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Andrew

Age: 20

Occupation:Associate

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Caribbean Princess

Sailing Date: 2009-07-21

Itinerary: Caribbean

Overall, the cruise had it's good times and it's bad times. Being a 20 year old on the Caribbean Princess was tough. The service people were very strict with the drinking and gambling age being 21. Luckily for me, I have three older brothers who were able to buy me alcohol, but there was still one night where I was basically being stalked by a bartender, who was making sure I wasn't drinking. Basically, if you are under the age of 21, good luck trying to have a good time on this cruise ship.

The food on the ship was beyond my expectations. Both the dining room and the steakhouse food were great. From the appetizers to the main course, the food was great. The buffett had its ups and downs. If you want a good breakfast, do not go to the buffett expecting to be satisfied with breakfast. For lunch, you can have pizza, which actually wasn't that bad for a cruise ship, or you can go to the grill, poolside, where you can enjoy a nice hamburger or chicken sandwich. For dinner, the dining room food was really good. We also had the best waiter and assistant waitor in both John and Arthur, who helped make our food enjoyment that much better. My family never left the dining room disappointed. For one night, we ate at the steakhouse which my family really enjoyed. From the steak to the side orders, the food was amazing. Overall, the food was as good as you can ask for.

The stateroom was pretty bad. We had a balcony room which we thought would be a nice sized room for four people. What we should've gotten was an inside cabin, because the inside cabins were surprisingly bigger than our balcony room. There was hardly any room to move a muscle. The bathrooms were the worst part of the room. Actually to be a little more specific, the shower is the worst part of room. It was so small that a comedian on the ship had to make fun of it. It was so hard to have a good shower without hitting your elbows on the wall. By the way, I'm only 185 lbs, so it has to be a pretty small shower for me to be uncomfortable in it. The only good part about of rooms was our room service guy Dino.

The onboard activities or, I should say lackthereof onboard activities. A few years ago, my family went on the Norwegian Dawn. From morning until the pool deck was completely empty, there would be music playing by the pool either by a band or by a CD. Not on the Caribbean Princess. The band would only play for about a half hour to an hour and the worst part is they would play the same songs over and over everytime they played. It was very annoying after a while. They also didn't play any requested songs. My brother asked them to play a song, they said they were going to play it but they never did. After the band stopped playing, it was rare that you would hear music playing from a CD, and when you did, that music was the same also. Besides the poolside music, there weren't that many activities to enjoy when the ship was at sea. My little cousin is 12 years old, but he couldn't play games in the video arcade because he wasn't 13. Unless you're a big bingo player or you're a big movie buff, where they have a big screen TV outside by another pool, there is nothing for you to enjoy during the day. Unless you are quick off your feet to quickly sign-up for pool games because only 12 people were able to play pool games for 20 minutes you wouldn't get in that either.

For nightlife, there was only one club that was open for people above the age of 18. The Skywalkers nightclub wasn't that bad. It was our only choice for fun at night, so we had to make the best of it. As for gambling, you have to be 21 just to stay in the casino. I got asked for my ID, when all I was doing was looking around. I found my ways to stay in, but they are very strict about that. There also weren't many production shows other than comedians. Usually, you will see maybe 3 or 4 production shows on a nice 9-day cruise. We only saw one. The cruiseship definitely slacked on the most important category on a cruise ship: entertainment.

Our first stop was Bermuda. We went to Horseshoe Bay, which was an unbelievable beach. The water and sand were unbelievable sights. Being from Brooklyn, you don't ever get to see water and sand like the water and sand at Horseshoe Bay. We stood there for most of our time because we had to be back on the boat at 5 p.m.

Our second stop was San Juan, Puerto Rico. We went to the El San Juan Casino & Hotel. We were able to get wristbands so that we could be by the pool hotel and the beach. The hotel was a 5-star hotel. We didn't want to leave, that's how nice it was.

Our third stop was St. Thomas. There we went to Megan's Bay which was also very nice. The water was unbelievable there as well. After the beach we went shopping on the main strip. If you like to buy things, i suggest you go there to shop. The prices were unbelievable to those of the United States. My brother bought a very expensive watch for a very reasonable price.

Our fourth and final stop was Gran Turk. It is a little island basically just for the cruise ship. It was a lot of fun going by Margaritaville and the pool that was there. The beach wasn't as good as we thought it would be, which is why we stood by the pool. It was probably the best port of call on the whole cruise. If you were in the pool and wanted to buy alcohol, you didn't have to go far because the bar was in the pool.

Overall, we didn't go on any excursions, but we had a lot of fun getting off the ship when we were docked.

In conclusion, our cruise had its ups and its downs. If I had to recommend this cruise, it wouldn't be to a person under the age of 21, and to tell you the truth, i really wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 35. If you want to relax on a cruise, by all means, go on the Caribbean Princess. If you want to enjoy yourself with entertainment and have a great time, find another ship.

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