Caribbean Princess – Cruise Ship Review

06 Jul 2016

Caribbean Princess ship review: a 5 day cruise

Date: 20 May 2016 - 24 May 2016

Reason for being on board: Educational Agent Trip

Who are you? Bella from Ocean World Travel

Name of the ship: Caribbean Princess

Cruise line: Princess Cruises

Caribbean Princess ship review: here is what I think ...

Caribbean Princess

Caribbean Princess

Food: The food on board the Caribbean Princess was exceptional! The ship offers several formal Traditional Dining Rooms such as Palm Dining Room. The traditional dining offers set dining times with attentive service provided by your very own waiter. If you prefer a more relaxed approach to dining, try out one of the ‘Any-time Dining’ restaurants on board like the Coral Dining Room or the Island Dining Room. Perhaps you want to celebrate a special occasion during your holiday? Why not book a table in one of the specialty restaurants on board. I was lucky enough to try both Sabatini’s and Crown Grill out. The food and service was incredible, serving exquisite local specialties and gourmet favourites. There are also more casual dining options available. If you want to maximize your pool-time and minimize your mealtime then grab a free slice of pizza or burger by the pool and finish with a scoop of your favourite ice cream.

Caribbean Princess Steak from Crown Grill
Crown Grill – Steak
Caribbean Princess trio of desserts
Crown Grill – Dessert Platter

Entertainment: There is plenty to do aboard Caribbean Princess to keep you entertained during your holiday. The Princess theatre holds plenty of captivating performances, some of the most talented musicians, singers and dancers at sea. Princess is proud to be the first ship to introduce Movies Under the Stars – a giant poolside movie theater featuring first run movies, concerts and sporting events. You can relax on a cushioned lounger with freshly made popped corn under the night sky.

There are also plenty of other bars as well as the ships popular nightclub Skywalker situated at the back of the ship with stunning views.

Caribbean Princess - Movie under the stars
Movies under the stars
Caribbean Princess Theatre
Princess Theatre

Facilities: Fill your days with plenty of activities. Take a personal enrichment class, do yoga or have a look around the shops on board. Another great feature of the Caribbean Princess is the Spa. With 12 treatment rooms, a thermal suite, a medi spa and plenty of fitness classes there are plenty of ways to relax during your holiday. You can even visit the international on board hair stylists before a formal night to really pamper yourself.

Caribbean Princess Sanctuary Spa

Sanctuary Spa

The kids club on board is a great selling point for a Caribbean Princess holiday. Young kids and teens are able to have their own kind of fun and their own place to hang out. The youth and teen centres on board are fully equipped with everything from the latest video games and movies, to arts and crafts, board games and jukeboxes. For the younger ones there are activities like kids’ karaoke, pizza and pajama parties and much more.

Accommodation: From interior, to oceanview, to balcony to suite there are plenty of options to suit all needs and budgets on the Caribbean Princess. The rooms are to a high standard and come with all sorts of added features.

Type of décor: The décor on the Caribbean Princess is to a very high standard. However, personally for me I thought it was a little dated. I also felt that there could have been a little more attention to detail to the finer details, the ship needs a little TLC.

Courtesy of the staff: I have to say, I do not have one bad point to make regarding the service of the staff. They were extremely friendly, efficient and helpful, especially our room attendant. She went out of her way to provide exceptional service and made us feel extremely welcome from the moment we checked in. From little touches like leaving chocolates on the pillow to greeting us in the corridor and taking our bags for us.

What did you like most about the ship?

I feel the best part about the ship was the staff. Their service could not be faulted and it really made the holiday.

What did you like the least of this ship?

The only thing I’d comment on to improve the experience was the décor. I feel that the ship is in need of a refurbishment or a touch up. Some of the finer details had been neglected and I think Princess would really benefit from spending some money on the décor of the ship.

Ship stats

  • CREW MEMBERS 1,200
  • NUMBER OF CABINS 900 balcony staterooms (and a deck of mini-suites)
  • ENTERED SERVICE April 2004
  • GROSS TONS 112,894