The Caribbean Princess

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The Caribbean Princess

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Caribbean Princess
Caribbean Princess

Want a worry-free, all-inclusive Caribbean vacation?  Check out Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess!

We’ve trusted Princess Cruises with our family’s vacations and even a ‘Mom & Dad’ get-away and we’ve been thrilled.  Their Caribbean Princess cruise ship is a floating all-inclusive resort that provides great entertainment, bountiful delicious food, and exciting port visit adventures.

Caribbean Princess Fun Facts:

Registry:  Hamilton, Bermuda

Length:  946 feet (288 meters)

Breadth: 118 feet (36 meters)

Draught:  28 feet (8.5 meters)

Gross tonnage:  113,561 tons

Age (delivery date):  April 2, 2004

Passenger capacity:  3,573

Crew size (max):  1,227

Caribbean Princess Ship Layout

The ship layout was familiar to us from the Star Princess and is the same as many of the ships in the Princess fleet, which is now 18 ships and growing to 22 ships in the coming years.  We’ve stayed in a interior cabin on the 5th deck (aft) and the 12th deck (mid) and enjoyed both locations.  Here are some of our favorite spots on the ship:

Horizons – Deck 15, aft:  The food is one of the lures of cruising and Princess excels here.  The Horizons buffet is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has delicious foods, cultural theme nights, and great baked items (more on this below).

Pool Decks 15-17, aft and mid:  Go for a dip in the pool, hot tub, or watch a Movie Under the Stars!  Hungry for snack?  Grab a ice cream, slice of pizza, or burger and fries.  Or relax with a drink from the poolside bar.  Great place to relax on a sunny sea day, watch the sunset, or go star gazing…

Princess Cruise - Day at Sea....
Princess Cruise – Day at Sea….
Sunset on the Caribbean Princess
Sunset on the Caribbean Princess
Full Moon over Gulf of Mexico
Full Moon over Gulf of Mexico

Explorers Lounge & Club Fusion, Deck 7 aft:  We really enjoyed the Trivia challenges, steel drum lessons, horse race betting, and some of the other daily entertainment.  The Cruise Director, Lee, and his staff of Ian, Paul, Tomomi, and Carla kept us laughing with all of their events.

Deck 7, Exterior:  Deck 7 has a nice ‘track loop’ around the ship lined with comfortable deck chairs, benches, and a great place to walk off a big meal and watch a sunset.  On one windy day, there were several couples walking around the bow (front of ship) laughing hysterically at how tough it was to get through the strong winds (we were like little kids – it was more fun than zip-lining).

Princess Cruise - 50th Anniversary Logo
Princess Cruise – 50th Anniversary Logo
Caribbean Princess - Deck 7
Caribbean Princess – Deck 7
Princess Cruise - Deck 7 Fitness Laps
Princess Cruise – Deck 7 Fitness Laps

Caribbean Princess Dining

With cruises, it does seem like it’s all about the food.  The ship offered so many options and we tried out several of them:

Traditional Dining:  When you book your cruise, you can choose to eat at a set time in the Palm Dining Room (Deck 6, aft).  If you like the structure of a set dinner time, this is a great option.  If you have some excursions that may interfere, or want some schedule flexibility then you can’t go wrong with Anytime Dining

Anytime Dining:  With anytime dining, you can choose to arrive between 5:30-10:00pm for dinner at either the Island or Coral Dining Rooms (Decks 5 and 6 aft, respectively).  You can call from your cabin’s telephone to make reservations, or just show up and wait (rarely more than 15 minutes).  Or you can go to Horizons buffet (which we did on a few nights)

Specialty Dining:  There are a few upscale options, too, which are worth considering.  The Crown Grill known for its seafood and steaks; Sabatini’s with Italian fare; and The Crab Shack with delicious shellfish cooked up in steamers and pots.

And if all of that’s not enough, there’s always 24-hour room service!

Caribbean Princess Entertainment

Every evening, the Princess Patter (Your “daily guide to life at sea”) will be left in your cabin mailbox.  We carried this around every day!  The “Patter” lists all of the daily activities, locations, and some fun facts about the port or area that you’re sailing to or through.  It lists:  trivia locations, theater productions, educational classes, art auctions, casino activities, “Movie Under the Stars” showings, and much more!

Our 7-Day Itinerary:

Day 1 – Embark in Houston, TX (1:00 pm)

Day 2 –  At Sea

Day 3 – Cozumel  (Excursion: Palancar Reef Snorkel with Playa Mia Beach)

Day 4 – Roatan, Honduras (Excursion: Gumbalimba Park)

Day 5 – Belize City, Belize (Excursion: Chukka Cave Tubing & Zip-lining)

Day 6 – At Sea

Day 7 – At Sea

Day 8 – Disembark in Houston, TX (9:00 am)

Our Caribbean Princess cruise was a wonderful time!  If a cruise is a vacation that you’re considering, fill out this form to get a free quote!

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