Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Sailing Date: March 18, 2007
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
I just recently return from the Princess Eastern Caribbean Cruise and was very disappointed. I heard so much praise about the Princess cruise line so I thought I would give it a try. My first cruise was with COSTA and now I will always book with them.
First impression of the crew at the airport was bad. The people were rude and not very helpful. I'm talking about the Princess crew people who are there to take you to the ship not the airport employees. So my first impression of Princess already started off bad.
This process was very fast. They say to arrive an hour earlier, but we arrived at 1 and there was no wait at all.
Overall the places we visited were very nice. It was the crew members that made my experience not so great. they didn't seem as happy as the Costa cruise crew. The rooms were definitely smaller. I had a balcony room with my fiancé and it was much smaller then the balcony on our first cruise. The design of the ship was not was beautiful as I expected it to be. I think we were disappointed because this ship had a higher rank then our first one but didn't meet our expectations. The shows were no as good as Costa. it seemed like the cruise was aimed more towards older people than people our age. Another thing was the ship seemed to rock allot. Our first experience on a cruise barely had any rocking, but we had rocking pretty much the whole time we were at sea.
Advice on this is just buy one sticker! We bought one and would ask for two drinks and they would bring it out without checking for two stickers. The cost of the unlimited drink sticker was $35.00. Worth it if you drink lots of soda, which we didn't
The island is the not as pretty as the other three but still pretty. We went to Orient Beach, which was beautiful but lots of waves. Another piece of advice; do not book the taxi through the cruise ship, just get one when you get off the port. They are exactly like the one you get on the cruise but more expensive. It's because the cruise charges you $9 per person one way versus $6 if you wait till you get off the ship and get the taxi. If you're going to shop for diamonds, St. Maarten is the place to do it. My friend went looking for diamonds but ran out of time. The thought that it would be the same price as St. Thomas, but it turned out St. Thomas cost more.
One this island we decided to go to Magen's Bay. This place was beautiful. My fiancé and I brought some floats to lay on so we didn't have to rent any. The water was very calm. After spending time at the beach we went shopping. St. Thomas does have more shopping then St. Maarten but it was just a little more expensive.
Now this was our last stop and it made my trip better! This place is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Crystal clear water!!!!!!! with white sand. I can't even begin to describe how beautiful Princess Cays was!!!! We brought our own floats and just floated in the ocean. We had our own goggles to go snorkeling, and it was worth it. We would pick up sand and fishes thought it was food and would swim up to us. The ship does have a bbq on the island, but some advice the buffet closes at 1:00!!! We didn't know that and we were ten minutes late and they wouldn't let us in line, but we managed to jump in to get food. They didn't post the time anywhere on our schedule so we didn't know. It was sad that this was the BEST island but you get the least amount of time! I would advised you to wake up on time and spend the entire time on the beach!!!!! We didn't even want to leave when it was time to go!