I am going on my first princess cruise soon. i am going on the Caribbean princess on the 9 night one. i would love to know what others thought about it. also about the soda stickers. i really need to know about princess way of cruising and maybe some pictures would be nice.
Caribbean Princes is our favorite so far, of Princess ships. We are doing a 4 nighter, one of her last Florida cruises before moving to NYC. The ship is great, sio much to see and do and plenty of room. We always get a balcony because we love sitting out in the morning with coffee and the evenings with a drink or a night cap. One of the first things we learned was, (hope they still have it) was on the first night in the Cafe Caribe, which is located thru the buffet to the rear of the ship, is their Seafood buffet. Maine Lobster claws, shrimp, crab legs, in huge stacks, all you can eat, but wait is that a prime rib I see them cutting in to, yes!! Enjoy, if you love seafood and beef the way we do. The anytime seating is very popular now, but just know if you go during peak hours, 6-8pm, there is usually a wait for a table, unless you will share a table with others, which is what we do. We love the buffets for breakfast and lunch. Always a good selection to choose from, if you don't see something,ask,don't be shy or you might miss out on so much.
they place in your cabin each night the Princess Patter, which tells you everything that is happening the next day. Use it, it is your "bible" while cruising. I use a hi-liter to mark off things we want to do or shows etc so we don't miss out.
The soda stickers are usually sold right outside of the buffet when you go to eat after boarding. Again if you don't see it ask, not sure of price, but if you are a big soda drinker it is worth it, no sharing each person needs their own sticker.
Here is a link to our pictures from the Emerald Princess, which is a sister ship to the Caribbean Princess. I will be on the Caribbean Princess for the cruise after fllady, so will post some pictures from that when I return on the 4th. It will probably be more like the 10th before they're posted, but I'll let you know. We've sailed on Royal, NCL, Carnival, Costa, HAL, and Princess, so far, to me, Princess does it best. I thought the soda sticker was about $6/day, but someone posted that it was $3.95/day. I don't drink enough soda to make it worth it. There is tea, coffee, juice, punch, and milk to drink for free. Soda by the can is $1.50 plus 15% gratuity. Drinks range from $4.50 up. I believe beer is $3.50/bottle. You can purchase wine in the dining room by the bottle, what you don't drink they will hold for you until the next evening. If you select the Personal Choice dining, you can go to the dining room when you are ready. If there is a line, they will give you a beeper like they do in restaurants and it will go off when a table becomes available. If you select the regular dining option, you have a choice of main or late seating. Also, any night you do not want to dress for dinner, you can go to the buffet (they still require a shirt and shoes at the buffet). The Skywalker Lounge is a great spot to view the ports, as well as a fun place in the evening. Best wishes and have a wonderful cruise!
The Caribbean Princess has one of the best buffets of any of the Princess ships. IF you go to early diner & they the show after be sure head up to the Horizon buffet for the crab legs before 11:00 PM. Most of the really good food is cut back at that time & replaced with other things like sandwiches along with some hot items. They also had a 2 piece strolling duet (accordion player & violin) which was a real treat to listen to. Also- Ask the head waiter at the buffet what other nights they'll have crab legs. If I recall correctly they did have them on 3 nights.
Hi VenusLibra04, I sure you'll find the people you meet on the ship to be very friendly & outgoing. Most are. You should have posted this message under a separate heading- Not that it's wrong but you might get more responses if it were posted by itself.
You picked a good ship for your first cruise.
Hi VenusLibra04, welcome to Cruise-Chat. We do have a section for singles a little further down the main page. If you'd like to post there as well. There will be so much to do, so many places to see, that you won't be able to do everything.I'm going solo on my next cruise and have gone solo before. If you're doing traditional dining and do not enjoy your tablemates, you can always switch to Personal Choice dining, ask the maitre d' to switch your table, or dine in the buffet or one of the specialty restaurants. My personal preference is Personal Choice so I can eat when I'm ready.
They will give you a Princess Patter in your room daily that will list all of the activities. There is usually a singles meet and greet on every cruise, so watch your Patter for that. Also listed in the Patter is the dress code for the day/evening.
Make sure you check out the Skywalker Lounge, not only is it a great place for dancing, but a fantastic place for viewing. There is a fitness center, lots of pools and hot tubs, saunas, a spa, a beauty salon, the internet cafe, the library, plenty of clubs/lounges, the golf area, MUTS, video arcade, the casino, and much more. Try the gelato in the International Cafe, 3 scoops for $1.50.
Just be warned, cruising is addictive Best wishes and once again, welcome aboard!
Thanks for all the info. very very much. i can not wait for this cruise. your info has helped me a lot. when i get back i will post a lot of photos from the cruise. but please keep the tips coming i need to know every thing i can about this cruise line i am going on. thanks a lot!!