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Cruising the Caribbean with the Caribbean Princess

GoGirlfriend's First Day Observations

As a travel writer, it's my job to sniff out the myths and truths in the places I visit. I'm the harbinger of hidden treasures and the early warning detection system of pitfalls to avoid.

Caribbean PrincessCaribbean PrincessWhen we booked our cruise through with Princess, I went in blind. Their website is difficult to navigate (especially after you book and start choosing shore excursions) and their social media presence isn't as strong as other cruise lines, such as RCL. But I'm happy to report the Caribbean Princess staff leaves no question in their understanding of their corporate philosophy - Escape Completely.

Two days into my cruise isn't enough time to tell you whether I'd cruise with Princess again, but here's what I can tell you. 

Gogirlfriend and Gio'rgio, Maitre DGogirlfriend and Giorgio, Maitre D Giorgio, the Maitre D', treats all his guests like favorite cousins. He creates the connection and makes it personal. And even though I know there are 3,000 people on this ship who may make similar requests, Giorgio makes it all look easy.

  • Feeding 3,000 people is tricky. If you're not happy with anything you order, talk to your server. Meals are part of the package and speaking up is encouraged - remember, escape completely and leave the stress behind.
  • When buying drinks at any of the bars, a 15% gratuity is added to your bill automatically. You can add an additional tip, like we did when a server went searching for Dos Equis beer for us, but it's not expected in normal situations.
  • Room service is part of the package. Specialty dining, like the patio breakfast or dinner with white glove service is not though. Understand what's included and what's not before placing your order. As simple as a carafe of coffee and a danish for 7:30 delivery is included.
  • Serge, the Internet Café manager, embodies the no problem philosophy. It's a good attitude for anyone in IT support.
  • Room stewards are the front line for the entire cruise line. Rolando, a happy, attentive man who knew our names from the first time he met us answers our every request quickly. Extra hangers and towels - within minutes of asking. And after we tip left on the bed to say thank you, he went out of his way to say thank you to us.
  • Captain Tony Draper is charming and its clear he leads the ship with a customer-service driven philosophy. I'm hoping he'll remember our conversation at his champagne reception and my invitation to tour the bridge will happen soon.

Gogirlfriend and Captain Tony DraperGogirlfriend and Captain Tony Draper






Stay tuned for our review of shore excursions on the Caribbean Princess - St Thomas, Dominica, Grenada and Bonaire..

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Thanks for stopping by and letting us know about Tour Dispatch, Anne. It looks like a new (and VERY user-friendly) site with some useful info on select ports. I'll be eager to see the information grow! Julia

Hello Julia, I experienced the same problem as you with the lack of detailed shore excursion information on cruise line websites. I found http://www.tourdispatch.com very useful while planning my cruise to Alaska! When you find a tour you like, you can click on the cruise line link to book with your favorite cruise line. Thanks.

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