Amenities, Activities, and Entertainment
The Caribbean Princess is a ship designed for more sophisticated cruisers who tend to enjoy cooking classes, wine tastings, and port lectures versus rock climbing walls, water slides, and ropes courses. The Caribbean Princess hosts many small lounges, including the much larger Princess Theater, which are all used to hold special port lectures, karaoke, trivia games, as well as other fun activities throughout your cruise.
Up on the Lido deck, the Caribbean Princess features 4 pools, one of which features the infamous Movies Under The Stars, a poolside movie theater. Forward on the Lido deck is the Sanctuary, an adult only retreat area with a pool and private cabanas.
Also located near the Sanctuary (with very easy access) is the ship’s full spa and fitness center. The Sanctuary is the perfect place to quietly relax, go for a swim, work off the day’s buffet, and enjoy one of the latest massage remedies available at sea.
The Caribbean Princess is one of the most recognizable ships in the Princess fleet due to her unique Skywalker’s Lounge, located at the aft end of the ship. Skywalker’s is your place to dance the night away, enjoy a drink with new friends all with a bridge-like view of the ocean ahead.
Dining Options & Food Quality
The Caribbean Princess is an excellent choice for a “culinary cruiser” Packed with specialty restaurants, cooking demonstrations, and wine seminars – this ship is a true culinary masterpiece. The Caribbean Princess features two specialty restaurants: Sabatini’s and the Crown Grill. Sabatini’s is the ship’s Italian specialty restaurant, serving delicious, traditional Italian dishes along with fresh seafood, all in a restaurant themed around the Tuscan countryside. The Crown Grill is the ship’s exclusive and high end steakhouse. The Crown Grill serves guests the finest cuts all in a classy, elegant atmosphere. Both Sabatini’s and the Crown Grill carry a nominal fee for dinner.
For cruisers who do not choose to eat in one of the ship’s specialty restaurants, the Caribbean Princess has three main dining rooms (Palm, Coral, and Island) that operate on both scheduled dinner times and Anytime Dining. In the main ding rooms, cruisers can enjoy some of Princess’ finest culinary creations. From steak to tenderloin to the infamous lobster – you will be sure to leave the dining room with a satisfied palate.
For lunch, breakfast, and if you choose a casual dinner – the Horizon Court serves delicious dishes almost around the clock. From pancakes to waffles to sandwiches to a freshly roasted turkey – the Horizon Court is your stop for casual dining and a delicious bite of something before hitting the Lido deck. Also located on the Lido deck is the ship’s pizzeria, which serves one of the best tasting slices of pizza on the seven seas. Also found around the pools are various bars and an ice cream parlor.
Overall, the food served aboard was very good, rich in tastes, and finely prepared. My only complaint on the food was the taste of the fish served in the Horizon Court, it just wasn’t to my liking, but that is just me.
Layout & Appearance
The layout of the Caribbean Princess is very logical and easy to navigate. Most lounges, bars, and restaurants are located off a main promenade located on deck seven, which makes it easy to move between your favorite bar and the main lounge to catch a show. Increasing the ease of access, almost all public rooms are located on deck five, six, and seven; creating a nice flow from deck to deck. The Lido deck is the other main area of the ship that is traveled frequently by guests. On the Lido deck, you will find that the journey between the five onboard pools is seamless and frankly a nice way to see the ship.
The appearance of the ship was very tasteful, utilizing soft colors to evoke the Caribbean vibes throughout the ship.
The Caribbean Princess’ staterooms are of typical size for a cruise ship. The layout is a bit more to my liking than some other cruise ships – the beds are located adjacent to the en-suite bathroom, while the desk and vanity area is adjacent to the balcony. Some of the verandah staterooms do feature a “larger than usual” balcony with four chairs and a table – the perfect place for a meal with a view. Overall, the staterooms aboard the Caribbean Princess feature a smart and practical layout with plenty of space for storage and fine amenities.
Photos and video: Mike Faust. Thanks to Princess Cruises’ PR department who arranged this tour for me!