some appetizers with us. I’m sure they tell them not to do this with guests because he was really hesitant, but we insisted, and he seemed grateful to get to relax for a bit. Also, when we went to get our free photo, they couldn’t find any files from our dinner, and we ended up not getting it until the last night of the cruise. I’m glad they finally found them! Maybe giving the photographer a drink wasn’t such a good idea after all LOL.

 

The waiters were very happy to have a large balcony to maneuver on. They said sometimes it can be hard setting up and serving the dinner, but our balcony did NOT have any space issues!

Impression of the Ship vs. Solstice

 

The ship was a huge step up from the Carnival Imagination. We tried comparing it to the Solstice, but found it hard to compare. The décor on both could be described as upscale, but the colors and woods on the CB were more warm and inviting, whereas on the solstice they had a cooler, contemporary feel. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, we enjoyed both.

 

We were in Aqua Class on Celebrity and missed having that smaller specialty restaurant every night, but the food quality on Princess was comparable. One difference where Celebrity excelled is in wine glasses. No matter what kind of wine we ordered on Princess, it was served in the same generic wine glass. On Celebrity, they used the glass appropriate for the wine. In fact, on Celebrity they offer a class on how wine from the right kind of glass makes a big difference in the taste. Of course, I’m not a wine snob and the wine was still good, but it was a nice touch from the Solstice that I missed.

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Suite Perks

 

 

As previously discussed, the embarkation was expedited, and you are also given an enhanced breakfast room service menu door tag. In addition to that, you can order anything off the main dining room menus for breakfast lunch and dinner. We always ordered at least coffee from room service every morning, and instead of choosing the 30 minute time window, I always wrote a specific time down, and they always came at exactly that time. Also, MUCH appreciated was the fact that suites can order room service on the morning of disembarkation, whereas other rooms cannot. I booked after they did away with free internet for suites, but I turn off all my devices on a ship anyway so I didn’t miss it. Breakfast in Sabatinis was wonderful! The first morning they checked your cabin number, but after that they knew you. We did Sabatinis the first night as part of the suite perk, and it was great.

 

 

The only issue we had was the suite perk gave us our first night in Sabatinis for free, but because we paid for the cruise with our Platinum American Express card, Amex also gives you first night in a specialty restaurant for free, but we weren’t able to move that to a different night because those perks overlapped. It didn’t stop us from booking the crown grill for another night, but it would have been nice to have that bonus.

 

 

 

Amex also gave us a $300 stateroom credit, so I shouldn’t complain too much!

 

 

We took advantage of the free laundry twice. And even though the regular service says “give it to us by 9am, have it back at 6pm the following night,” both times we had our laundry bag out for our steward to get during the nightly turndown, and it was back the following afternoon. That may or may not have been because we left a nice tip with each bag of laundry, but in any case it always came back faster than expected.

 

 

The free bar setup included vodka, gin, whiskey, and scotch. It also had cans of coke, bottles of spring water, bottles of perrier, beer, and tonic water.

 

 

Suite Breakfast Card:

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Bar Setup:

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Ports

 

 

Our excursion (the cooking one) in Curacao was canceled because the tour operator went out of business unexpectedly, so we just walked around and had a drink at a restaurant. Very colorful and fun port! The other excursions we would have been interested in were already sold out, but in the future if we come back we hope to do something more here. We ended up coming into port over an hour late because there were some thruster problems left over from when gunk got into the engines when the ship was dealing with Hurricane Sandy, so some other tours got canceled as well because of time constraints.

 

 

We docked at the mega pier, and it was a short walk to the swinging bridge. No taxis necessary.

 

 

Docked in Curacao:

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Floating Market:

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Curacao:

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Swinging Bridge:

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In Aruba we did the SeaTrek adventure on DePalma Island and had a blast! If we come back we’ll probably choose an excursion that shows us more of the island, but we had a lot of fun doing what we did!

 

 

We did not do any excursions in Princess Cays, but friends of ours had a cabana so we hung out there. We were the first ship there after Sandy, and the island looked to be in decent shape. There was no feeling that our stop there was somehow less than it could have been before Sandy. All the buildings were in good repair (except the observation pier).

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Ultimate Ship Tour

 

 

I signed up for the ultimate ship tour, which was on Thursday morning (first of the two consecutive sea days on the way home). I was the first one to sign up for the tour when we embarked (they couldn’t even find the list yet at passenger services!). I was afraid of the tour selling out, but there were only 7 of us (an eighth had to cancel). The tour is pricy, but worth it (I wouldn’t do it every cruise, especially on the same class ship, but would be interested to see behind the scenes on other class ships, or the new Royal when it comes out!). We saw the infirmary, the theater, the mooring station (I think that’s where they call where they store the ropes and the anchors), the engine control room, print shop, kitchen, photo lab, food storage rooms, we went up inside the funnel (the assistant CD was our guide, he said in his experience they don’t normally take people as far up in the funnel as we went, maybe because we were a smaller group?), the laundry area, and the bridge. I think those were all the places.

 

 

It was amazing seeing how hard everyone works! I think before anyone is allowed to removed auto tips, they should be required to go on this tour, and they would never remove a tip again. What was also amazing was how it seemed the workers were so proud of the jobs they did. The workers in the laundry area, their eyes lit up and they were so excited to show us how they folded all the sheets and towels. The butchers were all excited to show how the chop up the meat, etc. I really came away with a sense that the workers were proud of their job, and I only wish more people could see what goes on behind the scenes to make our vacations so special.

 

 

One change from what I’ve read about previous ultimate ship tours, they no longer give out a chefs jacket, which I suppose is good because who wears one of those at home cooking? Instead, they give you a princess apron.

 

 

 

You still get a bathrobe, some goodies from the kitchen, and a big pad of personalized stationery from the print shop, as well as group photos from the mooring station, backstage in the theater, engine control room, funnel, and bridge.

 

 

The tour info said it would last three hours, it ended up being almost four hours, but totally worth it! The captain spent a LOT of time with us on the bridge explaining things and answering all of our questions. It was a great overall experience!

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The Sanctuary

 

THE SANCTUARY IS HORRIBLE! DON’T SPEND A DIME ON IT! IT’S NOT WORTH IT!!!! STAY AWAY!!! At least that’s what I’m trying to tell everyone so I don’t have to worry about getting a spot in there. Please don’t let out the secret! We spent SO MUCH time in the Sanctuary, it was well worth the price of a week pass. The attendants will cater to your every need! They have complimentary citrus water whenever you want it, and serve you high tea in the afternoon. They would bring me diet cokes all day long with my soda sticker. It was so quiet and peaceful up there! And right next to the adult only pool that I think, until the last day or two, other people thought was a sanctuary only pool, because no one was in it until the last sea day!

 

Each day we would leave our chairs at lunch to go down, get some food (pizza, burgers) and bring it back up to eat in the sanctuary, and our attendants (Nely and Putri) would say “why don’t you let me get that for you!” I know some things would have delivery charge, but they said they would get us anything and not to worry about that. I felt bad though, and never had them bring me food ( drinks, on the other hand…..)

 

 

I guess one example of the service in the Sanctuary was after I had been walking around on Princess Cays and had a small blister on my pinky toe that was rubbing against my sandal, so I asked if they had a Band-Aid I could put on my toe. All of a sudden two or three attendants are at my side wanting to help me, whipping out all sorts of band-aids, and they would not hear of letting me put it on myself, they insisted on taking care of it! I felt bad because my feet were dirty, but they were intent on taking care of me. I thought that was above and beyond.

 

Some photos of the Sanctuary:

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Sanctuary and Adult Pool:

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Miscellaneous

 

-While there were chair hogs, at least on the upper decks when I was walking around, I always saw a bunch of empty loungers

 

 

-There were VERY few children on board

 

 

- I didn’t go to any of the shows so I can’t comment on them

 

 

- The suite/elite disembarkation lounge in Club Fusion was a nice touch. OH, speaking of that. I was concerned that I saw other cabins getting their luggage tags but we didn’t get ours. It wasn’t until later that I found out because we were in a suite, they would ask us when we wanted to get off the ship, and would then give us those luggage tags that met OUR needs.

 

 

- Also, we didn’t go to the elite lounge before dinner until maybe the third night. How dumb are we. I didn’t know there were drink specials up there! From then on it became a top priority LOL.

 

 

- Princess Pizza is hands down the best cruise ship pizza out there. No comparison.

 

 

- We had a Cruise Critic meet & greet with about 20 people there. A bunch of officers and staff were invited, but only one showed up… the Captain! That was pretty sweet to have the Captain of the ship come talk to us for a half hour or so! So I ended up getting to meet him twice: at the meet & greet and on the ultimate ship tour. Getting to put faces with cruise critic names was great!

 

 

Sorry for the lengthy review! If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer them.

 

 

I will be scanning in the Patters and posting them, for anyone interested. I need to do that at work though, so it won’t be until tomorrow.

 

 

Thanks for reading!

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Wow...love the review and your cabin is amazing...in my dreams...;)

 

Since it was our anniversary and we really didn't take a proper honeymoon, we splurged, but I honestly don't know how we're going to go back!

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Your review is amazing! Thank you. I really wish I wouldn't have looked at those suite pictures:)

 

Can't wait till we sail her in January!

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Great review!

 

 

How busy was the Sanctuary, did the weekly passes sell out?

 

We are on the Jan 19th sailing and want 2 chairs for the duration of the cruise.

 

Thanks

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Great review!

 

 

How busy was the Sanctuary, did the weekly passes sell out?

 

We are on the Jan 19th sailing and want 2 chairs for the duration of the cruise.

 

Thanks

 

The weekly passes sold out on the first day, I'm not sure by what time. I know by the end of the cruise, even the half day passes were all sold out.

 

What bothered me were the people who bought full week passes and then only showed up once or twice, and their chairs sat unused the whole time. I understand it's your right to reserve the chair if you get there early enough and pay for it, but I felt bad for people later in the week who wanted a taste of the sanctuary but weren't allowed in. I definitely made full use of my chair EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. In fact, on the last day, we were the last ones out of there, they were basically forced to kick us out LOL.

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Great review! Did you have the new Princess menus during dinner? If so, what was your opinion of them?

 

This was my first Princess Cruise, so I don't know if the menu varied, but I believe the folks in the print shop on the Ultimate Ship Tour said the menus were new. Even though I live here on CruiseCritic before I go on a cruise, I didn't pay attention to the menus.

 

It was funny because one night I saw the tri-tip roast and thought I had to get it now because it sounded so good, only to see it on the menu every single night thereafter as a princess classic. The fettucini alfredo was also there every night, as was the hamburger, the Love Boat dessert, and the cheesecake and ice cream.

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Thanks for the review - we'll be on her in February!

 

A couple of questions:

1) Are the pools open on port days, or are they drained? DH may want to stay on board and this certainly is a factor!

 

2) Do you have any of the Patters for port days that you'd be willing to post? Or tell me what some of the activities might be? Same reason as #1.

 

Thanks!

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Thanks for the great review! On the Ultimate Ship Tour did you have to walk up/down a lot of stairs, or was there an option for using elevators? How much did it cost?

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Great review! I hope you can get to scanning and posting the Patters soon since I'll be sailing on the CB, first time on Princess, in a few weeks.

 

Thanks,

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I will post the patters tomorrow, I need to scan them at work.

 

The pools are not drained, they are open on port days.

 

The ultimate ship tour cost $150. You would definitely need to be able to walk stairs, and in some cases steep stairs, because you go under the stage in the theater, up into the funnel, and there are stairs to get to the bridge. There is a lot of walking involved, and not really many places to sit, and the tour lasts more than 3 hours.

 

We took the elevator from the lower level to when we were going up to the funnel, but other than that, it was all stairs.

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Really enjoyed your review, and loved that it was illustrated. Great photos (loved the one of the CB in Curacao with the prisms of sunlight, and the one looking back at FLL as you sailed away). You managed to make it look like no one else was on the ship; it's always too bad when those pesky other passengers disrupt one's "brochure" photos. That said, I'm just a little disappointed there was no food porn . . .

 

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fantastic review- we are on the 12/1 CB trip. Definately interested in doing the Sanctuary for the week- we are going to splurge and try this for the 1st time. We are platinum so we get early booking- i'm planning on going up and getting reservations as soon as we drop off bags in the room. Do you recommend getting chairs in shade or sun- are you able to move the lounges around so that sometimes you have shade and sometimes you get sun?

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Really enjoyed your review, and loved that it was illustrated. Great photos (loved the one of the CB in Curacao with the prisms of sunlight, and the one looking back at FLL as you sailed away). You managed to make it look like no one else was on the ship; it's always too bad when those pesky other passengers disrupt one's "brochure" photos. That said, I'm just a little disappointed there was no food porn . . .

 

 

Yeah sorry about that... I never take photos of the food, although I love food porn! I'm normally not self conscious at all about photos... I'll get right up in some weird places if I think it makes a good shot, but when I see people sitting at dinner snapping away with their cameras, I feel like it takes away from them enjoying the food, and I'd rather just enjoy the meal. Plus, I keep forgetting stuff on the tables, and I wouldn't want to forget my nice camera!

 

I have a bunch of other sunset/wake/ship-from-different-angles-at-princess-cays-shots, but I thought it would be overkill! I also have about 10 other shots of that Curacao one, trying to get the sun just right LOL

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fantastic review- we are on the 12/1 CB trip. Definately interested in doing the Sanctuary for the week- we are going to splurge and try this for the 1st time. We are platinum so we get early booking- i'm planning on going up and getting reservations as soon as we drop off bags in the room. Do you recommend getting chairs in shade or sun- are you able to move the lounges around so that sometimes you have shade and sometimes you get sun?

 

In all honesty, I wouldn't even drop your bags off in the room, just get your butt up to the Sanctuary ASAP. Like I said, I sprinted up there with a 45 pound suitcase and full backpack, and by the time I finished reserving mine, and I was the first one up there, there was a line of five people behind me waiting to do the same. They really fill up fast. I don't mean to put the fear of God in your, or cause you to freak out immediately upon boarding, but better safe than sorry.

 

As for moving your loungers, some people moved them *slightly* but no, you really cant move them all around the sanctuary, they're kind of meant to stay in their own general area. Also, most of the area is covered with these mesh canopies that allow sunlight in, but also shield you from direct sunlight. So if you're in that area, you won't be getting full-on sunlight ever. There are loungers that are completely in the sun, but those ones don't have the mesh cover, so you'll only get shade if the sun goes behind part of the ship's structure, and you're not really protected from the rain.

 

I think the best thing for you would be if, when you're in the sanctuary looking forward, there are two cabanas for massages, if you go outward from each cabana, any lounger to the outside of the double loungers will have a good combo of sun and shade. If you're between the double lounger and the cabanas, instead of mesh, you're mostly covered by a solid ceiling, which is great when it rains, but not otherwise.

 

I hope that wasn't too confusing!

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Every time I read a review like yours, which obviously took you a while to write,and to post those lovely photos..and to scan the Patters tomorrow..THANK YOU..THANK YOU..How nice of you to do that for people you do not even know.

 

I am always impressed at how so many folks on Cruise Critic will take the time to go this for others who have not yet sailed or perhaps might be thinking of a cruise on the Caribbean Princess.

 

We sail on New Year's Dec. 29, I think..and my husband started getting together the things he needs professionaly cleanned today.

 

We have sailed on the Crown..twice..the Star once and had great times. We enjoy Trivia on Princess.and I do wonder..do they have a lot of games..trivia type stuff on Celebrity?

 

Again...Thank you.

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Every time I read a review like yours, which obviously took you a while to write,and to post those lovely photos..and to scan the Patters tomorrow..THANK YOU..THANK YOU..How nice of you to do that for people you do not even know.

 

I am always impressed at how so many folks on Cruise Critic will take the time to go this for others who have not yet sailed or perhaps might be thinking of a cruise on the Caribbean Princess.

 

We sail on New Year's Dec. 29, I think..and my husband started getting together the things he needs professionaly cleanned today.

 

We have sailed on the Crown..twice..the Star once and had great times. We enjoy Trivia on Princess.and I do wonder..do they have a lot of games..trivia type stuff on Celebrity?

 

Again...Thank you.

 

My Celebrity cruise was 2 years ago, but if I remember correctly, they had trivia going on in the theater or some of the lounges during the day. I think if you're looking for trivia, you'll be OK on Celebrity.

 

As for taking the time to post on here, I have to say I spend SO MUCH time on here benefiting from what everyone else has posted to help make my cruise the best it could be, returning the favor by posting my experience was the LEAST I could do. Pay it forward!!!

 

My husband makes fun of me because I spend so much time on Cruise Critic, yet when we set foot on that ship, and even though I had never been on it, I knew EXACTLY where to run to reserve our beds in the Sanctuary, he realized there was a good reason behind it after all. I may have converted him LOL.

 

And I promise I will post the patters. My work scanner is infinitely faster than my scanner at home, and with a weeks worth of Patters, that's a lot of time saved!

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Embarkation

 

 

 

 

 

When it came time to go upstairs to get the welcome aboard photo taken and get on the ship, even though I’m not elite and should have gone after them with the rest of the suite people, I ended up being probably one of the first 10 or 15 people on the ship because I kept chatting with the security people (what else is there to do in that terminal?) and when they opened the doors, they motioned to me to go through with the others. I wasn’t about to protest that!).

 

You have ever right to go right away. They never seem to call Suite people up but call for platinum and elite. I don't know why but I have never heard them include suite people but it is one of your perks so don't feel bad about getting up.

 

Question? we have gone up to the Sanctuary a couple times while in a suite but we love the peace and quiet on our own balcony. Why did you feel that it was better up there? I do wish they would add the furniture from up there out on our balconies - now that would be a great suite perk!!!

 

Great review. thanks for taking the time.

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We were on the same cruise!

 

This was our third Princess Cruise having gone on the Emerald & Crown in the past 5 years. We have had Rivera Balcony cabins on all 3.

 

WHile this ship was the oldest of the 3 I saw no real difference in the condition.

 

The food in the dining room Was the best of the 3 cruises.

 

The entertainment was very good as well. Hats off to Princess for adding a late night 10:15 show each night.

 

Our only complaint was our group of 3 couples had to pay extra to get the rear Rivera cabins we have had in the past because our wives really love the rear pool and rear upper deck area. On this cruise there was a large group of over 500 and Princess pretty much called that area closed for a private party and we were unable to use it other than eating Breakfast.

 

On the bright side the center & front pool areas were not too crowded and there was very few kids so I guess it was a trade off but I did really miss using the rear upper hottub at susnset.

 

We have now been to most of the ports in Caribbean and I would not put the Southern ports at the top. I am not sure who decided than Aruba has the most beauitful beaches but I would say it is no better than Destin FL.

 

I would love to do the tour at some point in the future & I love your pictures.

 

I wanted to put in a plug for the extended stay on 17th street. We decided to stay there because of location and they offered free airport and cruise terminal shuttles. The shuttle were a little slow but they did get us to the hotel & ship. The room were decent especially for $98. The big thing was location. We were able to walk to a great sports bar, Publix & Liquor World to pick up needed supplies for our trip. Love that 17th steet area for a pre cruise stay.

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Oh my, I couldn't believe I came across your review and pictures. Awesome.

 

We are planning on cruising this coming spring on the Caribbean Princess and I wanted a "current" review, and FOUND yours.:)

 

We have never been to Aruba or the other stops, so this will be new for us.

 

Are there Taxi's that we can take to tour around if we wish?

 

Is there any "bargaining" there, and if so, where abouts?

 

We are not into scuba diving, so we just love the beach. Any recommendations?

 

Any recommendations of something to see/do that you liked?

 

Is the buffet area on the 9th floor or higher up? I know you recommended the pizza which was probably on the same floor as the buffet area. Any other recommendations of eateries on "this" floor?

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Very nice review. Thank you! I'm sailing her on 4/20 and it will be my first Princess cruise, so this review was very helpful. Can't wait to see the Patters:)

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They're on my other thread, starting on page 2:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=36119967#post36119967

 

As to why go in the Sanctuary when you have your own loungers on your suite balcony... well the loungers are wider and more cushioned in the Sanctuary. Plus, I had someone waiting on me bringing me drinks without me even moving! In a suite, I'd have to listen for a knock at the door and then get up and open it! Plus it was great getting to know the staff up there. Also, it's a VERY short walk to the adult only pool and hot tubs. And, there's more sun than there was at least on our aft balcony.

 

There are taxis right at the terminal in each port. I didn't take any of them so I can't really comment.

 

In terms of bargaining, you can do so in the floating market in Curacao, and in the market next to the swinging bridge. In Aruba there was a marketplace set up across the street from the terminal that also would be a good spot.

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