Our cruise departed San Juan going to 12 islands in 14 days. We noticed bites on our legs the first night...the steward said he'd change the sheets. That did not help, and after talking to adjacent rooms, they all were experiencing the same problem. Our cabin was directly above a dance/bar. Since the ship was full, we were not able to move to another cabin. Princess refused to move at the start of the 2nd week. The food was very poor SO we paid extra to dine at the restaurants...they are very good...just more expensive.
Be careful and ask questions as to rooms above or below you and ask to have your room disinfected prior to unpacking!!! The bites lasted for weeks after the cruise.
My complaint begins with the food. I always heard that Princess was the top of the line for cruise ships but I was very disappointed in the menu and the quality of the food in both the buffets and the main dining room. I have had better food on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Some of the food had little taste and seemed like the vegetables tasted like they came out of a can. The other problem is not enough time in ports. One port we arrived at 1 pm and left at 6 pm. Not a lot of time to do a lot of touring. Oh by the way, the ship was the Emerald Princess. We left from Port Everglades for a 7-day cruise.
Once again there were problems with a Princess cruise. Since cruising with another Princess cruise ship in June, I must report that I will not be cruising with this cruise line again. Their ships are very well-kept and clean, and the crew very good, but these problems persist (on this re-positioning cruise):
All this I believe is due to cost cutting. The only result is that I will choose another cruise line next time.
LA, CALIFORNIA -- 5 days before my cruise was to leave Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera, Princess Cruise Lines decided to change the ports to the coast of CA. Instead of changing the date of my cruise or offering a full refund and cancelling the departure. I lived in CA for years and have no desire to go to CA ports. I've contacted Princess numerous times to be hung up on and treated very poorly. I've contacted the CEO and his time frame to respond is 2-4 weeks AFTER my cruise departs. How convenient!!! PLEASE TELL EVERYONE NOT TO USE PRINCESS CRUISES!
SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA -- On a January Dawn Princess cruise I was quarantined to my stateroom with gastroenteritis by the ship's medical officer from Tuesday pm to Sunday's disembarkation. I was not refunded or vouchered for my compliance with the ship officer in any way. My son-in-law received a refund for the five days I was quarantined but he did not pay for the cruise. He used a voucher furnished to him when we paid for a cruise he had to cancel the previous year. Thus, my compliance was worth nothing to Princess.
My advice to others would be: 1) do not pay to take others on cruises 2) if you pay and they cancel, they will receive the refund or voucher, not you 3) do not report a brief bout of intestinal complaint because you will be confined for the duration of the cruise and receive nothing in return. We are finished with Princess!
SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA -- It was recently revealed that certain products advertising themselves as "100% juice" were in fact only watered down versions containing 10 to 35% juice. Princess cruise lines seems to have done them one step better (or worse) by serving "lemonade" which contains ZERO percent juice! Shouldn't unsuspecting passengers be notified that what they have been told is lemonade is really some sort of possibly unhealthy lemonoid chemical cocktail?
I've always resisted the idea of a cruise for vacation. But this year we went. The cruise was wonderful. Dinners were first class, and the buffet available 24/7. The staff gave excellent service overall. Many side trips (not free) activities and entertainment that were free. Our 13-year old had a great time with the teen club, in fact we had to put limits on it so we could spend some time with her. The cost wasn't really any more than a nice hotel would have cost. Excellent value, in my opinion.
NEW JERSEY -- We booked a cruise with Princess lines on the Caribbean Princess based on its ports of call. Well three days before departure we received an email stating "due to operational reasons" we would have changes to our trip. Cancelled one of the better islands St. Maarten for Tortola. Shortened the length on the other islands, and extended to an unreasonable length, 15 hours, on St. Thomas! They will do nothing about it either!!! Be careful with these shady characters!! Unfortunately work vacations were already scheduled for the family so off we go tomorrow.