Princess Informative - Birthday Cruise - Caribbean Princess
CALIFORNIA -- I booked Princess Cruises for a Bermuda & Eastern Caribbean cruise from Brooklyn. I had been an RCCL only cruises guy the past 10 cruises but had trouble on the very nice Explorer Of The Seas. I won't go into it but it was never really resolved let me just say that. Anyway The Caribbean Princess is a big ship with a Yacht feel to me. From the moment I boarded, I was really not to say impressed because the centrum or Piazza on Princess is small and low 3 decks to RCCL's like 15 high atrium, rather I guess you would say comfortable and at home. I found my way to my cabin and was allowed in immediately. The dining rooms are one level, RCCL is at least two levels and very large majestic like spaces! So not really impressed. Now about impressed "THE FOOD" and I'm all about food it was wonderful! The Horizon is the equivalent of Windjammer on RCCL. Only it is larger as I can tell. It is offering a great selection of really as I say to coin a phrase CFF or "cared for food". Everything is fresh from the bread and rolls to the home-style meats and sauces. Pizza well better then I had in NY or Chicago (everything is great in Chicago though). I mean this is really their claim to fame the ship is all about great food. Oh it is a great ship. Really a brilliantly designed vessel because we really didn't move around a lot and there were some heavy rollers I'll tell you. I could point out that the outside carpet was rough on deck 15 or that the sofa in the Sky Walker was a bit worn and stained but overall the ship was very clean and nice with a real sense of class. They even sent me a birthday card via e-mail on my bd. They were low aggravation on the debarking and life jacked drill. Very orderly! I was pretty depressed when RCCL and I went our separate ways for a bit maybe longer. I was no longer angry with them because I had a soft landing here at Princess. I will say that they must repair the HVAC I was hot at times and that should not be. However the food and movies under the stars made up for it! My cabin was nice though no over head roof outside, looked straight up after exiting my sliders on deck 9. No privacy but the room was a mini suite, quite large and clean. The cabin attendant was wonderful and always at the ready to help if called on the phone. The TV programming was good not many repeats some good movies and that is different from RCCL. Both lines have good and bad points but the FOOD really blew away the competition here. This was my only Princess cruise until perhaps October.