When I was planning our honeymoon we decided to sail with Princess. I think it was the whole “Love Boat” thing. That cruise was on the Grand Princess and we have sailed on her again, and our next cruises were on the Island Princess, and the Caribbean Princess as the most recent. At that time the Caribbean Princess would be the largest ship I’ve sailed (3600 passengers).
I studied the ship layout and deck plans and wasn’t sure if I would feel like this ship was too big. What I found was that the Caribbean Princess had all of the advantages of a large ship, but still had that small ship feel. An aspect I love about the Princess ships is the décor, artwork and the overall design. The ship has an elegant look, without being stuffy. I usually end up walking around the ship taking pictures of the sculptures, paintings and even some of the light fixtures. I also think that the cabins have some of the best designs at sea. The cabins are spacious, the closet, desk area and storage in the bathroom gives us plenty of room. The Mini-Suite layout with the separate seating area and two TVs is also a big bonus.
I have always enjoyed the food on Princess. They offer some of the best soups, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Their chilled fruit soups and soufflés are fantastic and when I see one on the menu I always order it. A nice follow up to a great meal is the fun entertainment. Princess has production shows, many bands, and entertainers. Where they excel is in their selection of comedians. I have enjoyed each one on our sailings and have even purchased CDs and DVDs from them.
The Caribbean Princess is sailing (Jan-April 2011) roundtrip from San Juan. These sailings range from $449 per person (+ taxes, double occupancy) for an inside cabin, to $1,399 per person (+taxes, double occupancy) for a Mini-Suite on their 7 Day sailings. You can also combine sailings and have a 14 Day cruise. Here are the maps: