Hop on board a Grand Class ship, holding 3600 passengers with 900 balcony staterooms. The Caribbean Princess set sail in 2004 across the Caribbean Islands, and was at the top of her class in size until the maiden voyage of Royal Princess in 2013. She is slightly larger than other Grand Class ships (Star Princess, Golden Princess and Grand Princess) thanks to the installation of the Riviera Deck, which is a stone throw away from the pool and restaurants, one of which offer freshly made pastries and paninis 24/7.
The cruise line is at the forefront of innovation, demonstrating a desire to keep up with modern cruising. Caribbean Princess was the first to have an outdoor theatre, known as Movies Under The Stars, which allows guests onboard to enjoy complimentary popcorn in front of 250 to 350 square feet of LED entertainment.
Are you a traditional diner? Or do you want to eat where and when you want? One of the great things about this ship is that you can do both.
Through the day, visit Horizon Court and Café Caribe, which are open all day long, cooking up breakfast or lunch, which includes Caribbean favourites for the adventurous cruiser, such as fried banana and peanut butter sandwiches. Trident Grill and Prego Pizzeria are the poolside eateries, which supply a constant flow of pizza, burgers and hot dogs.
At night, Palm Dining Room offers tastefully traditional dining. Your personal table waiter will take care of everything throughout the meal, which could include signature pasta, seared seabass, Caesar salads...the list goes on, because it changes every night. Coral and Island offer Anytime Dining, denoting a buzz for guests who are always on the go.
Treat yourself to Sabatini’s or Crown Grill one night. These are Princess’ signature restaurants, well-worth the supplement being the Pavarotti of dining options. The International Café in The Piazza is a haven for serial snackers. It’s open 24-hours a day, serving up fresh-baked pastries, paninis, coffees and salads. The smell of fresh baked goods in the morning is the perfect alarm clock.
Princess Chefs are highly specialised with an equally expert appetite for service, which is prevalent with all Princess employees onboard, who ensure your gourmet journey is unforgettable.
Waking up by the ocean is a tranquil experience; so many people will find themselves lounging in front of Movies Under The Stars in the calypso pool area, basking in the sun.
But there is much more fun to be had.
Through the day, visit Explorers Lounge, where you could be adding to your art collection in the art auction, making new friends in the Nintendo Wii Sports tournaments, or enjoying performances from the onboard magicians and comedians.
The Piazza Lounge offers fine musical performances from top musicians, all within the palatial, grand setting of this central space. Head down to the 1960s Crooners martini bar for a refined environment, and drift away to the sound of the in-house pianist.
At night, there is a selection of high-energy, light hearted or relaxing entertainment on offer. Club Fusion is strongly recommended if you don’t take yourself too seriously; the Marriage Game always causes a few laughs. Depending on your music taste, Skywalker Nightclub and Wheelhouse Bar will get the party started, from 60s-90s music, to soft rock.
Mamma Mia! There are so many shows to see in the Princess Theatre. Prepare to be blown away by the breadth of shows, and treat it as your own personal Broadway experience. The Churchill Lounge and the Casino are nearby though for those wanting to escape the shows and watch the sport, smoke a cigar, or take their chances on the Poker table.
If all of this isn’t enough though, why not learn a new skill? There is a huge choice of workshops available on Caribbean Princess - from Ballroom dancing to Photoshop classes. Along with this, the boutique shops are great if you are looking to get a gift for yourself or a loved one, and you can keep in touch with everyone back home from the Internet Café.