Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Golden Princess
Sailing Date: September 12th, 2004
Itinerary: Southern Caribbean
To our delight we were upgraded from a mini-suite to a penthouse suite. The room was very spacious and the balcony was enormous. There was plenty of closet space and drawers to put our stuff. The marble bathroom was very nice, especially the whirlpool tub. The only complaint we had was that the room was never cleaned well. The stateroom attendant picked up the room, but never really cleaned it. We even found someone else's shoes in the room the first day.
We were pampered with Champaign and comfortable slippers the 1st day. We also received hors d'ouvers every night.
Food: The food was decent and the service ok but doesn't compare to Celebrity. We are very picky when it comes to food. If you want a cruise with exceptional food and service at an affordable price, the best cruise line is Celebrity. The breakfast buffet was ok, but we weren't able to get fresh omelets made to order like on Celebrity. We ate at the specialty restaurant the Desert Rose one night and the food was very good. We had Filet Mignon. The cost was $15 a person. The specialty restaurant on the Celebrity was far superior.
The lunch buffet was mediocre. Again the Celebrity's buffets were better. I missed the delicious pastries on Celebrity, however Princess did have the fruit tarts.
St. Thomas: We recommend going to Magen's Bay or the shopping area. It's much cheaper to just take a taxi than to do a planned excursion through the cruise line. We don't recommend walking to the shopping area. It's way too far and a bus or taxi is only $3 a person.
Margarita: We went on the "La Restinga Nature Tour." It was very relaxing and enjoyable. We got to see and pet a lot of animals (monkeys, snakes, birds) at the Margarita Tropical Garden. The boat ride of La Restinga was a lot of fun and not very crowded. We got to see birds and even a sea horse in the water.
Dominica: This island was a disappointment. The only attraction is a small waterfall after a 30-45 minute drive. Everyone and their mother was there.
St. Kitts: We went on the "Off the Beaten Track" excursion and we highly recommend it. It was a very educational tour that highlighted the most beautiful parts of the island. We got to sample sugar cane, various home grown fruits and other pastries.
Aruba: We went on the "Countryside and Beach Horseback Ride." The ranch had a lot of horses (some looked too skinny). There was a fairly decent length ride (1.5 hours) through the desert before arriving at the beach. We were very hot and thirsty when we arrived at the beach. The water was too choppy for swimming.