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Old December 21st, 2004, 06:38 PM
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Default Roll Call - Caribbean Princess Sept. 17/05

It is never too early to be thinking about your next cruise. Anyone else booked on the Caribbean Princess for September 17, 2005.
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Old December 21st, 2004, 08:05 PM
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I'm sure there are several. There is a thread going on the other cruise site (CC)if you haven't seen it yet. I know of 3 couples who were on the Caribbean Princess with us on the Sept. 18-27, 2004 cruise, and another couple who will be joining them. Check it out! Lynne

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Old December 21st, 2004, 11:54 PM
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Default Re: Roll Call - Caribbean Princess Sept. 17/05

Thank you for the reply. I'm already on the 'other' site (as mpw2002) and was just curious to see what was happening on a few other sites.
Michael
PS Somehow I posted here this afternoon using mpw2002 and forgot I had an old profile on here. Now I have to use my 'old' profile name cru1se4fun again.

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Old December 22nd, 2004, 07:52 AM
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I'm sure you'll have a fabulous cruise in Sept. The couples I told you about are from Canada (I was born in Montreal, myself). They are from Newmarket, and Guelph. A wonderful, warm, generous, and friendly bunch. I may whine until I get to go on the Ship again, too. . Take care. You'll see me check in over there from time to time just to say "hi". Lynne

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Old December 26th, 2004, 04:24 PM
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i know you wont want to hear this and you may not like these comments but.. the ship is a HORROR, YOU SHOULD SPEAK TO EXPERIENCED TRAVELERS ON SHIPS TO VERIFY THIS, THE SHIP IS SAME SIZE AS GRAND BUT HOLDS ANOTHER 500-600 PEOPLE WHUCH CREATES SERIOUS PROBLEMS. ALL PUBLIC AREAS TOO SAMLL OVERCROWDED, DINING ROOMS SERVICE FOOD NON EXISTENT CAUSE OF OVERWORKED STAFF TO TRY TO DEAL WITH TOO MANY PEOPLE. SHOWS ARE AWFUL, AND THE THE THEATER HOLDS ONLY ABOUT 700-800 AND U WILL HAVE TO GET THERE ABOUT 45-1 HR BEFORE EVERY NIGHT TO EVEN GET A SEAT. THERE IS TOTAL CHAOS PEOPLE FIGHTING ARGUING TEMPERS FLARING, POOL AREA REST OF SHIP TOO CROWDED, CAUSE OF TOO MANY PEOPLE ON SHIP THAT REALLY IS TOO SMALL FOR THE 3100 ON IT , COMPARED TO 2500-2600 ON GRAND CLASS. YOU MAY IGNORE ME ENTIRELY, AND GO WITH OTHER MORE POSITIVE REVIEWS, BUT I WAS ON SHIP, AND WAS A FORMER EXECUTIVE WITH CRUISE LINES, AND HAVE BEEN ON HUNDREDS OF SHIPS./CRUISES AND IM TELLING YOU THE QUALITY IS ONE OF THE WORST OF ANY I HAVE EVER BEEN ON. LET THE BUYER BEWARE, ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME.. GOOD LUCK
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Old December 26th, 2004, 05:52 PM
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Thanks for you input. Our pretty nice week must have been a fluke in September. Although I know of some passengers who encountered less than perfect conditions for their expectations, most of the group I was traveling with had a great time. In fact, 3 couples who were with us have signed up for the cruise during the same week this coming September, and have added another couple to the mix to join them. We must have traveled in different circles, or, attended different activities because we really had nothing serious to complain about-even staying out 2 extra days because of Hurricane Jeanne.
My favorite Princess ship is still the Golden Princess, but I would rebook for the Caribbean Princess again. Lynne

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Old December 26th, 2004, 06:30 PM
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hi lynne , thank you for your feed back, thats what makes horse racing, im just curious of a few things though, that no one in your party went to the shows in the theatres and had to get there upwards of an hour to even get a seat? that none of your group,felt that there wasnt enough room in public areas due to large size of ship crowd and amt of space available? that compared to other ships , i guess your comparing princess, that the ship having so many people compared to its size didnt affect quality of dining food service? if it was during hurricane eason , maybe the ship wasnt full, as it it might be in the winter time? anyways, i dont know if you ever tried celebrity, but in not just my opinion , but many critics, travel magazines , awards etc, have always rated celebrity superior to all other major cruise lines. as a matter of fact, last year conde nast annual travel magazine, rated 7 of the worlds top ships as celebrity ships, and not one of princess, but once again, if your satisfied with the quality of the product thats all that matters, regards,
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Old December 27th, 2004, 03:28 PM
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HI...I just posted this on the Princess vs Celebrity board...but I agree with MB...the Caribbean Princess had to many PAX...abut 600 to 700 more than the Golden or Grand...there was fighting over seats in the theatre...and even the other venues were overflowing...Princess added another deck but did not take these matters into consideration. Perhaps they thought many people would be up watching the outdoor movies.
Also...the outside Plaza cabin could not accomodate the bed in a queen configuration...without one person sleeping against the wall. You'd have to crawl over partner...I've NEVER had that situation in the 6 Princess and 3 Celbrity cruises I've been on. We were on the Dec. 11th. cruise this year. I didn't experience any problem in the anytime dining...there was never a long wait when we dined. Food quality was good...but on my last cruise with Celebrity...Zenith...Sept to Bermuda...food was great!
Wake up Princess...(or is it Carnival at the helm)...Bigger ships...more revenue...less seating...less cabin space...less PAX...
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Old December 27th, 2004, 07:32 PM
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Hi MB,EP and others,
Trevor just read your remarks with me, and agrees that the Ship was crowded but not by the wide difference as expressed. I didn't encounter the fighting or other confrontations-maybe because I didn't frequent the same type of venues. I'm not a pool person so never had to haggle for a seat by the pool.When I watched the outdoor theater in the afternoon, I found a seat, and there was plenty of seating on a higher deck. We only ate in the Dining Room twice, and that was with members of our roll call group. We enjoy the Horizon Court on every cruise and tend to gravitate towards it for most of our meals. For the first formal night, we chose to dine in the Caribe Cafe, dressed informally, and enjoyed a wonderful dinner, with a bottle of wine, one on one service and a beautiful sunset. The second formal night was with the roll call group so thought we should dress for that affair in the Dining Room. We attended the first show and found a seat. After that, Trevor was in the Casino most of the time after dinner and I found seating, or stood for awhile. I even sat outside the Explorer Lounge on a planter over by the window seats and was satisfied. The shows weren't necessary for us.

I will reiterate that some in our group were dissatisfied because the ammenities they had pre-ordered weren't delivered, or there was trouble with their bill or...... but some of them didn't let it ruin their cruise. Having to make arrangements via internet or phone after we were ordered to stay out for the extra 48 hours reaked havoc among many. Fortunately for us, we had no emergencies. Our cell phone didn't work until we got back to Ft. Lauderdale, either.
Sometimes the Horizon Court was crowded-like late morning-but we got through the lines OK and usually headed back to the Caribe Cafe where there was additional seating.
There was nothing THAT bad to us-except maybe the Casino didn't pay out enough,but even then, I was fortunate to win $400 on the dollar poker machine-a first! Maybe it was the fact that we were traveling with a group that was cordial, fun, compassionate, generous,etc. and although we didn't hang out together all day, would run into each other at activities or dinner and that made the cruise comfortable. In fact, several of us are still corresponding with each other.
My annual cruise is my vacation each year. I work in a service industry-Activities Associate in a Retirement Community , working with Assisted Living and Independent Residents-where I accommodate the needs of those residents all year. This is my week to be waited on, pampered, or just plain be left alone.Trevor and I just tend to do our own thing and end up being happy with with our experience. Perfect-no. Happy, Satisfied-yes. I always say that a cruise is one's own experience and perception.So far, and this was only my 5th cruise, mine have been pretty good.Maybe it was because we stayed out of the mainstream while on board. Lynne
PS.We did sail on another line last year,now owned by Carnival as well, and we weren't as happy as we've been with Princess.We came back to Princess this year.

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