Caribbean Princess Ship Review
What do you get if you take the Grand Princess and add another deck? Why, the Caribbean Princess, of course. As the latest, greatest, and most amenity-packed ships in the Princess fleet, 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 Diamond and Sapphire Princess), the Caribbean and her sisters are the most feature laden.
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.
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 Relaxation & Staterooms
High above the bridge, the Caribbean Princess has a forward-looking ocean-view spa and fitness center. Further aft, the ship offers two outdoor pool areas: One amidships with a sliding canopy, the other a more secluded spot overlooking the stern. 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. An unusual tiered design means the balcony above doesn’t block the sun, but nor does it 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 quite, including a small library, writing room, and a card room. Kids, on the other hand, will find plenty of spaces just for them.