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Caribbean Princess - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

What do you get if you take the Grand Princess and add another deck? Why, the Caribbean Princess, of course. The Caribbean Princess and her siblings feature everything that makes a Princess ship special. And while not the largest ships in the Princess fleet (that distinction belongs to the Regal and Royal Princess), the Caribbean and her sisters are the most popular.

Distinctive Caribbean Princess Features
The 113,000 gross ton Caribbean Princess was the first Princess ship to offer a giant poolside LED screen for “Movies Under the Stars”—a feature that has been retrofit aboard most other ships in the fleet and subsequently copied by other cruise lines, most notably Carnival and Disney. The Caribbean Princess also sports a new piazza-style atrium that’s sort of like a seagoing street fair, plus a Caribbean café, international café, and a wine-and-seafood bar. Put it all together and you’ve got a world-class seagoing resort.

High above the bridge, the Caribbean Princess has a forward-looking ocean-view spa and fitness center, with a lap pool. Further aft, the ship offers two outdoor pool areas: One amidships with two separate pools, the other a more secluded spot overlooking the stern.

The Caribbean Princess has three main dining rooms that come in handy for the line’s Personal Choice Dining Program, which allows passengers to choose from Traditional Dining with early and late seatings for dinner or Anytime Dining. The ship’s 24-hour casual restaurant, the Horizon Court, offers a buffet alternative for breakfast and lunch; at night it becomes a sit-down bistro. Tuscan-inspired Sabatini’s is the ship’s venue for upscale Italian fare, and has established itself over the years as one of cruising’s more popular alternative restaurant concepts.

Caribbean Princess Cabins
The designers of the Caribbean Princess wanted private verandahs to be available to virtually everyone, and this ship has nearly 900 cabins with balconies, ranging from standard outside cabins to mini-suites and full suites. The mini-suites are among the largest of its kind, featuring a full sitting area with a large sofa, a comfortable chair, and a second TV. Mini-suites also have large balconies that extend further out than other balconies. The design means the balcony above doesn’t block the sun, but it also does not offer much in the way of privacy.

In keeping with the “Big Ship Choice, Small Ship Feel” mantra of Princess Cruises’ ships, there are a number of nooks and crannies for a little peace and quiet, including a small library, writing room, and a card room. Kids, on the other hand, will find plenty of spaces just for them.

Caribbean Princess cruising Canada and New EnglandShip Information
Caribbean Princess belongs to Princess Cruises' Crown Class of cruise ships. The ship rivals the most luxurious resorts, with features such as the Lotus Spa, Movies Under the Stars®, nearly 900 balcony cabins and an entire deck of Mini Suites, plus dozens of dining and entertainment options.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2004 ♦ Ship's Class: Crown Class ♦ Year Refurbished 2009 ♦ Country of Registry Bermuda ♦ Tonnage 113,000 ♦ Length 951 ft - 289 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 3,080 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 3,782 ♦ Passenger Decks 15 ♦ Officers and Crew 1,200 ♦ Officer's Nationality British and Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Cabins
Total 1,555 ♦ Suites with Balcony 207 ♦ Suites without Balcony 7 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 674 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 224 ♦ Inside 443 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 25 ♦ Princess Cruises introduced the concept of affordable private balconies on modern cruise ships. For longer cruises the Mini Suites are an even better option, with a separate sitting area, walk-in closet, and bathtub. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Dining
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "Princess Anytime Dining" allows you to be seated any time the main dining room is open ♦ Ultimate Balcony Dining features fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies. ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Sabatini's, Sterling Steakhouse, Cafe Caribe ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Entertainment
Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Movies Under the Stars® ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck wraps around the ship, using two decks ♦ Golf Simulator ♦ Putting Course

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center