Complaints on the RCCL and Celebrity boards about the line selling cabins to the local Puert Ricans for a $500 a cabin of four so they were overloaded with children on non holiday sailings. Does Princess do the ame thing?
We've sailed Princess out of San Juan four times, the last this past December, and have never encountered this. We did meet a Puerto Rican doctor and his family on our last cruise but encountered nothing like what is currently being reported aboard the other lines.
Based on these postings we did cancel a cruise on AOS out of San Juan we had scheduled for next December and booked the Grand on the western route instead.
It doesn't appear that Princess is deeply discounting cruises out of San Juan to the Puerto Ricans.
I sailed on 12/29/2001 over New Years on the RCI Nordic Empress, the ship was over 50% locals. They were a very nice group, and did they like to party. RCI had tailored things to their flavor, to the point of having a band up on deck till the wee hours. We were able to board the ship early on the 29th and I went to have a drink to relax me so I could take a nap, I got to talking to a guy who lived about 10 minutes from the ship and he bought me a drink. I flew home on 01/03/2002 from that cruise.
I had a friend who was with a large from the Washington, DC area on the Adventure of the Seas out of San Juan on 1/6/2002 and the ship again was over 50% locals.
I then flew to San Juan on 1/11/2002 (why do you think I have the name CruiseAholic) with some friends for the Dawn Princess sailing on 1/12/2002. The passenger mix was varied on the Dawn, not many locals (I'd say I only encountered about 20 Spanish speaking passengers), was a heavy concentration of English.
Let me see if I understand this... people are flying to Puerto Rico to cruise and are upset about meeting and sailing with Puerto Ricans? Why not just stay home? I wonder what in the world these people do in Europe or Asia. I've been on more than a few cruises with loud, boisterous and shabily dressed Americans whom I would just as soon not sail with. To me, the international flavor is a refreshing change. Can some of it get out of hand? Sure. But try sailing for a week on a full ship sitting next to a large table of loud, demanding Americans whose idea of being dressed for dinner on formal night was wearing a logo Tee shirt over their faded jeans rather than their usual tank top. Check out Kuki's story on bothersome things at sea.